Now in its seventh year, Plisskën festival in Athens, Greece has been steadily making a name for itself as a rising European festival destination. With a multi-genre, international line-up, this year will see over forty international and local artists perform over three neighbouring venues in the city, with artists such as Mac DeMarco, Mulatu Astatke, Lady Leshurr, Romare, Liars, Jessy Lanza and more taking to the stage.

We asked the festival organisers to run us through five artists they’re excited to see. You can find out more about Plisskën Festival here.

Joyce Wrice – Ain’t No Need

90’s R’n’B is our not so guilty pleasure on the office stereo. Despite being huge fans of acts like TLC, Aaliyah or even Brandy we never managed to book an act that had their roots in that scene. So when Joyce’s touring dates matched our festival dates it was possibly the quickest booking for our festival ever. In fact, she clashes on the 2nd December with our headliner Mac DeMarco but quite a few of us will be in the front row watching her.

Lambert – Talk!

When the show involves a piano, a mask and a true visionary talent, what is there not to look forward to?

Lotic – Rendez-Vous

We’ll let Bjork do the talking here!

“Lotic is the one of the first musicians Alejandro introduced me to Autumn 2013 with piles of enthusiasm. I got immediately obsessed enjoying how always total nature he was! The most club-like flamboyant anthems of his always seem like shrieks of beasts, dark insects and pagan birds displaying their feathers in a territorial way, a colourful celebration!” – Björk

Lady Leshurr – Queen’s Speech 7

The NTS Stage headliner. They curated our Tunnel Stage last year and it was such a smooth and perfect collaboration that we’re repeating again this year with some of the most exciting live acts out there at the moment plus the legendary Lena Platonos. UK Grime is not as well know here – quite the opposite – but we’ve been trying to introduce acts from the genre slowly and steadily each year. Lady Leshurr perfectly bridges that gap between underground and mainstream and couldn’t be a more suitable headliner for our favourite stage.

Demdike Stare – Haxan Dub

This duo from Manchester are one of our favourite acts of all-time due to the way they approach music composition. Everything they do from techno, industrial, dub, house, you name it, seems to come from a deep vault where they’re the only key owners. They push the boundaries of electronic music and are true modern pioneers. We can’t wait for their live show to hit the audience’s heads and ears deep and hard.

Plisskën Festival takes place in Athens, Greece from 1st-2nd December.