Line-up /MARK STEWART and the Maffia (live)
Reso (dj set)
Silkie (dj set)
Monki (dj set)
Adrian Sherwood (dj set)
Tony Thorpe (dj set)
Si-Begg (dj set)
Saturday the 9th April – The Den (formerly The End) will be hosting an Exclusive gig featuring some of todays finest acts and the heroes that influenced them.
The Incendiary Mark Stewart & the Maffia will be headlining a series of gigs for On-U Sound 30th Anniversary celebrations. The first of these are announced now as part of this one-off monumental line-up.
TACKHEAD will be the first support for the event performing an equally rare live set. Tackhead were the houseband for Sugarhill records and have featured on countless seminal HipHop tracks featuring on Sugarhill Gang ("Rapper's Delight"), Grandmaster Flash ("The Message") and Melle Mel ("White Lines"), and helping to launch the onslaught of 80s rap.
This gig will be the ONLY U.K. date for Mark Stewart AND Tackhead this year (and Mark Stewart’s first London gig since a storming sell-out show at London’s Astoria before it closed its doors for the last time).
One of the most influential, Alpha artists of the past 30 years, Mark Stewart is the inspiration to a plethora of today’s most progressive artists, spanning the genre’s and the 3 decades since he exploded onto the industries consciousness.
A modern day hero, Mark Stewart's contribution, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s, to the development-of and culture-underlying the "Bristol Sound" is widely acknowledged and there would be no Massive Attack, Tricky, or Portishead without his influence.
Acts worlds apart; spanning the genres - everyone from Jesus and Mary Chain, to Nick Cave, to Joy Division cite Stewart as a huge influence on their music and craft and his sound echoes through their own.
His work has shaped the Bristolian sounds of both Massive Attack and Tricky and the harsh industrial mix of rock, noise and beats of Nine Inch Nails and Ministry, as well as, David Bowie,
Sonic Youth, Belle & Sebastian, techno god Carl Craig, Digitalism, Alec Empire, !!!, Jon Spencer, DJ Hell, Orbital, ADF and key modern producer Paul Epworth (Cee-Lo Green, Florence and the Machine, Adele, Plan B, Bloc Party). Nick Cave recently chose Mark as his favourite artist for Channel 4's Music Of The Millenium series that included other nominees such as Beethoven and The Beatles. Daddy G of Massive Attack chose Mark as one of his All Time Favourite Artists on the TV programme 'All Back To Mine' and Massive Attack invited Mark to perform at their prestigious Meltdown festival.
His influence still shines through strong and clear today with Primal Scream, The Klaxons, and Goldfrapp all being inspired and in awe of Stewart and finding the origin of their sound in his work whether they know it or not. Mark is a true original and has shaped the sound of music today both directly and indirectly whether it is inspiring todays artists directly or shaping the sound of entire genres through the years that have moulded the artists of today. One way or another, Mark Stewart is at the root of it all.
“Working with Kenneth Anger, Lee Perry, Keith Levene and Richard Hell is like a dream come true. I have to pinch myself that it’s real and with the rest of the collaborators it’s all gone a bit Wizard Of Oz. Gina Birch is like a hurricane” – MARK STEWART
“Mark Stewart changed everything…totally in your face.” – NICK CAVE
“Mark Stewart is my hero” - DADDY G (Massive Attack)
"Mark Stewart, he's my chaos." – TRICKY
"I absolutely love that record. It’s obtuse and soulful. I bought a record player just to play it. It changed my approach altogether." - PAUL EPWORTH on Mark Stewart’s ‘Learning To Cope With Cowardice’
MARK STEWART sonic visionary and pioneer of Post-Punk, industrial Hip Hop and dub noise, has continued to innovate and influence throughout his career from his early days leading the legendary gang of militantly anti-establishment leftist radical politicos - The Pop Group evolving into Mark Stewart and the Maffia and later, his classic solo releases such as 'Learning to Cope With Cowardice', 'As The Veneer Of Democracy Starts To Fade' and 2009's 'Edit'. Mark's as yet untitled new album shows him on startling form.
Stewart’s latter day work with the Maffia prefigured the dystopian vision and love/hate relationship with technology that characterised techno, which had been evolving simultaneously in Detroit and Chicago for two years.
MARK STEWART is in the studio working on his upcoming album with a host of collaborators including Kenneth Anger, Richard Hell, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Keith Levene, Gina Birch and more tbc.
The as yet untitled album will be released on Future Noise Music this coming October in what is set to be a very busy year.
The Mark Stewart documentary film ‘On/Off’ covering his music from Pop Group to now is being released in the UK in April.
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