Tallinn Music Week can also be enjoyed by those, who do not wish to visit evening concerts, as TMW programme appreciably also includes the City Stage programme, which offers lots of entertainment for free. We have highlighted some venues, where the festival is easily experienced.
The City Stage programme started today at 13 o’clock already. In the atrium of Viru Centre, conductor Kristjan Järvi played a DJ-set along with the beatbox world champion Bellatrix and contemporary musician and rapper Gene Pritskeri aka Di. J. NoizePunk. This was followed by the performance interpreting folk music in the key of improvisational jazz by Kadri Voorand, Jaak Sooäär, Liisi Koikson, and Paul Daniel.
A total of 20 concerts takes place in Viru Centre over the course of the festival and performers range from The Mariachi Ghost, which melts Mexican cultural heritage with prog rock, and Bahraini multi-instrumentalist crew The Flamingods to rapper Azma, who has earned the title „Estonia’s Own Eminem“.
Nordic Hotel Forum
In the suite of TMW’s home hotel Nordic Hotel Forum, punk poet and life and performance artist Indrek Spungin as well as indie rock bands Go Away Bird and Frankie Animal will perform in the afternoon on Thursday, March 30.
Uuskasutuskeskus in Tatari Street
In the framework of the current children’s and youth’s cultural year, the TMW programme includes, for the first time, activities meant specially for kids and youngsters. In the afternoon of Wednesday, March 29, the youths of Tallinn University’s Student Academy curate a City Stage concert in Uuskasutuskeskus in Tatari Street, where the boy band Beyond Beyond, indie folk group The Notes, who won the Estonian Youth Band Award, and indie rock band The Boondocks, one of the most successful of the Z-generation, will perform.
Estonian Children’s Literature Centre
On Saturday, April 1, a family day takes place in the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre. Our folk musician Mari Kalkun and Georgian instrumental ensemble Four Lines will perform with acoustic concerts.
Solaris Centre hosts two City Stages – one in Apollo bookstore and the other in Café Mademoiselle, where, among others, Canadian college radio hip-hop chart topper Def3 and Swedish troubadour Albert af Ekenstam will perform.
Palm House of Tallinn Botanic Garden
In the tropical milieu of the palm house of Tallinn Botanic Garden, the Icelandic rap duo Úlfur Úlfur, which is laden with colourful humour and thick beats, our new art rapper EiK, Finnish piano virtuoso Project Vainiolla, as well as Polish juke music star producer Rhythm Baboon can be heard.
In the cosy bookstore Puänt, versatile musical experiences are offered by violinist Midori Komachi and audiovisual artist abirdwhale from Japan as well as singer-songwriter and civic activist Moddi from Norway.
Office with a City View of the Real Estate Bureau Endover
The office of the real estate bureau Endover on Tartu Road boasts a city view, which provides a backdrop to the concerts of French soul jazz duo Debra Shaw and Muscovite neosoul-poet БЦХ among others.
In the Muhu Bakery of Telliskivi Creative City, the singer-songwriter Lepatriinu and electronics wizard Shtuby, who has created a buzz as the “red man of Iceland”, take the stage.
In the cosy restaurant Riis, which is located in Kadriorg, exotic soundscapes of the world and dance music beats by Su—Mu as well as French band Jumo’s abstract electro-sounds can be enjoyed along with great Asian food.
Office of the Design Bureau Velvet
The creator of TMW’s this year’s web home, design bureau Velvet, hosts the concerts of funk soul group Ashilevi and Finnish singer-songwriter Astrid Swan among others.
In Signature House, the design house of classicist architecture located on Kopli peninsula, the well-known Scottish multi-instrumentalist C Duncan and Finnish spiritual shoegazer Mikko Joensuu perform among others.
Just like last year, TMW goes outdoors as well – the radio station MyHits curates an outdoor stage on Musumägi, where the electronics producer Draper, titled one of the most remarkable newcomers of the year by BBC Music, rapper Metsakutsu, the winner of the Best Hip-Hop Album at the Estonian Music Awards, and boy band Beyond Beyond take the stage.
Under the aegis of the City Stage, three hospitable and music-loving homes in Kalarand, Luther quarter, and Pallasti street also open their doors to festival guests. The acoustic home concerts include Erki Pärnoja’s film-like instrumental music, Curly Strings, which rose to the status of the best European bluegrass ensemble last year, ekke, the manipulator of modular synthesisers, as well as African-born Polish producer Moo Latte.
TMW’s this year’s City Stages also include the cosy café NOP in Kadriorg, bike studio Jooks, interior store and café Homeart and Reval Café in Telliskivi, café-club Must Puudel and Biit Me, Estonia’s best record store, which recently moved to Viru street, in the Old Town.
More information with detailed times on is available on TMW’s homepage.