Archive for May, 2010

External Sounds @ The Body and Soul Solstice Gathering

May 24, 2010

External Sounds are delighted to announce that we will be teaming up with the Body & Soul Crew for their very first solo Festival which takes place on June 19th & 20th. With the launch of their first stand alone festival, the team behind the wonderful Body & Soul area at Electric Picnic have taken a step closer to realising their dream of establishing a permanent festival space in Ireland. The Body and Soul Solstice Gathering is scheduled to take place over the weekend of June 19/ 20 amongst the labyrinthine stone-walled gardens and woodlands that grace the picturesque grounds of Ballinlough Castle in County Meath. Electric Picnic regulars will undoubtedly recognise the enchantment, atmosphere and meticulous attention to detail so characteristic of what has evolved at Stradbally.

This will be a intimate gathering compared to Electric Picnic with just 1500 tickets are on sale to the general public through and usual outlets. Musically the line-up is strong. In addition to featuring well established artists, a platform is provided for emerging artists. Events centre on a main stage and a party/electronic tent. Acts confirmed to date include US based dance-punk band, !!! (Chik, Chik, Chik); folktronica pioneer Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet; home-grown electronic hero Jape; founder of ambient legends The Orb, Dr. Alex Patterson; Crystal Fighters with their unique blend of traditional Basque folk music with churning basslines and catchy vocals; experimental folk band, Tunng; Rick Tomlinson’s Voice of the Seven Thunders; London based producer and solo artist, Gaudi; and Kormac’s Big Band, a 14-piece orchestra comprising of live turntables, samplers, drums, double bass, barbershop quartet, trumpet, clarinet, banjo and live visuals. More acts will be announced as the festival approaches.

A number of pop-up acts are also planned; a moonlit orchestra; a roaming samba band; impromptu theatre pieces. These will be programmed but won’t feel staged. There will also be a soul kids area organised by the team behind the popular Electric Picnic version; visual arts workshops; a healing area with hot tubs, Sufi dancing and yoga in the woodlands; late night cabarets; and a masquerade ball on Saturday night. In keeping with the traditional Celtic celebration of Solstice the weekend will draw to a close with a fire ceremony marking new beginnings and the continuous cycle of change.

External Sounds will be programing the music for the Bar Area of the festival, as well as playing some sets on the other stages at the festival. We will of course be bringing along some special guests to join in the celebrations. Full details of the our line up + guests, will be released very soon.


June Bank Holiday Special ft. Dj Norman Jay

May 13, 2010

We are delighted to announce that we are bringing back dj legend Norman Jay for our June Bank Holiday Special @ The Purple Room.This event will be part of the Beat On The Boyne Festival which takes place that weekend. After last year’s sell out performance at The Purple Room we have no doubt this is going to be another very special performance and a night no to be missed.. Norman Jay has been a stalwart of modern black music for nearly 3 decades. Born in London in the 1960’s he began dj’ing at the tender age of 8 years old and has gone on to become arguably one of the finest and most respected deejays in the world today. Instrumental in bringing soul, disco and later hip hop to the UK, Norman Jay’s career as a DJ has seen him grace the airwaves of legendary pirate station Kiss, later a handful of BBC networks, playing warehouse parties and the celebrated Shake ‘n’ Fingerpop sessions as well as running the Talkin’ Loud label with Gilles Peterson. His Good Times Sound System parties with his brother Joey at Notting Hill Carnival are the stuff of many legends, known across the globe and most of all still happening every year. Jay’s passion for great dance music – from rare groove to hip hop, disco and house His dj style encompasses many forms of black music, including soul, funk, disco, hip-hop and garage. Perhaps his enduring popularity (lies in this rare democratic approach to his playlist. Another factor is his foresight and innovation: Jay was listening to early Chicago house records and staging warehouse parties three years before the UK’s acid house explosion of 1988. He is also the “DJ’s DJ”, with many contemporary superstar DJ’s citing him as an early influence. UK music publication ‘Muzik’ magazine called him a “man of the people”, and it was this popularity, talent and dedication to his music that seen him honored by Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List in 2002. He is one of the most in demand djs in the world and regularly plays super clubs as well as festival main stages, so you don’t want to miss this rare opportunity to see him play a venue as intimate as the purple room.

For a musical taster of what to expect here is a 30min carnival podcast that Norman did for Time Out.