"In this exuberant night of ritual and story and under the watchful eye of a bunch of gambling skeletons - dead ancestors are honoured; the souls of the dead are tempted back into the world of the living for a bit of a party, and Death is mocked, cheated and saluted by turn. Like some irrepressible autumn ritual, the Crick Crack Club’s annual celebration inspired by the Mexican festival of the Dias de Los Muertos, has become part of the fabric of our company's cultural craziness! Join three Crick Crack storytellers for shrines, libations, stories, and magical mayhem..."
"Our culture is sick. Our bleary eyes focus on shadows, spectacle, impulse and temptation as we poison the earth into sterility and push our less fortunate siblings further into the dirt. We mistrust the habits and guidance of our elders, paying heed to the fire of angry voices and the numbing balm of digital prophets. In a post-truth world, a society without consensus, those who tell compelling stories hold the power. Sounds true, or true enough. From within our filter bubbles we have given power over our storytelling to marketers, brand consultants, ideologues and politicians. We look to short-term power-mongers for the answers to eternal problems, putting all faith in the dark angel of technological progress to deliver us from evil. Where is the timeless wisdom to be found? Are there truths about the human (and non-human) condition that persist across generations? What the f* is going on? It is into this misenchanted world that we plant the seed of Mythos – a spell that's sung across cultures and generations. Tales of success and failure, evil kings and good queens, of shapeshifting, gender-bending forces of nature. Myth is where divinity meets humanity. Worlds that encode open-source knowledge of our experience, that teach us ethical behaviour without shame or punishment, that weave us together into a tapestry of social meaning. These tales reconnect us to a world populated by heroes and tyrants, gods and monsters, cunning animals, a wild world brimming with meaning and agency, where there's a place for the young, the old, the mundane and the mysterious. Come, let's explore this world that is ours, that is folk wisdom, that is fluid and inclusive, from which we can weave a new social fabric. After our detour through divination at our Tarot event, join us for another night delving into the occult in the cosy confines of The Cube Microplex, Bristol's freakiest experimental venue. We'll receive an initiation into the world of myth from Dr Kurt Lampe of the University of Bristol, who will also conduct an oracular ritual with the help of some acolytes. Then we'll snuggle down for author and occultist Sarah Janes of the Explorer's Club, who will share her research on Myth, Memory and Dream and demonstrate for us the ancient technique of dream incubation."
"We're glacially stoked to welcome some of the most unearthly beauty we've ever heard onto the Cube stage, in the fleshscape bodyshape of ghostly Icelandic theremin witch Hekla! A Berlin-residing Icelander, Hekla’s sparse, delicate, fractal music exists within these two worlds: dark and magical as Iceland’s permanight folklore; and (though beatless) as deeply sonic and intense as Berlin’s electronic scene. A long-term scholar of solo theremin, Hekla (shortened from her own name Hekla Magnúsdóttir) uses her instrument as an otherworldly and highly evocative Siren-call. A spectral, wailing, howling, lamenting yearning second-voice that underpins a soft vocal delivery, as if her studio had been haunted with a chorus of ghostly backing singers. --- Support on the night will come from Bristol looping droning DIY synth experimentalists SWIR (traditional songs from far-flung places melded with synth-bleep-noise) and Myth"
"The machines are taking over, what are you going to do about it? I Am Echoborg is a performance that is created each night by the audience having a conversation with an Artificial Intelligence. These are early days for the relationship between humans and intelligent machines. Can you discover the best possible outcome? Devised by Rik Lander, maker of The Memory Dealer which was at Mayfest in 2013. See http://echoborg.com for more details."
"Run Logan Run is a head on collision of pounding tribal drums and screaming guttural saxophone. Architects of intense contrast, the duo’s diverse and precise instrumentation regularly flirts with fragility and raw power. "‘The Delicate Balance Of Terror’ was produced by Danalogue & Betamax (The Comet Is Coming) and is filled with contemplative deep jazz moments lodged in cyclic hypnotic trances, which are pushed to their very limits by ruthless drum sections. "The night [27th April 2018] will also feature a debut screening of The DBT Trilogy, shot and directed by Chris Lucas." Supported by Yama Warashi, "Bristol-based Japanese artist Yoshino Shigihara with eclectic band members. Her music has a dreamy evocative sound with a shadow of moon cake, inspired by Japanese folk dance music, Bon Odori(盆踊り), free jazz and African music with a slice of electric psychedelia. Yoshino plays keyboard, percussions and sings songs in her mother tongue about mycelium, nuclear power staion and broken O. "Yama Warashi (山童) means a small child-like spirit which lives in the mountains."
"Tonight [26th April 2018] Nick [Hennesy] delivers us from the red velvet surroundings of the Cube, into the deep, snow-filled forests of the Finnish far North, where the river of the underworld flows dark and fast. In this world created from shards of egg-shell, the sun and moon are fought over, magic is done and undone, and life is shot through with bizarre ordeals, magical battles and transformations. Expect a remarkable performance of elemental epic."
RUMOUR CUBES - The London-based six-piece are a gathering swell of strings, electronics and layers of guitars, underpinned by a bass-infused rhythm - LEG - ombining intricate guitar riffs, beef sauce bass lines, psych synths and juicy harmonies to create an eclectic sound with intelligent pop sensibilities - OH THE GUILT - Bristol Based 3 piece, Post punk, post rock. Creating gorgeously heavy soundscapes to top off this dreamy lineup!