Noise of Art launches into its tenth year of activity with a series of events in and around London’s Convergence Festival. The events, two in conversation sessions and three gigs, take place 13 March – 16 March in London.
Noise of Art’s Boom Room project is inspired by the role sound manipulation has played in electronic music. It will be turning unusual locations and buildings into musical effects units to be used live – starting with a disused nuclear airforce base at Benwaters and the Adnams brewery in Southwold.
The line up includes: Andrew Weatherall, Mental Overdrive, White Noise, Bernard Szajner (aka Z), Saycet (Paris), Ben Osborne, Eat Lights Become Lights, White Noise Sound (LP launch), Clara Brea, Addictive TV and more to be announced.
Organised in and around Convergence Festival, Noise of Art is also partnering with the Mayor of Paris, French Music Export Office, Institut Francais, Rough Trade East, The Wire, Heavenly Social, Big Chill House, Woodbridge Art and Music Event, Old Jet Studios and Adnams.
Friday 13 March
In Conversation with Bernard Szajner, David Vorhaus (White Noise). Chaired by Jennifer Lucy Allen (The Wire, The Guardian), Rough Trade East, Dray Walk, Brick Lane, London E1. 6pm-7pm. Free Entry
Friday 13 March
White Noise (Live) plus DJs – Heavenly Jukebox, Ben Osborne, David Agrella, The Social, 5 Little Portland Street. London W1W 7JD. 7pm-2am. Ticket price: £6.50
Saturday 14 March
The New Digital Wave – How Has New Technology Impacted on the Arts in the UK and France? Panel discussion with Pierre Lefeuvre aka Saycet, Hugo Arcier, Jean-Paul Fourmentraux, Addictive TV. More details, participants and venue to be announced.
Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT. 2.30pm. Free Entry.
Saturday 14 March
Noise of Art presents Mental Overdrive b2b with Ben Osborne + Guests
Big Chill House, 257-259 Pentonville Road; Kings Cross; London N1 9NL. Free Entry
Monday 16 March
Noise of Art’s Boom Room with Andrew Weatherall, Eat Lights Become Lights (new live show debut), White Noise Sound (LP Launch), Mental Overdrive (Love OD, Norway), DJ Ben Osborne (Noise of Art), PLUS Saycet (France) LP Launch, Clara Brea and more. Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PQ. £10 advance
Ben and Severino are taking their wildly eclectic, beautifully chaotic musical journey, Yes We KAN’T, back to the stylish West End confines of Momo again next Friday.
To be found mashing up Momo regularly these days, Yes We KAN’T is a hedonistic affair whenever it touches down at this cozy basement party venue, so expect the usual scenes of dancefloor – and tabletop – abandon towards the end of the night.
You need to email firstname.lastname@example.org for free guestlist in advance.
After a month spent mostly playing in large fields, it’s time to return to our favourite West End basement on Friday 20th Aug.
Following some riotous one-offs, Yes We KAN’T returns to its irregular monthly mash-up in the fashionable confines of Momo, with residents Ben Osborne and Severino.
Expect nothing but the finest party eclecticism as jackin house meets Seventies funk rock, salsa meets glitched disco and drum n bass. Dancing on the tables is optional but may prove irresistable.
Entry is free all night, email email@example.com for details.
Noise of Art man Ben Osborne is playing at the return of Trees For Cities fundraising parties this Saturday night (14th Aug).
Trees have been raising money for their fantastic global urban tree-planting activities by throwing great parties for over 18 years now. Ben has been a regular DJ for them and retuns this weekend alongside a stellar line-up of Trees supporters old and new.
Expect everything from Ben’s cosmic disco grooves to Ashley Beedle playing reggae and ska in the fine surrounds of King’s Cross joint The Driver.
On Friday 30th July, runaway success story Slipped Disco’s UFO returns to Kings Cross with two floors of cosmic house, space funk and a roof terrace.
The night, inspired by London’s late ‘60’s UFO club, takes over the Big Chill House with a firing line up of jackin house, psychedelic beats, cosmic disco, wigged out funk and analogue electronics.
It sees seminal Nineties eclectic-cosmic DJ and Tummy Touch label boss, Tim “Love” Lee on the wheels of steel. Apart from being the man who discovered Groove Armada back in the 1990s, Lee has recently been causing a buzz wih his latest pych discovery, The Phenomenal Handclap Band.
He joins residents Ben Osborne and X-Press 2 man, Diesel, behind the decks, while Rupert The Brewer keeps it funky upstairs.
Captain Credible is literally from another planet. Norway. His show is an extraordinary, irresistible mix of theatre, music and insanity. This is his first time back since his UK debut at Slipped Disco last year. Not to be missed.
Also playing live, The 9000 return to rock our house down with their funked-up brand of electronic music meets Boosty Collins.
Other-worldly imagery and visuals come courtesy of regular art teams Overlap and Your Mum, while resident photographer Roulla will be on hand to portrait the glamorous.
It’s time for a mid-summer Yes We KAN’T session this Friday, back at our spiritual underground party lair, Momo.
After a series of packed out, mayhemic one-offs, DJs Severino and Ben Osborne launch their no holds barred, ad hoc monthly residency with a party mash-up in this fashionable central London haunt.
Osborne-Severino forays here cause sweet chaos as they mix from everything into anything (Seventies funk rock to salsa to glitched disco, jiggy house, drum n bass and bin munching b-lines), which regularly has them dancing on the tables. Even the doormen join in for the “one more tune” chorus.
Continuing a series of one-off gigs, Yes We KAN’T moves into the salubrious Sketch club in the centre of London for a one-night party on Friday 11 June, with DJ Ben Osborne free-wheeling through the genres.
The venue played host to Noise of Art’s New Year’s Eve multi-media extravaganza and is a unique location for a party (including the famous Alien-inspired pod toilets, pictured). It’s free entry all night, but you’ll need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and to get on the list that ensures a nod at the door.
Then in July, Yes We KAN’T will settle down for an ad hoc residency back in the exotic environs of Momo in nearby Heddon St.
Current dates for the party calendar include Fridays 2nd July, 20th August and 17th September. Tables have a habit of being danced upon here, so we’re looking forward to the months ahead, kicking off with Sketch on the 11th…
Slipped Disco returns to its old stomping ground in Brick Lane for a one-off Bank Holiday Special on Friday 28th May as Severino and Ben Osborne move their no holds barred Yes We KAN’T double act east for one night only.
Check out the image above from the last Yes We KAN’T session at Momo, where we had them dancing on the tables and up on the bar once again.
The party returns to Momo on Friday 11 June for a monthly residency with residents Severino and Ben Osborne. (Free but register by sending a guest list request to email@example.com) while Slipped Disco’s UFO next takes place at Big Chill House in Kings Cross on Friday 25th June.
More details of those events to follow, but we’ll see you at the Big Chill Bar off Brick Lane before any of that to kick-start the Bank Holiday weekend in true Yes We KAN’T style.
Ashley Beedle (X Press 2), Serge Santiago, Ben Osborne (noise of art), DJ Sonny (Mighty Rumble), Culprit 1 – LIVE (record launch), The 9000 – LIVE, Immaculate Extremists, Your Mum and Overlap
Rounding off this April’s traditional month of Noise of Art actvity, NOA teams up with sister club Slipped Disco’s UFO for a night of music, visuals, performance art and DJs. Drawing its inspiration from the night’s UFO theme, the night will span live beat science, wigged out disco, psychedlic re-edits, bass fuelled sci fi funk and wah driven dancefloor rock – while art will come courtesy of regular Noise of Art collaborators, making this the biggest prog concept experience since Spinal Tap recreated Stonehenge.
“When we heard Slipped Disco, Noise of Art, Deep Space Disco polymath Ben Osborne was planning to resurrect the legendary UFO Club, our brains exploded.” (Eddy Lawrence, Time Out)
Noise of Art throws an intimate party during its month of activity. Continuing current prog embracing themes, this time NOA is inviting spoken art, words and electronic music to rub shoulders in a club environment.
Faro Isles performer, Budem, will start the evening’s music with a rare opportunity to see a UK performance of his version of the Faro isles story telling traditions. Combining theatre, literature and folk music traditions, his performances are mesmerising and like nothing you’ve seen before. This is the second appearance at Noise of Art, but given the last time was at the Royal Festival Hall, this promises to be a far more intimate affair.
Electronic audio visual outfit Sculpture make their Noise of Art debut with a new set that they’ll be touring around European festivals later this summer. And DJ Ben Osborne will be topping and tailing the night with a typically dancefloor shaking set.