The mutual attraction of two aesthetic systems — music and architecture — has resulted in a creative impulse, a signal that inspired a team of enthusiasts to organize a large-scale international festival.
The four-day Signal 2017 festival will be held from 17 to 20 August in Nikola-Lenivets, on a unique natural and historical territory, 200 km from Moscow.
Dozens of worldwide renowned electronic artists and musicians have confirmed their participation in Signal 2017. However, the lineup will be revealed stepwise. Live performances, DJ sets and concerts by numerous artists from the USA, Germany, Sweden, Great Britain, France, Romania, and Russia are announced to take place on four main stages of the festival and within the frameworks of Signal sub-events.
Veronica Vasicka is a musician and DJ who has revived the layer of minimal dance music from the 70s and 80s, making it an actual genre, and turning its accompanying elements into the new club aesthetics. Matias Aguayo, the Cologne-based and Chile-born boss of the Cómeme label, made radical adjustments to the alignment of forces on the German electronic scene. Ryan Elliott, a former financial analyst at Ford Motors, is now a world-renowned techno-DJ and resident of the infamous Berghain club. The founder of L.I.E.S. Records Ron Morelli requires no extra introduction. The DJ-diva Maayan Nidam is as much in demand under her real name as under her star pseudonym Miss Fitz. The program also features notable European artists Thomas Melchior, Tobias Linden and Cabanne, as well as Herodot, one of the founders of the Romanian label Unanim.
Signal’s live performances include: a big concert by “the German Soul Clap" Wareika, Swedish techno producer Peder Mannerfelt, widely known as The Subliminal Kid and the author of the “Request Line” track, which became Signal’s musical theme of this year, the French trio dOP with an expressive show, thanks to the success of which the band is on parade at the largest musical events of recent years. The international collaboration project Soundwalk Collective is now a trio on a new wave of popularity due to the resonance caused by collaborations with Patti Smith and choreographer Sasha Waltz. In addition, there will be solo performances by the American artist and musician Thorne Hawke, the festival’s guest from New York Kamran Sadeghi, The Chi Factory ambient quartet, severe techno coryphaeus Joey Blush, performing under the pseudonym Blush Response, and Ark, the pioneer of the French minimal house. One of the festival’s most important events will be the live performance by Zoviet France, a prolific band from Newcastle upon Tyne. Although its music might contain elements of industrial, it still meets the definition of ambient, and the band has a mysterious and legendary reputation, no less than someone like Daft Punk.
Representing the international music program, the festival team makes every effort to present the potential of the Nikola-Lenivets natural area to the broad audience. Nikola-Lenivets is a part of the Ugra National Park, listed in the Earth's biosphere reserve by UNESCO.
Trendsetting studios and landscape bureaus are involved in the festival implementation. The eco-settlement Prizma and the stage of the same name will be built according to the Dom architectural workshop’s project. One of the festival's bars will be created with the participation of the Kontora architectural bureau. The Sila Sveta team is responsible for the festival’s main stage design. The endless path landscape project and one of the festival’s main stages called Moebius were designed by the architect Ivan Shchetinin.
Signal is authentic and self-sufficient: its creators are building the settlement themselves and rendering it habitable, so that by the time the festival starts it will have become a public multifunctional space, integrated into the local ecosystem. On the Signal territory, comprising the forest and adjacent open areas near the Ugra banks, there will be four music scenes, two camping sites, and a number of experimental objects designed by the festival team.