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Soundlabs 2011

James Yorkston to headline 15th festival (August 4-8))

By • Jul 20th, 2011 • Category: new

Once again, itm? is proud to partner up with (i.e. give a deserved plug) to Italy’s Soundlabs festival, which has taken place annually since 1997 in Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy. Celebrating its 15th year, the event spans 5 days – with free events taking place in historical venues around the city as part of an International Music and Arts Week, and include sections dedicated to Literature, Documentaries and Local Food.
James Yorkston

The main concerts will be held in the park of an historical (dating from the early 900s) villa in downtown Roseto.

The lineup is headed up by (on the evening of August 5) by James Yorkston, making his first public appearance in Italy. He will also appear in the festival’s Literature thread, reading from his book The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent. He’s joined at the top of the bill by John Grant, former frontman of The Czars, whose recently released Queen of Denmark (Bella Union, 2010) was voted one of the five best albums of 2010 by the UK music magazine MOJO.

Also playing are Canadian Alex Zhang Hungtai, a.k.a. Dirty Beaches, Montreal-based
Handsome Furs, Vasco Brondi, a.k.a. Le Luci Della Centrale Elettrica, and Giorgio Canali, a Soundlabs regular whose performance this year will entail a reinterpretation of the work of Joy Division.
Plus, there’s appearances from Amor Fou, Bob Corn, and Egokid, as well as a selection of local artists who will play acoustic sets in the “Pop & Wine” section.

In recent years they’ve shown a strong interest in Scottish acts, mixing up acts like Mogwai, Simple Minds and Glasvegas with Italian itm? faves like Giardini Di Miro and Zu.

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