Vocal sample courtesy of Lisa Waldron
Before its unfortunate closure instigated by the arts funding cuts, Ikon Eastside in Digbeth is sticking it to the (moon-headed) man, albeit in a gentle way with a 3 night music festival from April 7-9th. Presenting a diverse range of new and established music from the Midlands and beyond, I’m totally honoured to have been asked to play and will open the Friday night alongside the magnificent Matmos and artist Martin Creed, among others. The impressive full line up can be found here and tickets priced at £12 per night or £30 for all three nights (excluding NUS discounts) can be purchased here.
My first gig of 2011 (2011??? shouldn’t we be disembodied heads bobbing about in jars to Nu skiffle-wave by now?) is at the brand new ElectroCute event at Manchester’s Castle Hotel, on Sunday January 30th. The venue, which is actually much more the style of a warm and welcoming pub as opposed to a seedy rendez-vous hotel for saggy, pie-chart toting businessmen, will host a lovingly selected bill of electronic artists and bands for just 5 pounds entry.
Phantom Circuit is a weekly radio programme streamed on the net, recently recommended to me by a friend. The show, based in Birmingham, introduces the listener to a lavish slab of music concerning experimental electronica and beautiful soundscapes gathered from around the world. With the added bonus of live sets and interviews it’s definitely worth checking out. Cycling Canals is included on this week’s show (no.52).
Birmingham’s fantastic Colour, promoters of multi genre left-field music are back again after taking a little time out. Rather than spending their time off naval gazing, it seems they’ve been setting their telescopic sights further afield as this space exploration themed night suggests. I’m supporting headliners Port royal from Italy and Millimetrik from Quebec. It’s five pounds on the door and promises to be a special night.
I’m really pleased to announce that I’ve got a support slot as part of Baths‘ UK tour at the Hare and Hounds, Kingsheath, Birmingham – Tuesday 9th November. Baths is a new artist on the excellent Anticon label, founded by alt. hip hop mavericks Dose, Why?, Alias and Jel amongst others. Advance tickets are £5 from me or click the link on the right.
It’s been a bit of a while since I last played live, but I’m performing at Birmingham’s Artsfest Festival, which lays claim to being the UK’s biggest free arts based event. I’m on upstairs at the Flapper and Firkin from 4.10pm, Saturday 11th September.
A blog from The Independent about the charitable mp3 site Indmill, who I previously released a single through.
If a gig at Birmingham’s Mod haven, Sound Bar, sounds like an inauspicious start, then multiply my apprehension by 100 when I found out the gig followed England’s World Cup match vs. Algeria. Apart from New Order, Electronica and football generally doesn’t mix well. Fortunately, England played their socks off gaining a 0-0 draw, placating their fans which made for a pretty good headline gig.