Juan Atkins ‘The Originator’, Kevin Saunderson ‘The Elivator’ & Derrick May ‘The Innovator’ are the men most associated with the birth of Detroit techno. We’ve booked all three to play across 3 dates, with support coming from some of UK’s best new talent. We will be announcing the supporting line-ups over the coming weeks.
Super early tickets are £10. We also have a very limited amount of ‘bundle’ tickets which cover all 3 events at £25 and can be found across all ticket links below.
With electronic music currently at the most fertile it’s been for years, new sub-genres are emerging quicker than ever before with artists constantly redefining people’s expectations. One artist who has made being indefinable his mission statement is Actress, aka Darren Cunningham, by carefully drawing on the best elements of styles of music, has created a sound that truly transcends all current genres.
Cunningham grew up in Wolverhampton and played football for West Bromwich Albion, before an injury in the early-00s sent him out of the game and into music – first DJing, then producing, via a Roland Groovebox and a Dictaphone. His passion for music drove him to establishing his own Werk night event promoted with Gavin Wealev between 2002 and 2006, and also to set up his own label Werk Disc. Over the last 8 years Werk Disc has developed a roster of some of the most interesting electronic artists to date, including Zomby, Lukid & Lone.
After four years of work Actress released one of the most enduring albums of the last few years, his 2008 debut LP ‘Hazyville’. This was followed by the 2010 album ‘Splazsh’, released to widespread acclaim including a 5 star reviews from Fact Magazine. One of the standout album tracks for us was the hypnotic 80s melancholic techno track ‘Maze’:
Last year he visited the Congo as part of Damon Albarn’s DRC project, and appeared (in his ‘Thriller’ guise) on Radiohead’s ‘TKOL RMX 1234567′. His latest LP, ‘R.I.P’ was released last week on the British Independent record label ‘Honest Jon’s’ to rave reviews from the likes of Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, The NME & The Quietus, with Drowned In Sound declaring “To call it album of the year at this stage wouldn’t so much be pre-emption as an actual understatement. 10/10″.
“An artist so underground that even his own friends doubt his existence” – Dazed&Confused Magazine
“Some of the most exciting techno around” – Resident Advisor
“One of the UK’s most fascinating musical figures” – Fact Magazine
“A musical icon for our generation” – Dummy Magazine
Catch Actress at dollop’s 8th Birthday event in Nottingham on Friday June 1st, where he plays alongside Julio Bashmore, Jackmaster, Huxley, Oneman, Amirali, Dusky, Charlie Banks & lots more.