Ritmo x UPBEAT

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Closing its gates after a 3-day musical journey of buoyant highs and bassy lows, the 2024 edition of Budapest Ritmo still resonates. The highest conference attendance and most psychedelic showcases mark the festival’s evolution, and make way for next year’s surprises. Ritmo was also a great occassion for the UPBEAT community to gather, discuss platform matters and besides the official programs, spend time together while enjoying the musical treats Ritmo offered.

Yet again, the lineup and organizers’ passion for making Budapest Ritmo a singular experience delivered. Crowds revelled in Gérald Toto’s velvety Afro-French chansons, Gaye Su Akyol’s lustrous psych-act, BCUC’s chatarctic seance and Puuluup’s versatile neofolk. Part of Bartók Spring, the festival is one of the most musically diverse events of the Hungarian capital.

Ritmo – as usual – started with a showcase day powered by UPBEAT, that truly captivated the audience of the festival. Six bands graced the stage and showed that folk music indeed influences and has relevance in nowadays global beats too. We’ll certainly be hearing more from these talented musicians: PJEV, Daj Ognia, DIS IS MARKĒTA, Hrubá Hudba, Elán, Hajda Banda / Гайда Банда.

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New formats, listening and pitching sessions as well as the Ritmo meets.. in-depth talks have been tried and approved by the professional community, the feedback of whom will serve as inspiration for next year’s innovations.

UPBEAT Platform members also took the chance to gather, valuate past events and discuss future plans, business ideas, and the next steps for the network. Besides through a workshop partners could get a deeper insight into professor Patryk Galuszka’s impact assessment methodology too. The analysis will enable the platform members to identify the impact their showcases have on the performing emerging artists. Results will be revealed soon!