OK, put away your DJs and ball gowns – the two-day Electric Spring music festival is more hip hop than Haydn…
- Open-air festival of electronic music in the Museumsquartier
- Features rap, hip hop, electropop, jungle, bass music, and much more
- Next dates: TBA (assuming it returns)
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The music festival
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.
Sadly, Electric Spring skipped 2020, 2021 and 2022, but I’m hoping for a return at some point in the future (though I’ve not heard anything yet).
To give you a feel for what the event involves, here’s what happened at the last event in 2019…
The festival motto was “what the people want”, a phrase which always reminds me of the cynical lyrics from the Jam’s Going Underground (look up the lyrics if you’re too young to remember).
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 had her finger on the (electronic) pulse of the Viennese and Austrian music scene.
The 2019 event focused 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
Dates and tickets
I’m still looking out for confirmation of a new festival and perhaps dates for 2023 or a later year. Watch this space or the official website. (The 2019 dates for Electric Spring were Thursday, April 25th and Friday, April 26th.)
Performances have traditionally been free. Each day, everything typically got going at around 6pm and continued long into the night.
During the last festival, selected exhibitions in the MQ also became 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