Described by organiser Bruno Gomez as an “expanding wormhole of likeminded sub-scenes, a dialogue suspended above the transnational abyss,” Festival Hyperlocal is taking place at London’s Cafe Oto on September 16, and Buenos Aires’ century-old theatre Xirgu Espacio Untref and Atom Sound Art Space on November 25.
AQNB is premiering a mix today by DJ Save The NHS, who also featured on the Xquisite Nihil collective’s seize the means of production compilation, released via London/URL-based label Quantum Natives on June 5. The ten-minute mix moves between vocal gasps and industrial beats, where anxious rhythms carry into subdued pulsating sounds towards the end in a trance loop.
Started by Argentinian born curator Gomez in London, the idea the Festival Hyperlocal program is to connect artists between Europe and South America. The festival began in 2013, first materializing in a Buenos Aires warehouse and running annually since, alongside smaller events in the downtime. The project aims to stay on the periphery of the mainstream music and art industry, attempting to make each year feel different and unique in its own right through a DIY ethos.
Inspired by other events, organizations and artists like London’s DIY Space, Decolonise Fest, Bent Fest, Penarth Centre, Wysing Festival, UNITI, Curl and Buenos Aires’ Hiedrah to name a few, the event brings together distance, resources and shared experiences to carve out a space that Gomez describes as being between the big and the underground.
This year’s UK event will feature performances by Algobabez (via online), The Bomber Jackets, DJ Save The NHS, Farai, I.RUUUUU, Karnage, Olan Monk, Yearning Kru (online), Young Boy Dancing Group and Lolina, Blue Shit, Emily Pope, Lyzza, Moonbow DJ, DJ Spiralizer and ‘The Tragedy of Theresa May’ by Lisa Jeschke and Lucy Beynon. Buenos Aires will feature Aylu, Algobabez (online) DJ Bli Bli, Ines Navarro, Nicoloas Freeman, DJ Bruta, Vluba, and Yoto.
Next year Festival Hyperlocal will expanding into radio stations and other forms of streaming, including online performances, exhibitions and installations.**