Final acts announced for East of Culture – Different Sounds 2022

The line-up of Different Sounds expands to include: Beardyman – one of the world’s best beatboxers as well as a multi-instrumentalist and a musical comedic talent; an exceptional percussionist and drummer – Julian Sartorius, the rising star of Georgian electronic music – Anushka Chkeidze, a Ukrainian mixed media duo – Cluster Lizard, a Polish-Ukrainian project called Kadabra Dyskety Kusaje and musicians from Belarus: the dance trio Dlina Volny and MaDMApper who combines synthesiser sounds with visual experiments. We will meet the artists between 7-10 July at the 15th edition of Different Sounds and its 9th iteration as part of East of Culture, a joint project of the National Centre for Culture, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and local governments from Lublin, Białystok, and Rzeszów.  

Beardyman is the stage name of Darren Alexander Foreman, a London-based beatboxer, singer, award-winning musician, and multi-instrumentalist who is widely regarded as the leading artist in his genre. And it’s not an exaggeration because Beardyman can conjure up truly incredible things performing solo on stage. Using his voice, extraordinary skills, and voice emission techniques, the artist delivers a memorable show for the audience. Credited by the BBC as „King of Sound, Ruler of Beats”, he is a digital superstar and a groundbreaking live looping pioneer. Beardyman is also a musical comedic talent championed by the likes of Tim Minchin and Jack Black. He plays with genres such as techno, dubstep, breakbeat and drum’n’bass with great flair and humour, and his imagination and possibilities seem limitless.

Julian Sartorius: Hailing from Switzerland, Julian Sartorius is an outstanding drummer, percussionist and a master of rhythmic instruments. His solo concerts are magical shows that showcase what this gifted artist can do with percussion instruments. In addition to his concert at Different Sounds, Julian Sartorius will create an original soundwalk around Lublin’s city centre to show how we can approach sound, silence, noise, and music in cities. Over the years, the artist has travelled nearly the entire globe, performing in a variety of venues and sharing the stage with legends of alternative music, such as Jaki Liebzeit, Arlo Lindsay, Marc Ribot, Deerhoof, and Faust.

Anushka Chkheidze is the rising star of Georgian electronic music. She grew up in Kharagauli, where she attended a music school, sang folk songs in the youth ensemble and, at the age of 11, started performing at a small chapel in the village. We can hear major influences from those years in her original music, although she also experiments with ambient and classical music. Her work covers cinema and theatre music. Her debut album, „Halfie”, released in 2020, received the „Tsinandali Prize” and was nominated by IMPALA for „the European Independent album of the year 2020″ award. Soon after, she returned with her second, pandemic, album, „Move 20-21″, which she describes as „a mind journey through space and time without physical activity”. 

Cluster Lizard is a project combining electronic music, visual arts, and computer graphics by two established Ukrainian artists – Dmytro Fedorenko (aka Kotra) and Kateryna Zavoloka, based in Berlin and signed with the label KVITNU. They draw conceptual inspiration for their work from the futuristic ideas of prominent science fiction writers, experimental and radical sci-fi movies, abstract paintings, photography, video games, and comics. Their sets are brilliant excursions into the world of ambitious electronic music, replete with pop-cultural references. According to the artists themselves, Cluster Lizard make dystopian soundtracks for bizarre sci-fi movies that haven’t been filmed yet. 

Dlina Volny is a post-punk/new wave / brut-pop / synth-wave trio from Minsk, Belarus. On the one hand, the musicians creatively draw inspiration from those genres and the rich legacy of Eastern European alternative and electronic music. On the other hand, they take a bold step into the future, imbuing their work with a futuristic and at times oneiric and surreal feel. Dlina Volny is now one of the most exciting and original voices in the contemporary music scene of our Eastern neighbours. Remember this name; you can bet they have a bright future.

MaDMApper: Sergey Novitskiy is a Minsk-based visual and sound artist who has created spectacular visualisations for the Belarusian alternative supergroup Serebrynaya Svadba, among other projects. He is currently fronting a project combining a modern, creative approach to video with broadly understood electronic music. The music, primarily based on beat machines, synthesisers and transducers combined with the artist’s visual experiments, produces mesmerising effects. 

Kadabra Dyskety Kusaje is a Polish-Ukrainian electronic duo, formed by Mariya Mavko – a vocalist and flautist from Lvov and Michał Szczepaniec – a multi-instrumentalist and producer from Wrocław. Their work is a mix of folk, dream pop and experimental electronic music. The band’s first EP, „Simplex”, was released in 2019 by Seszele Records. It was a concept mini-album inspired by a Soviet book for children, „I was in a computer city”, about the adventures of Aloysha, a little boy who discovered a city hidden inside a computer. Their debut album, „Słowa”, was released in April this year.

East of Culture – Different Sounds 2022 will also feature the legendary British duo Godflesh, the jazz-punk supergroup Lean Left, the star of the British electronic music Squarepusher, emerging Keychange artists: NIMF, Bandit, Bandit, Fågelle, Polish bands: Pablopavo i Ludziki, Niemoc and Nanga, while this year’s record label feature is the Washington-based Dischord Records and its bands Scream, Soulside, Girls Against Boys and Escape-ism.

Look forward to more festival announcements related to non-musical events, including excellent films, exhibitions, panel discussions and book launches, activities for children, and workshops and panels for music industry professionals.

East of Culture – Different Sounds 2022
When: 7-10 July 2022
Where: Lublin – Błonia near the Castle
Admission free



Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, National Centre for Culture, The City of Lublin, Workshops of Culture in Lublin and Kultura Dostępna
The Mayor of Lublin, Krzysztof Żuk, has assumed honorary patronage.
The festival East of Culture – Different Sounds is part of the Keychange network and guarantees a 50:50 gender balance in the festival’s programme until 2022.
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