DF Concerts presents
Thu 19 Jan 2012 | 7pm | SOLD OUT
Celebrated shoegaze act M83 brings his electronic dream-pop to the Arches, Glasgow.
Its easy to see why French musician Anthony Gonzalez is often credited as being one of the key ‘shoegaze’ acts of the past decade. Formed from hazy vocals submerged in washes of indie pop guitars and walls of ambient electronica, M83‘s layered, intergalactic realms are an aural escape for the 21st century listener – fantasy worlds of golden teenage dreams, reverie and nostalgia, and unreal sunshine perfection, as referenced by so many of the nu-gaze pop acts of recent years.
Although releasing his self-titled debut album in 2001, it was second album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts which first really captured the imagination of the music press, acting as the trigger for a series of unanimously acclaimed albums.
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, his latest, was released in October. Proclaimed by Gonzalez as “very epic”, the billowing soundscapes and imaginative freedom of his back catalogue are gently expanded even further, with first single Midnight City getting fans talking back in July with its building synths, astro electronica and indulgent sax samples.
This much anticipated tour takes him to North America before heading to Europe for what should be some really rather special live shows.
Supporting will be Porcelain Raft, the one-man, lo-fi bedroom pop project from Mauro Remeddi, an Italian musician now based in London. Temporarily abandoning the cutesy indie of his previous band Sunny Day Sets Fire for a more fuzzy, blissed out DIY experimentalism, this year’s Gone Blind EP is to be followed by his debut album, Strange Weekend, at the start of 2012.
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”
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