The Oasis legend, Liam Gallagher aka William John Paul will perform for the first time in Romania at the Fall in Love Festival. Being an idol of many generations, Liam became an international music icon as the front figure of the British rock band Oasis, one of the most loved bands of the 90s, during the glorious age dominated by Brit-pop. During its career, from 1991 to 2000, the band released several iconic hits, like: Wonderwall”, “Supersonic” or “Don’t look back in anger”, music pieces which headed for tens of days the music charts from various countries and received an impressive number of nominations and awards coming from BRIT, MTV, Grammy or New Musical Express. After the bands breakup, Liam established Beady Eye, a band active until 2014 and announced the release of his solo debut single „Wall of Glass” (2017) and his second solo single „Chinatown” (2017), both greeted with positive reactions and followed by performances at some of the most important international festivals, like: Rock am Ring, Pinkpop Festival, Exit festival or Lollapalooza Festival (USA).
His debut solo album, entitled „As You Were”, hit the market during the same year and proved to be a critical and commercial success, topping the UK Album Chart and being certified Platinum. The material was described as an album where the profound and meaningful lyrics meet the unique voice of Liam thus creating an astonishing effect and proving that the former Oasis half remains as inspired and talented as always. Besides the „bad boy” trademark and energy, Liam will perform at Fall in Love not only new songs like „Wall of Glass”, „For what it’s Worth” or „Paper Crown” but also other surprises picked from the Oasis repertoire.
Disclosure, one of the revelations of the international electronic scene, are a well-known English electronic music duo, founded in 2010 by Lawrence brothers (Guy and Howard). The brothers started de-constructing and copying the music that Guy had heard at gigs in a room above their father's auction house and then making music in the same room in a style they refer to as „electronic house music with a pop structure”, uploading it to Myspace. This got them an early record deal and a UK tour, mixing live music gigs with occasional DJ sets. Disclosure picked up their first significant national radio support upon the release of the „Tenderly”/ „Flow” single in 2012 and maintained momentum in 2013, as they were voted into the BBC Radio 1xtra „Hot Ten For 2013” and scored two consecutive top 10 hit singles in „White Noise” (no. two) and „You & Me” (no. 10).
Their debut album, „Settle”, which hit the markets in 2013 was met with commercial and critical success, debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart, charting in many countries across Europe and Australia, and receiving four stars from The Guardian and a 9.1 score on Pitchfork. Also, it was nominated as the best Dance/ Electronic album at Grammy Awards in 2014, thus becoming one of the most successful debuts of the music English scene. This success was closely followed by another one: their second material, „Caracal”, release in 2015 was nominated as well as the best Dance/ Electronic album at the 2016 Grammy Awards. These achievements ensured a fast pace ascent for Disclosure, thus becoming one of the most asked for bands from the music industry.
Underworld, the British duo Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, have been one of the most pioneering and influential electronic acts in the world for more than twenty years. In that time, their music has transcended club dancefloors and provided soundtracks to everything from iconic movies (Trainspotting) to the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games (for which they were handpicked as musical directors).
Rick and Karl met in Cardiff in the early ’80s and spent the following decade working together in a succession of bands with varying levels of success. After a brace of singles released under the name „Lemon Interrupt”, the reinvigorated Underworld released „Mmm Skyscraper… I Love You” - a thirteen-minute blueprint for their future. Sounding unlike any other electronic record of that era (or since), the 1992 single fitted Karl’s hallucinogenic monologue to a rolling, relentless rhythm track. The dynamic may have been that of a band; the execution was something far more otherworldly. The album that followed – 1994’s hugely acclaimed „dubnobasswithmyheadman” built a formidable live reputation for Underworld.
Released early in 1996, Underworld’s second album, „Second Toughest In The Infants”, saw the band push further into the unknown to create what is unarguably one of the UK’s greatest electronic records – an utterly unique eight track sonic journey through techno, drum’n’bass, minimalist composition and ambient music. Upon release, the media elevated the band to something close to national treasure status („A British band to rank alongside Pet Shop Boys, New Order… hell, Pink Floyd. If all acid house had ever left us was this, it would surely be justification enough” The Face).
Named after a South African football team (Kaizer Chiefs F.C.), the indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs was established in UK in 2013. Primarily inspired by new wave and punk rock music of the late 1970s and 1980s, the band have released seven albums, one EP, one compilation album and numerous singles, including the number one hit song "Ruby". Their debut album, „Employment'' (2005), was awarded 3 Brit Awards (including one for the „Best British Group”) an NME award for the „Best Album” category and was sold in over 3 million pieces. Being greeted with enthusiasm by both critics and fans, the album was described as „thrilling from beginning to end” and „quintessentially British, without pretension and most importantly, a whole lot of fun” and reached number two on the UK albums chart being certified five times platinum. Since its establishment, the band has been continuously exploring new musical horizons and paths of forms of artistic expression. From indie rock, Kaiser Chiefs, passed to electro-pop, „Parachute” being the song which marked this passage, followed by „Stay Together”. Since their start, the band brought to life over 30 singles, among which the well-known hit „Ruby” (2007) and went on the stage of some of the largest stadium concerts and international music festivals, like: Hurricane Festival, Southside Festival, Rock Werchter, Pinkpop Festival or Terres Rouges Festival just to name a few of them.
In 1987, a trio known as De La Soul formed from Long Island, NY roots and changed the landscape of hip-hop as we knew it. Now, for over 20 years they have rocked us with their De La songs full of inscrutable samplings, whimsically irreverent lyrics, social commentary, light rhythm and laid back rhymes. They are best known for their eclectic sampling, quirky lyrics, and their contributions to the evolution of the jazz rap and alternative hip hop subgenres.
Posdnuos, Trugoy and Maseo, the three who formed the group in high school, caught the attention of producer Prince Paul with a demo tape of the song „Plug Tunin'”. With its playful wordplay, innovative sampling, and witty skits, the band's debut album, „3 Feet High and Rising”, has been called „a hip hop masterpiece” and was the band's biggest commercial success to date. The Source magazine listed the album as one of their top 100 hip hop albums of all time, stating that „its true genius is rarely understood”. In 2006, the group won a Grammy for their collaboration with Gorillaz on the single „Feel Good Inc”. In 2011, the group earned Top 5 rankings on both NPR and Soul Train’s year end „Best of” lists. In 2016, De La Soul launched a new album entitled „And The Anonymous Nobody”.
Thought their career, the trio have gained respect within and outside the hip hop community with their contributions to rap, as well as jazz, funk, soul and alternative genres. Not only are their musical innovations acclaimed and respected worldwide, but they paved a path for many alternative rap groups to come after them.
The Dutch singer Kovacs, on the full name Sharon Kovacs, is one of the richest and most powerful blues and soul voices of our time. The shaven-headed chanteuse hiding the voice of a soul legend beneath her fluffy bear hood, Sharon Kovacs is an enigmatic phenomenon that started to rise in 2014, with an EP entitled „My Love, partly recorded in Cuba, was an instant European hit, even reaching Number One in Greece. Kovacs debut album, „Shades Of Black”, charted in 36 countries, making the „Top Ten” in Germany and hitting Number One in her Dutch homeland. Her second album ‘Cheap Smell’ is one of the most open, honest and inspired future soul albums of the decade, named after her last pre-fame band and – like her debut – out to find the positive in life’s toughest turns. Pulling no punches in tackling the light and shade of modern relationships, it’s a series of confessionals about wild love and abusive romantic webs, about hedonism and addiction, which follows Sharon’s rough emotional rollercoaster over the past few years. Her songs and powerful deep voice quickly brought her Sixty million YouTube views, a modelling contract with Viva Paris, a clutch of awards, a Robbie Williams support slot and high-profile sets at major festivals.
Șuie Paparude is one of the most popular and long lasting Romanian bands. The group, consisting of Mihai Campineanu (Michi), and Mihai Dobre (Haute Culture), has written an important chapter pf the Romanian electronic music. The band was formed in 1992, in Club A, featuring an alternative-new-wave style. In 1995, it released its first album with DJ Vasile, entitled „ȘUIE PAPARUDE”. During the past 19 years, Șuie Paparude were always present for their large fan base through over its releases. During its career, the band constantly experimented new ways of expression which resulted in a continuously evolving style, keeping in mind, however, their initial statement. Șuie Paparude were also the first high profile Romanian act that decided to make their album available online, free for download. At the end of 2018, after a creative break of over nine years, Șuie relased a new album, entitled Șuie Paparude, which hosts 20 new musical pieces like: „Mergem mai departe” („We are going forward”) and „Omul de gheață” („The ice man”).
Robin and the Backstabbers are a known name within the Romanian artistic scene, established in 2010 at the initiative of Andrei Robin Proca. Members describe the band's music as „melodramatic pop” and 8 singles # 1 on Radio Guerrilla and a first successful album are among the successes which brought the band to the attention of music enthusiasts.
In 2015, the band released a second studio album, „Bacovia Overdrive Vol. II: Archangelsk”, the second part of the next trilogy called Bacovia Overdrive. Its release was preceded by „Music in Songs”, a song with a video in which the members of the band appear alongside several known Romanian actresses, like: Ana Ularu, Diana Cavaliotti, Andreea Vasile. The single „Cosmonaut”, released afterwards, alongside a nostalgic and personal video, seem to complete the story of the second album, both appreciated and controversial.
The Mono Jacks alternate between alternative rock and post-punk touches and define their work as a collection of thoughts and feelings in musical form. Established in 2008 by Doru Trăscău, known to the Romanian audiences as lead vocalist for the early 2000’s Romanian grunge icons ab4, The Mono Jacks had all the makings for an excellent debut, with an album released in 2010 and an enthusiastic response to their single „Maria”. The debut album was closely followed by two EPs, „Fortunes” released in late 2011 launching the breakaway hit single „Gândurile” („The thoughts”) – a turning point for the band’s songwriting activity. After a break, The Mono Jacks got back in 2015 with a fresh line-up and a new single, „Tablou”, „a story about love and missed opportunities”, meant to signal a new start for the band. This pieces was followed in 2016 by „Drumul” – an emotional piece from a band at its peak and by a new single, „Un sfert de secundă”, in 2017. Whichever of the bands’ musical pieces you’ll listen, you’ll easily get entranced watching their thoughtful, energetic live shows and their rawness, encapsulated underneath a layer of pervasive melancholy, will captivate you.
Jurjak, one of the rising names on the Romanian music scene, is the musical project founded by George Petroșel, the talented son of Edi Petroșel, drummer of the well-known Romanian band Holograf. Graduate of the film directing specialty of an Art School, Mr. Jurjak entered the music industry as a drummer in a trip hop band, „K&confusion”, and as a producer in a nu jazz band, named „Virtual Picnic”. Soon after the start of Jurjak project, in 2016 the debut album hit the market, entitled „Lemon Blues” and welcomed with enthusiasm by the local market, followed at the end of 2018 by a second one, entitled „Blues Berry”.
Local heroes in their native Bucharest but also quite active musical tourists, Karpov not Kasparov have been carrying their instruments throughout Europe during the past four years, playing their very energetic live set in alternative venues from Berlin, Milano, Vienna, Florence, Hamburg, Basel, Torino, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Prague, Lille or Budapest.
The duo began making music based on the rules and strategies of chess. It might seem complicated but the output is always a very danceable melody, sometimes inspired by Oriental folklore (because chess is an Oriental game) and always mixed with powerful 80's dancefloor sounds.
Otherside is purely soul, free and electric, a Bucharest born project. Art, in the performance and sincere environment, is something we care deeply about, and we'd love for you to take our art on a spin.
FiRMA, one of the iconic rock bands of the Romanian alternative rock, was launched in 2001 on a musical market that was starting to learn to live up to international standards. Their debut album („La orbire” - 2003) broke all the patterns due to their jazz, blues, funk and trip-hop influences, molded on an alternative rock sound. The bands videos have remained in the memory of a generation, so that the band succeeded to capture the attention of the music scene due to the care for details proven by their artistic output. With three nominations at the MTV European Music Awards, a second exciting album released in 2007 and a collaboration for the live soundtrack of the play „Desteptarea primaverii” at Teatrul Mic in Bucharest (2016-2017), the band is now in a new creative shot. The fresh energy of the musicians' team is crystallized in the newest studio material, „Descântece”. Launched for three years (Volume 1 in October 2014, Volume 2 in May 2017), „Descantece” is the newest evolutionary step in the history of a band that has always surprised. Launched on December, the 17th 2018, the album „Poezii Alese Vol. I” brings together a set of nine songs composed by Daniel Stoicea - „Rocca” on lyrics by classical and contemporary Romanian poets as: Nina Cassian, Elena Vladareanu, Ana Blandiana, Svetlana Carstean, George Bacovia, Lucian Blaga and Mihai Eminescu. So far, the pieces released are: „In lemn” and „Spatiu Vital”, „Daca ne-am ucide unul pe altul” and „Vis cu cai”.
Soundopamine is a duo live act combining warm micro cosmic grooves with the human touch. They are a fresh breath of air in the romanian music scene, always keeping the crowd craving for more. Chris & Natasha are a lifetime musicians that met at the courses of the National Music University in Bucharest, back in 2012, creating their own everyday paradise soundtrack ever since.
In 2017, the duo toured around in Eastern Europe, (click to play) being spotted playing both in alternative locations and on the stages of events & festivals. 2018' had even a better energy, as they started by being nominated as one of the 2018 artists with a significant rise. The summer brought a collaboration with the Open Air crew in Portugal which culminated with a party under the stars in central Lisbon.