Roundhouse Rising is a new week-long festival from The Roundhouse presenting the best in new music across a variety of genres. Programmed in partnership with some of the UK’s hottest promoters (including Eat Your Own Ears) as well as Featured Artist Coalition, Rising is a place for cutting edge music, unique performances, international artist collaborations, music industry seminars alongside showcases for emerging talent from within the Roundhouse family.
Running alongside the live shows, Rising will be hosting a selection of workshops – available to 14-21 year olds – including sound engineering, learning to remix with Defected Records, band photography and a music video masterclass
We have a pair of tickets for each gig to give away, for your chance to win, please email your name, address, phone number and your first and second choice for the gig firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please visit www.roundhouse.org.uk/rising
Tuesday 22nd February – ATOM – Roundhouse Studios Showcase – 7pm, £5
Opening this year’s festival are four groundbreaking young artists direct from the Roundhouse. All the artists record in the Roundhouse Studios, take part in Roundhouse creative projects, and three of the acts have released music via Roundhouse Records. Music, science and nature seamlessly inspire in this adventurous night of experimental music set to a series of short films:
Kuaigora (Rica Minami) – Ethereal vocals float above a sea of pianos, loop pedals and cellos in this Japanese singer songwriter’s mystical musical landscape. www.myspace.com/ricaminami
Ajimal – With a name inspired by a Haitian witchdoctor, Ajimal is the new solo project from Fran O’Halon. www.myspace.com/ajimal
LectricLax – Raw post-punk outfit formed at the Roundhouse. www.myspace.com/lectriclax
The Voyeurist – Mysterious and enticing vocals sound tracked by a wall of industrial sound. www.myspace.com/thevoyeurist
Wednesday 23rd February – 12 Tone vs. Roundhouse Records – 7pm, £5
Launched earlier this year, Roundhouse Records is the first label championing new music that is managed by a music venue. Dedicated to two very special releases, Wednesday evening sees these two independent record labels go head-to-head. United Vibrations will launch their debut album on 12 Tone Records, alongside Congolese folk artist Tres B who will be showcasing tracks from his debut EP ‘Best Friend’.
United Vibrations – Combining afro-rock, afro-punk and jazz punk, United Vibrations are emerging as an intelligent and engaging ensemble and are known for their hypnotic live shows. www.myspace.com/unitedvibrations
Tres B – Producing a swirling mix of central African folk, hip-hop and soul, Congolese artist Tres B is nominated for the Best Male UK based Afro/Caribbean Act of 2010 at the BEFFTA (Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts) Awards. www.myspace.com/tresorkiambu
Jero Ferec – Tablas, trumpets and flamenco guitars are brought to the fore in Jero’s Andalucían and Indian inspired music. www.myspace.com/jeroferec
Thursday 24th February – Eat Your Own Ears (EYOE) – 7pm, £5
With a history that includes putting on the first London shows for Animal Collective and Bloc Party, Eat Your Own Ears is known for promoting the best live events that span a spectrum of genres. Curating Thursday evening at Rising, EYOE have booked newcomers Ghost Eyes, Bot’Ox and Prizes.
Ghost Eyes – Fresh from supporting Gold Panda on tour, Ghost Eyes creates hip-hop inspired music; his bluesy vocals nestle alongside layers of instruments, electronics and gathered sound samples.
Prizes – Formerly Treasure, this is the new incarnation from Hari Ashurst with kaleidoscopic loops entangled in reverb-laden songs. www.myspace.com/treasuretheband
Teeth of The Sea – Hypnotic quartet who excel in psychedelic and experimental droning guitars.
Friday 25th February – Fuck The Whiteboard (FTWB) 2nd Anniversary Celebrations – 7pm, £5
One of the best new music nights in London comes to the Roundhouse, expect an immersive audience experience:
DT – An exciting new synthed-up pop band with punk influenced vocals.
Beaty Heart – This thought-provoking group will entice you with their mystifying sound.
+ more TBC Saturday 26th February – EKO – 8pm, £5
EKO are a fresh, forward-thinking collective of promoters and DJs with a shared love of music, strong visuals and performance art. Innovative and eclectic in taste, EKO have announced DELS, Sampha and RoxXxan to headline their evening at Rising.
DELS – With a signature sound that reflects a truly eclectic range of musical influences, DELS has a long standing creative partnership with Joe Goddard from Hot Chip. The resulting product is a unique mishmash of squelchy basslines, tinkering keys, syncopated drum patterns and the occasional steel pan, all juxtaposed by DELS’ infectiously languid flow.
Sampha – Having remixed The XX and supported Mount Kimbie, this London vocalist and producer will be bringing his blend of soulful grooves and electronics to Rising.
RoxXxan – Combining her love of all things dance driven – dubstep and grime her bass du jour – with a passion for good melodies, RoxXxan is looking to be the missing link in the MC game.