‘Circuit Viu’ will take place during the months of September, October and November. The programme of the fourth edition of the ‘Circuit Viu’ will be a special one. It is an initiative of the Valencian Association of Live Music Venues. 20 concerts will be held in 19 venues all over the Comunitat de Valencia. 29 bands, mostly Valencian, will take part in the event. En Viu, the Valencian Association of Live Music Venues, has announced the programme for the fourth edition of the Viu Circuit. This year, this project to revitalise the Valencian music scene will feature 20 concerts in 19 venues throughout the country with a total of 29 bands. The performances will take place between September and November 2023 and will showcase a series of musical projects that combine emerging and established artists of very eclectic styles. The initiative aims to disseminate the musical richness and diversity that characterises the Valencian Community.
Circuit Viu was born in the summer of 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, when live music was in a critical situation due to the health situation. At that time, the association En Viu programmed a series of performances with the aim of vindicating the importance of concert venues and, also, of the artists, technicians and companies that are part of this cultural industry. During the three previous editions, the cycle has seen the participation of 22 venues with more than 60 groups. It should be remembered that the Valencian Association of Live Music Venues brings together the main private venues in the Valencian Community.
The September programme
The bands Valley’s Folk and Psycodelia will kick off the series. They will do so on Saturday 2 September at the ‘Matadero’ in Ayora. Both bands are from Valle de Cofrentes. The former combine Celtic and folk music with country, Slavic sounds and medieval melodies, while the latter are committed to psychedelic rock. A few weeks later, on Saturday 16 September, Valencia’s ‘Sala 16 Toneladas’ will host the presentation of the rockabilly duet Helen Helen and the rock quartet Pantaje. On the same day, ‘La Casa de la Mar’ in Alboraia will open its doors for the public to enjoy the electronic pop with reminiscences of the 80s by Amor Butano and the proposal of Seserino from Alcoy, who leans towards the electronic bases of the so-called bedroom pop.
The Circuit Viu will also have international representation. Thus, the North Americans The Pine Hill Haints will showcase the sounds of traditional North American music on Thursday 21 September at the ‘Loco Club’ in Valencia. Two of the most popular Valencian bands, Xavi Sarrià and El Diluvi, will perform on 22 September at ‘The One’ in Sant Vicent del Raspeig. On the other hand, also on Friday 22nd, the band Perversió will bring their show of heavy metal covers with lyrics adapted to Valencian to ‘Peter Rock’ in the capital of the Turia. On the same date and also in the Cap i Casal, the group Huracán Romántica will show their mix of indie sounds, Latin rhythms and metal at the ‘Radio City’ venue. On Saturday 23rd it will be the turn of singer-songwriter Luis Ramiro, who will be at ‘El Volander’ in Valencia. The weekend will close on the 24th of September in the ‘Sala Matisse’ in the same town with the duet Via Musicae, which will perform pieces by Valencian and Catalan composers from the 19th, 20th and 11th centuries.
On the last weekend of September, Circuit Viu will move its activity to Castelló de la Plana. Thus, on Friday 29th there will be live music at the ‘Salatal’ with the experimental electronic music of Blu Boi and the combination of funk, punk and psychedelia of Sanspok. The powerful rockers Nube Naranja and Two Skulls will be playing that day at the ‘Terra’ in the capital of the Plana Alta.
The October programme
Saxophonist Eladio Reinón and drummer Guillermo Soler will open the October Cicle Viu programme on Thursday the 5th at ‘Café Mercedes Jazz’ in Valencia. A few weeks later, on Saturday 14th, ‘La Bohemia’ in Castelló de la Plana will host live performances by Ven’nus and L’Home Brut. The former will showcase the intimate and personal universe of electronic pop that she has captured on her debut album, Bocaterrosa. L’Home Brut will be playing the songs that have made the group a benchmark of alternative rock sung in Valencian. On the same weekend, the ‘Sala Euterpe’ in Sant Joan d’Alacant will be the venue for the presentation of the most recent release by singer-songwriter Andreu Valor, the album Un nou món. That will be on Sunday 15 October.
Alicante and Castelló de la Plana will be the two venues where Circuit Viu will be playing during the last weeks of October. First of all, on Saturday 21st, the ‘Sala Stereo’ in the capital of Alicante will host two local punk-rock bands: Sheila and Junta Urgente. A week later, on Saturday the 28th, Badlands will play their melodies anchored in North American roots music at ‘La Bohemia’ in the capital of La Plana Alta. The ‘Casa de la Mar’ in the same city will feature two urban music projects. Firstly, Beatriz del Monte from Madrid, known by the stage name of Bewis de la Rosa, will stage her incursion into rural rap. On the other hand, the Valencian trio Sa Pena will present hip-hop and electronic tracks from their two releases, Principis and Revolució.
The November programme
The Circuit Viu will close in November with three very different proposals. On Saturday the 4th, Awakate from Murcia will make the audience dance at the ‘Marearock’ venue in Alicante with their mix of urban styles, Latin music, electronic music and elements of Murcian folklore. Later, on Saturday 18th, one of the sensations of Spanish music, the Andalusians La Plazuela, will perform in the ‘ Sala Repvblicca’ in Mislata. The last concert of the cycle will take place on Saturday 25th November in the ‘Rock City’ in Almàssera with an artist to be announced soon.
Tickets can be purchased at the website www.circuitviu.es
Report by ‘24/7 Valencia’ team
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