London’s Southbank arts and culture complex has announced a brand new series of club events to be held in its newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall.
The events, dubbed Concrete Lates, will focus primarily on experimental electronic and techno sounds and will see the venue staying open until 2am.
The first party takes place on 13th April and features a live set from Bristol noise merchants Giant Swan and DJ sets from rising experimental techno artists JASSS and Pan Daijing, whose colossal ‘Lack 惊蛰’ LP blew our tiny minds last year.
As well as playing what will no doubt be a harsh and harrowing set for the party, Daijing has also put together ambient mix to be played as part of an art installation in the next door Hayward Gallery, which will also be open until 1am on the night.
Following that, on 27th April, the second Concrete Lates will feature a set entitled 'New Forms' from London composer and turntablist Shiva Feshareki, who will be reimagining the work of influencial electronic pioneers. E.M.M.A, Coby Sey and Bristol sound designer M.E.S.H. will also play on the night and will also be playing sets which chart the influences on their respective works.
"Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room have always been spaces for audiences to discover and enjoy music that’s cracking open the status quo," said Southbank Centre’s Senior Contemporary Music Programmer, Bengi Unsal, in an official statement. “Concrete Lates brings that bang up to date, with a programme of artists who are among the most celebrated and progressive musicians working in experimental electronics today, and giving a platform to incredible and often underrepresented female talent."
The Queen Elizabeth Hall is reopening on 9th April after being closed for refurbishment for the past two years.
Tickets for the first two Concrete Lates events are on sale now. You can get yours from Southbank Centre’s website.
JASSS will be playing at the wonderful Ithaka festival this June which is taking place in a long-abandoned, 9th-century, Arabic fort in the middle of a lake in western Spain.