Listen to a 1-hour dark disco DJ set from a bell tower above Vilnius’ Old Town

Listen to a 1-hour dark disco DJ set from a bell tower above Vilnius’ Old Town

9 July 2021

Who: Vilnius-based DJ and musician Akvilina is performing live to mark the second season of Antidote: a project that sees independent Lithuanian artists organise open air events across the country. So far, they’ve worked inside medieval monuments, on top of Vilnius’s highest Soviet-era tower, in airports, and from the middle of the countryside to try and integrate electronic music into everyday Lithuanian culture.

What to expect: hypnotic electronic beats with elements of jazz and indie reverberating inside the bell tower of St John’s Church, a 15th-century landmark rising above the capital’s Old Town that forms part of Vilnius University.

What they say: “The architectural ensemble of Vilnius University has played an immense part in the formation of the Lithuanian national and cultural identity as the heart and soul of liberty, freedom of thought, and pursuit of idealism. In this episode, Akvilina takes the listeners through a historical journey of her own, as she dives deep into the downtempo rhythms of indie, new wave, and dark disco genres, which inspired the very beginning of her musical interpretations as an artist. The dazzling and viscous melodies transmit a completely new energy to the crumbling walls of the church, bringing them back to a different kind of life.”

Why you need to listen: Captured by a camera drone flying over Vilnius’ pastel-coloured Old Town as the sun slowly sets, Akvilina’s electronic sounds add an entrancing touch of majesty to breathtaking views of the Lithuanian capital. As the video progresses, the music gets faster and louder, and the set-up in the bell tower elevates it to a demi-godly level, infusing the sounds with an otherworldly element.

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