It’s always nice to see independent festivals thriving. On the surface the festival scene would seem to be at a saturation point; with the frustration of £7 pints, predicable line-ups and shameless corporate sponsorship, it’s no wonder why so many boutique, European festivals are thriving. Greek festival Plisskën Festival, is the perfect example of this success. Despite only being in its 4th year, Plisskën has already seen massive expansion, seeing its line-ups, audiences and reputation increase tenfold. With a simple ideology to grow organically and showcase ‘genre-defying’ music, Plisskën is clearly proof that independent festivals can manage to showcase good, diverse music in a beautiful setting, and be successful.

Making the most of this popularity, the festival have decided to organise a winter version; a smaller, one day event that sees the likes of Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Simian Mobile Disco and Son Lux play consecutive nights in Athens and Thessaloniki this weekend. We will be there to cover the festival courtesy of Discover Greece to check out whether Plisskën can convert the allure of a weekend, summer festival in a beautiful city to winter. Here’s our run down of the acts playing:

1) Simian Mobile Disco

Few electronic artists have had the longevity and influence of Simian Mobile Disco. Since forming in 2005, James Ford and Jas Shaw have been involved in countless scenes, from Nu-Rave to Ford's production on artists as diverse as Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons and Mystery Jets. In their first Greek performance, the duo will present their new project, "Whorl", which will see both musicians replace their usual array of equipment with a single instrument each, an analog synthesizer and a sequencer

2) Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry has an undeniable legacy. The career of 78 year old Jamaican Rainford Hugh Perry has seen him pioneer the dub genre, collaborate with the likes of Bob Marley and most recently, remix forward-thinking artists such as Forest Swords. Plisskën offers the rare chance to see such a musical legend perform live.

3) Son Lux.

It’s no secret that we’re massive fans of Ryan Lott, known better under his stage name Son Lux. While the New York based producer and singer’s sound is hard to pin down (ranging from electronic-pop to trip-hop to post-rock) what is certain is that it is bold, addictive and very much his own.

4) Swans.

Swans are a hugely influential no-wave rock band from New York, whose explosive live reputation precedes them (the Guardian described it as the ‘a magnificent achievement’). Having reformed in 2010 after a 13-year hiatus and signing to Mute last year, Swans are set to return their bold ambitious sound to Plisskën.

5) The Bug.

To say that Kevin Martin’s career has been prolific would be an understatement. Having been active for over two decades, Martin has turned his hand at everything from dub, jazzcore, industrial hip hop, dancehall, and dubstep. Along the way, Kevin Martin has provided remixes for the likes of Grace Jones, Thom Yorke and Primal Scream, and released on labels as diverse as Ninja Tune, Hyperdub, City Slang setting himself up perfectly as a hugely credible producer and artist.

The festival takes place in Athens and Thessaloniki in Greece. Tickets are on sale now.

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