The Ultrahang (“Ultrasound”) Festival at the Merlin Theatre from Wednesday to Sunday promises fresh and experimental music. More than 40 artists and bands from 20 countries will play from the afternoon to the early hours.
The festival has been around for 20 years. It started out small and has grown into a five-day international event. In selecting the musicians the organisers have never gone by music industry opinion or current trends. Instead they attended international events, festivals and club concerts to track down artists who could inspire audiences with their sometimes rather surprising productions.
Saying it through art
This year the organisers have a new concept targeted at people with a strong sense of social responsibility. Under the motto “GO SOCIAL!” they have put the focus on the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. Before the festival the performing artists visited organisations, institutes and localities that are trying to improve life for people on the edge of society. The artists have put their experiences into music, which they will perform at the festival.
The programme this year is as colourful and diverse as in previous years. Festival-goers can party to the electronic music of Thomas Fehlmann, Pole, MLZ, STU and Demdike Stare, and the rock and avant-pop music of Sh*t And Shine, The Complainer And The Complainers, The Skull Defekts, Keijo and Michael Wertmüller. Audiences will hopefully be thrilled by the acoustic experiments of Mark Bain, Lionel Marchetti, Carlos Giffoni and Jazkamer, and the guitar sounds of Kría Brekkan, Lau Nau and Kuupuu.
Hungarian groups will also perform: The Marhaug/Máriás/ Benk?/Tóth/Palotai/Pándi supergroup will bring together different musical genres in a unique way. In addition, the winners of the “What is music?” competition will perform before a large audience for the first time.
Tickets for all five days cost HUF 9,000 (EUR 32.6) and can be purchased from the Wave record store (District VI, Révay köz 1) or on the first day of the festival at the Merlin Theatre. One-day tickets, which can be bought only at the venue, cost HUF 2,500 (EUR 9.04), or HUF 1,500 (EUR 5.42) after midnight.
More info:www.fest2010.uh.hu (English) or www.merlinszinhaz.hu (English).