Carnival of Colours 27 November – 31 December, Brixton
A month of proto-psychedelic events featuring music, performance, light art, installations and a Christmas market.
Danny Rampling, The Woodentops, Justin Robertson, White Noise, Severino, Jim Stanton, Ben Osborne, Deben Collective, Super Hero Jam, David Agrella (Dance Off), Boris Karloff (Czech Republic) London live debut, and many more to be announced.
Brixton Bloc, 143 Stockwell Road, London London SW9 9TP
Noise of Art and Brixton Bloc are launching “Carnival of Colours”, a series of pop-up music and art festive events in the heart of Brixton. Drawing inspiration from the light art, musical experimentation and avant-garde dance and theatre that pre-figured psychedelia in 1966, the events are named after the Beatles first fully electronic song, Carnival of Colour (which was only ever performed once, at London’s first electronic music festival at the Roundhouse). The events will include live music, sound pieces, DJ sets, projected art, installations, street art, pop up restaurants and street food stalls, and a Christmas market.
Acts playing during the month include London’s original Acid House hero and DJ behind Legendary Shoom nightclub, Danny Rampling, electronic band White Noise (who released the UK’s first fully electronic LP in 1969), Horse Meat Disco’s cosmic disco don, DJ Severino and Jim Stanton, original Balearic darlings and Glastonbury headliners, The Woodentops, Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne, Czech electronic trailblazer Boris Karloff (debut London live gig), The Deben Collective and many more to be announced.
White Noise, the act behind the UK’s first electronic music LP, 1969’s An Electric Storm, play a rare live performance on Friday 4th December, and a special celebration of Acid House and psychedelia (called the Acid Test Weekender in honour of San Francisco’s original immersive events in 1966) being held 10-14 December and a festive closing party on 19 December. Finally Noise of Art’s New psychedelia’s Eve event brings in the new year on 31 December.
Brixton Bloc is a pop up cultural space in a disused social housing block on Stockwell Road (behind Brixton Academy). London based music and cross platform art collective, Noise of Art, is teaming up with Brixton Bloc and other London promoters, collaborators, bands and artists, to present a series of alternative festive live music, DJ and club nights. The nights lead up to New Year’s Eve, when Noise Art will launch it’s 10th Anniversary year with a celebration of the birth of psychedelia. Full line-up and details of other collaborators to be announced soon.
Carnival of Colours Dates at a glance
Friday 27th November – Severino, Ben Osborne, Deben Collective< Saturday 28th November - Rumbos (live Latin American psychedelic band). Thursday 3 December - David Agrella (Dance Off) and Ben Osborne Friday 4th December - White Noise (Live), Ben Osborne Saturday 5 December - Ben Osborne and Rumbos Acid Test Weekender< Thursday 10 December - Jim Stanton & Ben Osborne - Cosmic Disco sets Friday 11th December - Justin Robertson spins a vinyl only Acid House set and Ben Osborne Saturday 12 December - Danny Rampling/ The Woodentops/ Ben Osborne/ Guests Thursday 17 December - Ben Osborne and guests Fr 18th December, Boris Karloff (Czech Republic) London live debut Saturday 19 December Christmas party - acts to be announced 31 December New Psychedlia’s Eve