Text by CLOT Magazine
Dronica Festival, the experimental sound-art festival founded in 2016 by event curator Nicola Serra, is celebrating its 3rd-year anniversary. This year the festival arrives with some changes. A new bigger venue is the main of these changes. Still, true to their tradition, the venue is another church, St Matthias church, near Newington Green in Northeast London.
A new venue bigger in size also brings new potential and challenges. Therefore the Dronica team have decided they are going to host only one big event at the church every year and start working on collaborations and side projects throughout the year in different locations. On the other hand, they want to nurture these collaborations also with co-releases and a possible label launch soon, too, Nicola shared with us.
Nicola’s vision for this new edition and era stays similar as it’s been originally To create a platform for experimental sound-art with its own identity and aesthetic. Super eclectic but still with a clear vision, when artists can present their work with total freedom and audience can experience something unique, citing his words.
The festival will take place between May 9 and 11, 2019, with 3 days of drone, experimental electronica and noise music for which Dronica has acquired its reputation. The festival will host live music performances, audiovisuals, indoor sound/art installations, workshops, and label showcases over the three days. Some of the artists that you can expect to see are a mix of renowned artists such as writer and musician David Toop, Phil Durrant Phil and Rupert Clervaux and upcoming talents like Ayankoko from the Chinabot Collective, LI YILEY, Rkss, Domiziano Maselli and others.
The installations will bring the work of artists giving a visual context to the sound into the performative space: from an intervention of part of the church to the dynamic live visuals for the different performances provided by the collective Warehouse Animals and other video projections and screenings.