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Vruja

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Keeping alive the tradition of the musical groups from Slovenian Istria, Vruja have greatly popularized and enhanced appreciation of the musical heritage of Istria over the last decades. The group's name, which derives from the Istrian dialect, translates as source, spring. The group is a fortuitous collective of both experienced artists, who are considered the pioneers in folk music revival, and up-and-coming musicians who grew up in an environment that fosters tradition.

Vulvathrone

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Death metal group Vulvathrone from Murska Sobota has replaced many memberssince its creation. The band in the form of a quartet has performed with bands such as Dying Fetus, Napalm Death, Nile, Incantation, Lividity, Abrasive, Sanatorium and others. They have performed at festivals, the likes of Metaldays, Metalfest, Austria, Rockmarathon Hungary, among others.

Wacky Blues Professors

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The four-piece band Prismojeni profesorji bluesa (Wacky Blues Professors) play a high-powered version of blues that tends to deviate into psychedelic rock or pulsating funk. The band’s specialty is the inclusion of distorted harmonica, whose sound elevates the already high-spirited and forceful music and transports the audiences into raptures of joy. When played live, the duration of a composition, and consequently a gig, usually depends on the band’s mood. Although a piece has a certain predetermined running time, its duration will be doubled and even tripled in size, provided the vibes are good, but never curtailed. While mostly performing self-penned music, the band’s playlist occasionally includes covers of foreign artists – their role models –, most notably the legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix and blues giants Freddie King and Muddy Waters.

Warrego Valles

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An electronic project by producers, DJs & queer activists Nina Hudej (2018 SHAPE artist) & NinaBelle, which explores forward-thinking club and experimental electronic music.

Wckd Nation

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Wckd Nation is a community of musicians from Ljubljana, Slovenia, formed by multi-instrumentalists, composers, producers, and brothers Peter and Žiga Smrdel in Klagenfurt in 2015. The collective’s jam sessions have since grown to become structured, independent tracks that bond the musical family as a band. Wckd Nation have restructured their line-up and moved their home base to Ljubljana, where they continue to explore new shapes and sounds of jazz-pop. The band currently consists of eight core members. In autumn 2018, their debut singles “Time” and “Troubles” came out. Shortly afterwards, in March 2019, Wckd Nation announced their first international tour of the Baltics and established a growing fan base outside Slovenia. The highlight of the tour was their performance at Tallinn Music Week, where the band played one of the main venues. Throughout the rest of 2019, the band focused on performances in Slovenia, including Festival Lent, a concert filmed by Slovenia’s national TV broadcaster, and radio sessions across the country. Currently, Wckd Nation is getting ready for the release of their next two singles.

Werefox

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Werefox is an alternative rock band delivering an eclectic combo of dirty sonic guitar riffs, twisted approach to pop melodies, as well as rich and diverse arrangements.

Wild Strings Trio

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Wild Strings is a collaborative music project between Slovenian ethno guitarist Aleksander Kuzmić, Slovak jazz violinist Petra Onderufová and French classical cellist Toby Kuhn. Taking inspiration from Balkan and Celtic traditions, jazz and classical music, and of course flamenco, the trio has created an informed and energetic blend of styles that intrigues and delights audiences everywhere. They have performed around Europe and also as far as Iran and Uzbekistan. The trio feels at home both in concert halls, jazz clubs and on festival stages. Their debut “Lost Weekend” was released in 2016. It was followed by their sophomore album “Bendjistan” in 2019.

Wind Quintet Slowind

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The wind quintet Slowind was established 22 years ago, and has become the most active new music ensemble in Slovenia. As well as performing practically all of the works of the standard wind quintet repertoire, the members of Slowind have developed a reputation as uncompromising performers of contemporary music, from the classics of the avant-garde to works by the youngest composers, many of whom are not yet established but are very promising composers of our time. 

Within Destruction

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The five-member metal band Within Destruction was formed in 2010 in Jesenice. The collective’s second album “Void” and the ensuing Sickness Descends on Europe Tour earned them widespread attention both in Slovenia and abroad. The band’s initial focus on melodic death metal was soon replaced by a commitment to deathcore and a penchant for using millennial humour in their music spots and on their Facebook page. Currently one of Slovenia’s metal bands with the highest international visibility, their swift rise to widespread fame has invited comparisons with Noctiferia. The smallness of Slovenian target audience and the geographic concentration of deathcore fans across the world – which is popular mostly in English-speaking countries (Great Britain, USA, South Africa, Australia) – have prompted the band to go on several international tours culminating in Great Britain. After releasing “Void”, the band gained exposure by doing the Sickness Descends on Europe Tour, playing alongside some highly prominent names in the genre, including Disentomb, Visceral Disgorge and Kraanium. They also made a very successful European Deathwish Tour when their album “Deathwish” came out. In 2019, the band embarked on their first overseas tour, Bloodletting North America, whose line-up included Arsis, Decrepit Birth, Internal Bleeding, Pyrexia and Angelmaker.

YANU

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YANU (Jan Tomšič) is a multiinstrumentalist, who left an indelible mark on the Slovene music scene together with his band Caminoigra. He is a pioneer in co-creating the musical style of world music in Slovenia. With his new band, he currently creates authored music, blending blues, funk, jazz, afro groove and improvisation