Last year we profiled Amek Collective, the Sofia-based organisation with a love for experimental music and unique events. As Amek’s Angel Simitchiev (aka Mytrip) told us at the time, their DIY approach led them to “dig deeper and discover more and more artists worth showing”, while he also teased the proposition of a big tenth anniversary celebration in 2018.
Now that proposition has solidified into a fully-fledged event, which MusicMap is pleased to share the details of today. Taking place at the Bulgarian capital’s premier venue Mixtape 5, ten live acts will be performing at Amek X with a techno after-party to follow.
Acts announced so far include Bulgarian-Lebanese psych duo OOHS! (whose debut EP premiered on MusicMap last December), Gdansk-based ambient artist ate and Sofia sludge trio Trysth. There will also be two exclusive collaborations between British and Bulgarian artists: Valance Drakes (aka Muss_ck) will team up with Ivan Shopov, while Leaver and Tim Holehouse will be reprising the roles that resulted in last year’s Amek release Before The Fire.
Five more acts are still to be announced (we’ll bring you details of those in due course), but early-bird tickets for Amek X are already on sale here. Even better, they also come with download codes for four new releases that will be launched alongside the event.
“Amek Collective is an effort to build a community of artists”, Simitchiev told us back in September. “The desire to show our output to the world only comes afterwards.” There’s never been a better time to witness that output live, so we suggest you take the opportunity…