Outpost June 2014 Newsletter

Here at Outpost, we’re proud to work with some of the most innovative and forward-thinking clients, and our events roster is no exception. From 981Heritage, who celebrate their tenth anniversary with established artists including Austra and Blue Hawaii, to micro-event UV Festival, which returns to its lush Surrey location to play home to a host of emerging underground talent and a paintbox of neon colours, we’ll be beavering away to promote the best fests in breaking electronic music. To top it all off, The Hydra will be opening its annual calendar with a triple-billed August Bank Holiday special hosted by Resident Advisor, Ghostly International and Detroit techno label Blueprint.

Summer nights? We’ve got you sorted.

981heritage981Heritage “Son Estrella Galicia”, July 10th @ Oval Space, London

“981Heritage “Son Estrella Galicia” is a new festival which is rapidly making its mark, focussing on breaking electronic music.” – Clash Magazine, 2013

Spanish event brand 981Heritage “Son Estrella Galicia” makes a welcome return to the Oval Space in London on July 10th following its 2013 sell-out Baths headline show. Celebrating its tenth anniversary and its third London edition, the festival will present electronic band Austra, Montreal duo Blue Hawaii and London popsters Maxixe.

To mark this milestone, the Oval Space prepares for a comeback event of epic proportions – fresh from Coachella, Austra will headline this year’s London edition of the festival. The band will present their new four-track EP ‘Habitat’ live for the first time, out now on Domino Recordings.

In support, Grimes-approved girl/boy electronic duo Blue Hawaii will return to London with their blizzard of erratic vocal harmonies and deep house beats. Completing the line-up will be Maxixe, the new project from Micachu & The Shapes drummer Marc Pell and We Have Band singer Darren Bancroft.

Check out the playlist 981Heritage put together for Never Enough Notes and watch the official festival trailer on Style of Sound.

Tickets are on sale now and available from Songkick and Oval Space.

uvfestivalUV Festival, 9th August, Surrey

“Boutique, bijoux, intimate and a little bit secret.”Evening Standard, 2013


Returning to its lush and enchanting rural location in idyllic Surrey, UV is the festival for the artistically experimental and open-minded. Serving up exciting talent from across the electronic music spectrum, last year saw headliner Throwing Snow feeding his genre spanning sound to the eager ears of a loyal crowd of UV Festival goers.

Incorporating a variety of diverse festival treats and with intricate attention to detail, UV Festival offers a truly unique and intimate experience worthy of its position in the Evening Standard’s best ‘London Microfestivals’ list of 2013. Grazia further cemented it as a microfestival not to be missed, by featuring it in their ‘Microfestival Guide’ last year.

Independent record label Hijacker are the team behind the UV Festival originally formulising the organic concept of using the UV rave idea for a house party in deepest Brixton. Despite the drastic change of location the objective remains the same: to slather yourself in UV paint and rave until the sun comes up.

The festival boasts all the home comforts of the picturesque English countryside, with the green fields and hay bales playing host to a line-up of stellar underground house acts.

The 2014 electronic line-up sees Suze Rosser, ONE BIT and headliners HIM_SELF_HER previously released on Crosstown Rebels and Defected gracing the stage at UV. The festival also boasts a range of live acts including One Bit and The Wolf – whose moody live techno has seen him play sets at Bestival and Warehouse Project.

Early bird tickets have already run out, so attendees will have to act quickly as capacity has been limited to just 500 this year to maintain the intimacy that helped to make the first two years such a success.

Tickets on sale here.

hydraThe Hydra, 22nd-24th August, Studio Spaces, London

“The closest thing London clubbing has to The Proms is The Hydra – an expertly curated season of parties.” – Time Out, Best of 2013

The Hydra just announced their 2014 event series and new exclusive residency at Studio Spaces in London. Their monumental launch will be a triple billed August Bank Holiday special.

In its third year, The Hydra continues its mission to present the best artists, record labels and collectives set against a backdrop of the finest sound.

The three day launch party kicks off on Friday 22nd August with a 12-hour installment of unforgettable electronic music hosted by online electronic music magazine Resident Advisor – a night set to be a box-office sell out with an array of blockbuster house and techno deejays. The following evening showcases talent from independent American label Ghostly International with a truly special headline set to be confirmed imminently. Rounding up the weekend, Sunday marks the return of Detroit techno label and clubnight Blueprint.

In 2013 i-D Magazine stated The Hydra series were – “parties for a nightclub that doesn’t exist” and now, after two years of searching, it can be revealed that they have found a home for year three and beyond. Alongside their 2014 program, The Hydra is launching Studio Spaces as a newly fully licensed venue in the heart of East London. Currently operating as a state of the-art photographic studio during the day, for each night of the series it will be transformed into a unique event space with two studios, located only a few minutes walk from Shadwell or Wapping station.

Full line up: the-hydra.net
Tickets are on sale now from Resident Advisor.


For those looking to venture further afield, we’ve got your summer holidays sorted too. Head to Helsinki this August for Finland’s national festival Flow, a celebration of established legends from Outkast, Neneh Cherry, Slint, The National, The Horrors and Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, to burgeoning local talent including the likes of Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Sin Cos Tan and Noah Kin.

Beyond its tradition of serving up a broad selection of eclectic and stimulating music, Flow Festival offers a comprehensive taste of the visual arts, exhibiting displays from Scandinavia and abroad as well as showcasing compelling art house cinema, engaging lectures and an exceptional array of international cuisine. What’s more, with its eco-friendly ethos and this year’s vegetarian theme, Flow Festival 2014 is set to cater for the boutique festival-lover’s every need.

Nightmares on Wax to release N.O.W IS THE TIME

WARP248 NOW Is The Time Packshot_480After 25 years of producing and recording music, Nightmares On Wax – Warp Records’ longest serving artist – will release N.O.W IS THE TIME on 16th June.

This highly anticipated album will also be available in a special ‘N.O.W Is The Time: Deep Down Edition’ box set, which will include the release in 2-disc CD and LP format, and a 12” x 12” book of unseen photographs, memorabilia and extensive interviews with key figures in the development of Nightmares On Wax, including Warp co-founder Steve Beckett, original Nightmares member Kev Harper, Robin Taylor-Firth, and George himself – conducted by Bill Brewster (author of ‘Last Night A DJ Changed My Life’).

The 2 vinyl LPs feature unreleased tracks; rarities such as their collaboration with De La Soul, classic remixes from the likes of LFO and Mr Scruff, and brand new re-works by Morgan Geist, Optimo, Loco Dice, Special Request and Ashley Beedle.


981Heritage “SON Estrella Galicia” announces tenth anniversary London show

981heritage981Heritage “SON Estrella Galicia” is a new festival which is rapidly making its mark, focussing on breaking electronic music.

The Spanish event brand makes a welcome return to the Oval Space in London on July 10th following its 2013 sell-out Baths headline show. Celebrating its tenth anniversary and its third London edition, the festival will present electronic band Austra, Montreal duo Blue Hawaii and London popsters Maxixe.


Mungo’s Hi-Fi announce new album

mungoForward-thinking dancehall dubbers Mungo’s Hi-Fi are pleased to announce the release of their new album ‘Serious Time’ via Scotch Bonnet Records.

This third double LP arrives hot on the heels of their massive collaborations with Major Lazer and Brighton production heavyweight Prince Fatty, the latter of which received rave reviews from Mojo and Clash: “A perfect encapsulation of the creative camaraderie running through British reggae right now, the sheer diversity of style on show is breathtaking” Robin Murray, Clash

The album will be released on Monday 2nd of June.


Outsight Report – May 2014

crowdEvery summer brings the same conundrum: the inevitable festival pick. Will it be mud-swaddling in Glastonbury, getting coastal at Bestival or donning the tie dye for Secret Garden Party?
Increasingly though, festival goers are jumping off the staycation bandwagon and venturing further afield to see their favourite acts play amidst a setting of far flung exotica. Perhaps the British love affair with national festivals is dwindling…

palmTake Yourselves On An Extended Holiday

The UK is grey, damp and generally prone to unpredictable temperatures, and with the rise of the all-in-one experience, greedy festival-goers now have the chance to add an extra holiday on top of the annual excursion by taking a little leap on a plane. These days, the European festival is a rite of passage for many youths, and the travel industry are happily embracing the growing trend by offering the popular trips as travel packages.

A festival abroad boasts the allure of sunshine, intriguing festival grub, and the perks of being surrounded by a group of more-than-usually friendly faces in a new, warm environment. Merging our annual festival excursion with a getaway to foreign shores has become both affordable and increasingly desirable, with an increasing number of choices.

The palm trees of Coachella, the beaches of Benicassim or the looming industrial architecture of Finland’s Flow Festival – more and more we are being swayed to choose festivals for their creative and ostentatious aesthetics. The destination is quickly becoming a festival’s biggest selling point, with the visuals and other-worldliness of the festival ambience become almost as important as the line-up itself. We want big, awe-inspiring sights, and are hardly tickled by a tent in a field now.

Us Brits are allegedly the most adventurous festival goers in Europe, and there’s no better opportunity to tread a festival path less travelled than in a foreign country, where you really get that sense of escapism. Switch off your phone, forget about work, and live in the moment, making the most of the sensory overload that exotic festivals do best.

penniesSave Those Pennies…

Festivals are always a drain on our pockets, and yet an event abroad gives you more value for your money in many senses. Due to the cheaper infrastructure of some countries, a ticket often costs a fraction of the price compared to in the UK, and a cheap flight could still see it being more purse-friendly than transport here.

A golden Glastonbury ticket can set you back over £200, yet an average ticket to an international festival is a mere £120 for a four day pass. A cheeky budget airline flight could cost you less than a train ticket across the UK. You do the maths.

If that wasn’t enough, international music events are increasingly offering festival and transport packages to attract a UK audience. According to a recent Festicket survey quoted on The Guardian last month, 20% of festivalgoers bought everything in one package in 2013, but 95% would like to do so this year. Flow Festival offered 10% off ticket prices exclusively for its UK audience and others offer discounts on hostels and housing. It’s all about really planning and managing the festival trip in advance – the way you plan your annual sun week in Spain, why not chuck in a festival as well to really maximise your holiday experience?

Let’s face it, we all love that feeling that you’ve really got your money’s worth. Plus you can annoy all the unlucky friends who didn’t get a ticket with over-the-top tales of that handsome Scandinavian guy you met while watching The Horrors under a giant balloon in thirty degree heat. It happened, promise.

skydiveKeep Those Expectations High!

Nowadays we see a lot more professionalism coming to festivals. An incredible music line-up doesn’t always cut it, so more and more festivals are incorporating art installations, award-winning and world-spanning cuisine experiences, lectures, film screenings and partnerships with fashions brands. Thankfully, it seems we can finally wave goodbye to crappy burgers at a broken picnic bench: we expect more nowadays, and we’re getting it.

With all the cultural draws international festivals bring, the festival arena is no longer limited to the young crowd like it used to be. A spotlight seems to be shining on a more mature, affluent crowd, who want the magical music, the culture, the eco-friendly environment and the tan to go alongside it.

Flow Festival 2013 Sunday 11th of August 2013Check Out The International Acts

For most large scale festivals in Britain, the line–ups are pretty solid but what you don’t get are the smaller international acts that you’ve never heard of but blow your mind. Be sure to check out the local talent and you just might discover your new favourite band.

So what are you waiting for? Dust off those passports and get exploring.

Outpost artists head to The Great Escape

Summer is a’coming, and for Outpost that can only mean one thing: festival season. We’re kicking off the annual calendar with an action-packed trip to The Great Escape, where our clients will be representing from across the northern hemisphere. From the gritty realms of noise-rock to the enchanting world of chamber-infused post-punk, our artists have got something to float every boat. Give us a shout if you’re heading down!

Flow_FlyerFlow Festival 2014

Finland’s national festival Flow will be organising an exclusive event on Friday 9th May at the Brighton Dome restaurant for music professionals and the media in association with Music Finland, this year’s Great Escape lead international partner.

The event will include Nordic delicacies and drinks, an exclusive DJ set from flourishing Finnish act Jaakko Eino Kalevi, along with an exciting opportunity to win a ticket and travel package to the event this summer, which takes place from 8th-10th August.

Already confirmed on the bill are veteran hip-hop act Outkast, British shoegazers Slowdive, gloom-rock merchants The National, controversial South Africans Die Antwoord, Janelle Monáe, Darkside, Blood Orange, Charlie XCX, Mac DeMarco, Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, Jamie xx, Little Dragon, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson and Pusha T.



Championed by the likes of Drowned In Sound and Artrocker, both of whom requested the Oslo trio to perform on their Great Escape stages, indomitable Norwegian noise-rockers Deathcrush are set to take the Brighton fest by storm.

Having recently scooped ‘Best Music Video’ at the Atlanta Film Festival for their latest offering ‘Lesson #16 For Beatmaster V / Fun’, and already renowned for their enthralling live shows, Deathcrush show no signs of slowing down. Their two performances at The Great Escape will form a part of their impressive 17 date UK tour in May, which will see them share a gruelling schedule of energetic shows across Britain with critically acclaimed US act White Denim, as well as playing a number of headline gigs.



The_Beaches_Beach_Shoot8494The Beaches

Since signing to Three Six Zero Group, a partner of international superstar Jay Z and his US entertainment giant Roc Nation, all-female alt-rock outfit The Beaches have garnered significant attention abroad. The Canadian fem-rock quintet seduced fashion house French Connection UK with their soft electro-rock music and edgy lascivious style to become the soundtrack of FCUK’s Autumn/Winter campaign 2013.

The Beaches have also previously supported Kings of Leon and gained attention for their performance at this year’s SXSW. Currently embarking on a five date UK tour alongside the iconic Brody Dalle of The Distillers to celebrate the release of their 5th May EP ‘Heights’, their trip across the pond will culminate in an array of headline gigs in May, which includes a soon-to-be-announced appearance at The Great Escape. Watch this space!




London-based genre-defiers LazyTalk return to The Great Escape this year with their unique blend of Indie, Ska, Punk, and Drum ‘n’ Bass – a combination that has seen them tear up venues across the UK for the past two years, leaving a dedicated hometown following in their wake.

Having headlined London’s Scala, appeared at LeeFest and supported Babyshambles on their UK tour, as well as performed at Camden’s Roundhouse Rising Festival, the Lazytalkers have also released their latest single ‘Just A Ride’ – a rich, transitional tune that keeps on giving.



Human_Pyramids_Double_Exposure_Press_Shot_croppedHuman Pyramids

Harnessing the power of a 25-piece choir, a Glaswegian Balkan Brass Band, a classically-trained String Quartet and a veteran rhythm section blended with guitars and synthesizers (along with the occasional pot, pan and wine bottle) alternative orchestral ensemble Human Pyramids epitomize ‘stage presence’ in their unforgettable live performances.

Debut shows have included a magical appearance at London’s Union Chapel along with the headline slot at Manchester’s Carefully Planned festival, and their Great Escape performance promises an equally enchanting experience.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH – 10TH MAY – 9.30PM-10.15PM


Outpost March 2014 Newsletter

brent_danceThe UK music industry has been instrumental in breaking internationally-renowned artists, creating innovative genres and fostering burgeoning music ‘tribes’ for decades, and this year marks the 50th Anniversary of The British Invasion.

When The Beatles infamously touched down in New York City on February 7th 1964, there emerged with them a legacy that would shape not only the future of rock ‘n’ roll, culture and fashion, but also kick-start a new era of freestyle dance.

Macarena_post_3In 1964, this dance revolution was in its first stages of infancy. Traditional rules and restrictions were becoming blurred in favour of a progressive, freeing sense of spontaneity. For the first time, everyone was dancing solo. People embraced their own space, liberated from the limitations of having a partner dancing close to them in formalised moves – suddenly the steps weren’t as important as your own interpretation of the music. Men and women on dance-floors across the Western world were shimmying, hip-swinging, strutting and twisting in a way previously unprecedented: it was all about ‘letting go’.

MacarenaAnd the revolution hasn’t stopped there. Dance fads have come and gone, from the ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’ whim of the 80s, the ‘Macarena’ moves of the 90s, through to the noughties’ ‘Las Ketchup’ love and 2010’s ‘Gangnam Style’ craze, but the individuality of freelance dance remains strong. Today, the British music scene is still flourishing – and so is our ability to let loose and throw a shape or two.

Re-capturing the high spirits of the 60s are emerging British acts representing the sunfilled-soul of reggae and ska, including ‘Future-Ska’ quintet LazyTalk and The Skints. Then there’s the flamboyant ones who meld nostalgic sounds with indie rock and drum’n’bass to give us something completely new. Take ‘Gypstep’ six-piece Molotov Jukebox for example, or renowned live act The Correspondents, both of whom combine eclectic sounds with energetic performances in unique genre hybrids that defy what’s gone before.

Both LazyTalk and The Skints blitz a very British blend of Indie, Ska, Punk, and Drum ‘n’ Bass with distinctive ragga vocals. LazyTalk’s sound is inspired by frontman Piers Robinson’s experiences on the London Jungle scene, spitting sounds at raves across the capital. Their authentic approach and thumping beats has seen them headline Scala, appear at Leeds Festival and support Babyshambles on their UK tour – and they never fail to get a crowd on their feet. The Skints have built up similar repute on the live scene. Their unique blend of reggae and indie never fails to rouse an audience – an ability which has seen them sell out the iconic KOKO venue.

Chances are that anyone who has been to a festival over the past four years has stumbled across The Correspondents. They have been near-permanent fixtures on main stages across the globe, but they have left it until now to release their first LP. ‘Puppet Loosely Strung’ is set for release on 10th March, and is already eagerly anticipated by the charismatic duo’s legions of fans – fans that have been won through their dedication to putting on a jolly good show. Frontman Mr. Bruce has become known for his extravagant stage persona, his exquisite outfits and frenetic dance moves. With excitement building around their first album release – the question is: can an act renowned for their energetic performances translate their dance-inducing live sound onto record? While some acts struggle to do so, early critical praise suggests that all the wit, humour and energy of The Correspondents’ live show has been poured into a sublime debut release.

Watch The Correspondents’ Mr Bruce in a freestyle dance-off:

Molotov Jukebox, fronted by multi-talented singer and actress Natalia Tena (Harry Potter and Game of Thrones), have juxtaposed elements of Gypsy, Swing, Latin Soul, Calypso and Dubstep to build an inimitable reputation for their quirky style.
The dynamic group have also become internationally renowned for their sweat-filled, dance-inducing live shows, which have led to them supporting Kings of Convenience, Beirut and Skrillex. Their love of dance was highlighted in their accompanying video to 2011 single ‘I Need It’, which embraced the cultural fad of Chat Roulette by encouraging fans to show them their best moves. Holding up handmade signs to the camera saying ‘DANCE’, the band were filmed performing to dozens of online viewers in a variety of amusing outfits, perfectly capturing the fun nature of freestyle.

Watch Molotov Jukebox dancing on Chat Roulette:

Adam of Molotov Jukebox says of ‘Neon Lights’, an ode to ‘Mother London’ from their forthcoming album ‘Carnival Flower’:

“I wanted the drums to sound somewhere between a punchy dub step kick and a big old rock band sound – both being famous London exports, it just kinda rang true with the song!”

While all these groups display their own distinct take on alternative dance music today, it’s clear that their sounds remain proudly reflective of their British roots. In an increasingly creative society whose mode of musical expression is constantly evolving, this is truly the time to embrace freedom of form, genre and style – and break out some new moves in the process.

Flow Festival 2014 announces first headliners

flow2014Finland’s Flow Festival makes a welcome return this August with a broad selection of the moment’s most interesting music, stunning visual displays and unique festival diversions.

Outkast, will return to celebrate their 20th anniversary, and are one of over 30 artists included in the first line-up announcement for Flow 2014.

The festival features gloom-rock merchants The National, R&B soul artist Janelle Monáe and hip-hop from South Africa’s controversial Die Antwoord. Alongside Darkside, the joint project of Nicolas Jaar and multi­ instrumentalist Dave Harrington, U.S.­ based Blood Orange and the inimitable Charlie XCX. The event will also offer the return of shoegazers Slowdive, promising guitar­-driven indie rock from Mac DeMarco

, as well as a performance from Nina Persson, former singer of The Cardigans, who released her solo debut early this year. Electronic music will be a prominent fixture, featuring popular German export Paul Kalkbrenner and French producer Kavinsky (Outrun Live), as well as a frontline of Britsincluding Bonobo, Mercury Award nominee Jon Hopkins, techno sorcerer James Holden and Jamie xx – of The xxfame – all joining Flow. There will also be soulful electro from British duo Jungle, and trip-hop from Sweden’s Little Dragon, who will release their fourth studio album in May. Meanwhile, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson and Pusha T will all bring a quality dose of U.S. hip-hop to the table. African rhythms will be served up by Malian Sahara-­blues outfit Tinariwen, Senegalese Mark Ernestus presents Jeri­Jeri and Les Ambassadeurs, a Malian super group includingSalif Keita, Amadou & Mariam’s Amadou Bagayoko, and Cheick Tidiane Seck. Flourishing Finnish artists Iisa, Death Hawks, Risto, Noah Kin, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Eurocrack and Sound & Fury will all provide performances on home soil. In addition, Tuomo will perform his only Helsinki gig of the summer at Flow, while Magenta Skycode plays its only gig in Finland all year.

For more information check out the Flow Festival website.

Deathcrush will teach you a lesson

deathcrushThe Norwegian noise-rockers Deathcrush have been causing a storm with the release of their new single ‘Lesson #16 for Beatmaster V/Fun’, which came out 17th March.

The music video has built up a great deal of acclaim, being shown at the SXSW Film Festival, as well as the Berlin Independent Film Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival, where it was nominated for ‘Best Music Video’. The video is available to view below and on Noisey.

The band will be playing on the Drowned in Sound stage at The Great Escape Festival as well as at the Shacklewell Arms in East London on 2nd May.