The twentieth anniversary event of C2C Festival will take place from 3rd – 6th November 2022 in Turin. More than 30,000 participants from all over the world are expected to attend the event which was recently featured in Pitchfork’s list of more anticipated festivals of 2022. C2C Festival flies the flag as the one Italian event on the list.
Born in 2002 as Club To Club, C2C Festival has showcased some of the very best of the contemporary music & art scene over the past two decades: adventurous evolutions of the avant-pop music scene in extraordinary locations. Global avant-garde, contemporary pop culture, transdisciplinary productions between music, art and technology, cultural independence, are the hallmarks of the twenty-year history of C2C Festival. C2C Festival will take place over four days among the various locations, the magnificent OGR and a return to the Lingotto in an unprecedented guise.
The artistic line up moves between experimental music, electronic, pop, r & b, jazz, rock, rap, sees the return of four international acts who have previously graced the stages of the festival – Arca, Autechre, Caribou and Jamie xx – and nine artists debuting at C2C – Aya, Bicep, Jockstrap, Low, Lyra Pramuk, Makaya McCraven, Nala Sinephro, Pa Salieu, YEИDRY.
These first artists announced in January are now joined by ten new international names: Caterina Barbieri, Romy and 72-HOUR POST FIGHT on the main stage, with Blackhaine, Bill Kouligas, Kode9 taking to the new Stone Island Sound Stage. Nu Genea curates and performs on the new stage alongside Deena Abdelwahed, DJ Plead and My Analog Journal.
The scenography of the Stone Island Sound Stage has been designed in a way to challenge what a classic music festival stage can be. In referencing the world of performing art and contemporary theatre, the new stage will offer festival goers a bold new immersive and high-impact experience.
C2C Festival is proud to announce Stone Island as its strategic partner. In 2022, the collaboration goes from strength to strength with a series of events culminating in a new stage at C2C Festival’s 20th anniversary event in Turin. Their curatorial project: STONE ISLAND SOUND started in 2020 with a mission to support independent contemporary artistic production. By way of a harmonious set of playlists, record releases, environmental sound systems and live events, Stone Island Sound shines a light on evolving transglobal scenes, connecting the dots between musical communities and in doing so endeavours to build a world sound map.
Stone Island’s presence at C2C Festival will be preceded by a series of events STONE ISLAND SOUND PRESENTS. Following a brilliant first outing at Wilhelm Hallen, the former Winkelhof iron foundry in Berlin (19th May) STONE ISLAND SOUND PRESENTS is slated for two new dates in Amsterdam (14th July) and London (13tb October). More details coming soon.
On Friday 4th November, the Stone Island Sound Stage will host two shows by Bill Kouligas and Kode9. Producer, DJ and founders respectively of two seminal labels in the European avant scene, PAN and Hyperdub. They will be joined by Blackhaine, a choreographer and rapper who operates beyond the conventional, exploring the space between machismo rap, street poetry and experimental dance.
On Saturday 5th November, the Stone Island Stage will host Bar Mediterraneo, a special curation by the Neapolitan duo, Nu Genea and C2C Festival. Referencing the name of their latest album (released 27th June 2022) – Bar Mediterraneo is a sumptuous exploration of the contemporary musical culture of the Mediterranean. The Stone Island Stage is also set to host the French Tunisian musician Deena Abdelwahed and Lebanese-Australian producer DJ Plead. Both authors of two original formulas that bring together the traditions of their countries of origin with the styles and expressions of contemporary club culture. They are joined by My Analog Journal, aka Zag Erlat, a Turkish music producer and selector based in London, famous for his research work on Anatolian rock of the 70s and for his exploration of rare, hidden and underrated organic grooves from different corners of the globe on vinyl.
Saturday’s line up on the Stone Island Sound Stage is in collaboration with two underground web based radio stations – Movement Radio from Athens which explores the cross cultural interactions of the Mediterranean and Ma3azef, the Cairo based online radio of the Arab world’s biggest music magazine.
On Friday 4th November, 72-HOUR POST FIGHT will take to the mainstage. The musical project of two producers, Palazzi D’Oriente and Fight Pausa flanked by drummer Andrea Dissimile and saxophonist Adalberto Valsecchi. With their 2019 debut album, they experimented with elements of electroacoustic, downtempo and ambient music with that of jazz, math rock, hip-hop and emo. Their live performances often result in realtime improvisation sessions, always different from the last.
On Saturday 5th November, Caterina Barbieri and Romy will headline the mainstage. Italian-born, Berlin-based electronic composer Caterina Barbieri has an uncanny ability to distill the atmosphere of her time into a work of art. This is evident on her third album “Spirit Exit”, which was written and recorded in Milan in the midst of spring 2020 lockdown. Released on her own label light-years, the composer and virtuoso of the modular synthesiser introduces her voice for the first time.
Known for co-writing The xx’s hugely successful three albums as well as songs for Mark Ronson, Jehnny Beth, Benny Blanco and Dua Lipa, Romy’s career as a DJ has been on an upward trajectory for some time now. These two passions come together on her 2020 single “Lifetime” (“One of the most euphoric pop songs of the year” The Guardian). Produced with Fred again and Marta Salogni, it marks the beginning of a bold and exuberant solo path. C2C Festival is excited to welcome her back after her brilliant set in the 2019 edition.
THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER — OGR TORINO
ARCA [VE] — ITALIAN EXCLUSIVE
AYA (LIVE AV FT. SWEATMOTHER) [UK] — DEBUT AND ITALIAN EXCLUSIVE
LYRA PRAMUK [US/DE]
FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER — LINGOTTO
BILL KOULIGAS [UK]
BLACKHAINE [UK] — DEBUT
JAMIE XX [UK]
JOCKSTRAP [UK] — DEBUT AND ITALIAN EXCLUSIVE
NALA SINEPHRO [UK] — DEBUT AND ITALIAN EXCLUSIVE
72-HOUR POST FIGHT [IT]
SATURADAY 5 NOVEMBER — LINGOTTO
BICEP [UK] — DEBUT AND ITALIAN EXCLUSIVE
CATERINA BARBIERI [IT]
MAKAYA MCCRAVEN [US]
NU GENEA CURATE BAR MEDITERRANEO: DEENA ABDELWAHED [FR/TN], DJ PLEAD [AU/LB], MY ANALOG JOURNAL [TR], NU GENEA [IT] & more
DEBUT AND ITALIAN EXCLUSIVE
PA SALIEU [UK] — DEBUT AND ITALIAN EXCLUSIVE
Tickets for C2C Festival 20 Years Of are available on the Dice.fm ticketing platform via this link. 3 Days Pass: https://link.dice.fm/C8c61023415b
From May 30, early bird single tickets will be on sale for Thursday 3 November at OGR and for Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November at Lingotto.
The Golden Pass (4-5 November) and Three Days Pass (3-4-5 November) season tickets are also available. For more information: www.clubtoclub.it
The twentieth anniversary of C2C Festival is dedicated to two great artists who died in 2021: the avant pop producer Sophie, who played the closing show at the festival, at the Reggia di Venaria in 2019; and the iconic Italian singer-songwriter, composer and filmmaker Franco Battiato, who, on performing his album “Joe Patti’s Experimental Group”, in 2014 changed the perspectives of the festival forever. Both probably would have liked, for different reasons, the new symbol of C2C Festival.“Cambiano le prospettive al mondo
Voli imprevedibili ed ascese velocissime
Codici di geometria esistenziale”.
FRANCO BATTIATO – GLI UCCELLI – 1981
With each annual edition, C2C sets the musical agenda in Italy by presenting the cutting edge of Italian creativity alongside world class acts, and by shining a light on evolving transglobal scenes. Over the course of two decades, C2C has hosted artists such as Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, Franco Battiato, James Blake, Junun ft. Jonny Greenwood, Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express – Kode9 plays Burial, Kraftwerk, Nicolas Jaar and Thom Yorke. C2C Festival continues to delight international audiences with its innovative new formats and its bold approach to recontextualizing music culture and artforms, by way of immersive performances in unique environments and extraordinary locations.
The new visual identity of the festival is designed by Studio Grand Hotel, a graphic studio established in Turin in 2020. The visual system uses the Metodo font, designed in Turin by Davide Tomatis and published by Optimo in 2021.