Finally, live music again! Yesterday, MW:M Live took place as the big showcase closing event of Most Wanted: Music 2020 and set a strong signal for the event industry in the middle of the second corona lockdown.
A total of 24 talented acts from all over the world performed in front of invited professional guests and numerous music fans via live stream – 9 of them in strict compliance with all hygiene and distance regulations at Alte Münze Berlin and the remaining 15 joined digitally.
Tina Sikorski (Initiative Musik) and Stephan Hengst (Most Wanted: Music) opened the event with encouraging words: “We are convinced that under these difficult conditions it is more important than ever for the entire music and creative industry to offer extraordinary talents a professional platform like MW:M Live so that they can continue to present themselves to a professional audience,” Hengst said.
One of the highlights on-site in Berlin were Coucou with their melancholically relaxed sound between pop, jazz and folk, as well as Linda Bender alias LIN, who brought lively electro-pop songs to the stage using only loop machines. TUYS from Luxembourg dived into dreamy Psych-Pop with us, and the jazz hip-hop artists of Super Duty Tough Work succeeded in a relaxed performance, while Monako, who emigrated from Hamburg to Montreal, invited the audience to dream with decelerated funk-pop.
Connected from Glasgow, the Scottish singer/songwriter Cara Rose gave a powerfully reduced performance between pop and R&B, accompanied by acoustic guitar and electric piano. Also in a virtual DIY performance, the artist Breezy reported her experience of living as a queer “mulatto” in times of increased racist and gender-specific violence in melancholic hip-hop songs. And rap newcomer MAZ prepared an impressively fervent and furious hip-hop performance in advance. Despite the lack of an audience in Berlin, the hand-picked acts created such a sensational mood on the current music scene. After the concerts, the artists patiently answered the questions of their fans in a live chat.
Did you miss MW:M Live? You can also watch all performances later again on YouTube.