Foggy Notions & Forever have joined forces to bring us the Future Days Festival this June, featuring the likes of Low, Will Oldham, Jape and Dan Deacon.
How times have changed. Some of us are of an age that the idea that Dublin might have even one independent promoter successfully competing against more mainstream efforts and even flourishing would have us diving into wheely bins in hysterics. How heartening then that the city is thriving for live music and that two of the finest local indie promoters have buddied up to bring us a new festival.
Future Days is the inaugural event dreamed up by Foggy Notions and Forever and sees a host of mavericks descend on Dublin to play Vicar St and the superbly overhauled Andrews Lane Theatre, with stalwarts such as Will Oldham and Low mixing it up with whippersnappers like Dan Deacon and our own Jape.
Future Days assure us that more shows are to be announced but for now the line up and blurb goes a little something like this:
June 12. Andrew’s Lane Theatre. 8pm
Featuring: J Lesser
& special guests: SI SCHROEDER
An unmissable event, the opening FUTURE DAYS concert presents the debut Irish performance of Californian duo Matmos joined onstage by Matador Records labelmate and renowned fellow experimental electronic artist J Lesser. Also on the bill is Dublin-based artist/band Si Schroeder who made one of the most important Irish recordings of the decade with 2006’s Coping Mechanisms.
June 13. Andrew’s Lane Theatre. 8pm
& special guests: ATLAS SOUND + THE HOLY ROMAN ARMY.
This incredible line-up sees the return of minimalist Minnesota rock trio Low. The band’s last release was the stunning Drums and Guns in 2007, their second album for Sub Pop and their eighth in total.
Atlas Sound is the side-project of Deerhunter’s Bradford Fox, and The Holy Roman Army are a new Carlow born brother and sister duo who blend Endtroducing style samples, blissed-out rock music and moody electronica to great effect.
June 14. Vicar Street. 7pm
DAN DEACON, JAPE, DEERHUNTER, WHITE WILLIAMS, HIGH PLACES
Never to be forgotten, this show is an incredible one-off opportunity to catch five of the most exciting new artists in the world on the same bill. This concert is specifically a celebration of a new era of independent music. These are the songwriters and musicians leading the charge, free spirits each molding the sound and shape of their own careers.
After two years of non-stop touring, the one man carnival-of -fun Dan Deacon makes his third visit to Dublin. The irrespressible Deacon returns with his table of electronic jiggerypokery and trademark glowing skull to get down and dirty among the people for the sort of wild, unfettered and communal live music experience Vicar Street has never seen the likes of.
This is a most special occasion for the only Irish representative on this remarkable line-up. Richie Egan’s Jape celebrate the release of his third and finest album Ritual. Egan has become something of cult figure in Irish music circles. Yet with this album of throbbing electronic pop and fascinatingly honest balladry, Jape could well be on the brink of international success.
Deerhunter are no strangers to Dublin having twice blown the roof off Whelan’s in the last six months. Seemingly shambolic on so many levels, the Atlanta five-piece can be equalling devastating, either amidst the stormy maelstrom of noise that so many of their songs veer into or the eerie, brooding pop songs that shiver within. Huge expectation awaits their forthcoming album Microcastle scheduled for release in October.
White Williams is the music project of Cleveland-based musician Joe Williams. Recently signed to Domino Records for the release of his debut album Smoke, Williams has built up a strong internet-based audience with his extensive touring with acts such as Girl Talk, Health, Vampire Weekend and Dan Deacon. Smoke itself is full of icy-cool grooves, surf guitar, West African guitar, and a steady flow of stoned electro-pop.
New Thrill Jockey signings High Places specialize in simple productions and infectious rhythms, like Arthur Russell playing Althea & Donna or Beat Happening playing African music.
June 15. Vicar Street. 8pm
BONNIE PRINCE BILLY
& special guests: BABY DEE + PAUL CURRERI
Will Oldham is an artist who requires no introduction. His history of live performance in Ireland is the stuff of legend with numerous memorble nights at Whelan’s and Vicar Street with many great guests including Andy Irvine, David Pajo, Bill Callahan and Harem Scarem to name a few. Tonight will be extra special with the addition of Bonnie’s latest ally on the line-up, the remarkable Cleveland-born artist Baby Dee. Formerly a harp playing bear and an accordion playing cat, Baby Dee left behind her carnival antics for a world of serious music some years later. Aided by luminaries such as Antony and the Johnsons and Current 93’s David Tibet, Baby Dee now records for the esteemed Drag City label. Her latest album Safe Inside The Day was produced by Will Oldham and Matt Sweeney. Paul Curreri is a member of Baby Dee’s touring band and will perform a solo set to open this show with music from his forthcoming fifth album The Velvet Rut on Tin Angel Records.
June 15. Andrew’s Lane Theatre. 11pm
& special guests: SPILLY WALKER
The closing party of the first ever Future Days festival will feature a late-night blowout in ALT featuring Devon-based electronic artist Metronomy and David Kitt’s exciting new electronic disco project Spilly Walker with his younger brother, Robbie Kitt.