BBC Radio 3’s flagship adventurous music programme, Late Junction, in partnership with the Barbican, is set to stage its first ever festival taking place at London’s newest venue EartH across two days of live music (28 Feb and 1 Mar 2019), showcasing the breadth of the programme’s ear-expanding output and featuring some of the Barbican’s contemporary music programme’s previous contributors.
The Festival will bring the radio programme to life with performances from across the sonic spectrum. Headlining the first night will be innovative electronic artist Gazelle Twin, who channels the darkness of the English psyche in a costume which is half court jester, half football hooligan. She’s joined by Richard Dawson's band Hen Ogledd, who bring together a mix of psych-pop, medieval lore and harp improvisation and the Lynchian sound of CHAINES, a Manchester based electro-acoustic composer. On the second night cult pioneers This Is Not This Heat top the bill lead by Charles Hayward and Charles Bullen. They follow the enigmatic CURL, the performance collective, label and community founded by Mica Levi and Coby Sey, and O Yama O, the musical project formed by London-based musicians Rie Nakajima and Keiko Yamamoto who explore sonic intimacy through the folk traditions of Japan. The festival will also feature exciting live versions of the programme’s monthly Collaboration Session, with artists from different bands forming ad-hoc ensembles plus a live Late Junction Mixtape for the gathered audience.
Gazelle Twin says: “I first discovered Late Junction in my teens. It was like tuning into a familiar but alternative reality, where I suddenly had access to mysterious, experimental and intriguing music from all origins and eras. It has provided a wealth of inspiration to me ever since.”
Chris Sharp, Contemporary Music Programmer at the Barbican says: “BBC Radio 3 Late Junction are fellow travellers with a shared artistic interest and inspiration and it is a pleasure to be working with them jointly on what promises to be a great festival and to welcoming back some of our favourite artists.”
Alan Davey Controller of BBC Radio 3 says: “On BBC Radio 3 we want to transport listeners to other worlds and provide an oasis of extraordinary music and culture. The first ever BBC Radio 3 Late Junction Festival will be a place to escape during the cold winter days and nights; whether on BBC Sounds, BBC Radio 3 or live in the brand new venue at EartH. My thanks to the Barbican and Reduced Listening for producing it, we can’t wait to share this musical odyssey with audiences everywhere.”