w / Bar Italia, Bea1991, Comforter2 & more

Dekmantel Festival aan het IJ


DOORS: 13:00-03:00

For the 8th year in a row, the festival's vital Wednesday concerts and Thursday program land back at both of its familiar base: across the banks of the Amsterdam river Het IJ.

Dekmantel stages its annual concert at the Muziekgebouw concert hall, where Japanese composer and percussionist Midori Takada is joined on the bill by Bunnyhnna and Italian multi instrumentalist Alessandro Cortini. Staying on the banks of the IJ, the following day will continue to spotlight artists pushing the boundaries of electronic music beyond the dancefloor, with the likes of bar italia, Huerco S., Oklou, Rabih Beaini & Tomoko Mukaiyama, Moin, a.s.o., Bendik Giske and numerous others taking the stage at Parellel, Shelter and Bimhuis.

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Bar Italia

Effortlessly cool outfit bar italia has quickly risen to be London's most exciting new band. Their dissonant yet irresistibly hooky rock, released via Dean Blunt's World Music label, has received the kind of hype traditional guitar music rarely experiences nowadays. The trio joined forces in late 2019, and when holed up together during the pandemic, threw themselves into making 'catchy, good songs'-a goal they've unquestionably achieved. Drenched in nostalgic reverb, the band amalgamates elements of goth, shoegaze, grunge, post-punk, nu-metal and even Britpop into their fuzz-laden riffs and haunting vocals. We have one thing to say: Long Live Indie Sleaze.


Radiant and entrancing, BEA1991 crafts hypnotic avant-garde pop. With a background in aerial acrobatics, fashion, and art, she effortlessly twists herself into new shapes and forms, both performing and writing music for artists such as Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Sega Bodega, and Porches. Her sound is a fusion of yacht-pop and bedroom R&B filtered through a prism of internet satire and cheekily strange aesthetics. On stage, its impossible not to get sucked into her playful universe, populated by CGI cows, peachy clouds and her own dreamy vocals.


Those well-versed in Amsterdam's club scene will see familiar faces when comforter2takes the stage. Formed by Meetsysteem, Tammo Hesselink and Marianne Noordzij, the self-described 'band for club heands and club act for band heads' was born during the Covid-10 pandemic and released their debut album in the past year. 'Tell Me Something Happy (Before I Fall Asleep)' is a bittersweet ode to life's highs and lows.; a quirky but soothing collection of lullabies for those who spend too much time on the dance floor. No better place for that than Dekmantel Festival aan 't IJ.


The moment you think rock music is a blast from the past, Moin is here to show you its future. Formed by Tom Halstead and Joe Andrews (jointly also known as Raime) with percussionist and long-time collaborator Valentina Magaletti, this brainy outfit is all about layering rhythm, melody and sound through guitar-driven music. Influenced by post-punk and post-hardcore, they veer between sniper-like precision and space for improvisation. Moin released their first EPs over a decade ago, but breathed new life into their work with 'Paste' (2022) and 'Clocked Off' (2023): two records that re-establish their visceral and refreshingly straightforward sound.


It's impossible not to feel your spine tingle when the opening notes of Oklou's 'galore' play out- all the more on a proper sound system. Delicate, etheral and avant-garde, Oklou's music hits the exact middle ground between her classical music education, today's top-notch electronic music production and the future of pop. From her debut EP 'The Rite of May' to the above-named mixtape, the French singer/producer/DJ/actress (real name: Marylou Mayniel) has quickly and deservedly garnered a cult following. We can't wait to finally welcome this star, who's releasing her first full-length record this year, to Dekmantel Festival aan het IJ.


Please familiarise yourself with the House Rules prior to arrival to help keep Parallel a safe space where people feel free to be their entire selves.

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