Our man by the Baltic John Rogers gives us the lowdown on his highlights of this year's Tallinn Music Week, which started yesterday.
The annual Tallinn Music Week kicked off this week, as the picturesque Estonian capital basks in an unseasonably mild March. A festival with a conjoined conference and seminar programme (this year including an appearance by controversial Russian punk-rock collective Pussy Riot), Tallinn's many music halls, bars, cinemas, theatres and basement venues will play host to over 200 bands from the Baltic and Nordic regions, with a smattering of other international acts.
Estonia's interesting geopolitical and cultural position, between Russia and the Nordic countries, give Tallinn Music Week a distinctive musical character. Much like Reykjavík's Airwaves festival, it offers incomers a chance to unearth a treasure trove of underexposed local acts. We combed through the lineup ahead of Thursday's kickoff to present new music by some of the most interesting acts on the 2014 bill. For more information on the festival, please visit their website.