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Elevate 2024: First programme details

In 2024, Elevate will celebrate its 20th anniversary edition. Together with you, we would like to celebrate this from 28 February to 3 March 2024 and once again transform the city of Graz into a hotspot for contemporary festival culture.

First insights into the music programme

The Elevate music programme offers a platform for creative development and creates connections between different musical genres, generations and cultures.

Among the first confirmed acts are already numerous greats of the contemporary underground, such as the duo of the two Berliners-by-choice CEM b2b MCMLXXXV, who have been championing a more intimate and accessible club culture with their event series Herrensauna - based in Berlin's legendary techno club Tresor since 2017. DJ Krush, who has been active since 1992, can be described as nothing less than an icon of this culture - familiar to most people from his countless collaborations with western hip-hop artists such as DJ Shadow, The Roots and Mos Def, as well as his excursions into avant-garde realms, for example with his compatriot and trumpeter extraordinaire Toshinori Kondo. DJ and musician Hudson Mohawke is a bit younger, but no less multifaceted. By his own admission, the involuntary pioneer of trap - in his own words: "for us it was a satire genre" - is celebrated in circles as the Aphex Twin of hip-hop. In addition to his own releases on the British label Warp Records, he has also produced music for artists such as Björk, Pusha T, Drake, Lil Wayne and Anohni.

With Hamburg-based Return To Disorder label owner Helena Hauff, on the other hand, things remain really concrete and real. Analogue hardware techno and electro at its finest, straight Up. French composer Colleen takes it a bit easier. With her music she aims to translate through sound transformations the complexity of our relation to reality, and its psychological mutations through the cycles of day and night. Made possible by a commission in cooperation with the Portuguese festival Semibreve, Maya Shenfeld + Pedro Maia present an immersive audiovisual experience between Super8 film and modular synth aesthetics. Finally, things get almost post-minimalist with Ryoji Ikeda. A researcher, light artist and ambient/lowercase capacity, he dedicates himself to the patient and contemplative exploration of a raw and purist sonic essentiality. In 2023, Ikeda will premiere his live audiovisual set "Ultratronics".

For the time being, this round-up of colourful artists is rounded off by ZoëMc Pherson, whose rich potpourri of interdisciplinary creativity hardly fits into a teaser like this one. She will present an Ambisonics dancefloor set as a commissioned work in the context of the EU project Re-Imagine Europe: New Perspectives for Action.


CEM b2b MCMLXXXV AT | Colleen FR | DJ Krush JP | Helena Hauff DE | Hudson Mohawke US | Maya Shenfeld IL + Pedro Maia PT | Ryoji Ikeda - Ultratronics live AV show JP | Zoë Mc Pherson FR + more TBA


The first Early Bird tickets were sold out within two hours - thank you for your trust and support!

Regular Festival Passes are now available on NTRY, ÖTICKET and Resident Advisor.

The next announcements for the 2024 programme will follow in the coming weeks, and the regular pre-sale including single tickets in the different categories will start at the end of November. Stay tuned!

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