In 2023, Release Athens and SNF Nostos from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) are joining forces to present three unique days of concerts on two stages.
The legendary Siouxsie will take the stage at the Water Plaza to remind us why she is considered one of the most influential artists of the last few decades in a big comeback after almost 15 years. Headlining the Great Lawn stage at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) will be the wonderful Interpol, the band that in the early aughts shook up the New York scene and the entire music world, bringing back the post-punk sound with a modern twist.
More artists will be announced soon, both for this day and for the other two days of the festival that are part of this collaboration. Release Athens x SNF Nostos is taking place on June 20, 21, and 23, presenting acclaimed Greek and international artists at the Water Plaza and at the Great Lawn of the SNFCC, giving us the chance to experience an electrifying three-day concert event that will be an integral part of Release Athens 2023.
Siouxsie began her career in 1976 and over the next few years she would release a series of albums (with the Banshees, the Creatures, and solo) that were groundbreaking, highly influential, and successful.
What was clear from early on was that Siouxsie's influence was not limited to her great music, as her presence—a beguiling mixture of aggression, power, and strange fragility—became as iconic as that of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust. Her catalogue of music is full of outstanding albums but at the same time, her image and personality have contributed to her being considered the ultimate idol for generations of artists and music fans.
Her debut solo album, Mantaray, was released in 2007 and in 2008 she performed with Angelo Badalamenti at the World Soundtrack awards. In 2013, she performed two sold-out shows at London's Royal Festival Hall as part of Yoko Ono's Meltdown. Siouxsie, never one for being predictable, surprised the dazzled the 5,000 attendees with an unannounced complete and full rendition of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ 1980s Kaleidoscope album, alongside a myriad of hits from “Face to Face” to “Here Comes That Day.”
A few years later, in 2015, she recorded "Love Crime," the haunting track that closes the final episode of the TV series Hannibal. It was something that made national news in the UK, reminding us that, despite her illustrious career, little is known about who Siouxsie Sioux really is, a rarity for an artist who has been under the spotlight for four decades, probably because Siouxsie does exactly what she wants—something that hasn't changed to this day.
The announcement of her return to the stage last December was one of the most important pieces of music news of the past year, and we're especially happy—and lucky—that she'll be returning to Greece on Friday, June 23, as part of Release Athens x SNF Nostos.
Interpol were formed in 1997 in New York City and were an important part of the music boom the city experienced in the early 2000s, with bands like the Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and TV On The Radio, among many others. Their sound follows the post-punk tradition of the ‘80s and British bands like The Smiths, Joy Division, The Chameleons, and Echo and the Bunnymen, but at the same time, thanks to Daniel Kessler's razor-sharp guitars, the solid rhythm section, and Paul Banks's distinctive voice, they created a personal style that would become the template that would inspire numerous imitators in the years to come.
Across their debut Turn On The Bright Lights (2002) and the follow-up Antics (2004), you’ll find some of the top and most distinctive songs of the aughts (“Untitled,” “Say Hello To The Angels,” “Obstacle 1,” “NYC,” “Evil,” “C'mere,” etc.) while Our Love to Admire (2007) became a great commercial success and earned them a cult following. In the next few years, Interpol would become a trio and release three more albums full of brilliant songs like “Lights,” “All The Rage Back Home,” and “If You Really Love Nothing.”
Currently, they seem to be reaching another peak in their career as last year's album, The Other Side of Make-Believe, confirms that Interpol is one of the most unique, consistent, and timeless rock bands of the 21st century.
After 25 years, the group is full of passion and energy, as we’ll witness on the evening of June 23 when they take the stage at the SNFCC Great Lawn.
Presale is now on. Please visit viva.gr here.
Limited VIP tickets are also available for €100. This category includes the following benefits: a separate raised area with stands and stools for everyone, an open bar, priority of access to the venue, private parking, separate toilets, and a souvenir of the event. Kindly note that VIP ticket holders will have access to both stages, but the specially designed space offering the above benefits is available at the Water Plaza only.
By phone at 11876
Online at www.releaseathens.gr / www.viva.gr
Retail at Wind, Public, Media Markt, Evripidis, Yoleni’s, and Viva Spot Technopolis
For all information (prices, lineup, access, etc.), visit www.releaseathens.gr / www.snfnostos.org
*Ticket proceeds go exclusively to Release Athens. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is a philanthropic organization that makes grants to nonprofit organizations. SNF does not accept funds from private individuals, corporations, or any other organizations.
In parallel, SNF is making €500,000 in additional grants under the name SNF x Release Athens to nonprofit organizations whose mission is to support mental health, in line with the wider mental health theme of this year's SNF Nostos.
*The article was updated on February 10th, when presale opened.