Vikendica is a travelling festival-weekender for adventurous new music, connecting three iconic venues in The Netherlands. In the first weekend of September, VERA joins hands with WORM (Rotterdam) and OCCII (Amsterdam) showcasing some of the latest acts from Europe’s most vibrant underground scenes. Named after the regional Western Balkans term for a weekend holiday home, the event simultaneously highlights the identitiy and ambience of independent clubs. Vikendica is curated by Yugofuturism. Art by Kat Kalkman.
52 Hertz Whale: Bratislava (SK)
Bratislava’s 52 Hertz Whale are known for their ferocious sound and "emotionally cathartic" gigs. Regulars on the central European underground scene, the band played the 2022 and 2023 editions of Eurosonic Noorderslag. Expect noisy melancholy. Fans of the Butthole Surfers should apply.
Neighbours Burning Neighbours: Rotterdam (NL)
Local heroes Neighbours Burning Neighbours are known for creating a huge, hard-rocking sound, filled with unexpected structures and dynamics. They first came to prominence in the Netherlands thanks to some brilliant live shows, yet they claim (somewhat misleadingly in our opinion) they make "sloppy math-rock for the masses". Expect sultry, but explosive harmonies.
Sereias: Porto (PT)
Sereias make a luxurious free rock that draws from post-rock, kraut and free-jazz. This sound is topped with "the psychotic voice" of A. Pedro Ribeiro: a mix of raw poetry, invective and existential lamentations.