Exciting things are afoot at Supernormal, and it’s time to fill you in on a little of what will be transpiring in Braziers Park in August.
First off, we’re ecstatic to announce that Supernormal 2015 will be hosting the first UK show in over twenty years from the maverick and mercurial force that is #A.R.Kane.
The new name adds the ‘#’ symbol, Rudy Tambala explains “We needed a new name that contemporises the band, was a tad ironic, and flatly stated that this line-up is sans Alex. Should Alex come out-to-play, we can easily drop the ‘#’, so to speak”
Rudy has assembled a line-up featuring ” … a couple original A.R.Kane players … and two millennial upstarts of extreme beauty and talent …” to grace us with a repertoire that remains akin to nothing else any dreamer has ever heard, before or since.
For the uninitiated, A.R.Kane was formed by Rudy Tambala and Alex Ayuli, from Stratford in East London. Between 1986 and 1994 A.R.Kane made genre-defying records that radiate with an otherworldly intensity. Early singles like ‘When You’re Sad’ and ‘Lollita’, and later albums like 1988’s ’69’ and 1989’s ‘i’ occupy a unique headspace – by turns hallucinatory, surreal, melodious and darkly erotic, this band’s music traverses into dubbed-out experimentation as seamlessly as groove-based euphoria, celestial expanses of sound and unforgiving noise-based dystopia. Rarely has a band been more haunting, harrowing and heavenly – often all at once – than this one.
Meanwhile, the visual arts programme will be announced later in the month and will include exhibits, happenings, performances and interventions around the grounds and in Braziers House.
We are also excited to announce the Supernormal team will be visiting Glasgow next week with support from an A-N research bursary, to meet new artists and initiatives who could contribute to this year’s programme and our future activity.
And as always, there is still plenty more to come, including a selection of activities, workshops and performances proposed by you, new exciting partnership projects, DJs, music, karaoke sessions and general good times.
Supernormal 2015 takes place from August 7th-9th at Braziers Park, Oxfordshire. Now as ever, it remains the alternative’s alternative.