01 July 2014

Festivals Festivals Festivals.

It's pretty tough to keep up with the huge amount of festivals on offer this summer.  There are events to suit every taste and every budget, covering pretty much every genre of music that exists.  Here’s a headsup on a selected few that feature Phoenix artists and DJs strutting their stuff..

First, as it’s actually going on right now is Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival.  Set in the normally tranquil seaside town of Sete in the south of France in an amphitheatre and on the picturesque local beach, cutting edge artists and DJs from the musical leftfield entertain a knowing and loyal crowd who have been following Peterson’s Worldwide radio shows and compilations for years.  This year Theo Parrish plays live for the first time at a festival. Listen to Theo and Gilles chew the fat on Gilles’ BBC6 Music show last week.  Also bringing his live swamp funk blues to proceedings is William Adamson, and his alter ego Earl Zinger will be controlling the mic throughout the week as host and emcee.

Lovebox has become a staple in the London park festival scene over the last 9 years, bringing an eclectic and dancefloor led range of artists with a healthy nod to the top 40 charts, and the occasional stratospheric headliner like Grace Jones, Blondie or Chic. This year it has trimmed down to two days from three, and has focused more on the dancefloor with a slightly less commercial lineup.  Amongst those playing live are Theo Parrish with which might well be the last chance to see the live lineup in the UK for some time.  Mark E brings his robot boogie techno to the Futureboogie stage, and Paul Cottam plays his own vibe of twisted disco on the Aperol Spritz stage.  Others to look out for are reggae don Sir David Rodigan, Madlib on a rare jaunt to the UK, and trendy young soulful things Bondax.

Now in it’s 40th  (!) year the Lambeth Country Show is one of the original and certainly one of the longest running community public space events in London, if not the country.  From jousting to vegetable art, this event has covered all possible bases any community could require or desire. Taking place in Brockwell Park in Brixton means there has often been a reggae leaning when it comes to the live shows in the main arena.  This year is only slightly different with soul vocal legend Jocelyn Brown headlining on the Saturday, and on Sunday our very own reggae champions and legends Aswad take to the stage to headline and close the weekends happenings.  Often cited as the UKs most successful real reggae act, Aswad have enjoyed numerous chart hits back in the 80s and 90s. Whilst touring prolifically since the chart hit days the band never hit the heights of the 80s (but who has?).  It’s been a while since their last release City Lock in 2010, hopefully this show will be the start of us seeing more of Aswad out on the circuit. To satisfy any reggaefied needs a ‘best of’ is available online, as is the hit album Rise & Shine, also Big Up, and  Dub – The Next Frontier.



The ever-evolving and never predictable musical venture that is Freaks first materialized as the brainchild of London-based Luke Solomon and Bournemouths Justin Harris. Having...


October 10: Maurice Fulton @ Berghain/Panorama Bar 70 Am Wriezener Bahnhof; Friedrichshain; 10243 Berlin; Germany
October 14: Maurice Fulton @ Disco Dolly, Handboogstraat 11, Netherlands
October 17: Ragga Twins @ Talk Nightlcub, Essex
October 21: Space @ The Vic, Swindon
October 22: Space @ The Horn, St. Albans
October 23: Space @ Chinnery's, Southend
October 24: Space @ Picturedrome, Northampton
October 25: GoGo Penguin @ Triskel Christchurch (Cork, Ireland)
October 27: GoGo Penguin @ The Sugar Club (Dublin, Ireland)
October 28: GoGo Penguin @ Regional Cultural Centre (Letterkenny, Ireland) Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny in Letterkenny
October 29: GoGo Penguin @ Linenhall Arts Centre (Castlebar, Ireland)
October 30: GoGo Penguin @ Pavillion Theatre (Dun Laoghaire, Ireland)
October 31: GoGo Penguin @ Riverbank Arts Centre (Newbridge, Ireland)
October 31: Maurice Fulton @ Good Room, 98 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA.
October 31: Space @ The Brindley, Runcorn
November 01: GoGo Penguin @ The Model (Sligo, Ireland)
November 05: Space @ Shiiine On Weekender, Butlins Minehead
November 07: Maurice Fulton @ Rembrandtplein 17, 1017 Binnenstad, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
November 07: Space @ Beachcomber, Cleethorpes
November 08: GoGo Penguin @ Jovellanos Theatre (Spain)
November 08: Space @ Diamond Lounge, Doncaster
November 11: GoGo Penguin @ Jazz Tibet Club (Czech Republic)
November 12: Ragga Twins @ Ministry of Sound - London
November 13: Space @ Monroe Bar, Cumbria
November 14: Steve Cobby @ Leftfoot 15th birthday, Birmingham
November 14: GoGo Penguin @ London Jazz Festival
November 14: Space @ The Georgian Theatre, Stockton
November 20: Space @ The Old Courts, Wigan
November 22: Space @ FAC251, Manchester
November 24: Space @ Sin City, Swansea
November 26: Space @ The Bowery, Reading
November 27: Space @ Fleece, Bristol
November 28: Space @ Kasbah, Coventry
November 30: Space @ The Point, Sunderland
December 01: Space @ Electric Circus, Edinburgh
December 02: Space @ The Tunnels, Aberdeen
December 03: Space @ Classic Grand, Glasgow
December 04: GoGo Penguin @ Théâtre de Cornouaille (Quimper, France)
December 04: Space @ Epstein Theatre, Liverpoo
December 05: Ragga Twins @ The Institute, Birmingham
December 05: GoGo Penguin @ La Passerelle (Saint-Brieuc, France)
December 05: Space @ Brixton Jamm, London
December 10: Space @ The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
December 11: @ Espace Malraux Musiques Actuelles
December 11: Space @ Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
December 12: Space @ Engine Shed, Lincoln
December 13: @ Le Forum (Paris)
December 17: GoGo Penguin @ Grand Théâtre des Gémeaux (Sceaux, France)
December 18: Space @ Guildhall, Gloucester
March 08: GoGo Penguin @ Le Cratère (Alès, France)