[Microsound-announce] london headphone festival, 20 september / 24 october

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Sat Sep 6 12:30:41 EDT 2008

headphone concerts for headphone people

listen. don’t listen


20 September 2008 / Café Oto, E8
24 October 2008 / Shunt, SE1 (as part of NetAudio Festival)

Bring your own headphones!


Think of a festival in reverse … the London Headphone Festival is  
back with two sessions of headphones-only listening. Now in our fifth  
year, we leave our spiritual home off Brick Lane for two new venues.  
On 20 September we take over beautifully restored warehouse space  
Café Oto in Dalston for an all-day listening session. On 24 October,  
we move on to the legendary underground space Shunt, deep under  
London Bridge, as part of the 4-day NetAudio festival. Placard flips  
the concept of a traditional festival: instead of a PA we provide  
massed banks of headphone splitters. The audience plugs in and tunes  
in. For once, it’s the chance for some focused listening.

Confirmed artists include: Family Battlesnake, Joachim Nordwall,  
Pausal, Mandelbrot, slub, Cormac Heron, Brassica, Philip Julian,  
Cacao, Birds of Delay, Bleeding Heart Narrative, The Noiser, Simpson  
Brothers, Ryan Jordan, London Concrete, Yee-King, Spoonfight, Dylan  
Bates, Brandy Alexander Project and Rob Munro. More TBC.

Past artists have included Hot Chip, David Toop, Janek Schaefer,  
Leafcutter John, Adem, Max Eastley, Sanso-Xtro, Jem Finer, Icarus,  
Main and Colin Potter.

Both venues are fully licensed, and there will be food, merchandise  
and other bits and pieces. Please bring your own headphones!

Praise and bafflement for previous festivals:

“A far cry from Glastonbury or Reading” — New Statesman
“Ludicrously straightfaced” — The Guardian
“Freebie of the week” — Time Out
“One of the highlights of a long hot summer” — The Wire
“The only way to understand the most communal musical gathering is to  
come along and plug in” — Kultureflash

Brought to you by area10 media lab / highpointlowlife / it is  
whatever / [no.signal] / slow sound system / openlab / yaxu.



Session 1
When: 20 September, 1pm-11pm Where: Café Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, E8  
3DL. info at cafeoto.co.uk Cost: free, £2 suggested donation Map: http:// 

Session 2
When: 24 October / 7-11pm Where: Shunt, 20 Stainer St, SE1 9RL.  
events at shunt.co.uk Cost: £10 Map: http://tinyurl.com/5cxry9

Please bring your own headphones! Quarter inch headphone adaptors  
will be available for rent



London Placard: http://london.leplacard.org
International Placard site: http://leplacard.org/
NetAudio festival - http://2008.netaudiolondon.cc/festival
Café Oto – http://www.cafeoto.co.uk
Shunt - http://www.shunt.co.uk


About the Placard Headphone Festival

Le Placard started in 1998 in Paris, France. At that time finding  
venues for alternative music was difficult, and police raids on  
unlicensed events were frequent. So instead Erik Minkkinen organised  
a headphone party in his small apartment, called ‘placard’ after the  
French word for ‘cupboard’.

Since then this concept has grown to an international streaming  
festival, with tens of cities providing listening rooms for local and  
remote performances. Placard has formed part of the Mutek,  
Transmediale, Garage and Pixelache festivals. The event in Paris has  
itself grown into an institution, running for 72 hours straight where  
the audience sleep with their headphones on, still listening.


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