Basilica Hudson’s annual SoundScape Festival, to be held this year on September 15 through 17, brings a wealth of innovative, hip and unusual art, music and literature to the famous reclaimed factory space. Often dubbed an “antifestival,” SoundScape presents a carefully curated collection of challenging and refreshing art in multiple media. For the sixth straight year, Basilica Hudson’s founders and creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone are working in collaboration with The Creative Independent editor-in-chief and former Pitchfork director Brandon Stosuy to program the weekend.
At Basilica, the art begins in the environment. Auf der Maur says, “Every year we have invited a serious visual artist to activate our building at SoundScape. This year, we are honored to have the work of Marianne Vitale, Emma Kohlmann, Taeyoon Choi and Jesse Draxler on display. Their installations will be inside and outside the festival, spilling into each area of the weekend, filling the Main Hall and grounds.”
Literary offerings this year include poetry by Morgan Parker, author of There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé (Tin House Books 2017); readings by the poet/novelist/journalist and Guggenheim fellow Eileen Myles; former Hole drummer Patty Schemel; BuzzFeed editor Amy Rose Spiegel and more.
Notable musical performers this year include Zola Jesus, Priests, Bing & Ruth, Jlin and many more. For a full schedule, visit http://basilicahudson.org/soundscape. Tickets for the festival range from $40 day passes to full weekend passes with camping for $125, and many stops in between. Basilica is located at 110 South Front Street in Hudson.