The Arches & LONDON 2012 presents
Tue 4 Sep 2012 | 7pm-late | £15 + bf
Full concert 7.30pm – 11pm (approx)
Soundsystem stage 11pm – 2am
One of the biggest events of this year hits Glasgow as over 80 musicians get together for a concert in which each act performs live, whether separately or together with another artist, as part of a huge concert across two stages.
Each Africa Express event is unique, based around on-the-spot collaboration and filled with one-off moments of magic – whether it’s Baaba Maal singing with Franz Ferdinand, Rokia Traore performing a Gorillaz hit with Damon Albarn or Mick Jones and John Paul Jones among the stars backing Rachid Taha on Rock the Casbah.
Start making your guesses for what it will be this time… Damon performing Tender with Baaba Maal? The Temper Trap joining up with Tony Allen for Sweet Disposition? Or something completely surprising which you’d never imagined seeing before?
Representing from the West:
Carl Barat (The Libertines)
Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz)
Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club)
John McClure (Reverend and The Makers)
Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
Pauli (“the PSM” drummer)
Romeo Stodart (Magic Numbers)
Richard Russell (XL)
The Temper Trap (4 piece)
Very Best Sound System
Representing from Africa:
Afel Bocoum (3 piece)
Amadou & Mariam (5 piece)
Baaba Maal (4 piece)
Cubain Kabeya (drums)
Diabel Cissokho (kora)
Fode Lassana (balafon)
Hatim Bensalha from H-Kayne
Jupiter & Okwess International (7 piece)
Kareem Rush (Arabian Knightz)
Krar Collective (3 piece)
Musa Mboob (percussion)
Rokia Traoré (6 piece)
ABOUT AFRICA EXPRESS |
“An absolute lose-yourself epiphany for everyone who was there. I’m almost reluctant to go to Glastonbury again because I can hardly imagine how it could possibly be topped.”
“That was, without a doubt, the craziest show I have ever played in my life”
Flea, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, after playing with Africa Express at The Shrine, Lagos
“A seven-hour epic that featured an ever-changing kaleidoscope of African styles, Western indie-pop and hip-hop… one of the events of the year.”
Hailed as the most revolutionary force in popular music for two decades, Africa Express brings together musicians from different cultures, genres and generations to break boundaries and offer a new perspective on Africa and its music.
Africa Express began in 2006 with a trip to Mali, when co-founder Damon Albarn took the likes of Fatboy Slim, Martha Wainwright and Jamie T to work with African legends such as Toumani Diabate, Salif Keita, Amadou & Mariam and Bassekou Kouyate. This was followed by a trial London event, then the now-legendary Glastonbury 2007 show, trips to Nigeria, the Congo, Ethiopia, the BBC Electric Proms, Paris town centre and a Spanish beach show for 50,000 people.
Each event is unique, based around on-the-spot collaboration and filled with one-off moments of magic – whether it’s Baaba Maal singing with Franz Ferdinand, Rokia Traore performing a Gorillaz hit with Damon Albarn or Mick Jones and John Paul Jones among the stars backing Rachid Taha on Rock the Casbah.
September 2012 is the next stage in an unprecedented artistic journey. As part of the London Festival 2012, Africa Express will fill a train with dozens of great artists and tour mainland Britain. There will be musical legends and new emerging artists as well as vocalists, DJs and producers from Africa and the West. Africa Express will become The Africa Express as it trundles around England, Scotland and Wales.
The tour – supported by The Guardian newspaper and website - will capture the unique spirit of Africa Express, taking its innovative blend of music and mayhem to UK towns which have never seen anything like it. Unusual locations have been selected, and the spirit of spontaneity is vital. There will be pop-up performances, with world-famous musicians playing unexpected gigs in unexpected places: schools, railway stations, factories, offices, shopping centres and local clubs. Each day, each town, each show will be different in this collaborative epic which defies musical and geographical boundaries.
Past Africa Express collaborators include: Amadou & Mariam, Baaba Maal, Baloji, Bashy, Basement Jaxx, Billy Bragg, Bjork, Corinne Bailey Rae, Damon Albarn, De La Soul, Elvis Costello, Fatboy Slim, Femi Kuti, Franz Ferdinand, The Good The Bad & The Queen, Hard-Fi, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Jamie T, Johnny Marr, John Paul Jones, Kano, K’naan, The Kooks, Magic Numbers, M.anifest, Mark Ronson, Martha Wainwright, Massive Attack, Ms Dynamite, Nitin Sawhney, The Noisettes, Oumou Sangare, Paul Weller, Rachid Taha, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Reverend & The Makers, Rokia Traore, Roots Manuva, Salif Keita, Shlomo, The Specials, Speech Debelle, Spoek Mathambo, Staff Benda Bilili, Sway, Tinariwen, Tony Allen, Toumani Diabate, VV Brown, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Please enter through Argyle Street
Legendary international acts, cult festivals and the most exciting new bands collide at one of the city’s most eclectic live venues.
It’s perhaps natural that, as one of the nation’s most unusual live music venues, our programme spans rock, pop, indie, electronica, soul, jazz, country, metal, folk, and the many sub-genres inbetween. The unique atmosphere and space of the building means it’s often used for anything from intimate acoustic gigs to stage-diving, sweaty rammies and slick, spectacular international concerts.
Supporting the best examples of the known and the not-so-known, the Arches stage is host to everything from the latest stars of leftfield pop, such as Grimes and Chvrches, to alternative indie rock acts such as Peace and Yeasayer, prog and rock heroes such as The Fall, Swans and Dinosaur Jnr, and cutting edge electronic talent, from Rustie to James Blake.
We also regularly plays host to international legends – from Martha Reeves to Ben E. King to Jane Birkin – and provide the perfect multi-room setting for various festivals, from Celtic Connections to the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In 2012, the hallowed arches played hosted to the UK-wide Africa Express tour, featuring Damon Albarn, Baaba Maal and a trainload of world music stars, and in 2013, the building was transformed into a sonic Cineplex for our own co-curated cult event the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, featuring live film scores and AV sets from Jeff Mills, Dieter Moebius and Raime.
“A classical gig in the vaults of Scotland’s dance mecca might sound an odd prospect, but the Arches proved the perfect setting”
The Arches Box Office | 0141 565 1000 | boxoffice at thearches dot co dot uk
Club and gig bookings (promoters only):
Richard Chater | Music Programme Manager | richard at thearches dot co dot uk
Andrew Maitland | Music Programmer | andrew at thearches dot co dot uk