The beginning of autumn marks the start of the club season. Budapest’s prime venue, the A38 Ship, will be hosting a number of big names and up-and-coming artists, both Hungarian and foreign, as well as many cultural events. Here are our recommendations for the months ahead.
A38 starts the club season with the hottest gigs in Budapest
On the last week of the month, several cool acts take the stage at A38: the Újbuda Jazz Festival brings international and local headliners aboard, while you can also see vintage Scandinavian rock band Graveyard and Berlin-based r’n’b singer Dena.
Grunge rock supergroup, the Waking Papers kick off the month, while on October 3rd, Australian musician and environmental activist Xavier Rudd debuts in Budapest. The next day, hit Finnish formation The Rasmus take the stage, but as tickets sold out six months ago, you can only get lucky on (legal!) ticket swapping websites.
Between October 6th and 11th, the ship joins the CAFe Budapest contemporary arts festival, hosting artists from around the world. A new joint production by mïus and Attaray Visual promises a truly unique audio-visual experience: besides a theatrical concert, the show presents two internationally recognised all-female productions, the German Lilly Among Clouds and the Estonian twins, Girls in Pearls, one of the most compelling pop combos in the Baltics. The festival also welcomes Shai Maestro Trio and Chad Lawson. There will be no lack of club concerts either – on October 30th, young French band Rendez-Vous fill the boat with garage rock and cold-wave.
October also sees Hungarian musical acts such as 30Y, Elefánt (double concert) and Odett.
Hungarian favourite Szabó Benedek és a Galaxisok present their new album at the beginning of November, and afterwards, the month promises a number of headliners. November 7th will be a day for indie-rock fans with Norway’s Kakkmaddafakka, while on the same day, David Eugene Edwards (from Wovenhand) and Alexander Hacke (from Einstürzende Neubauten) play.
A huge indie hit from 2012, Mourn, made up of three Catalan girls and a guy, also accepted an invitation from A38 and take the stage at the Dürer Kert. On November 9th, Eastern Europe’s coolest stoner-metal band, Ukrainian Stoned Jesus perform, while at the end of the month, the Portuguese We Bless This Mess rock the boat.
Also noteworthy will be UK singer/songwriter Anna Calvi (November 13th) and the Swiss blues metal band, Zeal & Ardor, who perform on the same day at the Akvárium Klub, promoted by A38. A big hit in the autumn will be Iranian-Dutch singer/songwriter Sevdaliza, who returns to Budapest after a sold-out gig in the beginning of the year.