LOCAL’s Hannah TW + Helen Ralli celebrate the emancipatory power of music with Dance Freedom at London’s V3, Sep 7 – 15

7 September 2017

The Dance Freedom group exhibition is on at London’s V3, opening September 7 and running to September 15.

Curated by Hannah TW and Helen Ralli, the show features work by photographers and directors celebrating “the power of uninhibited dancing and how this can bring communities together.” Contributors include  Coco BayleyLewis KhanAlex Hulsey, Meshach Falconer Roberts, Lotte Anderson, Wilson Oryema, and Stefy Pocket, among others, and present images of everything from “Kiev speed freaks” and “Polish pop fans” to Carnival and Vogue shows.

As organiser of DIY Brixton party LOCAL, Hannah TW is currently in residence at V3 and will follow the show with a night at Club 414 featuring GAIKA on September 9.  

See the V3 website for details.**

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Meeting in the middle of music + art + technology: a guide to Convergence Festival, Mar 21 – 25

20 March 2017

The 2017 Convergence Festival is on at venues across London, running March 21 to 25.

The event brings together an interdisciplinary set of practices to create a dialogue around performance and technology, and is divided into three sections: Live Music, Visual Arts and Sessions.

The Live Music events will take place throughout the week at various locations in the city, including some notable performances by Yves Tumor who will present a “visceral live / art performance” on March 25 at Electric Brixton for Jacques Green’s curated Closing Party, as well as Actress on March 24 at Village Underground, among many others.

The Visual Arts section has partnered with Carroll/Fletcher, and features a public installation ‘Render Search’ by James Bridle at London’s Great Eastern Wall Gallery, running March 21 to April 3, and Constant Dullaart‘s solo exhibition The European Classes  at London’s Village Underground Gallery, March 21 -26.

Convergence Sessions creates a hub that hosts a series of workshops, talks and performances, and takes place over two days on Friday and Saturday at London’s Behind The Bike Shed. Some of our recommendations include:

Friday, March 25

– Talks by Gaika, Mark LeckeyNelly Ben Hayoun and Katja Lucker of Musicboard Berlin
– Live performance by choreographer and director Holly Blakey

Saturday, March 26

– Presentation by ASMR-tist Claire Tolan
– Live performances by Nkisi and Klein

See the Convergence Festival website for a full programme and more details.**

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Club to Club Festival 2016, Nov 2 – 6

31 October 2016

Club to Club Festival is back for its 16th edition, taking place at various venues across Turin, running November 2 to 6.

Happening in conjunction with contemporary art fair Artissima, Club to Club is host to “many of electronic music’s best and brightest” and taking place in venues like the former Fiat factories, as well as 17th-century royal palace Reggia Di Venaria.

Here are some of our recommendations:

Chino Amobi  @ Palace of Venaria, Nov 2

Elysia Crampton @ Palace of Venaria, Nov 2

Piotr Kurek (PL)

Arca & Jesse Kanda @ Sala Gialla, Nov 3

Autechre @ Main Stage, Nov 4

Amnesia Scanner @ Sala Gialla, Nov 4

GAIKA @ Red Bull Music Academy,Nov 4

Toxe @ Red Bull Music Academy, Nov 4

Clams Casino @ Red Bull Music Academy, Nov 5

Janus: M.E.S.H. + Kablam + Total Freedom @ Red Bull Music Academy , Nov 5

See the Club to Club website for details.**

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GAIKA, SECURITY mixtape, Apr 21

21 April 2016

Producer GAIKA releases the SECURITY  mixtape through Brooklyn-based label Mixpak on April 21.

The London-based artist featured on NON Records‘ WORLDWIDE COMPILATION, VOL. 1. and dropped a previous mix MACHINE online last year. Brought up in the English capital’s Brixton area and of Jamaican and Grenadian heritage, GAIKA’s most recent effort is an attempt at what the press release calls “expanding and exploding the ideas of what contemporary black British music is”.

Dark and minimal, the recording features tracks with titles like ‘Knuckleduster’, ‘World Star’ and ‘White Picket Fences’ that draw on the global currents of a London music scene, and explicit politics. Vocals are delivered through GAIKA’s vocals patois-informed flow, along with contributions from emcees and singers Fallacy, Gretz, Serocee, Miss Red, Mista Silva, Trigga, Bipolar Sunshine, August+Us and 6Cib.

See listen and see the tour dates below and see the Mixpak website to download the mixtape.**

GAIKA Tour Dates

April 9 – Oaxtepec Mexico, Ceremonia Festival
April 21 – Mixtape Launch Party, Boiler Room
April 22 – Prague, Neone Club W/ Lotic
April 23 – Amsterdam, Paradiso
April 28 – Zagreb, Zedno Uho Festival
April 29 – Krems, Donau Festival
May 4 – Berlin, Berghain Kantine
May 7 – Glasgow, Stereo
May 14 – Moscow, Club Archive
May 19 – Paris, Secret Location
May 24 – Manchester, Soup Kitchen W/ Grey
June 1 – Copenhagen, Rust @ Distortion Festival
June 10 – London, Tropical Waste X Grey

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