Atari Teenage Riot join this year’s line-up for East of Culture – Different Sounds

This Berlin-based band, the legend of digital harcore, will come to Lublin to give an exclusive concert in Poland.

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Date published: 14th Mar 2018

The pioneers of digital hardcore, the legendary Atari Teenage Riot are joining this year?s line-up for East of Culture ? Different Sounds. Their performances feature powerful electronic sounds, punk statements and spectacular visualizations. This Berlin-based band will come to Lublin to give an exclusive concert in Poland.

Atari Teenage Riot was set up by Alec Empire in the early 1990s in Berlin of the transformation era. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, the contemporary alternative scene received a new dose of energy and new possibilities. This creative moment in history gave birth to many original projects and art trends. One such phenomenon was Atari Teenage Riot which at the time consisted of Hanin Elias, Carl Crack and the aforementioned Alec Empire.

When we think about the era of cultural revolution, the trio from Berlin easily stands out as one of the most game-changing and uncompromising music projects. The artists, popularly acknowledged as the pioneers of digital hardcore, fused guitar punk and hardcore music with heavy electronics, thus creating the foundations of the new genre. Additionally, they mixed elements of hip hop, breakbeat, noise and even disco with strongly anarchic, anti-Nazi views. At the time, Alec Empire also established the famous Digital Hardcore Recordings label and it became clear that a new phenomenon was born in the European music scene. John Peel raved about the group and promoted them in his broadcasts.

After their 1997 release, Burn Berlin Burn, Atari Teenage Riot gained the status of the legends of the underground, giving concerts all over the world and performing among others, with Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, Beck or Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

In 2001, the band went through a major turning point in their history, namely Carl Crack?s tragic death and the band?s subsequent break. After many years, which the remaining band members devoted to solo projects, Atari Teenage Riot reformed in 2010 with a new vocalist ? CX Kidtronik.

As Alec Empire says nowadays, Atari Teenage Riot?s task is to keep looking for contemporary language in music and to bring across current and important messages to the listeners. In Lublin at Different Sounds we can expect a true explosion of sound, visuals and intense emotions.

More announcements of the long list of musicians to perform at the turn of June and July in Lublin are coming soon. Like every year, East of Culture ? Different Sounds will provide a diverse and original programme which crosses musical boundaries.


East of Culture is a cultural project integrating artists from cities in eastern Poland (Bialystok, Lublin and Rzeszow) and artists from Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia and Ukraine). It is carried out by the National Centre for Culture and the three Polish cities. The project aims at presenting and helping discover the unique aspects of each culture as well as at facilitating the sharing of artistic experiences. Over time, the festival has become a bridge connecting our eastern partners with broader European culture. In 2018, East of Culture takes place for the 6th time. The project has been made possible thanks to the involvement of creative groups and local governments of Eastern Poland and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

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