As events continue to populate our events calendar, we thought it fit to introduce to our readers a weekly selection of festivals and events from around the globe—with a little extra love shown to XLR8R hq Los Angeles.
May 13-17 Nuits Sonores / Lyon, France
The 13th edition of the annual Nuits Sonores festival kicked off just two days ago and will continue day and night through the weekend. The daytime programming is curated by Barcelona's John Talabot—who recently spoke to us in this Q&A—UK producer Jamie xx, and German techno artist Ben Klock, who each have selected one day's worth of goodies. The four nighttime lineups are packed with tasty acts such as Tale of Us, Nils Frahm, Agoria B2B Mano Le Tough, Gerd Janson, DJ Qu, and legends like Carl Craig, The Orb, and of course, this weeks XLR8R podcast artist, Laurent Garnier; along with many others. With heavy focus on visual and digital culture and a variety of arts-oriented activities, this is one multi-disciplinary event we did not want to miss.
May 15-16 Fiber Festival / Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kicking off today, this year's FIBER Festival aims to explore audiovisual art, digital culture, and music with the use of digital tools. The program includes music performances by Felix K, London Modular Alliance, Neel, and John Osborn; with the AV-performances including the two premieres: Divergence by Zeno van de Broek and False Awakening by Microseq. FIBER will also feature creative coding workshops, a symposium, and exhibitions.
Learn more from our recent interview with FIBER director Jarl Schulp, the festival's club and visual-sceneography curator Luuk Meuffels, and Arvan Rietveld, the owner of Field Records.
May 15 Nuit Noir XII and Prime / Los Angeles, US
Droid Behavoir, Das Bunker, and Mount Analog come together to present this techno heavy Jealous God label night featuring label artists James Ruskin, Terence Fixmer, Broken English Club, and Silent Servant. Support comes from Los Angelenos Raiz and Reverend John who will throw down special 'history of industrial' DJ sets. The night also features the US Film Premiere of the anticipated music documentary Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay directed by Amelie Ravalec and Travis Collins. You can check out the trailer here.
May 15 A Club Called Rhonda / Los Angeles, US
Los Angeles offers something for everyone this weekend with Rhonda presenting a stellar lineup featuring Hessle Audio's Ben UFO, Aus Music's Midland, Montreal's Jacques Greene, and UK's South London Ordnance, with support from Rhonda residents GODDOLLARS and Paradise. The event is promised to be "out of this world" and if you know anything about how Rhonda does it, you won't have any doubts.
May 17 Piknic Electronik / Montreal, Canada
The four month long summer season of dancing under the Calder at Parc Jean-Drapeauof kicks off this weekend with Mano Le Tough and The Drifter on Sunday, and Heidi and Maya Jane Coles on Monday. A host of fine local talent are also featured throughout the inaugural weekend. The popular Montreal festival surpassed 100,000 visitors for the first time in 2014 and is spreading its wings across the globe with sister festivals now in Barcelona, Melbourne, and Dubai, with aims to expand to ten cities over the next 5 years.
May 17 Sunset Island Fest / San Francisco, US
San Francisco's annual electronic music picnic extravaganza takes place this Sunday at the Great Lawn on Sunset Island. The all ages daytime event will feature a mostly west coast based lineup including Palette recordings John Tejada, live duo Tone of Arc, Chicago house music legend Mike Dunn, and Sunset Sound System's Solar, Galen, and J-Bird.
May 17 UR Art Festival / Los Angeles, US
UR Art Festival returns for its second summer to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica with the three festival founders Philipp Jung of M.A.N.D.Y, Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza, and Roam Music's John Wander representing the bulk of the opening event's lineup; in addition to a live performance by Supernature duo Dance Sprit. The kid friendly daytime event focuses on sustainability and is 100% solar powered. Live art will be curated by Juxtapoz Latin America and the event also offers a selection of earth friendly fashion and food vendors.