The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of the most iconic music events in town. Held for the first time on October 30, 2008, Art After Dark has drawn to date about 100,000 visitors to performances of 300 leading DJs.
This time, attendees will be able to enjoy three different exhibitions: the much-awaited Alberto Giacometti. A Retrospective (opening on the same day, October 19) and the highly successful Van Gogh to Picasso: The Thannhauser Legacy and Joana Vasconcelos. I’m Your Mirror, as they listen to electronic music from Booka Shade, a versatile duo who have performed at such festivals as Coachella, Glastonbury, Rock Werchter, and Red Rocks; Alex Niggemann, a DJ and producer who made a name for himself by mixing the best of classic and contemporary influences; and Bilbao-born DJV Sound, a pioneer in the local music scene.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary, there will be a Pre-Party Event at the Bistro Guggenheim Bilbao, which will offer an attractive assortment of pintxos, show cooking, and live music with Daniel B and Javi Auto. The event will be open to the first 100 people who book their places.
Pre-party event 8 pm–10 pm
Daniel B specializes in minimal wave, synthwave, and dark electronic music. Javi Auto was one of the pioneers of electronic music in Bilbao in the 1990s. He is the artistic director of Art After Dark.
Art After Dark 1o pm–1 am
The show at the Museum’s Atrium will begin at 10 pm with DJV Sound. In 1998, he created with Javi Franco NoDaTa—a group promoting music in the main venues in Bilbao, offering the public sessions by John Acquaviva, Ian Pooley, Märtini Brös, Tiefschwarz, Chris Duckenfield, or Sideral, among others. DJV Sound have taken part in festivals such as Sónar (Barcelona), Sun Dance (Tallinn, Estonia), and FIB (Benicàssim). He has run the Fever club in Bilbao since 2005, which has revolutionized the social and cultural life of the city, and performing in Europe and beyond.
At 11 pm, it will be Alex Niggemann’s turn. Niggemann is a DJ and producer, and he has his own label. Born in Berlin, he has blurred the boundaries between house and techno in the pursuit of his own music voice. Restless and creative, responsive to the more moody and soulful side of electronic spectrum, he launched his first record, Soulfooled, in 2010. AEON, launched in April 2013, references the spirit of classic, timeless house and techno, and updating it for the future.
Boundless energy, a love of musical diversity and endless talent mean that nothing ever stands still for Alex Niggemann. A classically trained pianist, he has found his place in electronic music since his first releases were widely acclaimed by critics back in 2006.
An ever-growing ability to fuse the best of both old and new influences and an affinity for genre-defying sound are the trademarks of this visionary musician. Alex Niggemann continues to forge his own path, with no need to follow the latest musical fads, fired by his passion and strength of will. His inner strength and self-belief have shaped his engaging personality and helped him grow into the maverick DJ and producer that he is today.
To bring the evening to a close, the Berlin-based duo Booka Shade. With their beginnings in Frankfurt, they formed the now legendary dance label Get Physical Music (together with M.A.N.D.Y., Thomas “DJ T.” Koch, and Peter Hayo). In 2005, their Mandarine EP and Body Language became an international success, and tracks like “In White Rooms” and “Night Falls” set dance floors into a frenzy.
Since their breakthrough performance at Sónar in 2005, Booka Shade have earned recognition with their innovative live shows, even being named one of top 5 live acts in the world in 2010. They have headlined stages at festivals like Coachella, Glastonbury, Rock Werchter, and Red Rocks, to name but a few. The duo’s fan base is in no way constricted to electronic music enthusiasts. They have had great success playing slots in the Montreux Jazz Festival and Lollapalooza, and have performed with the likes of Depeche Mode, Moby, Hot Chip, Kings of Leon, Woodkid, The Knife, and even China’s near-legendary classical pianist Lang Lang in a special performance in Berlin.
Booka Shade were inducted into Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 Hall of Fame. Playing both in the “40 Years of Radio 1” celebration with Annie Nightingale and the “20 Years Essential Mix” party, they also mixed Pete Tong’s All Gone Ibiza compilation album.
Their fifth studio album, Eve, released in 2013, marked the last traditional club music album for Booka Shade. In 2015 they presented Movements 10, an overview of a 10-year career. Booka Shade has come to represent the spirit and configuration of electronic music as we see it today.
In 2017, they launched Galvany Street with Craig Walker, former singer of Archive. The new album marked a new beginning for the German duo.
Art After Dark: €11 Members; €15 general public
Pre-party event + Art After Dark: €33 Members; €45 general public
Friday, October 19
Art After Dark: €11 members; €15 general public Pre-party event + Art After Dark: €33 members; €45 general public
Tickets available. Limited capacity. Ages 18 and older. ID or passport required.
Museum admission not allow free access to Fever
and you'll have art at hand