Music Matters

11 - 13 Aug 2017
141/6A Vauxhall Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Off the radar musicians gather every year at Colombo's Music Matters to perform musical material that is simply too cool for school.

  • When? 11 - 13 August 2017
  • Where? Vauxhall Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Price: TBC

If you're tired of the done thing and following the crowds. If you like your music taste to occupy a niche living space. If you're pretty much too cool for school - Music Matters is for you.

An annual showcase of international and local music talent, the selected artists invited to perform all have one thing in common - they're not mainstream. You won't see this on the TV or hear it on the radio, these are the type of rhythms and sounds that take pleasure in being out of fashion - we figure with no attention it's easier to make the music. Music Matters lives so far on the edge that one evening is solely devoted to the improvised and experimental. It's for the audiences' ears only, one night only.

There's also a variety of rehearsed music to choose from. In the summer of 2016, Sebastian Gramms and his weird and wonderful bass guitar headlined and the contemporary jazz quartet DACH represented Austria and the Ukraine. Misha Marks and Reuben Derrick performed alongside fellow Kiwi's Isaac Smith and Suraweera for the improvised and experimental set. It's a melting pot of musical talent but also of music fans too.

Over the years this musical get together has developed a loyal following; much of the audience is there to listen and discover new artists and music styles more than they are to revel in any festival environment. Good vibes are still appreciated though so perhaps lay off the free hugs until the intermission.

  • Get there: Use trains and buses to get around; the nearest bus stop is Nawaloka and the nearest train station is Kompannavidiya.
  • Stay: Book accommodation in the Fort or Colombo 10 areas to be nearby.

Visit the official website for more information.

*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!