INTONAL 2019 – Experimental music festival

A blazing inferno of experimental music, art and dancing over five days

So. How does one go about curating a great ol’ beast of a festival like Intonal, you might wonder? We’ve been doing this for five years now and have started to get a hang of it. Here’s some tips:

First of all: Don’t bother actually listening to new stuff. No-one knows who these artists are so they won’t sell tickets. Just check what’s trending on the major music platforms and for the love of God, don’t forget to analyse those likes. It doesn’t matter if they’re bought or not – they’re there.  

Secondly: Scanning different parts of the world for exciting music phenomenas and artist that might fit into your festival vision is a complete waste of time. It never pays off. Unless of course your booking for blatant diversity reasons! If so, just pick something that makes you look good.

Thirdly and most importantly: A ”festival vision”? Are you a lunatic? Simply bring in the same artists as the other big festivals from the same almighty booking agencies. It’s the sound and safe way to make sure that your festival will be just as every one else’s. Just be prepared to pay up.


Well, there is another way but we’re hesitant to recommend it. It’s incredibly inefficient and laborious compared to the accepted path to festival glory. Yet oddly gratifying if you manage to pull through.

You could for instance try and get hold of artists, DJs and performers that you actually love and feel excited about. Artists that truly make you want to share their work with the world. You could also try to create a space that is shared by legendary creators, local heroes, visitors and volunteers; a space where you can actually get a chance to get to know one another without the shiny yet cold barriers of the music industry.

You could attempt to create a festival that reflects what this whole experimental scene was supposed to be in the first place: A place for music, performances and people that don’t fit in anywhere else. Experiences that can’t simply be labeled, sorted and price-tagged. Create an alternative. Make it personal. But whatever you decide to do: make sure everyone has a hell of a good time.

That’s what we’re planning to do anyway.

Aux 88
MCZO & Duke
Apartment House plays Julius Eastman’s Femenine
Ilpo Väisänen
DJ Marcelle
Burnt Friedman & Mohammad Reza Mortazavi – Yek
Kate NV  & Sasha Kulak
Clara! y Maoupa
O Yuki Conjugate
Vanligt Folk
Jah Shaka
Astrid Sonne
Line Katcho
Limpe Fuchs
Sebastian Mullaert & Johanna Knutsson (sleeping concert)
Oliver Coates

+ more to come

Festival tickets are available at
The full programme and tickets for separate days will be released on March 15th.

Intonal is an annual festival for experimental and electronic music that has been held in Malmö, Sweden since 2015. The focus of the festival is to offer an international programme of experimental and electronic music covering a wide range of genres, subgenres and unique expressions. Besides established artists within the electronic avant garde and acts bordering towards sound art, a hefty club oriented programme will also present DJs acting within an innovative new scene for dance music. Parallel to this there is also a number of installation exhibitions and artist talks. Out of tradition, a handful of events on the programme will be open to the public and free of entrance.

Intonal is organized by Inkonst and Inter Arts Center in Malmö, Sweden in collaboration with Mutek, The Up Node Network, Kontra-Musik, Insomnia, Malmö Konsthall, Moderna Museet Malmö, Erica Synths& ICAS with support by Puls/The Nordic Culture Fund, The Swedish Arts Council, The City of Malmö & Region Skåne. Media partners are FACT, The Quietus, Crack Magazine, The Wire& Red Light Radio. Sponsors are Scandic Hotels.