As was evident from our Guillemots interview at the end of last year, Fyfe Dangerfield and his fellow auks take much joy from playing live shows. It comes as no surprise, then, that shortly after finishing their last tour in November, the band started plotting two new performances of an acoustic nature at Shoreditch multi-interest space, Village Underground.
And so, this Friday and Saturday Guillemots will be hosting their Positive Blackout evenings, where they plan on airing unplugged versions of some of their old songs as well as brand new tracks from their next record.
The video below shows them doing an acoustic re-guillemotting of their last single, I Don't Feel Amazing Now. Whilst that gate (with its unique sound effect) is unlikely to be present at the Village Underground shows, you get the general idea.
Positive Blackout is not only about Guillemots, mind! Joining the four-piece at the Victorian warehouse setting of this lovely venue are Robyn Hitchcock, cellist Oliver Coates, poets John Hegley and Luke Wright, Swedish singer-songwriter, Thomas Feiner, and singer Mary Epworth. Each of these artists will play a 10-30 minute set, which will be interspersed with appearances from Dangerfield & company. There are apparently other surprises in store and the band will also close each of the two shows with their own set. It all sounds a bit Meltdown Festival mashed up with a Royal Variety performance.
Actually, nothing like a Royal Variety performance, come to think of it.
Anyway, the opening set, spearheaded by Dangerfield, is scheduled to commence at 7.30pm. So you might like to arrive early. One other important parish notice is the organisers' advice to audience members to bring cushions. Comfort first!
Tickets are priced at £17.50 and are available from Village Underground.