Thursday, April 21, 2011

Together Festival: Bigger, better, bleepier

Copenhagen-based musician Trentemoller plays Royale on April 25.

Multiple venues across town,
April 18-25. Festival passes available from $95-$110, or tickets can be
purchased for individual events.
For full lineup and schedule
information, visit

Considering the scope of concerts and venues involved, and the number of artists, DJs and fans taking part, the Together Festival looks set to fulfill the mission implied in its name — bringing the electronic music community of New England together.

Now in its second year, the weeklong festival, which runs from April 18-25, will pack over 35 different performances as well as panels and workshops into 23 venues around the city, including clubs big and small like Royale, Paradise Rock Club, and Great Scott, and the campuses of Northeastern University and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Alexander Maniatis, one of the festival’s organizers, says he expects some 10,000 people to take part over the course of the week, roughly five times the size of last year’s inaugural event. “It’s all about the community,’’ he says. “It’s uniting the electronic music scene and the Boston community. A festival isn’t a festival without reaching out into the community. Education is at the forefront of the city, and we want that to be the forefront of this festival as well.’’

So it’s not all about dancing. With an increased focus on a slate of daytime panels, discussions, and technology demonstrations, the organizers want to engender a dialogue about electronic music.

“If we didn’t have discussion outside of the clubs it would just be an exceptionally good week of music,’’ cofounder David Day explains. “The whole concept is discussing what we’re all doing [in music], creating a community that we’re all a part of.’’

Below, find our picks for each day of the festival — and for a comprehensive list of all that Together has to offer, visit Passes are available for entry to all events, or tickets can be purchased at each specific venue. Daytime panels are free and all ages.


Pantha du Prince, The Sight Below, Secret School, B-Tracks
German DJ and producer Pantha du Prince headlines the official kick off party, with a set of Detroit and minimal techno alongside Seattle’s electro-shoegazers the Sight Below. Great Scott, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. 18+. 617-566-9014,


Rebooting Live Instrumentation
This panel will cover the intersection of electronic music tools into the world of traditional instrumentation, and the increasing crossover between the two genres. Northeastern University Fenway Center, 1:30 p.m. 617-373-2632,

SBTRKT, Incyde, Codiac, El Poser, Fens, Elkid, and Doctor Jeep

UK bass artist SBTRKT headlines a packed lineup of international and local talent. “He’s an interesting artist,’’ Maniatis explains. “He wears a mask and doesn’t show his face. It’s basically all about the fact that live performance music is all about celebrity these days.’’ Great Scott, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. 18+. 


The Body Electric
This panel focuses on innovations in motion sensing technology and its application in the production of music. “Whether it’s a motion sensitive music interface, or open source mixing technology, I don’t know anything about these things as a promoter and DJ myself,’’ says Day. “I’d love to know how these things work. A lot of times technology seems alien because it’s so new.’’ Northeastern University Fenway Center, 1:15 p.m. 

Re:Set Presents Mr. C
London tech-house herald Mr. C performs along with the Phoenix Landing’s Re:Set party resident, Patrick Barry. Phoenix Landing, 512 Massachusetts Ave., 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. 19+. 617-576-6260,


Free Boston 
A panel of journalists (including Day, whose day job is the editor of Boston’s Weekly Dig), club promoters and owners, plus Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson discusses the Hub’s growing role as a leader in urban development as related to night life and community. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Tower Auditorium, 3:45 p.m. 617-879-7000,

Subduction presents Egyptrixx
This regular Boston bass music party features Toronto-based Night Slugs artist Egyptrixx for a set of experimental electronic that blends old-school bleep techno with ethereal synth-pop. An Tain, 31 India St., Boston, 9 p.m. Tickets: $12. 21+. 617-426-1870.


Bassic Presents Goth Trad and Xl
Japan’s Goth Trad and Toronto’s Xl play the long-running Bassic dubstep party at Good Life. “It’s a huge treat for Boston to have these dubstep pioneers in such a small room,’’ says Maniatis. Good Life, 28 Kingston St., Boston, 10 p.m. Tickets: $10. 21+. 617-451-2622,


The Get Together
The centerpiece daytime event of the festival is this trade show, vinyl record fair, fashion show, and visual art installation, which the organizers hope “paints a holistic portrait of electronic music culture outside the club.’’ Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Pozen Center, 12 p.m. 617-879-7000,

Silent Disco featuring Nightriders
A silent disco is just what it sounds like: literally a silent disco. “It’s just a giant dance party with headphones,’’ Maniatis says. “It’s sort of creating this illusion of people dancing to nothing, but in fact there are amazing DJs supplying the party within the wireless headphones provided.’’ Think Tank, 1A Kendall Square, Cambridge. 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. 21+. 617-500-3031,


Mary Anne Hobbs Presents Take, Mike Slott, and Lorn
“She’s the queen of dubstep,’’ Maniatis says. “From BBC1, she introduced the Bristol scene, and she’s coming to Boston curating her own event special for Together for an 18 + showcase of dubstep and UK funky garage.’’ Paradise Rock Club, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. 18+. 617-562-8800,

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