Our weekly festival, every Tuesday from June to September, with RnB/soul collective MwS, North London singer/songwriter Boe Huntress, and new electronic collaboration Equal Echo.
M W S
M w S is a London based duo that was formed in Italy in 2013. Their musical influences are Soul, R&B, Nu Soul artists as Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill mixed with contemporary neo-jazz artists as Tom Misch and Masego and electro influenced artists as Vallis Alps and Louis Matters.
Their first EP 'Swim' is a mix of Pop / Contemporary R&B / Nu Soul with lyrics that sometimes recall their home country. The EP received support from Clash Music, Complex UK, NME emerging, BBC 6 Music and many more.
M w S played shows for Sofar Sounds, Metropolis Music, UMA Music in venues like The Finsbury Pub, Pop Brixton, Upstairs at Ronnie Scott, and Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen.
Their latest release Island, produced by grammy award winning London producer Aamir Yaqub (Rihanna, Ne-yo) is a soulful chilled track full of tropical and summery vibes. M w S are currently working on their next EP, that will be
out in 2019.
A Female Power is the name of Boe Huntress' debut EP, an earthy, epic debut reminiscent of both Kate Bush and Bjork. The EP is inspired by four female mythological figures. 'We've been deprived of certain ways of seeing woman,' writes Boe, 'this EP is an exploration of the darker, more unexplored aspects.'
Produced by Boe, with additional production and mixing by Neeta Sarl, the EP is brought to life onstage by Aletta Dina on drums and Melanie Powell on synths and electronics. Boe fronts the band with her raw, ethereal vocal and electric guitar.
Boe performed the EP live for the first time at Union Chapel, voted London's favourite venue in Time Out, earlier this year. The gig was part of an artist in residency where Boe brought the world of the EP to life through an immersive audio-visual show.
Boe grew up in Kent, playing and writing music from an early age. Her first job was writing songs for an online magazine, reviewing video games in song-form. It was a crash course in the art of songwriting, recording and producing, as well as receiving immediate response to her work online, "it was a tough way to learn but it made me very resilient, the internet is full of wannabe critics and you soon learn what is constructive and where not to compromise. I also learnt how to connect with an audience, and that honesty in music is something that creates compelling work."
Studying Literature at university, Boe was inspired by both myth and feminism, she started to play live and was soon chosen by the IC Music Network as one of 12 up-coming artists to tour across Europe. Eventually she was playing live on BBC Radio 2, as well as being featured in The Guardian and The Independent, BBC6 Music and appearing on Charlie Brooker's BBC 4 programme Gameswipe.
Following this Boe was ready to write and record her Debut EP, and she's taken it one step further by creating an immersive show alongside the record. "This isn't just an EP, the music is a world that I'm inviting my listeners into. It isn't something you listen to and say, 'that's nice', it's designed to turn your whole head around, make you sit up and want to be part of it."
Every now and then a true artist arrives unapologetically on the world stage. Boe Huntress is one of those.
Equal Echo is a new collaboration from Londoners Hector Plimmer and Alexa Harley. The pair initially started working together with a one off collaboration in mind. However, once they started, it soon became clear this would be more than just a feature project. For the last year and a half Harley & Hector have been meeting two days a week, almost every week, creating music that shares an equal input of musical ideas from one another. The amalgamation of styles & musical backgrounds blend together to make a sound unlike either Harley or Hector produce alone, whilst still retaining the best attributes from both. Not only are they musical partners, they are also best friends.
Two glistening EPs (mixed and mastered by Albert's Favourites Dave Koor) are the product of 2 years of studio collaboration and many more of friendship. Over the last two years the dynamic live show has been previewed at Archspace, Ghost Notes with their premier festival appearances at Brainchild and Glastonbury Festivals.
ABOUT THIS EVENT
Since our first season in 2013, our event at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden has always inspired audiences in a unique and thrilling way. This season of events captures the essence of a weekend rural festival in the centre of Dalston on a Tuesday evening.
The phenomenal surrounds of the garden combine with delicious pizzas from David Latto, and a supreme and ever-evolving roster of acts, to create a magical atmosphere which brings people together in a friendly and welcoming space.
It's a community of music-lovers, summer-lovers and life-lovers, joining to celebrate the warm months in a carefree and supportive atmosphere, with a compelling live soundtrack.
PLEASE NOTE that this is an outdoor concert which will go ahead regardless of the weather. Please bring appropriate clothing, including waterproofs if rain is forecast.