The spirit of Houghton is stronger than ever
Following the forced last-minute cancellation of this year’s festival, the team behind Houghton has confirmed that it will return for 2020.
In a statement released today, the festival confirmed that next year’s edition will take place from August 6th-9th, 2020. Organisers of the Craig Richards-curated events also revealed that those who purchased tickets to this year’s sold-out event will be given priority when tickets go on sale. Everyone who did purchase a ticket for the 2019 event will be sent an email on Wednesday, October 9th giving them access to a link for tickets which will expire after one month.
“An enormous amount of work goes into the creation of Houghton and after many months of planning, preparation and subsequently building, the festival site was presented in all its glory,” reads the festival’s statement. “Suffice to say dismantling it immediately after building it was indeed surreal. That said we are confident that the decisions made at a time of extreme challenge were utterly correct.”
The statement continues: “We take great pride in our reputation and have made every effort to recover swiftly and with dignity. Understandably, the aftermath has been complicated but by navigating the cancellation process thoroughly and in a professional manner. We feel this extraordinary debacle has now reached a satisfactory conclusion and are delighted to announce that the festival will take place next summer.”
A number of the festival guides that were due to be handed out to attendees at this year’s festival have been circulated around various shops across the UK, and have also been made available via Juno to those who purchased tickets for this year’s event.
The festival’s statement concludes: “There are already high levels of anticipation for next year’s celebration, our collective excitement is held gently in suspension. With the benefit of a full dress rehearsal, we will return with an even greater sense of purpose.”
You can read it in full here.
Squidsoup, the lighting designers behind Four Tet’s amazing live shows at Alexandra Palace, will debut a new piece.
Three-day Bristol festival Simple Things has announced its extended programme of events, talks, workshops and experiences that will run alongside the festival.
On October 17, Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja will talk with frequent collaborator and creative technologist, Andrew Melchior (both pictured), while the following night, the festival’s opening concert will feature a world premiere of ‘10,000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid’, a new audio-visual work from William Basinski, Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand.
Squidsoup, the UK-based, international collective of artists that arranged the light design for Four Tet’s stunning live shows at the Alexandra Palace, will also debut a “newly-commissioned immersive real-time spatialised sonic ecosystem”, with the accompanying music provided by Hyperdub’s Lee Gamble.
Fellow Hyperdub alumni Aïsha Devi will showcase ‘I Am Not Always Where My Body Is’, an unprecedented multi-user Augmented Reality experience on October 19; on the same day, Kode9, Hyperdub label manager Marcus Scott, and frequent contributor Cooly G will host a ’15 Years Of Hyperdub’ talk at Bristol IMAX.
Kode9 will also present a unique live performance inspired by video game music, accompanied by original visuals from legendary animator Kōji Morimoto and VJ by Konx-om-Pax, while Justin Barton and the late Mark Fisher’s audio essay ‘On Vanishing Land’ will be screened in pitch darkness.
To find out more about the festival’s extended programme, head to the Simple Things EXT. website.
(Peggy Gou, Zip and Marcel Dettmann are amongst the names revealed)
Shelter in Amsterdam has announced its giant program for this year’s ADE.
Amsterdam Dance Event is just months around the corner and the Dutch capital is once again gearing up to welcome hundreds of thousands of ravers to the city for a week of dancing.
With that in mind, Shelter has announced its bumper run of events during ADE and they are as stacked as ever.
Wednesday will kick things off with an AUS Music event that welcomes Floorplan, Cinthie and label-boss Will Saul to the venue while Thursday sees Rush Hour and Rainbow Disco Club invite Antal, Danny Krivit, Jayda G and Wata Igarashi b2b Sandrien to play.
Friday is the big one, with Detroit-hero DJ Bone hosting his all-day Homeless Homies fundraiser. The likes of Peggy Gou, Dubfire, Ben Sims, Deetron and KiNK will all lay down sets to raise money for charity before Marcel Dettmann leads a 20-hour spectacular with Umfang, Miss Kittin, DJ Stingray and more.
Saturday we’re Cooking With Palms Trax before Zip, Margaret Dygas and Sammy Dee Get Perlonized on Sunday to close off proceedings.
That’s a lot to take in, we know, so head over to Shelter’s Facebook page for information on all the events.