These Are the New Forms Festival Shows You Need to Check out This Year

New Forms Festival is returning to Vancouver for 2019, and for fans of electronic and experimental music there’s a number of great shows coming your way that you won’t want to miss. NFF is known for its progressive programming that ties together visuals, sounds and other media. You can expect both Canadian and international artists engaging in multi-media explorations.

We’ve rounded up a few of the shows we’re stoked to see. Check them out here and then visit the New Forms website in order to grab your tickets.

Purple Tape Pedigree (PTP)

Thursday, Sept. 26 at Deep Blue

The NYC-based label and weaponized media imprint deploys artists Dis Fig, Dreamcrusher, King Vision Ultra, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Lana Del Rabies, Via APP, and YATTA for a showcase, panel, and site-specific installation that asks: How does noise work as a healer? How do you destroy White space?

Giant Swan

Friday, Sept. 27 at Japanese Hall Main

Across a table of machines and pedals, abused guitar and liberal vocal manipulation, Bristol’s Giant Swan ignite a cross-breed of hypnotic bass and frenzied improvisation. No two performances are alike, as the duo re-build and destroy their twisted vision of techno-not-techno with each performance.


Friday, Sept. 27 at Japanese Hall Main

The Egyptian-Iranian artist and devotional pop polymath crafted her latest release, Ancestor Boy, between Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, London and Paris, with the aid of fellow travellers Nick Weiss, Aaron David Ross, and L-Vis 1990, with guest appearances by GAIKA, Kelsey Lu, Bonnie Banane, and Julie Byrne.

DJ Marcelle

Saturday, Sept 28 at Japanese Hall Main

DJ Marcelle has been collecting music longer than most of us have been alive and has gained legendary status as The Netherlands’ sweetheart. Well known for her three-turntable setup, her mischievous, rule-bending approach to DJing, producing and radio hosting is inventive, euphoric, and above all powerful.


Saturday, Sept. 28 at Japanese Hall Main

One of East Africa’s most exciting young DJs, Kampire is a core member of the Nyege Nyege collective and founding member behind Boutique Electronique in Kampala, Uganda. Her bass-heavy sets are inspired by her upbringing in a mining town along Zambia’s copper belt, where she listened to Congolese music and African pop.