The Bays (live)
Mr No Hands
Air @ Cargo, Saturday 2nd February 2008
The Bays (Live)
Forget every rule you’ve ever been taught about live music. Ignore every outmoded notion of what it is to be a ‘live’ band. Forget even what you think ‘live music’ actually means. What drives The Bays is a need to communicate with their audience in a way not possible with traditional live bands. There are no ‘songs’ as such to perform, there’s no album to promote, there are no commercial imperatives at play. The Bays only perform live, they never rehearse, they don’t have a set-list and they couldn’t ever do the same performance twice. It’s all about the moment – an experience or an event that exists between the band and the audience for one time only. If you’ve never seen the Bays live, now is the time.
Over the last decade Ali B has held down residencies at two of London’s most influential clubs; The Blue Note and Fabric. He spent his teens working at the Acid Jazz label and then as a DJ, went on to host a weekly radio show on Capital FM for five years. Alongside compilations for Fabric, Global Gathering, Y4K and his own Air Recordings label, Ali’s artist productions include tracks with The Jungle Brothers and remixes for the likes of Positiva, Multiply, Sony and Cheeky. He has toured extensively through Asia, North America, Europe and Australasia taking him, and his sound to an international audience.
At the band’s core are Stephen Baxter and Lee Richardson. Between them they have been responsible for a number of releases across labels such as TCR, Solokov Sounds and Air Recordings which has gained them huge support amongst scene leaders. Alongside guest appearances on Annie Nightingale’s Radio 1 Show and Jay Cunning’s Kiss 100 show, Diverted also host their own regular slot on NSB Radio. Their latest single has already been picking up support from the likes of The Plump DJs, Lee Coombs and Meat Katie. The club bruiser, ‘Frederick’ and the lush down-tempo ‘Summer Hiding’ will be available for general release in early 2008 through Air Recordings and is a taster of what to expect on Diverted’s forthcoming debut album, due for release in autumn 2008.
In a very short space of time, Janette Slack has established herself as one of the hottest artists around. Her sound is rooted in electro, house and breaks which she delivers with an infectious energy. She mastered her native Hong Kong with residencies throughout 2000-2001, took on gigs across the rest of the world, and is now based in London. Her debut release on Air Recordings (‘Shake & Play’/ ‘Red Ramona’) caused quite a stir amongst Tastemakers and even entered the cool cuts chart when it was released in 2007. She even finds time to write regularly for Mixmag alongside a busy DJ schedule that has already seen her tour Australia in early 2008.
Mr No Hands
Every now and again an artist like Mr No Hands comes along breathing fresh air into proceedings with an unconventional approach to production and performance. Dave Clough aka Mr No Hands, a name inspired by his love for BMX tricks, is fast emerging as a creative force to be reckoned with. 2008 sees the launch of his new forward thinking video-MP3 label, No Handed Music, with each release accompanied by one of his trademark animated films. Through his Myspace, who regularly feature him on their front page and his Youtube channel he has already enlisted an army of fans who regularly look forward to viewing his latest capers, which are typically crafted in a modernist lo-fi Lowry style, without the bad weather and the drab colours.
9pm – 3am
Admission: £8 b4 9pm, £12 after, advance tickets £10
83 Rivington Street
(nearest tube: old street)
More info: 0207 749 7840