It was a great night. Saturday 11 November 2017 took place DeathDisco's MiniFest v1 a mini festival featuring 3 bands for the first time ever in Greece: "iamtheshadow" from Portugal, "Hante." from France, and "Pink Turns Blue" from Germany. Due to early presale and good promotion, the show had already sold out resulting to no tickets available at the door.

According to schedule, the show started with "iamtheshadow", who got on the stage while the venue was still half-full. The 3-member band from Lisbon, fronted by singer/guitarist/keyboard player/composer Pedro Code gave a sufficient 1h performance of their best material. Notably songs performed: "The Winter's Long", "Hurts and Takes", "Everything in this Nothingness", "Tongueless" and at the end "There is Nothing More to See". Their show was mainly built on their frontman, leaving the other two band members to a subsidiary role. In fact, the bass player was set rather far away on stage, giving the impression of being unconnected with the rest of the band. Musically speaking, the band captured their sound relied heavily on Pedro's characteristic voice, a steady ponderous commanding voice that easily drives us to the band's musical universe. Available for purchase on the upstairs spacious merchandising section were: This year's "All Our Demons" gatefold vinyl album and last year's "Everything in this Nothingness" debut cd album.

While the venue started to get fully crowded, Hélène de Thoury (aka "Hante.") appeared on stage, casually dressed in black and feeling rather comfortable upon our inspecting eyes. She gave her show exposing her inner emotions, sometimes sensitive other times outbreaking, singing her emotional lyrics and playing her expressive synth tunes. Strangely enough, she quickly managed to capture our full attention all by herself, filling the stage with her presence and lovingly french finesse. Many songs performed, including my favourite "Éternité" (...je t’aimerai toujours...) a very representative song of Hante's repertoire. Available on the merchandising section were: This year's "Between Hope & Danger" album on both cd and vinyl format, as well as last year's "No Hard Feelings" 12" vinyl EP.

Finally, it was time for "Pink Turns Blue" to enter the stage and continue the show. A band from Germany, with quite a history and discography on their back which sadly I'm not familiar with. Set as a trio, the band gave a solid compact post-punk sound, based on well played live drums, accompanied by compact skillfully executed bass guitar playing, coupled with accurate passionate vocals and guitars. The band performed their songs almost without gaps in between, resulting in a condensed satisfying show, followed by an even more sufficient encore. After all these years, the band proved to be in excellent shape, as anticipated by their Greek loyal fans.

Soon afterwards, the night continued with the familiar DeathDisco dj programme, giving the opportunity for the bands to sign their merchandise and have a drink, while watching the crowded dancefloor. Also worth to mention, is that after the stage was gear-cleared, a birthday party took place there, with a large double birthday cake offered to selected regular DeathDisco fans. As already said, it was a great night and we 're now looking forward to MiniFest v2!

Review by Stefan Stavrides
Photos by Nick Drivas