OK, put away your DJs and ball gowns – the two-day Electric Spring music festival is more hip hop than Haydn…
- Annual open-air festival of electronic music in the Museumsquartier
- Features rap, hip hop, electropop, jungle, bass music, and much more
- 2020 dates TBA (2019 dates were April 25-26, with free entry)
- See also: Museumsquartier | Events in Vienna
The music festival
Now approaching its sixth year, the title of this open-air music festival offers a big clue to its focus: electronic music in all its variety…
The performances take place in the Museumsquartier, both in the main courtyard on an open-air stage and in the Halle E+G indoor venue.
Since the 2019 version only recently finished, it’s too early for a 2020 lineup. But to give you a feel for what to expect, here’s what happened in 2019:
The 2019 festival motto was “what the people want”, a phrase which always reminds me of the cynical lyrics from the Jam’s Going Underground: “And the public wants what the public gets”. Yeah, I’m that old.
In the case of Electric Spring, however, the public certainly got what the public wanted, thanks to the expertise of the festival curator, DJ Dalia Ahmed, who has her finger on the (electronic) pulse of the Viennese and Austrian music scene.
The 2019 focus was on diversity and music at the margins, a counterpoint to the status quo, with the music “Loud and quiet, experimental and catchy”, as the curator put it (my translation).
- Day 1 focused on experimental music, featuring such performers as DJ Hanna, Kids n Cats, salute, and Euroteuro
- Day 2 focused on hip hop and bass, with, for example, the rappers Kinetical & P.tah, T-Ser, and Keke, as well as DJ Resista and colleagues
2020 dates and tickets
I’m still looking out for confirmation of the 2020 dates. Watch this space. The 2019 dates for Electric Spring were Thursday, April 25th and Friday, April 26th.
You don’t need a ticket because the performances are free. Each day, everything typically gets going at around 6 pm and continues long into the night (until 4 am the following day).
During the festival, selected exhibitions in the MQ may also be freely accessible.
How to get to Electric Spring
See the Museumsquartier article for details, but basically take the U3 or U2 subway to the Volkstheater station and follow the signs (or the U2 subway to the Museumsquartier station).
Address: Museumsplatz 1/5, 1070 Vienna | Website