Your guide to Popfest Wien 2016: 11 must-see music acts

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    July 26, 2016
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            The annual free music festival, the Popfest, just keeps growing and this year will showcase a raft of up-and-coming and established Austrian and Viennese artists.

            Three days (Thu, July 28 to Sun, July 31) of music mayhem will play out in front of the grand Karlskirche, and within several venues around Karlsplatz, including the Wien Museum, the actual church, the TU (University of Technology), brut and more.

            Firstly, here's a map showing where the different participating venues are located in the Karlsplatz area:
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            Thursday, July 28


            Mavi Phoenix
            When: 7:30pm
            Where: Red Bull Brandwagen



            This band described in a few words:
            Electronic beats, smeared make-up, poppy, bassy, that kooky girl everybody wants to date, electro-pop, dance-worthy, ponytails, electric

            How would I dance to this music?
            Head down, but out, with sweat running down your spine, in a dark club.



            Sad Francisco
            When: 9pm
            Where: TU Prechtlsaal



            This band described in a few words:
            Road-tripping music, thick in the Viennese dialect, easy guitar, singer/songwriting pop

            How would I dance to this music?
            You wouldn’t. Simply sit, and nod your head ever so cooly.  



            Friday, July 29


            Sex Jams
            When: 6:30pm
            Where: Seebühne



            This band described in a few words:
            Indie, angry, rock band, hair flying about, getting licked out of wine bars, several guitar strings broken every gig

            How would I dance to this music?
            In a sweaty, messy hurricane of jumping, kicking and throwing your body about in a moshpit while slowing down on occasion to take a drag on your cigarette



            Ash my Love
            When: 11pm
            Where: TU Prechtlsaal



            This band described in a few words:
            A little rockabilly, a little rock, heavy bass, performers that know how to get a crowd going, if they were in a film it would be a black and white one and they’d have slicked back hair and be wearing britches. They have mega-nice sideburn chops

            How would I dance to this music?
            A lot of foot stomping, nodding of the head, as if you’re occasionally being stung by jellyfish  



            Dawa
            When: 8pm
            Where: Seebühne



            This band described in a few words:
            Boat floating on a lake, talented vocals, singer/songwriter, acoustic guitar, escapism

            How would I dance to this music?
            Sway like the wind, tiny dancer



            Leyya
            When: 9:30pm
            Where: Seebühne



            This band described in a few words:
            Music that takes you from dream to nightmare and back, dark, raw, muddy riffs, a different kind of electro-pop breed

            How would I dance to this music?
            You have to listen actively so people should sit down and do nothing while they’re listening to it. That’s right, sit down on the God damn dancefloor and listen with a beer in hand.



            The Unused Word
            When: 11:55pm
            Where: Heuer am Karlsplatz



            This band described in a few words:
            Moody, electronic beats, dreamy, whispy vocals that carry meaning

            How would I dance to this music?
            Let go of reality with this music, people, and just move with it. Express yo’ self!



            Saturday, July 30


            Elsa Tootsie And The Mini Band
            When: 6pm
            Where: Wien Museum



            This band described in a few words:
            Beanie-wearing, folksy fun, finger-picking on a steel string guitar, a little bit country, untrimmed moustache, surprising vocals, like you should be kicking up dust with your boots (if you’re wearing any)

            How would I dance to this music?
            Pursed lips, peeling back the label of your beer, nodding your head slightly, but like ya’ mean it, whiskey chased by shots of more whiskey



            ROBB
            When: 8pm
            Where: Seebühne



            This band described in a few words:
            A boy band with poppy electro beats. They’ve got vocals down pact and they like to cram in funk into their tunes.

            How would I dance to this music?
            A lot of hip movement, grinding up against somebody, minimal foot movement, like you would dance to any catchy pop track  



            Schmieds Puls
            When: 12am
            Where: brut



            This band described in a few words:
            Vocals that will make you want to quit it all, jump back in time and do it all again, guitar strings that carry melancholic lyrics inside songs that are strangely uplifting

            How would I dance to this music?
            Let’s just say, it’s going to be emotional.




            Sunday, July 31


            Johann Sebastian Bass Chamber Orchestra
            When: 10pm
            Where: Karlskiche



            This band described in a few words:
            Sorry, but we can’t help but say it – these guys are funky as fuck. A bunch of talented musicians in Mozart wigs and the old school clothing from back in the day of JSB (the Bach kind). There’s a keytar in there, and this time there will be a whole orchestra performing their typically electric pop electronic tunes.

            How would I dance to this music?
            You should probably be sitting for this shit.
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            July 26, 2016