CULTURE

Local Electro Festival back for a third year

Back for a third year in succession, the Greek Electro Festival, to be staged this Saturday in Athens at Club 22 (22 Vouliagmenis St), looks like it could be establishing itself on the local circuit. This year’s event features three acts, two of these more seasoned – Mikro and Cyanna – as well as a total newcomer, Gad. The one-day festival will be headlined by Mikro, one of the local contemporary scene’s more popular acts of recent times, whose set will feature well-received older material as well as tracks off the electro-pop band’s most recent album, «180 Moires» (180 Degrees). The band’s set, organizers said, is expected to last nearly two hours. Hailing from Thessaloniki, the four-member band emerged with 1999’s «To Telos tou Cosmou» (The End of the World) and a series of well-received singles. A follow-up album, «Tronik Plasma,» released two years ago, helped consolidate the band’s standing on the local scene. Mikro have also taken their work beyond local frontiers, including to the UK, where the Greek act has performed on several occasions in various cities, including at a London concert organized by a British music magazine, Mixmag. Other UK shows for Mikro have included performances in Coventry and Leicester. Work of theirs has enjoyed considerable airplay on independent US radio courtesy of an LA station, KCRW. A more recent arrival, Cyanna, which performs right before Mikro at Saturday’s festival, generated interest at last year’s Synch Festival, an annual summer event for various types of progressive music staged on the outskirts of Athens, in Lavrion, at an apt location, the Lavrion Technical and Cultural Park, once home to the country’s first-ever power-generating plant. On Saturday, Cyanna’s set will include songs off the act’s debut album. The evening’s other performer, Gad, will be performing their first show at the Greek Electro Festival. A duo comprising Iraklis Anastassiadis and Costas Antoniadis, Gad surfaced recently with the inclusion of material on a local compilation titled «Greek Electro 02.» The act is set to release its debut album. On stage, the duo will be joined by two guitarists, as well as by Giorgos Ginis of local 1980s dark new wave outfit, Ding An Sich, which has resurfaced on occasions over the years.