Hi this is Gemma Dempsey and welcome to another edition of the Global Gig Guide from KCRW.com.
This week we’ll check out- Ozmosis, DumDuckerdum and the Electric Proms all taking place in the UK, as well as the Vegoose festival in Las Vegas.
Ozmosis is part of the Bite season at the Barbican theatre in London which this year celebrates 25th years of presenting work that marries dance, theatre and music in unexpected ways, promoting new artists and established artists.
Ozmosis brings an array of contemporary work from Australia, exploring the country’s culture, society and politics with productions by The Kranky Sisters, The Sydney Opera House and The Australian Art Orchestra to name a few. Established by composer Paul Grabowsky in 1994, the Australian Art Orchestra comprises 20 players presenting their newest piece ‘Bloodstream’ . It’s based on the real life stories of singer songwriters Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter; both were victims of a government policy to remove Aboriginal children from their families from 1900 – 72 in an attempt to assimilate them into mainstream society. ‘Bloodstream’ uses dramatized film segments, documentary, songs and narrative. For more information go to KCRW.com/globalgigguide.
Likening itself to Bumbershoot in Seattle or the Camden Crawl in the London, DumDuckerdum aims to bring to the fore a host of up and coming local and international talent to the UK’s city of Norwich. Located in the county of Norfolk the name Dumduckerdum comes from the local vernacular meaning ‘blending together of disparate items into a unified whole’ . Its run by a team of music fans who have put together a great line up that includes The Smoosh, Gravenhurst , Mercury Prize nominees Basquiat Strings and many more. The three day event takes place in a variety of venues in and around Norwich. No doubt the much missed John Peel will be at DumDuckedum in spirit - he lived in this area of the UK and was a great supporter of the local music scene.
After a great first year in 2006 which debuted Damon Albarn’s’ The Good The Bad and The Queen, the BBC’s Electric Proms is Back – this year the line up is just as just as good and varied – Paul McCartney, Mark Ronson with the BBC Orchestra, Kaiser Chiefs with David Arnold, Sigur Ros will screen their film ‘Heima’ followed by a stripped down performance by the group, new buzz bands such as Reverend and the Makers, Hadouken and stars on the rise Radio Luxembourg and New Cassettes. The event takes place in Camden Town in venues such as the Roundhouse, Koko and Barfly. The website is showing that several of the events are sold up but you can still show up on the day – best check the BBC Electric Proms website for all the latest info.
And finally to Las Vegas for the annual music festival Vegoose – this Halloween extravaganza takes inspiration from this spooky time of year and being close to Sin City. The stellar line up includes M.I.A, Muse, Rage against the Machine and Public Enemy as well the last US tour date for Daft Punk. In addition to the great music you can enjoy a drink and spot the fake celebrities at the Vegoose Impersonators café , you can get hitched and not regret it the next morning or check the Silent Disco at the House of Blues and if you forgot to pack your Halloween costume, never fear for you can dress up to your hearts content at the Dollhouse Saloon and Costume shop – and don’t forget to send us a photo!
That’s it for this weeks Global Gig Guide – if you’d like to tell us about events in your neck of the woods send an email to Global@kcrw.com. Otherwise check back with us next week for more information on Global Gigging.
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