Every week, the guys at The Harley ask one of our upcoming acts to put together a playlist or mix of the songs that are guaranteed to get them in the mood for a party.
We’re very happy to reveal that this week’s exclusive #weekendstartshere playlist is curated by the truly brilliant Ibibio Sound Machine.
To get us firmly in the mood for what’s sure to be a very special live show on Thursday 13th November, they’ve kindly assembled edition 007 of the Harley’s weekend warm-up playlist, drawing upon the kind of irresistible array of afrobeat and worldly funk that they themselves will be bringing to the stage on Thursday night.
Click the image below for this week’s #weekendstartshere pressie:
Formed in Bristol in late 2008 by Mauritian guitarist and singer Kushal Gaya and Japanese keyboard player Yoshino Shigihara, experimental outfit Zun Zun Egui will play The Harley in March 2015 around the release of their second full-length album Shackles’ Gift (Bella Union).
The band’s name came from Yoshino, who saw term Zun Zun Egui on a trip to the Basque Country and realised that it sounded exactly like the Japanese words for “Fast Fast Weird”. (They would later find out it was Basque for a group of trees.)
A love for experimentation, free jazz, fusion, DIY culture, throwing parties and playing wild shows led them to create a recognisable Zun Zun Egui sound which included (amongst many other things) tropicalia, punk funk, Afrobeat, Ethio jazz and no wave.
All of these varied disciplines were marshalled to produce their debut “Katang” on Bella Union – one of the most exciting debut LPs of 2011.
Even for a band as exploratory as Zun Zun Egui, the step up in terms of songwriting and inspiration since “Katang” is astounding and, in the words of label Bella Union, “it is already clear that Shackles’ Gift is one of the most unique and thrilling records that will be released in 2015″.
Celebrated Catskill Mountain songwriter Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Duke & The King) returns for a special string of intimate, acoustic dates accompanied by the stellar Anna Mitchell on harmonium, piano and vocal harmony.
Expect mesmerising renditions of songs from the recent highly acclaimed Strangers LP, plus a wealth of Simone’s beloved back catalogue.
‘With two critically acclaimed novellas to his name, Felice has an unabashedly literary sensibility, and a particular knack for taking intimate personal narratives and widening them so they hint at the musical equivalent of the great American novel’ – The Telegraph, 5*
‘Felice gravitates between often fearless songwriting and meandering melodies that wouldn’t be out of place on Astral Weeks. Yep – that good’ – Irish Times, 4*
Thursday 27th November
18+ – no refunds will be issued for incorrectly booked tickets
7.30pm Advance tickets: £14.00, more on the door. Advance tickets available in person with no booking fee from the Harley box office
Daniel Whitehouse is a name familiar to anyone familiar with the Sheffield indie music scene. The dexterous singer-songwriter spent his formative years in some of the city’s best-loved local bands, including Fights, Rossman Frister and Mabel Love. His solo work, meanwhile, has hints of Springsteen, weaving through folk and americana.
Saturday 15th November
Advance tickets £4.50, more on the door
Tickets available here or in person with no booking fee from The Harley
No refunds will be issued for incorrectly booked tickets