International Strange Music Day - August 24
Sat, Aug 24, 2024

International Strange Music Day

International Strange Music Day, celebrated on August 24th, is a day dedicated to encouraging professional composers and musicians to experiment and search for new forms of music. It also encourages listeners to discover and explore non-standard music in new styles or performed on unusual instruments. This holiday aims to showcase music from unexpected perspectives and reveal the diversity of the music world.


The holiday was invented by Patrick Grant, a composer from the USA. He had always been interested in composing non-standard works, synthesizing classical, pop, post-punk, techno, ambient and other genres and styles. However, no record label was interested in releasing his experimental compositions. In response, Grant created and promoted his own label, Strange Music, with the goal of discovering and promoting truly fresh and innovative musical phenomena.

He chose August 24th as the date for the holiday in honor of his mentor’s birthday, who was also the father of his girlfriend. As the holiday gained popularity, especially in Europe, the name was changed to International Strange Music Day.

Interesting facts

  1. Listening to strange music can expand your musical horizons, which can in turn change your perspective on other things and help to develop your intellect.
  2. Research has shown that music has a psychological effect on us, and creating a playlist of songs that help you relax, unwind, meditate, or get inspired to solve work problems can be beneficial.
  3. You don’t have to look for new musical directions that are completely unknown in your city, you might find something new in a classic composition, foreign folk, or never heard before black blues

How to take part

To celebrate International Strange Music Day, discover completely new music – genre, style, composition, or artist. Listen to something you’ve never heard before, and share your experience with others using the hashtag #InternationalStrangeMusicDay on social media.

When is International Strange Music Day celebrated in 2024?

International Strange Music Day is observed on August 24 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday August 24 2024
Sunday August 24 2025
Monday August 24 2026