Catch Up With Canari Festival

We can now offer a complete list of the musical artists who will be appearing at the forthcoming Canari Festival, which we briefly previewed last week. We told you the headline act, The Divine Comedy, would be supported by Maika Makovski.

Only 20 years old when she began her recording career Maika Makovski has continually surprised us with each subsequent album. She now has eight of those under her belt and , with the latest, MKMK, released in 2021 was a success with fans and media alike, and was on nearly every list of best albums of the year. In fact it was winner at The Min and + Musica Awards for best rock album. A new single release , Bunch Of Little Burdens, is a raw song about the thousands of little burdens of being alive. With its powerful guitars and energetic piano and her own unmistakable voice, this is an exciting single to bring to the festival that is Canari, that we poke about last week here on Lanzarote Information and What´s On Lanza.

Since then, we have learned in the drip feed fashion that its web site delivers, details of some of the other acts who will be playing.

The group Melanas emerged in 2016 as part of the éffercescent´ pamplona music scene, and with their reverb-core style quickly became one of the most talked about bands on the national and international indie scene. Melanas´ songs, with guitar, synthesisers and vocal wrapped in reverb, remain a timeless pop sound with its own fresh style, rooted in tradition of bright melodies, new bass lines, vibrant keyboards and drumming, adorned with crackling phasers wrapped in heavenly vocal harmonies., The Feelies, Stereolab and the fiercest sound of C (& resonate in songs with lyrics for sensitive hearts. In 2012 they released The Polar, the acclaiomed version of the eighties hit Eisbaer, by Granzone. This past, and the promising previews that their forthcoming third album will expand their sonic palette with a new richness of textures, through analog keyboards and electronic vibrations, always offering their love of pop as their main protagonist. Melanas arrive at The Canari Festival, that runs from November 17th to 19th over the four different venues we described in last week´s article, which remains in our archives, to present their new album called simply that. NEW.

Their concerts are sweaty pills of post-millennial courage, with a formula that combines the lo-fi self-confidence of The Monks, the guitar vertigo of Jonathan Richman, the smoked psychedelia of The 13th Floor Elevators and the new garage wave of bands like Strange Boys or Black Lips. With this hilarious live show and a handful of hits, The Parrots managed to invade a large part of the international scene, performing throughout Europe and the United States. Then came their debut, the intrepid “Los Niños Sin Miedo” (2016), an album produced by Paco Loco and released by Heavenly Recordings, label of The Horrors, Temples and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. His reinterpretation of Bad Bunny´s ´Soy Peor´, turning it into a Caribbean-garage hit.

Adora is a duo formed by Fran Sylver and Romi Alter. Both from Gran Canaria, they met my chance in London. Their music is characterized by incorporating vintage influences with some more modern ones, as well as its mix of rock, pop, disco, electronic and Latin rhythms. One of their strongest points are their live shows, which are like a roller coaster that goes through rhythm sections with bongos, guitar solos, pop star dance breaks, electronic drops to get everyone dancing, and further. Always making it clear how good they are at putting on a good show, and reiterating what kind of artists they are. After three years developing their career in the United Kingdom, they are now committed to strengthening ties between Spain and the UK by releasing music in Spanglish.

Zurych was born in Madrid as a result of the creative concerns of Carlos Ortega who was quickly recruited by the record company “El Pescador de Estrellas” with which he recorded Last Call at Estudios Neptar. Around 2007, the transformation of a personal project into a band began to take shape; five musicians from different generations of the Conejera music scene met to complete the formation. They debuted live in 2007 and toured the peninsula, ending in San Isidro in Madrid before thousands of people. Already in 2010 they published their third and last album to date, which led them to the peak of their career. The tour corresponding to the album “From the ashes” took them to important venues such as Scala in London, Primavera Sound or Womad.

Last week, on these pages, I offered a brief preview of the forthcoming Canari Festival, which places musical concert alongside other festival events such as wine-tasting events and fine dining attractions. The truth is, although I have purchased two tickets so Dee and I can attend one of the day´s events, I´m not much wiser about times, seating arrangements, or even which act (s) we might be seeing and at what time(s).

The headline act is The Divine Comedy, who enjoyed critical acclaim, a loyal niche following that follows them to this day and a brief commercial success in the UK in the nineties. There are three other acts taking part in the festival, which is to be held over four days, with each day being at a separate location,

Just because Dee and I are part of the baby boomer generation it should not be assumed by readers that we saw The Beatles at The Stadium, and we were not part of the half a million strong who arrived at Woodstock. Blame it on the mud, mud, glorious mud but we never went to Glastonbury either. So, we don´t really know how a festival works.

Apart for the dates of the three festival days at the Lanzarote locations, the Canari web site from where we bought out tickets gives no further information about whether we will see, one, two, three, four, five or all six of the listed bands performing.

If we do, will that be one long. procedural concert with one band following the other until The Divine Comedy perform. And what time might that be……will we be home in time to feed the cats, and have our cocoa before we go to bed?

The blurb on the web site promises ´the experiences´ are part of the philosophy of Festivals Para Un Territorio. This is the ideal way to discover the richness of each area. These activities link the public with the natural, cultural and landscape heritage in a didactic and sensory way.

Acoustic tastings, wine activities, routes… there is a wide range to make the experience in Canari unbeatable.
Of the gastronomic delights we are told that we will enjoy an experience full of the flavour of Lanzarote to seduce our senses. The wine tastings that have been prepared, along with the best local gastronomy, come together so that we can taste all the flavours of our territories. The event offers a unique environment, accompanied by the best music, so that Canari becomes your favourite festival.

We know that the organisers already promote a very successful annual summer festival on La Geria, but of this autumnal inaugural event they say the essence of Canari extends throughout the entire archipelago. It is its landscapes, the volcanic land, its wild beaches, but it is also imbued with the character of its people, their lifestyle, their accent and a local gastronomy full of flavour and authenticity.

The first edition of Canari will focus on two islands: Lanzarote and La Graciosa. Between vineyards and volcanoes, we will enjoy unique experiences, concerts in natural landscapes and activities linked to heritage to get to know and enjoy the territory from a cultural and sustainable perspective.

They beckon with their hands, and call   ´Hedonists, welcome to the perfect plan´ I´ve not been called a hedonist for over forty five years, and if I ever was one, I´m not sure what I did to deserve being called one.
And we are assured that more information about timetables etc will be made available online shortly, so keep your search engine honed in on