On 4-6 April Tallinn will buzz with festival excitement while 30 music venues will fill up with music fans and 233 artists from 20 countries. Good music and good food being a match made in heaven, this year's festival has hand-picked a selection of town's best restaurants and eateries that offer special menus and discounts to festival guests. Festival goers will have a chance to visit 16 restaurants over 3 afternoons, just before hitting the music clubs.
Tallinn Music Week that has grown into one of the biggest indoor festivals in the Baltic region, spans diverse musical styles and genres, having developed dedicated programmes for classical music, contemporary composition, folk and jazz and the whole spectrum that popular music has to offer.
International highlights this year include the dream pop sensation Me and My Drummer from Berlin, playful electronic visionaries Rangleklods from Denmark and the all-girl electro punk attack LCMDF from Finland. As international interest for the festival has grown significantly, so has the number of countries represented in the programme. The artist line-up is proud of the Iberi choir from Georgia, graffiti artists and dub step stars 3421 from Israel, Belarus’ art rock trio Folkmashina and the Spanish trumpeter Adan Delgado Illada. And last but not least, Namgar will bring over the mysteries of Mongolian and Buryatian traditional music.
Finland is big at this year’s TMW with 26 artists in the programme; Russia and Lithuania have strong line-ups with 6 artists from each country. Denmark and UK follow with 5. Estonia is represented by 165 versatile acts from all genres and subgenres.
This year the festival has also teamed up with the annual world-travelling series of music workshops for DJ-s, vocalists and music enthusiasts, the Red Bull Music Academy, celebrating its 15th birthday at Tallinn Music Week. Their showcase will present Estonian artists who have participated in the Academy’s international events throughout the years, and also the drum’n’bass and breakstep legend DJ Zinc from UK.
The festival’s City Stage programme will take new music to unexpected locations and venues in the city – book shops, galleries, record stores, cafés, design studios, hotel bars and elsewhere –, offering free of charge daytime concerts by selected TMW artists.
On its 5th birthday TMW has launched a brand new festival edition: TMW restaurants’ showcase “TMW Tastes”! From April 4-6 a selection of 16 hand-picked restaurants will offer special afternoon tasting menus and discounts to festival pass holders. So, before hitting the clubs, festival goers can try the best culinary achievements Tallinn has to offer from high end fine dining like Gloria, the legendary gastronomy institution of Estonia from 1937 to local’s favourites, the hip and bohemian F-hoone or Von Krahl’s “Aed”. Special menus are available from 3 pm to 6 pm, so you can plan for a 3-day tasting journey through 16 restaurants before the festival concerts in music venues start. Restaurant festival programme: www.tmw.ee/food