The Seated People’s Festival returns to Braga for the second edition on Friday and Saturday with German Nils Frahm, New Zealander Marlon Williams and South African Alice Phoebe Lou as the poster’s main names.
With concerts at Theatro Circo, GNRation and in the city centre of Braga, the event brings together several emerging names from alternative international music, such as Catalan Núria Graham, and other national figures such as Riding Panic or Filipe Sambado.
The two days start in the centre of the city at 19:00, with West Coast Man, Pedro Costa project on Friday, and the Lisbon band Madrepaz on Saturday, performing at Rua do Castelo before dinner.
At 22:00 on Friday, Alice Phoebe Lou presents to the public the blues and fusion of styles that characterizes the South African songwriter, with the debut album ‘Orbit’, of 2016, to give place, still this year, to the next studio recording, ‘Paper Castles’.
Lou, 25, released the ‘Sola’ EP in late 2017, in addition to a poetry book, featuring the song ‘She’, created for the movie ‘Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story’. the final list of nominees for the Oscar for Best Original Song.
An hour later, Marlon Williams, a 27-year-old New Zealander who participated in this year’s Bradley Cooper movie “So Starts a Star” and the fourth version of the story, with Cooper and Lady Gaga in the lead roles ( which succeeded Janet Gaynor and Fredric March in the original by William Wellman, 1937, Judy Garland and James Mason by George Cukor, 1954, and Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson by Frank Pierson, 1976).
In Braga, Marlon Williams will present his successor to the 2015 debut album Make Way for Love, which was released this year and was named Best Male Artist by New Zealand’s Variety Artists Club.
In the evening, GNRation is again hosting Portuguese proposals, with the pair Medeiros / Lucas scheduled for 00:30 and Filipe Sambado at 2:00 am on Saturday.
On the second and final day, the stage of Theatro Circo hosts the Catalan Núria Graham, presenting the 2017 album ‘Does It Ring a Bell?’ On what is already the third album of the young singer of 22 years.
Nils Frahm, the poster head of the festival, takes to the stage at 11:00 pm on Saturday, showing ‘All Melody’, released this year and presented five months earlier in Porto, at the Primavera Sound festival.
The composer, producer and performer of Hamburg are recognized for an unconventional approach to the piano, in which he combines classic and electronic sonorities, as well as percussion tools.
Over the course of his career, the 36-year-old musician has collaborated with musicians such as Ólafur Arnalds or Woodkid and has released soundtracks for theatre or cinema, with nine albums in his own name.
IAN, the project of the Russian violinist Ianina Khmelik, of the Casa da Música Symphonic Orchestra, opens the GNRation stage at 1:30 am on Sunday, bringing trip-hop and alternative electronic music to the festival.
Following the Portuguese Riding Panic (2:30), after starting the DJ set of actor Nuno Lopes, in another room of the space bracarense, at the end of the event.
The festival was born in Santa Maria da Feira, where it was held until 2014, and went to Braga the following year.
From the beginning, the event has already featured names like Devendra Banhart, Robert Fisher, Woven Hand, Low, Tindersticks, among others.