Filmed by 12 HD cameras and recorded by a top mobile studio, the show offers one of the most magical performances of the NOW What?! tour. Every member of the band is in fantastic form, the band being strong from a full tour together, and the performance seems to be driving the band through the song like if audience and band were suspended in time…
Featuring three bodyshockers as they prepare for difficult moments in their lives. One is moving to a new area, one is starting a business and the other is just trying to find love. In a sceptical world that tends to regard such people as freaks, can they convince others that underneath all the ink, piercings and split tongues they are just like everyone else? Keith lives with his wife and four children in a average suburban house in Essex, and has a normal 9-5 job as an admin assistant. The only thing unusual about 58-year-old Keith is his 15,000 collection of 2,000 all-over body tattoos. Keith and his family have been in their house for 10 years and by and large people are used to him, but he is now planning to move to a new area where people might not take kindly to the shocking appearance of their new neighbour. As Keith goes house-hunting, he reveals why he began getting tattoos and why he feels so compelled to continue. Meanwhile, Keith’s four children think that he has gone too far and his wife Lisa hates his appearance. She thinks that he “looks like a freak, a monster”. If she feels that way, what on earth will his new neighbours think?
Songhoy Blues are a young and exuberant Malian band who already have a remarkable history behind them. They fled from their homes in the north when radical Islamists overran the region, and on reaching the safety of Bamako, decided to form a band – at which point their fortunes dramatically changed. They came to the attention of Amadou & Mariam’s manager, Marc-Antoine Moreau, who was looking for musicians who could record with the Africa Express team when they came to town; they also collaborated with Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on the AE’s Maison Des Jeunes set. Now comes their first full album, co-produced by Moreau and Zinner, and it’s an impressively varied and rousing set, if somewhat predictable. There’s electric desert blues (Nick), slinky, acoustic ballads (Petit Metier), and reworkings of songs from the Songhoy tradition. A band to watch.
Does music add substance to words or is music inspired by them? Songs of departure and farewell are deeply rooted in the great tradition of British choral music, nourished by ancient myths of testing journeys, wayside transformations and homecomings. The transcendent nature of music and the power of poetry to challenge and alter perceptions of reality – harnessed by English composers over many centuries – flow through a programme that invites contemplation of life and death, of love and loss, creation and eternity. In a journey covering six centuries of musical history, The Sixteen performs a cappella anthems with powerful texts by writers as varied as Edmund Spenser, Christopher Fry and W.H. Auden.