When: 12th – 21st March
Where: various venues, London
Tickets: starting from £12.50 (+ bf)
Following the success of its inaugural year, Convergence returns in 2015 with a new programme of visual art and music pioneers, that deploy technology in diverse and innovative ways.
After its inaugural year, Convergence returns this month, bringing with it a range of stellar events that will grace stages across London for two weeks. Taking over stages at the Royal Festival Hall, Village Underground, St. John at Hackney Church and Troxy, Convergence’s interest lie within the realms of live performance, new music, spontaneity, collaboration and one-off experimentation. According to curator Glenn Max (creator of Ether Festival, and formerly worked within Meltdown Festival), Convergence seeks to ‘promote intuition’ from a rich array of era-defining artists, and ‘inspire wonder in its audiences.’
The lineups are second to none, with the highest on our ticket-buying list including an amazing opening party with Warp Records key player Clark, a new addition of Dorian Concept added to the Friday’s bill Kiasmos, Rival Consoles and Vessels, a special performance from Parliament Funkadelic godfather George Clinton, Stamp favourite K15 playing alongside the boundary-crushing legend of electronic music Matthew Herbert, 1980s heart throb Gary Numan, the analogue-friendly sound of German duo Mouse on Mars alongside dark electronic producer Shackleton and the hard-hitting techno lover signed to R&S, Paula Temple, who will also play with German producer and conceptual artist Pantha du Prince, Warp signees Darkstar and (subject to him showing) a special late-night set from Zomby.
And we haven’t even gone on to mention the other incredible events Convergence have in store for us! Also on the bill are Tricky, Andy Stott, Andrew Weatherall, Inga Copeland, Portico, Snow Ghosts (Throwing Snow, Augustus Ghost and EXES collaboration), Gazelle Twin and more. Convergence 2015 will also bring together media, promoters and technologists from the extra-musical realm, including names such as Guardian Live, Last.fm, Noise of Art and NTS.
Alongside all of this, will also be daytime sessions talks hosted by Convergence, including ‘The Future of The Music Industry and Audio Production’ and ‘Innovation in Multimedia, Digital Art and Live Music Visuals’. To get an idea of what the real Convergence sound is, you can get a taste over on 22tracks. Conveniently, they have also curated a 19-track sampler available for free download. With such a plethora of events on offer, Convergence 2015 is truly a time for music heads, intellectuals and party goers to come together for a magical couple of weeks.
For full event listings and information, visit the Convergence website.