We love Bank Holiday Mondays. They make the week go so quickly, we forget to arrange to do anything on the Friday. If you're as useless at reading a calendar as us, here's a couple of suggestions:
Londonist favourite Fiona Bevan (whose debut EP we cited as one of our favourite records of 2005) plays tonight at one of our favourite venues: Bush Hall. She's on as part of the Buzz Night and she's on at 8.15pm so make sure you get there early. Fiona's accompanied by Oi Va Voi's guitarist, who'll be playing the mandolin, and for your bargainous £5 entry you also get to see Velar Sound, The Cleo Whip, and Jeff Jepson about whom we know nothing, but we'd happily pay a fiver to see Ms Bevan play a gig anyway. She is fan-bloody-tastic.Something a bit different now in the form of Norway's Biosphere. Geir Jenssen (who is Biosphere) is widely regarded as one of Norwegian electronic music's most important artist, and he's in town (and in Brighton) this weekend. If you're a fan of Sigur Ros, Cinematic Orchestra or Mogwai, you'll like Biosphere. If you go to one of the shows this weekend, try hard not to get into the 'where have I heard that from?' train of thought, as you'll recognise a number of tunes from tv trailers and idents.
If you're observant, you might notice that Biosphere's playing in cinemas (more specifically, the Picturehouses). The reason for this being that you don't just get music to soothe the soul, you also get eye candy in the form of full-screen visuals by multiple award-winning video artist Egbert Mittelstaedt. Mittelstaedt's cooperation with Biosphere developed spontaneously at a Biosphere concert and a simultaneous presentation of his video work in Cologne. The two artists have appeared together since the end of 2004 and the visuals work in stunning harmony with Biosphere's music, creating a remarkable synthesis of video art show and music concert. There's a show tonight at Greenwich, although you really ought to call to check availability as the earlier show sold out. If you don't make it to Greenwich, you've got another chance to catch the show in Brixton tomorrow.
Fri 21 Apr – Greenwich Picturehouse (7.30pm show SOLD OUT, new show added at 9.30pm)
180 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8NN
08707 55 00 65
Sat 22 Apr – Ritzy Cinema, Brixton (9.15pm)
With support from THE JOINING OF HEAVEN AND EARTH
Brixton Oval, London SW2 1JG
08707 55 00 62
Sun 23 Apr – Duke of York Cinema, Brighton (6.30pm)
Duke of York's Picturehouse, Preston Circus, Brighton BN1 4NA