In recent years, the Red Bull Music Academy has come to stand for amazing production values and is known for giving music fans something a little different. This year, after the sellout Culture Clash in London, they are travelling to four UK cities enlisting the help of local party-starters as they go. Bringing a host of world-class artists to some underused venues in each city, the tour will stop in Glasgow, Bristol, London and Manchester.
Starting in Glasgow on the 26th March and ending in Manchester on the 19th April, the tour will encompass talks, lectures, live shows, workshops and some brilliant parties. In a roster that satisfies almost every taste, people to get excited about include Derrick May, Italojohnson, DJ Koze, Paranoid London, Gilles Peterson and Prins Thomas, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Numbers. Also of note are Goat, the Swedish psychedelic rock famed as much for their masks and attire as their music, and the legendary funk and soul icon Lonnie Liston Smith.
The Bristol leg is of particular interest for us, as we’ll be curating a show at the Planetarium, the first music event in the venue’s history, featuring a special partnership between Gilles Peterson and Lonnie Liston Smith. Elsewhere in the city, Seth Troxler will be giving a lecture then an all-night DJ session at the intimate Love Inn. Just Jack are curating a night of audio-sensory delights with DJ Koze and Italojohnson at the Arnolfini, and Crack will be taking over a 17th Century manor with Danny Brown, Novelist and Mumdance.
Highlights from the rest of the country include: Derrick May and Paranoid London at Sub Club in Glasgow; Industrial City Sounds in Manchester, featuring May alongside Surgeon and Dana Ruh; and, in London, the 90s illegal rave throwback of their ‘Ring to Rave’ hotline, which will only announce the venue and lineup on the day of the event via text.
For a full run-down of the tour, head to the Red Bull Music Academy website.