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Fat Freddy's Drop

Saturday 3rd November


Seven piece band Fat Freddy’s Drop is internationally regarded as one of the
world’s finest live draws. Over the last four LPs the New Zealanders have navigated their way from the incubator of sunshine reggae through a colour-saturated field of soul psychedelia before swerving onto a desolate Detroit superhighway at night. It’s a sound that demands to be heard live, a potent mixture of jazz virtuosity and diaphragm-wrecking digital sonics.

These influences have not only been formed by the band’s individual
predilections, but also experiences on the road: Fat Freddy’s appearance at
Detroit’s Movement festival in 2006 was a watershed moment for the band,
fuelled by hearing May’s, Atkin’s and Craig’s stark futurism ricochet off the
cold concrete of America’s broken dream. This stoked producer DJ Mu’s love
of analog techno, balancing and fusing vocalist Dallas Tamaira’s adoration of
soul and reggae with the band’s collective passion for Jazz, Rhythm & Blues,
Rock, Disco, House, Post Punk and Balearic oddities.

For FFD this osmosis begins at the start of a composition. Groove after
groove, horn line after horn line is laid down by the entire band in their
Wellington-based studio BAYS and then edited by trumpeter Toby Laing, DJ
Mu and Dallas Tamaira. It’s out of these epic live recordings that they sieve
the gold that lies within.
The band’s most recent release is studio album BAYS a 9-track LP written
and recorded at their BAYS Studio in Kilbirnie, Wellington. Pre-BAYS, their
albums were formed almost entirely on the road; the songs slowly evolving
live at festivals such as WOMAD UK, SONAR, Bestival, Lowlands, DEMF,
Pukkelpop, Glastonbury, The Big Chill and Roskilde. Stand alone concerts
also feature heavily, with sellout mayhem ensuing at Alexandra Palace and
Brixton Academy (LDN), Paradiso (Amsterdam), Vega (Copenhagen), The
Coliseum (Lisbon), Henry Fonda Theatre (Los Angeles), Columbiahalle
(Berlin), Sydney Opera House, and Le Zenith (Paris).

In the past if a song made it on to the record it was because it had been
stress-tested beyond all endurance: at last count Fat Freddy’s Drop are fast
approaching their 1000th show in their career, clocking upwards of 500
appearances in Europe, almost 30 Australian Tours and over 300 shows in
their homeland, accumulating in a sold-out 10,000 capacity show at London’s
cavernous Alexandra Palace and a two consecutive sold out nights at O2
Academy Brixton to a total of 10,000 fans.
Not many bands have been so strategic in their approach to their longterm
career. Creating a blueprint with a global perspective, the band have
consolidated their fanbases across Europe and the UK with high profile
performances accompanied by slow burn albums that reveal more and more
with every listen, priming the fan for the next live experience. It’s about the
long game, a path that has come about by careful stylistic evolution, ever
increasing production values and a live reputation that precedes their
recorded material.
Fat Freddy’s Drop may have been around since the early Noughties, but they
are truly the most modern of institutions. Independently controlled
underground music that has sold in excess of three quarters of a million
albums. Yet they are that rare thing: artists that don’t live or die on their last
record’s sales. They are a clarion call of hope for the talented few looking for
another way. Fat Freddy’s Drop show that it can, indeed, be done.
Written by Christopher Tubbs - BBC broadcaster, Monocle contributor, music
blogger and musician.

Soca Explosion

Saturday 3rd November

Club Academy

Tropical Radio & TV Northwest Presents


Manchester Club Academy


Saturday 4th November 2017

Doors 11pm | Curfew 5am 


Tickets £8.00 advance STBF | £10.00 OTD




*This show was originally due to take place on 05/11/16, it has now been rescheduled to 04/11/17*


With a new format of Island Vs. Island, this years Soca Explosion Cup Clash will feature 10 Soca DJs from around the eastern Caribbean battling it out for the cup.


The DJs will be judged using a points earned system, over 10 individual rounds. 


The competition grows year on year as does the prestige of the coveted 1st, 2nd and 3rd podium places.


Appreciation will be shown to all the competition entrants with medals awarded to all the DJ taking part.


The competition has become a landmark event to the Manchester Eastern Caribbean Community brought to you by The Manchester Eastern Caribbean Carnival.


Soca Explosion welcomes everyone and the organisers hope to see a diversity of cultures at the event.


This fantastic evening of live Caribbean music is an important part of keeping the eastern Caribbean community together in Manchester and bringing international students closer to home.


With Soca artists performing live on the night, the Soca Explosion team hopes the event will bring the sunshine and sparkle of the Eastern Caribbean straight to you in heart of Manchester.

We look forward to seeing you on the night.

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