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October 8, 2012

The Cranberries @Romexpo, Bucharest: Oct-11

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Events proudly presents the second Romanian concert of rock/pop sensation of the 1990’s The Cranberries on Oct-11, at 20:00hrs at Romexpo in Bucharest. The concert will be opened by Romanian act The Mono Jacks (we saw their awesome performance in 2011 opening for Suede: Viva Music review & photos).

The Cranberries are a genuine lovemark of the 1990’s and their early hiatus in the 2000’s left many audiences in a melancholy wait for their performances. Known to fuse elegantly and bluntly at the same time Irish lore and poetry (quite a few of their songs dwell on references from the poetry of W. B. Yeats), pervasive rock sounds, and a dark approach to the issues that convulse mankind (wars, addiction, lack of humanity in addressing the world’s problems), the band managed to raise to success within the shortest of whiles. Albums such as “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We” or “No Need to Argue“, which are soon to step into their third decade, procured them a solid audience and their personality left an indelible mark on the way we perceive music today.

With their darker shades, explored mainly in albums such as “To the Faithful Departed” or “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee“, which approach diligently issues such as death, parental carelessness, the effect of war on people, depression, as well as alienation, they not only succeeded in offering a musical feast for their fans, but also open up a personal debate with their listeners on issues that impact our lives. Charismatic lead singer Dolores O’Riordan continued this self-assigned mission even after the band split; her solo albums, released in the mid-2000’s addressing personal issues such as bereavement, death from cancer of beloved ones, and the inability of the individual to cope with the great shattering experiences that shape our world today.

For their 2012 Bucharest concert, The Cranberries propose a musical treat of 2 hours: songs of their musical past, as well as a tour promo of their newest album, released in Feb-12, “Roses“. The Bucharest date of their tour is eagerly awaited by fans – and the venue of Romexpo suits very well the acoustics and audience needs of such a concert. You can purchase tickets here. You can RSVP to the Facebook event here. You can read more about the Romanian promoter of the event here.

March 2, 2012

Diary of Dreams @The Silver Church Arena, Bucharest Feb-29: Viva Music Review

February 29’s tend to be special occasions – after all, you only witness a couple of them during your lifetime, and they only come every four years. February 29, 2012 was really such a day, since the wonderful performance from Diary of Dreams in Bucharest (their second, after Viva Music‘s own feature of Diary of Dreams in our first Darkwave.ro fest three years ago (photo gallery by Viva Music | event presentation [in Romanian]). It turned out to be an awesome night, with Diary of Dreams offering a well-rounded tour of their oldest and newest, ranging from “False Affection, False Creation” to their last year’s “Mein Eid“, and with a frantic crowd as diverse as you would ever want to witness during a show; with devoted fans who knew all the lyrics to their songs, and were happy to recognize them in the setlist, and with newcomers to the miracles performed on stage by Diary of Dreams.

For full gallery by Viviana Ball/Viva Music and Aridwev Andrei/Tanz die Revolution click here.

Now in the endterm of their 2011-12 Ego:X tour (read Viva Music’s review of Diary of Dreams’ 2011 album “Ego:Xhere), which was offered generously by the band in 30+ venues across the world, Diary of Dreams chose a very wise setlist for their second Bucharest date. It is, as you might well intuit, a rare occasion for a band from our scene to be present for the second time in our beloved Bucharest. but it’s also gladdening news, because during the three years which elapsed since their first Bucharest date, the scene evolved, the concerts and festivals increased in number and became more diverse, and then there are the other events, radio shows, parties and of course, a beautiful community of beautiful people which is there to witness all this bounty. Diary of Dreams came to Bucharest with great enthusiasm and very eager to please their audience – which, at almost full house – welcomed them in their turn with similar keenness and fervor.


After a very enticing “Intro”, Diary of Dreams did not lose time to induct their audience into the fervent and solemn rhythms of “The Wedding”. “Lebenslang” and “Menschfeind” ensued, asking the crowd to show what they got, and then “Chemicals” and of course, an applauded masterpiece such as their “The Plague”. You needed to be there to love their “Reign of Chaos” and “Giftraum”, as well as their great “Ego:X” track “Mein Eid”. From newest – “Mein Eid” to oldest – “False Affection, False Creation” from their 1994 “Cholymelan”. The cavalcade of goodies went on with “Wahn?Sinn!” and “King of Nowhere”, which were responded to ardently, as well as their save-the-best-for-last strategy that meant keeping for the end a great streak that included “Amok”, “The Curse”, and “Butterfly – Dance!”. Toward the end, a great performance of “She and Her Darkness” convinced all attending how successful the night was, and just how much passion was poured by the band into the show.

Diary of Dreams’ performance in The Silver Church Arena was a wonderful occasion to meet old and new friends, to immerse in the captivating atmosphere born from the next to perfect interaction of artists and audience. And we won’t need to wait long for their next performance, because within weeks we are going to report back to you about Diary of Dreams’ performance at Industrial Boom – Reboot Festival from Budapest!

Diary of Dreams: Official Website | on Facebook | Discography on Discogs

October 7, 2011

Tanz Die Revolution 1st Year Anniversary on Oct-14

Tanz Die Revolution, the electro-gothic-industrial community of Bucharest organize their first year anniversary party on Oct-14, starting 22hrs in Indie Club (2, Inisor St.). Entrance is free.

RSVP here.

Blending 1980’s synth and future pop to harsher sounds of aggrotech and ebm score, the event will do justice to gothic music as well.   A full battery of DJ’s is going to be there for your entertainment: DJ MNDFK, DJane Malice, DJ Xenomorph and DJ Sentinel.

The Romanian-based project Violent Backpropagation will also provide a 30-min set to guide you through their most recent work and remixes.

A raffle with free enrolment will take place at 3am. Full info is available on the Facebook event page and on the official website of the community.

June 5, 2011

Suede (The Mono Jacks opening) 04.06.2011 at Arenele Romane, Bucharest – review (with photos and videos)


The EventThe Mono Jacks @Arenele Romane, Bucharest 04.06.2011 – reviewThe Mono Jacks @Arenele Romane, Bucharest 04.06.2011 – photogallerySuede @Arenele Romane, Bucharest 04.06.2011 (The Mono Jacks opening) – review SUEDE @Arenele Romane, Bucharest 04.06.2011 (The Mono Jacks opening) – photogallerySUEDE @Arenele Romane, Bucharest 04.06.2011 (The Mono Jacks opening) – setlistOther reviewsVideos

The Event

The event Suede @Arenele Romane Bucharest 04.06.2011 (The Mono Jacks opening) was presented by One Event (site | Facebook) to whom Viviana (photos) and Octavian (review) thank wholeheartedly for one of the best concert experiences e-vah! Many thanks, and congrats, One Event! With a numerous crowd (less and unfortunately so for the 1-hour show put up by The Mono Jacks), a fine selection of songs on the setlist and a wonderful denouement, the event can be counted among the finest concerts of the year already. It may well be the Suede fan in me saying this, but Suede fans and Suede-curious crowd must agree: the concert, while sounding nothing like the Suede of their past glory, shows Suede are back, and we have to ascertain the more mature-sounding, retro riffs and always and always less falsettos as a sign this could well be the music of a new generation, too.

Suede‘s concert was exactly as I had fantasized about. I had a hunch there would be no “A New Morning” songs, it being the ‘one-too-many’ album lead singer Brett Anderson referred to as being the unnecessary effort that clarified the band’s disbandment in 2003. With a well-represented “Coming Up” (6 songs), “Dog Man Star” (5 songs), as well as 3 songs from “Suede”, 2 from “Head Music” and a totally unexpected and all the more brilliant and valiant “Killing of a Flash Boy” of “Sci-Fi Lullabies” fame, Suede took their audience on a scenic drive with significant halts of their career, showing that, notwithstanding the passing of time (some of the songs are 1-year short of being 2-decade old), the nineties were a wonderful musical playground, worth revisiting.


March 22, 2011

Latest Info about Candy Affair Party – April-07 in Club Control

(info in Romanian here)

– press release –
the 21st of March, 2011

Control Club (19, Academiei St.) will host on Thursday, the 7th of April, a unique event in Romania: Candy Affair Party, whose guests of honor are the distinguished international artists – Mona Mur & En Esch. The party starter will be Dan Serbanescu’s side-project, Tanz Ohne Musik.


February 1, 2011

Darkwave.ro Fest 3 review (with photos) – Dj Luca Ew, Tenek, Rabia Sorda and Project Pitchfork – January 29, 2011

Darkwave.ro Fest 3 (PROJECT PITCHFORK, RABIA SORDA and TENEK live in Cage Club, on January 29, organized by VIVA MUSIC with CLICKNET ROMTELECOM as main partner) came and went with a blast. The only local festival devoted to dark, electro, aggrotech and industrial music in Romania offered for its third edition a generous display of art for art’s sake and genuine musical feeling. Cage Club, unfortunately on its last active day, closed late in the night with a unique fest that welded together different fandoms into a unique, tumultuous crowd.

By 09:00 pm, the official doors open time, people started crowding the club’s venue. Electroheads, Goths dressed up to the nines and even the club’s regular rock scene flowed in and enjoyed DJ LUCA EW’s opening set that mimetized topnotch the evolving’s crowd feelings and will to dance. COVENANT, MIND.IN.A.BOX, but also AND ONE, FADERHEAD and APOPTYGMA BERZERK produced sonic atmosphere and opened the appetite of the audience from Romania, Germany, Great Britain,  Finland – to name just a few of the countries that visited VIVA MUSIC’s fest.


December 3, 2010

Nine Inch Nails live tribute in Bucharest, Club Fabrica, on February 12, 2011

Viva Music are deosebita placere sa anunte un eveniment special pentru data de 12 februarie in Club Fabrica din Bucuresti

Cinci muzicieni cunoscuti ai scenei de rock alternativ si metal pun la cale un proiect unic si special, primul tribut Nine Inch Nails produs vreodata in Romania.

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Cele 90 minute ale spectacolului vor fi o productie NIN autentica: sunet, lumini si video vor fi angrenate intr-o reprezentatie de o verosimilitudine NIN de necontestat. 18 melodii sunt produse chiar in acest moment, iar artistii depun toate eforturile ca lucrurile sa mearga conform planului.


September 1, 2010

darkwave.ro festival: november 12, 2010: promoter viva music

DARKWAVE.RO – the first alternative music and arts festival in Romania!


VIVA MUSIC is the first promoter to offer a complex and large scale festival: four bands, DJ sets, cool atmosphere, art, exhibitions, contests, all in one flawlessly designed venue: KULTURHAUS! After live concerts from MELOTRON, DAS ICH, IN STRICT CONFIDENCE, DIARY OF DREAMS and COVENANT, VIVA MUSIC is here to promote an original and unique festival in Romania!

DARKWAVE.RO festival (November 12, 2010, KULTURHAUS, formerly Twice Club) hails from the tradition VIVA MUSIC set off in February 2009 with FIRST ROMANIAN DARKFEST. VIVA MUSIC solely promotes quality electro.dark.industrial.Goth.synth music in Romania.


August 20, 2010

Killing Joke: Absolute Dissent: to be released on September 27th

On their 30th anniversary, Killing Joke delight their fans with the release of a new ingenious material, “Absolute Dissent”, on Spinefarm Records UK, put together in London, Spain & Prague. The album features 12 tracks, entirely produced by the band themselves and engineered & mixed by Clive Goddard. “Absolute Dissent” will be available worldwide from 27th September.

It is for the first time in 28 years since the original line-up, consisting of emblematical front man Jaz Coleman, guitarist Geordie Walker, bassist Youth and drummer Paul Ferguson, have worked together on a record: “We have survived equipment being hi-jacked, tapes being withheld, nervous breakdowns, family bereavements, blood lettings, and a host of other challenges of Biblical proportions, comments Youth. “But we are now at the final ascent, and I have to say it’s one of the greatest albums I have ever had the privilege to be involved with… EVER! I have been living and breathing it for over four months now, and I’m still jaw-droopingly amazed at its power & beauty…


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