Why Should I Be Excited About… Mirrors Festival // Hackney

Two years after its birth, ‘Mirrors’ festival is back!  This time around it’s even bigger, spreading out over six venues and boasting some real bobby-dazzlers. Give it Back want to let you know who and what to listen out for…

First up, Bat for Lashes is a faultless headliner for a pre-Halloween eve. Her new album, The Bride has the potential for a hauntingly spectacular live show, judging by her track record of ethereal energy and myriad of costumes and instruments. St. John at Hackney, a vast void venue, is eager to show off its celestial acoustics and will be perfect for her single ‘In God’s House’. If Miss Havisham happened to have locked herself up with a synthesiser and a drum kit instead of some stale cake, she would have (we’d like to think) come close to this gothic production.

Continuing this holy gathering is the Allah-Las, the San Francisco quartet who take their name from the Arabic deity (though it’s easy to assume they are huge fans of the Teletubbies… do they show that in America?). Their 2016 album Calico Review allows us to build hope for a bit of glorious LA sunshine on a gloomy Hackney night. Recorded in Valentine Studios, out of use since 1979, this album is an easy, blurred 1960s renaissance. We are ready to see what tracks stand out when listening live to their hazy, happy-go lucky sound.

Our third hot pick is Bill Ryder-Jones. Once a fresh-faced guitarist of The Coral, BRJ has returned after a string of orchestral, conceptual projects with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.  His 2016 album West County Primary is oozing garage-rock melancholy. We will be listening out for the gorgeously sporadic, twangy electric guitar of his track, ‘Satellites’ in which he charms us with dreamy northern vocals. 

And of course, some sea-side-southerners always slip in somehow.  Christened MarthaGunn after their local Brighton pub, we’ve been assured the music is as good as the name, but better than the pints! After listening to the stomping track ‘Heaven’, it is hard not to contemplate and absorb the wash of deep, powerful vocals – with echoes of Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick and London Grammar’s Hannah Reid, we can’t wait to hear what else they’ll reveal from under their belts at Mirrors.

The Mare-Street extravaganza also notably includes; The Parrots, Fucked-Up and a bit of spoken word over at ‘The Bad Literature Stage’. On reflection, for just £27, Mirrors 2016 is going to spoil you rotten.

Full Lineup  http://www.mirrorslondon.com/lineup.html

Full details
Date: Saturday 29th October
Time: 2pm Onwards
Place: Olso, Moth Club, Paper Dress Vintage, Stage 3, Hackney Picturehouse, St. John at Hackney
Tickets: £27 from Dice, Alt, Songkick and Seetickets

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