Photography by Anne Laymond
Listen to a playlist of eastern inspired jams in anticipation of the brand new festival on the shores of Goa, India on the 27th-29th January.
As the sky fills with cold wet grey and the post-Christmas email inbox begins to fill up once again, it’s easy to begin looking for your next way out ASAP. Even the one luxury you can afford right now, watching television, becomes back-to-back holiday adverts telling you it’s time to plan your escape. We’re here to give you the final push to pull the trigger and get onto Skyscanner; the very inaugural GOAT Festival (wait, it’s not what it sounds like).
At the end of January, a new festival will take place on the other side of the Arabian Sea. Surrounded by sand dunes and two acres of lush palm grove, the event is set to take place on Ashvem Beach in Goa, India. As a region of known for being a haven for hippy colonies and the birth of Psytrance, its reputation for spiritual hedonism is already well affirmed. However GOAT will be offering a much more future-forward approach to its programming.
The line-up sees a cross-pollination of cultures, introducing the local Indian crowd to music they don’t often hear live whilst offering international visitors the finest in new Indian electronic vibes (alongside tropical paradise of course). For this task they have called upon the champion of international sounds, Mr. Worldwide himself, Gilles Peterson. Just some of the more local names joining him will be Yussef Kamaal, Marquis Hawkes, James Preistly, Kiasmos and Hercules & Love Affair.
The event will also showcase the many other sides of alternative India as you dance, play and swim. You can expect performing art, fashion, theatre, spoken word, water sports and yoga workshops. The highlight for us has to be the promise of fine local food; Goan cuisine is a spiritual experience in itself.
To get you warmed up for the occasion, we asked artists from across the weekend’s line-up to send us tracks that were inspired by or embody the Indian soundscape. It could be a genius example of sampling classic Indian instruments and vocals, a release from fresh Indian talent or an old-school Bhangra gem. Everything we received was golden.
You can listen to the full playlist on YouTube here.
Here are some of the selections from the artists performing at GOAT 2017.
Kuenta i Tambu
The Amsterdam crew had this story to tell – “There’s actually one Kuenta i Tambu track which is totally inspired by Indian music. A friend of Roël Calister (bandleader of KiT) sent him a recording of a Hindu wedding she attended. After that he and the producer WIWEK were searching for Indian music and found this.”
Dhinka Chika (from the Bollywood movie “Ready”)
“Inspired by both videos he worked together with WIWEK and made the track Dem a Call It Tambú, which was released on the 2013 album.”
This New Zealand band have exported their soulful take on electronic sounds worldwide to a rapturous response.
Talvin Singh – Traveller (Kid Loco’s Once Upon A Time In The East Mix)
Indian Slap – Carpet Petrol
Another India native, Aqua Dominatrix’s sound is filled with darker disco, Italo, 80s synth vibes that could soundtrack the next Blade Runner.
Closet Jester – Sandunes
Nicholson – For What II
This Mumbai producer has a back catalogue filled with ethereal, undefinable electronic vibes.
Big Feelings – Shlohmo
Charm – Four Tet
Another Mumbai producer, Sandunes dropped an album in 2016 filled with glitchy, woozy kickback beats, perfect for Goan coastline dreaming.
Sarathy Korwar – Bismillah
Tarun Balani – Sacred World
Words by David March
For more information about GOAT Festival or to buy tickets, visit www.goatfestival.co.uk.
London Fashion Week Men’s has now come to an end, and during all the fashion frenzy and festivities, Selfridges opened its door to house some of the best of the best from Fashion East’s alumni. It’s hard to think of a major British designer who hasn’t passed through the Fashion East talent incubator. Founded in 2000 by The Old Truman Brewery and Lulu Kennedy to nurture young designers, the non-profit initiative is integral to London’s reputation as a crucible of young talent. Simone Rocha, Roksanda Ilincic, Marques Almeida, Gareth Pugh, Kim Jones, Jonathan Saunders, Grace Wales Bonner, Craig Green and J.W. Anderson are amongst the many names to have kickstarted their careers on its catwalk.
So when Selfridges invited Kennedy to set up a Fashion East store in the new Designer Studio, the legendary talent scout invited past and present alumni to create exclusive products for her.
The store will stock clothes, gifts and quirky collectibles from the likes of Craig Green, Ashley Williams, Charles Jeffrey, Richard Malone, Caitlin Price, Mimi Wade, Matty Bovan, Rottingdean Bazaar, Per Gotesson, Art School and Christopher Shannon, as well as Fashion East’s first own merch outing.
Lulu Kennedy, Founder and Director of Fashion East: “It’s a massive buzz and privilege to be calling Selfridges home for a few months! We look forward to our first retail venture and showing off our gorgeous alumni in such a brilliant fresh space.”
Sebastian Manes, Selfridges’ Buying Director: “You only have to walk around the fashion floors of Selfridges to see the amazing success and influence of Fashion East. In store for SS17 we have more than twenty Fashion East alumni and designers across menswear and womenswear – from new talent like Richard Malone through to Roksanda or Simone Rocha, who are some of our best performing ready-to-wear designers right now, or Craig Green who brings so much energy to men’s designerwear.”
“Having a Fashion East Store in Selfridges where a real crosssection of the Fashion East family are represented feels like a natural thing to do. And more than that, we loved the idea of giving Lulu a space to make her own – I think the environment and line-up of specially commissioned products will give an insight into her creative process and into a network of brilliant friends who are shaping what British fashion means today.”
— Open from Monday 9 January in The Designer Studio on 3, Selfridges London —
Photography by Kieran Liggins
Photography by Kieran Liggins
Photography by Yoshitaka Kono
Photography by Yoshitaka Kono