Illuminations is delighted to today announce the first events of its 5th Anniversary, confirmed to take place from October 28th – November 11th 2016, featuring the series’ biggest and most exciting programme yet. An intoxicating and eclectic showcase in modern music, art and film, this now 14-day event – curated by London independent promoters and tastemakers Rockfeedback – re-establishes itself at the centre of the multi-cultural capital.
Over a critically acclaimed succession of sell-out years, Illuminations’ schedule has seen the likes of Chromatics, Holly Herndon, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Shabazz Palaces, Sebastian Tellier, James Holden, Micachu & the Shapes, Onoehtrix Point Never, Ariel Pink, Field Music and many more play unique London performances, incorporating interactive theatre events, exhibitions and talks, through to Halloween film scores at The Barbican, a night of video game music from ‘Silent Hill’, and much more besides.
For 2016, Illuminations seeks to remain as engulfing and expansive as ever, celebrating five years of inspiring international genius for the curious and inquisitive. Again collaborating with the city’s best and boldest venues, Illuminations will screen and stage events at The Barbican, Oval Space, The Troxy, Electric Brixton, Autumn Street Studios, Mick’s Garage Warehouse, with more to come as the schedule develops.
Announced within the line-up’s first wave, Illuminations 2016 will commence with The Bug presents “Sirens”, plus special guests joining the ever-shifting artist for a new work blurring the boundaries between live performance and immersive installation, centred around the theme of complications surrounding his son’s birth. ‘Sirens’ is an avalanche of sound, light and physical sensation.
Next, comes a very exciting new event for the series – Blackout: an inimitable evening of music on Halloween weekend, performed in complete pitch black darkness at Oval Space, with the special guest performers kept secret up until they are revealed on the night. Also taking place at Oval, one of the year’s breakout acts Let’s Eat Grandma invite attendees into the duo’s unique teenage universe, proffering one-of-a-kind, new pop music in what will be an unmissable adventure – specially designed and created for one night only.
Returning to The Barbican, the series is thrilled to present a double bill featuring the ‘prophet of the piano’ that is Ukrainian musician Lubomyr Melnyk, regarded as one of the fastest players in the world. Melnyk will follow a debut UK performance from Mexican electronica artist Murcof‘s exhilarating new culture clash project with Vanessa Wagner.
After themselves selling out The Barbican earlier this year, Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, English composer and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, and the Indian ensemble The Rajasthan Express will perform their landmark album live in London in a very rare live appearance at The Troxy.
Elsewhere, the series will witness a Berlin-style warehouse screening party with guest DJ sets of cult favourite ‘Run Lola Run,’ marking the reissue of its celebrated techno-dominated soundtrack, set to come out on the Bella Union label (Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Explosions in the Sky). Finally, Illuminations heads to South London for a closing Friday night club event curated by German producer, composer and conceptual artist Pantha Du Prince, with fittingly cross-genre guests, following his latest achievement in new album ‘Triad’.
Tickets for all events go on pre-sale Wednesday, July 13th and general sale Friday, July 15th, with The Barbican releasing tickets ahead of the public to its members on Thursday, July 14th. This year also sees a new image / aesthetic for the fifth series provided by Designers Rian Crabtree and Laura Gordon, providing a series of different Illumination images that will also be used across the event series’ artwork and in different live visual forms. More events remain to be announced in the coming weeks – stay tuned.
FULL LIST OF EVENTS ANNOUNCED SO FAR:
THE BUG presents “SIRENS”
Illuminations at Autumn Street Studios, E3 2TT
Illuminations at Oval Space, E2 9DT
& MURCOF and VANESSA WAGNER
Illuminations at The Barbican, EC2Y 8DS
LET’S EAT GRANDMA
Illuminations at Oval Space, E2 9DT
RUN LOLA RUN
Illuminations at Mick’s Garage Warehouse, E9 5EN
‘JUNUN’ FEAT SHYE BEN TZUR, JONNY GREENWOOD & THE RAJASTHAN EXPRESS
Illuminations at The Troxy, E1 0HX
PANTHA DU PRINCE plus Special Guests
Illuminations at Electric Brixton, SW2 1RJ