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This year’s Armistice Day is obviously especially significant, given that it represents 100 years since the end of the Great War. To mark the event, the Boiler Shop team (Richard Clouston and Daveid Phillips in particular) have collaborated with The Quietus’ editor and writer Luke Turner for a weekend of really special events on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November.

British Sea Power have long explored aspects of European history in their lyrics (and appearance!) and seem a particularly apt headliner for Saturday night. Support comes from the fascinating post-punk trio Bas Jan, headed up by the remarkable Serafina Steer.

Sunday’s programming is even more fascinating, commencing with a very early (5am!) premiere of A Nightingale On The Western Front. This sound composition is the work of acclaimed field recording artist and wildlife soundman Chris Watson (who’s CV also includes membership of Cabaret Voltaire and The Hafler Trio) and was recorded on the sites of the Flanders battle. Taking place in the Boiler Shop Mezzanine, there’ll be a complimentary breakfast followed by a Q&A with Chris hosted by Luke Turner, followed by a matinee performance by Richard Dawson. The climax of the weekend is a performance from recently re-emerged folk legend Shirley Collins, who turned in one of the highlights of this year’s Supersonic Festival, a moving and powerful blend of folk song, anecdote and video art. The organisers have said they hope this weekend will be “a poignant reflection on sacrifice and a dignified celebration of peace” and this carefully curated bill certain bears that out.


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