Photography Federica Tenti
We have not been shy to sing our praises of the contemporary music programming offered by the Barbican. Deep in the centre of the City, the Barbican is a concrete fortress of culture, welcoming burgeoning sounds and innovative communities to a high-brow platform. 2018 is no exception with a calendar showcasing neo-classical composers alongside grime MCs and techno royalty. Here are our hot tickets for the coming months.
Nils Frahm – All Melody – Wednesday 21st, Friday 23rd & 24th February
The long awaited return of Nils Frahm is almost upon us. Frahm’s gift for fusing modern classical styles with contemporary electronic sounds has earned him prodigal status in the eyes of his fans. After a year-long hiatus, the pianist, composer and producer has finally returned, blessing his followers with a new album – All Melody – and an accompanying tour. The album introduces new elements into Fahm’s palette; vocals, horns and other instruments accompany his piano. Seeing how this new material translates to a live show will be unmissable.
Just Jam Reloaded – 17th March
If any event could truly show Barbican’s support of London’s culture, it’s the return of Just Jam. Just Jam is the brainchild of Tim & Barry, two photographers who rose to fame nearly 15 years ago recording UK MC freestyles on the streets of London. Their work, predating YouTube channels like SB.TV, would become the holy archive of grime music’s early years. They went on to begin the Just Jam live streaming shows, featuring their signature psychedelic “broken N64” visuals. Fast forward to today and they are launching their second event at the Barbican centre; an evening showcasing a new generation of music from the streets. The roster includes jazz keyboardist Kamaal Williams (previously of Yusseff Kamaal), afrobeats trio Belly Squad, and grime DJ, Grandmixxer. Joining them will be a number of up and coming MCs; Mex, Naira Marley and the YGG gang.
Simian Mobile Disco with Deep Throat Choir – 4th April
British dance music veterans Simian Mobile Disco have taken a whole new angle on house and techno, collaborating with Hackney’s all-female Deep Throat Choir for a collaborative album called “Murmurations”. Together, they will perform the material for the first time in the Barbican Hall. Don’t miss support from the very talented Fatima Al Qadiri, who uses the medium of experimental club music to explore urgent themes of systemic oppression, gender and racism.
Carl Craig presents Synthesizer Ensemble – 6th April
Carl Craig is one of the true demigods of Detroit techno, working to build the foundations that dance music stands on whilst many of today’s ravers were still in strollers. His back catalogue has provided revellers with two decades of transcending dancefloor moments. In the next step of his unrelenting experimentation and futurism, Craig has reimagined his finest works into an electronic symphony. He will share the stage with a team of keyboardists and an arsenal of synthesizers, samplers and drum machines as they take “four-to-the-floor” music to new orchestral depths.
Sounds and Visions: Max Richter Performs Infra – 11th May
Max Richter has composed for every medium imaginable, TV, film and stage. He even composed an eight hour long piece and played it live to listeners as they slept. Featuring a string ensemble, this piece will showcase enveloping ambient textures that Richter does so well, along with familiar sounds of the unremarkable; everyday human chatter, the whistles of radio static. It’s a haunting and melancholic exploration of the everyday. The evening will welcome some equally exciting warm up acts with sets from footwork music’s latest hero, Jlin, and modular magic from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.
Tickets for our selections can be found at the links below.
Nils Frahm – All Melody
Wednesday 21 Friday 23 & *Saturday 24 February 2018 / Barbican Hall / 19:30, *15:00 & 20:00
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Just Jam Reloaded with Belly Squad, Kamaal Williams, Nídia, Skengdo x AM, Kenny Allstar, Murlo and Headie One
Saturday 17 March 2018 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £15 plus booking fee
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Simian Mobile Disco with Deep Throat Choir + Fatima Al Qadiri presents Ja7eem
Wednesday 4 April 2018 / Barbican Hall / 20:00
Tickets £17.50 – 22.50 plus booking fee
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Carl Craig presents Synthesizer Ensemble
Friday 6 April 2018 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 25 plus booking fee
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Sounds and Visions – curated by Max Richter and Yulia Mahr
Friday 11 – Sunday 13 May 2018 / Barbican Hall & foyer, Barbican Cinemas 1 & 2, LSO St Luke’s, Milton Court Concert Hall, St Giles’ Cripplegate
Tickets £10 – 35, plus free events
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Joseph Stands, Pascal and Fotini Handra – three talented budding designers from London College of Fashion, UAL. collaborate with Liberty London to create a directional and contemporary collection for Spring\Summer 18 named, ‘Alpine Symphony’.
The designers had exclusive access to Liberty London’s famous studio where brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Loewe, Paul Smith and Richard Quinn worked in the past.
This collection features the luxurious Tana Lawn Cotton, carefully crafted architectural structures, combining floral patterns with geometrics and pleats ALL aiming to project a playful and charming effect.
Daniel Pascal, Tanner Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear, “I’ve used the dynamic geometric prints from the Fair Isle range and juxtaposed this with the charismatic and sweet floral print of Heidi. I’ve combined the prints together, before pleating them to give the floral a more graphic edge.”
Joseph Standish, Fashion Design and Development, “The collection consists of a traditional denim jacket five-pocket jean using re-purposed garments fused with the Liberty Tan Lawn Meadow Melody Print to create (the first of its kind, I Think!) all-over statement denim pieces. This is paired with an oversized puffer jacket perfect to keep you protected in the harsh mountain peaks.”
Words by Sarah Grace
Britain’s premier music tastemaker Annie Mac announces the first instalment of AMP SOUNDS for February 2018.
Coming home to where AMP started out, AMP SOUNDS will be taking over the place where it hosted so many happy years of parties, London’s Camden. Celebrating all of the music that Annie Mac loves, AMP SOUNDS will encompass nine shows over the course of one month in three venues: The Jazz Café, The Roundhouse and Koko.
Showcasing all sides of the renowned AMP live brand (from the Annie Mac Presents club nights to the AMP Collected gigs), AMP SOUNDS will bring a broad range of the hottest artists and DJs of the moment, both established and upcoming.
“All aspects of our AMP Live events will be represented” says Annie. “Our raves with the finest DJs, our showcase events with the most exciting new acts and our big closing party with the best of AMP past and present.”
AMP SOUNDS at Koko will see four very special raves held over four consecutive weekends, headlined by Annie herself alongside some very special guest DJs.
AMP SOUNDS at The Jazz Café will continue the theme of the more recently established AMP Collected nights, showcasing some of the best live acts of the moment in one of London’s most renowned and intimate venues. Running each Thursday across the month it will feature four hand-picked, eclectic line-ups including the likes of Tom Misch, Billie Eilsh, Jessie Ware and Superorganism (to name but a few).
AMP SOUNDS will culminate in a HUGE closing party at The Roundhouse. Everyone attending a show at the Jazz Cafe or Koko across the month will gain pre-sale access to this spectacular finale. The secret bill will see Annie take to the stage once again alongside THE BEST artists from AMP past, present and future, making it THE most special party Annie has ever hosted.
Celebrating great music in one of the UK’s most renowned cultural hubs for the month of February, AMP SOUNDS will be THE music event of the year for 2018.
Viktor & Rolf collaborate with Zalando with a limited 17-piece capsule collection for Spring/Summer 18 using recycled materials – creating something very unique and unexpectedly twisted. RE:CYCLE entails pieces from T-shirts, Skirts, Dresses, Trousers, Jeans and more all ranging from £50 to £250.
A short film has been created especially to capture the two creatives’ journey of designing and transforming the recycled and overstocked materials of Zalando into something extraordinay and memoriable.
Viktor&Rolf says, “For us, Haute Couture has always been a laboratory for experimental. With our past Haute Couture collections, we have explored creative recycling methods: new, artistic ways to re-use elements from the past to create something new. For instance, fabrics from our own archive of 20 years were woven and patch-worked into new materials and volumes; and fragments of existing cocktail and evening wear from the 20th century were surrealistically reassembled to create new, unexpected shapes. With our upcoming collaboration with Zalando, we are excited to bring fourth this spirit of sustainable fashion in a bold accessible way by breathing new life into forgotten garments.”
To give this an unexpected twist, Zalando also teamed up with London-based talent development platform Mastered, to engage its community of emerging creatives to re-interpret the thread of transformation which underlines the collaboration with Viktor&Rolf, re-imagined from their individual perspectives.
Five photographers and their respective teams of creatives received a unique T-shirt from Viktor&Rolf’s atelier, a sneak peak into the collab and were tasked with shooting an editorial. The result is five diverse editorials by emerging creatives around Europe, as well as a short film that explains the collaboration and interviews Viktor&Rolf on their partnership with Zalando.
The limited-edition V&R collection collaboration with Zalando will be available to purchase on February 1st on Zalando.com
Words by Sarah Grace
On 30th January 2018 in city of London, designer Alexa Chung held a launch party at Moth Club in celebration of her third collection – ALEXACHUNG. Her family and friend came together to support and take a glimpse of her ‘one of a kind’ collection, dance on the light-up disco floor, lay on the Union Jack bed photo booth and to take a few sips of pints. In attendance? Lucy Boynton, Amber Anderson, Tallulah Harlech, Pixie Geldof, Henry Holland, Charlie Barker, among others.
Chung’s idea was to celebrate the ‘explosive’ 90s music, the Britpop movement, rebellion and well-known heros which all had a massive impact on her life and others. The best of the best music of all time played at the party; being dj’d by a bunch of people – Dom Chung, Rhys Webb from The Horrors and Lou Hayter.
To celebrate the new collection, the brand released a new film for the ALEXACHUNG Fantastic collection
A celebration of the Brit Pop inspired collection titled ‘Fantastic’, the film transports you from a misty seaside town to a world of wonder. Directed by Jesse Jenkins with creative direction by ALEXACHUNG, the film presents one’s journey in search of belonging, contending loneliness through clothes, and the long road one travels in coming of age.
Words by Sarah Grace
Fresh from an almighty tenth edition that united thousands of bass lovers in it’s fortress home, Outlook Festival reveals the first set of artists joining for 2018. Continuing its mission to champion the next gen of talent whilst celebrating revered heritage acts, this outing is as diverse and dynamic as ever with J Hus, Stefflon Don, Kojey Radical, Wiley, Mist, Madam X, Children of Zeus, AJ Tracey, David Rodigan, Channel One, Bonobo, Andy C, Noisia, Digital Mystikz and more descending on Fort Punta Christo. Prepare for bass, dub, DnB, grime, UK afrobeats, hip-hop, jungle, dubstep and beyond, between 6th – 10th September 2018, all to be heard on the world’s heaviest sound systems. Tickets are available from £100, so act now to secure a place at Outlook Festival 2018.
6th September – 10th September 2018 || Fort Punta Christo
Tickets from £100: www.outlookfestival.com
To mark the evolution of Gap, the brand collaborated with a cast of nine well-known young influencers from around the world who are helping to reconstruct (or should we say, remix) society’s creative culture through acting, singing, comedy, activism and being a self-expressive voice – SZA, Metro Boomin, Sabrina Claudio, Bria Vinaite, Miles Heizer, Awkwafina, Maya Jama, Naomi Watanable and Connor Franta.
Bringing together some of the world’s leading culture remix creators such Director Tabitha Denholm, who directed music videos for Florence and the Machine, Haim and Jessie J as well as performance and movement director Tanisha Scott. They both had an important role – to create an uplifting video through music and movement with a modern yet remixed twist. The collection itself reuses Gap’s signature styles and logo throughout the decades which includes tees, patched sweatshirts, rugby shirts and tracksuit bottoms all reflecting a youthful and fresh style.
Craig Brommers, Chief Marketing Officer for Gap – “Gap is always one to celebrate and bring culture to the mainstream and what better way to do this and highlight this group of global individuals”
Words by Sarah Grace