Sunday, 25 January 2015

Le Beat Bespoké 10 "A Decade of Delights" Easter Weekender Thu 2nd/Fri 3rd/Sat 4th/Sun 5th April 2015

Le Beat Bespoké the annual indoor festival promoted by returns over the Easter weekend at 229 The Venue, Great Portland Street in London. New Untouchables run regular club nights and gigs throughout the year spotlighting 21st Century Modernist & Sixties inspired underground music culture. They are also responsible for releasing a series of excellent and much sought after Compilation LPs with selections from DJ Dr Robert, picked from the dance "floorshakers" of various NUTs events that compliment this wonderful, inclusive happening.

Some bands that have appeared at previous Le Beat Bespoké events over the years include: STAX feat Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn and Eddie Floyd, The Sonics first ever show outside the USA, Arthur Lee & Love, The Undertones, The Strypes, Billy Childish, Eli Paperboy Reed, The Horrors, King Khan & The Shrines, Buzzcocks, Pretty Things, Arthur Brown, Jim Jones Revue, James Hunter, The Remains, The Fuzztones, The Flirtations, The Poets, The Sorrows and Chocolate Watchband to name just a few. However, the live music is only part of what makes Le Beat Bespoké such a wild and unique event. For your dancing delight there will be a dynamic DJ line-up from all across Europe armed with explosive sounds that are sure to melt your heart and mind. Have a good look around the Le Beat Bespoké website at the program which features band news, music, videos and photos, DJ playlists, event podcast, market and record fair information plus travel and accommodation tips.

The weekend gets underway with the superb Wolf People headlining Thursday night with songs from their three highly rated albums. For those who are not familiar with the band, if you like the bluesy psychedelic sounds of Cream, early Jethro Tull and Traffic then you will love Wolf People. The second day of Le Beat Bespoke 10 is billed as an "8 hour Technicolor Dream" which features a triple bill with Glenn Campbell’s Misunderstood, Peter Daltrey's Kaleidoscope and The Loons. Expect to hear all your favourite Misunderstood tracks performed live for the first time since 1967. After a fantastic performance in Islington eighteen months ago you can see Kaleidoscope on the 229 stage again so expect yet another magical performance. The Loons played at the very first Le Beat back in 2005 and will play songs from all three of their brilliant albums including the must-have "Love's Dead Leaves" which was produced by none other than Ebbot Lundberg of The Soundtrack of Our Lives. Evoking the wildest trips of the ’66 Sunset Strip, The Loons, from San Diego, California, have been playing their smart, inventive brand of psychotic beat music for almost twenty years. Lead singer Mike Stax also runs the legendary Ugly Things Magazine, Anja Stax plays bass, Marc Schroeder and Chris Marsteller are the guitarists, and Mike Kamoo is their drummer and producer. Shindig Magazine described them as “a perfect pairing of Love-influenced garage-psych and British underground in the mould of the Pretty Things, played with preternatural style and ability,” and The Sunday Experience raves that The Loons “pack in more soul savvy psych blues in three and a half minutes than most bands do in a lifetime.” The Loons’ fourth album, "Inside Out Your Mind" will be released by Bomp Records in early 2015. After the live show finishes at 11pm the freakout continues until 4am with DJ Dr Robert and special guests. If that wasn’t enough there will be two more rooms of partying including an authentic R&B room featuring guest club night the POW WOW.

With lots of new interest in 2015, Saturday afternoon will be a 14+ show so the new breed can dip their toes in. NUTsMAG will host the afternoon session which features two brands new bands, firstly Fogbound from Spain, who you can hear in Episode 13 of Retrosonic Podcast, and then The Magnetic Mind plus DJ’s. The Le Beat Bespoke Market and Record Fair is where you can spend or earn some serious cash with dealers and customers from all over the World. The evening's live music comes from Wild Records, one of the coolest record labels in the world today who have even had a film made about them called "Los Wild Ones". The "Wild Records Revue" features two of the label's finest artists flying in for your dancing and listening pleasure, Gizzelle and the Rhythm Shakers.  After the live show finishes at 11pm the fun continues until 6am with three rooms of partying. In the main room Cosmic Keith & guests will keep things rockin’, while the beat basement features Dr Robert & guests spinning sounds from the underground and guest club night RNB123.

The grand finale is London’s favourite club night the ‘Crossfire Allnighter’ which has three rooms of musical magic and a live performance from one of the young rising stars on the European scene today Les Grys-Grys. If you like your mid Sixties Pretty Things, Downliners Sect or the Dutch Outsiders you are gonna love these five wild young guys from Montpellier. They shook the Blues Kitchen and the Volks in Brighton last summer to their foundations; this is not for the faint hearted. Their youth (average 22) also belies their abilities, both as musicians and as exponents of a form that many have attempted, but few mastered. These guys know their music history inside out, and their incendiary live show is something to behold! They have released one sold out 45 on State Records so far with much more to come. The first two dates in the UK at the Brighton weekender and Zoo Zoo in August 2014 were a huge success, don’t miss an opportunity to capture this fearsome fivesome live before they go massive. In the main room Ady Croasdell & guests spin Northern Soul oldies in the true all-nighter tradition while Dr Robert & guests spin sounds from the underground in the beat basement after Les Grys-Grys and guest club night Mousetrap.

Please keep a check on the Le Beat Bespoké web-site for regular updates and news on what will be going on over the weekend. Hopefully we'll be able to get along to at least one or two of the days and will be sure to report back on what promises to be an excellent weekend of high quality entertainment. Please check out this video to give you an idea on what to expect...

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