Islam Chipsy & EEK + The Dead Rat Orchestra

Islam Chipsy & EEK + The Dead Rat Orchestra

11th December 2015

Very pleased to have secured a date with this Egyptian sensation who's been lighting up the live scene in recent months - join us for a party night the like of which you won't have seen before!

Exploding out of Cairo, Egpyt, Islam Chipsy and his band EEK are a three-way force of nature described by those who have been caught in the eye of their storm as one of the most exciting live propositions on the planet. At the core of the group lies electro chaabi pioneer Islam Chipsy, whose joyous freewheeling sonic blitz warps the standard oriental scale system into otherworldly shapes, flanked by Islam Ta'ta and Khaled Mando raining down a percussive maelstrom behind dual drum kits.

"Islam Chipsy's performances have been the stuff of legend outside Egypt for several years now, thanks to the circulation of various still breathtaking YouTube clips of his group EEK in unbridled hyper-kinetic flow at gigs, weddings and street parties, as well as a series of international shows spoken of evangelically by those lucky enough to have seen them... They push at boundaries of dance-based music that are widely known and understood... It is astonishing, exhilarating, inventive music by any measure" - The Wire

Dead Rat Orchestra are adventurers adrift in a sea of sound and possibility, plucking textures and melodies to craft their idiosyncratic vision of what music and performance can be. Most often they have steered their ship through the idioms of Folk and Improv, to shout, sing and glisten at audiences from the UK to Mainland Europe, Scandinavia to Canada. Acutely haunting, occasionally brutal and raucously joyous their music always attempts to enchant and entrance, be it emotionally or physically. Formed by Daniel Merrill, Nathaniel Mann and Robin Alderton, necessity has sometimes dictated duo performances of any permutation, always imbued with a sense of the missing member. Instruments are constantly swapped. They have created music using the architectural surroundings in which they find themselves; coppice woods, abandoned abattoirs, paper mills, churches. Rarely performing in a conventional manner they often step away from the stage, to sing and holler a cappella amongst the audience.

+ μ2
+ Tropic of Xhao / Mother Popcorn DJ Set

Tickets £10 / £8 concessions.
Doors open 7.30pm.
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