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In November, Elevate will invite the band Hercules & Love Affair around Andy Butler to Graz for an Austria-wide exclusive concert at the Orpheum. The six-piece band will present their brilliant new album "Timber" alongside disco classics like "Blind". Sofia Kourtesis as support stands for sun-drenched good-mood sounds with an often mystical character.

Hercules & Love Affair
12. 11. 2022 Orpheum Graz

Support: Sofia Kourtesis

In 2008, the number one hit "Blind" catapulted Andy Butler and his band project Hercules & Love Affair to the top of the music world and onto dance floors worldwide. The disco smash was a collaboration with singer Anohni, who had made it to world fame with her band Antony and the Johnsons and heartbreaking chamber pop.

Now, with the album "In Amber", comes a return to the roots and at the same time a redefinition of Hercules & Love Affair, once named after the ancient love affair between Hercules and the king's son Hylas.

"I needed to express my discomfort. Making a 90’s sounding techno or house record, or an odd 80’s sounding dance track was not anything I needed to do."
– Andy Butler about the new album "In Amber".

Anohni can be heard on several songs – and Andy Butler himself, whose velvety, sonorous voice looks into abysses of death, decay and war. Despite all the gloom, the euphoria of disco comes through again and again, only extended by a thundering gothic sound that reminds of post-punk predecessors like Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Support comes from Sofia Kourtesis who unfortunately had to cancel her appearance at this year's Elevate Festival opening.

The Berlin-based Peruvian-Greek producer and singer-songwriter Sofia Kourtesis is considered one of last year's newcomers. Inspired by her hometown Lima and influenced by the mystical spirituality of her community, she combines deep house with colourful, sun-drenched sounds and dreamy, bitter-sweet tunes.

Again and again, sophisticated samples of the most varied provenance appear - whether field recordings from the Amazon, from the field recordings from the Amazon, from protest movements or snippets from old films. The DJ sets also live from Kourtesi's passion for collecting and her open ear for global sounds. Good mood guaranteed!

Secure your tickets here!

Admission: 19:30
Start: 20:00

Orpheum Graz
Orpheumgasse 8, 8020 Graz, Austria

VVK 25€ / AK 30€ plus fees of the respective ticket provider.

Advance booking offices: Ntry, Ö-Ticket or at the ticket office of the venues at Orpheum Graz.

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