MS Dockville 2019: The Must-See Performances

MS Dockville 2019: The Must-See Performances



Hamburg, Germany

The docks of Hamburg's Wilhelmsberg district, it's safe to say, is a fairly sought-after locale to host a music festival; both SPEKTRUM and Vogelball call the dock home, but comfortably the most distinguished of the three is MS Dockville.

Spawned from the three-week cultural exhibition MS Artville, the festival has steadily grown to become a peerless amalgam of art, music, and lush scenery, with stages overlooking the dock as well as hidden within the nearby intimate woodland.

And to cap it off, MS Dockville consistently secures a series of prestigious headliners, seeing Interpol, Bonobo, Foals, Caribou, Flume, and alt-J topping the bill in recent years.

The prestige isn't reserved exclusively for the headliners, however, with a glut of talent to lap up. Here are the performances you simply cannot miss.

Billie Eilish

If we have to explain why you Eilish is a must-see, then you need to pull your head out of the sand. At only 17 years old, she's commanded major slots at major festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury, stealing the limelight, the attention of the industry, as well as the hearts of an entire generation.

It's her duplicity that makes her so intriguing; she's moody but extroverted, youthful but mindful, raw but refined, reflecting the complexities of contemporary teenage-dom. And we failed to mention conceiving a bucket-load of this century's most impactful pop songs.



Australian-formed but Berlin-based for some years now, the disco-infused Parcels draw as much influence from New York's hedonistic, fabled nightclub Studio 54 as they do the delicate harmonic arrangements of The Beach Boys. Infectiously danceable, their cheerful demeanour and delicious grooves will light up your Friday night.

Channel Tres

Writer, performer, producer, all-round polymath Channel Tres has been making waves on America's West Coast for approximately a year now, and this side of the pond has just - and rightly so - stood to attention. Über cool and composed, you'd be pleasantly surprised that his performances, complete with accompanying back-up dancers, are as energetic as they come. 

The Chats

Definitely one of the more distinctive looking bands on MS Dockville's roster, The Chats were elevated to Australian national treasure when snarling pub-punk banger 'Smoko' became a viral sensation down under and the world over. They're witty, boisterous, often drunk, and so much fun. Just prepare to get sweaty in the multiple mosh-pits.



Returning three years after her debut appearance on the docks, Aurora is back as a more accomplished, and compelling performer. Her ethereal composites are still at the forefront of her artistry, but now there's a fierce, powerful pop-driven aesthetic to her sound.

We're not sure whether you'll be beaming with delight or crying tears of joy, but either way, it'll be a triumphant experience.


Jon Hopkins

If you haven't seen Jon Hopkins live before, it's difficult to describe it; transcendental, euphoric, potent, profound are a few words I could use, however. A myriad of crunching beats, ambient soundscapes, and star-gazing production, Hopkin's forms and mixes his tracks live to create a strangely organic but synthetic experience. It'll be trippy, but truly awe-inspiring.

MS Dockville 2019 takes in Hamburg, Germany on 16-18 August.


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