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BRDCST: An evening with/curated by ‘The angriest/most political band in Britain’
BRDCST is AB’s outstanding indoor spring festival spotlighting musical boundlessness.
The name is a direct reference to the retro futuristic electronica-pop of English band Broadcast that released inspiring albums like ‘Haha Sound’ and ‘Noise Made By The People’ over the past decade. Artists who feel strongly about musical innovation form the focal point for BRDCST. Our musical gut-feeling does the rest.
AN EVENING WITH/CURATED BY…
BRDCST may well be young, but a tradition has already been established: each year we ask an act that we admire to curate an evening and immerse AB in a specific musical mood. Of course, the artist in question also appears on stage too, to top it all off. In ’17 it was the honour of Forest Swords. This year the choice is Sleaford Mods.
It’s No wonder that Sleaford Mods have invited musical friends and musically radicalised artists for their curatorship. What’s more, they pretty much all have a link to Harbinger Sound – the label of Sleaford Mods manager/boss (sic) Steve Underwood – that mainly deals in wonderfully brutal underground post-punk and experimental noise. Please welcome…
SLEAFORD MODS (uk)
With their furious mix of (post-)punk, rap, rant and broken dance beats, Sleaford Mods doesn’t mince words. Their battle is the battle of the working class and the battle against the Brexit, as could be heard on latest album ‘English Tapas’ that made it into the upper echelons of the year-end charts in ’17 (Q, Mojo, Uncut, Rough Trade Shops...).
STEVE IGNORANT (CRASS): SLICE OF LIFE (uk)
Crass – the collective established in ’77 by Steve Ignorant together with Penny Rimbaud – is and remains the most anarcho-punk band ever! Sleaford Mods not only owes a debt to Crass – check out: their musical rawness and working class ideology – they are also diehard fans. Steve Ignorant about Slice Of Life: ‘Impossible to categorise, the music is soul-baringly personal. It’s a mixture of songs and spoken word.’
Female quartet from Sheffield that is synonymous with an energetic chunk of lo-fi synth-punk.
THE LOWEST FORM (uk)
Hardcore noise that makes our musical heart melt. That’s exactly why we asked Sleaford Mods to curate: to break down walls, not to colour between the lines. Tip #1: be there on time. Their sets generally only last for fifteen minutes.
Post-punk trio from Brighton with a wink to the anarcho-punk of the ‘70s. ‘The only era of music worth listening to’, according to Structure. With their latest self-titled EP, they hope ‘to raise the spirits of the weirdo punk in you’. Tip #2: be there on time. Their sets generally only last for fifteen minutes.
MARK WYNN (uk)
Wonderful DIY anti-folk with Sleaford Mods angle. Reminds us of the anti-folk of Jeffrey Lewis. Coolest track? ‘I Just Don’t Understand Nick Cave’.
JOHN PAUL (uk)
Another Sleaford Mods mate, he was to be heard on their album ‘Austerity Dogs’. John Paul serves you hip-hop of the bolder kind.
SUDDEN INFANT (d)
Joke Lanz’ noise/punk/industrial/dadaist trio from Berlin operates on the borderline between performance, body art, improvisation and noise.
The alias of UK producer Neil Tolliday, who once hid behind the band Bent and gets his kicks from - even more – aliasses such as Talliday, Tallidam and Tolliday. Spins everywhere – before, during or after. Loosen those hips!