The Nest Collective – Reach for the Bunting


Reach For The Bunting

Saturday 25 February / Saturday 7 April / Saturday 12 May 2012


tickets £12 from

Islington Town Hall,

Upper Street,


N1 2UD


Featuring monthly: The Ceilidh Liberation Front and special guest bands.

London’s Newest Dance Sensation is about to be born: who needs lasers? Reach

For The Bunting! Featuring some of the best dance bands in London alongside

the simply radical CLF – a night of complete sweat-busting abandon in the

glorious town hall! Breaking down ceilidh conventions, the Ceilidh

Liberation Front will be bringing their wildest of subverted dances and

party tunes to fling you across the dance floor, into the bar and back on

your feet again. Expect carnival recklessness, festival shamelessness and

all within Islington Town Hall: one of the finest new rooms (and sound

systems) in London. Bring your pumps, bring your mates and we’ll see you


Alongside the Ceilidh Liberation Front we will feature these incredible

bands for further vigorous behaviour:


25 February

A J Holmes & The Hackney Empire


Born in Barking & Dagenham in the industrial far east of London, A.J. Holmes

discovered a love of playing African music through a chance meeting with his

Hackney neighbour. Folo Graff, a legendary musician from Sierra Leone,

taught him to play the pan African guitar styles. While in Berlin A.J. met

Les Beaux Gosses de Berlin, one of the Congo’s finest African Rhumba bands,

who quickly grabbed him to join their 20-strong band. Learning to rock the

Afropop guitar style, A.J. became obsessed with the good time sounds of

Sierra Leone and the Congo.


Back in his native London he started DJing, soon teaming up with white-hot

electro producer duo, Radioclit (M.I.A., The Very Best, Amadou & Mariam).

United by their love of African club music and worldwide Ghetto tropical

beats, he joined the Secousse Sound System DJ team. Since its birth in 2007,

the Secousse club night has become an infamous tropical riot of good times

and air horns reviving London’s tired and lifeless club scene. Recruiting a

party starting band of Hackney locals all sharing a love of tropical sounds,

the success of A.J.’s early shows saw him invited by Radioclit to become

Secousse club’s resident house band. Once there, the ensuing chaos on the

dance floor left no ass unshaken and month after month saw guests blown off



The band’s special blend of Afropop with a home grown British sensibility

has become one of London’s best-kept secrets until now. Support slots with

David Byrne have followed along with collaborations with some of London’s

finest African musicians from Palm Wine legend, Abdul Tee-Jay to Nigerian

grime star, Afrikan Boy. Their single debut ‘Fraudian Slip’, produced by

Radioclit release on Ghetto Bassquake, the acclaimed tropical dance music

blog , was released Sep 2010.


7 April

We Were Evergreen


“Like the Michael Cera of the French music world; a little bit nerdy, a

little bit awkward, but still

geeky-cool.” – The Fly

They blew us away at Wilderness festival performing on the London Folk Guild

stage, and now We Were Evergreen will be powering your dancing in April’s

Reach For The Bunting. A trio of talented multi-instrumentalists who add

synths, ukes, guitars, drums, trumpets, glocks and percussion to super-crisp

three-part harmonies. An utterly joyous live experience (as the dancing

crowds at 2011’s festivals can attest).


12 May

Krar Collective


Ethiopian desert band in the same vein as Group Doueh, the Krar Collective

bring you dynamic sounds from different parts of Ethiopia and tribal

traditions with a contemporary edge.


Krar is the Ethiopian 5 or 6 stringed harp. KRAR COLLECTIVE are led by

Temesegen Tareken, a former pupil of veteran Ethiopian vibraphone player

Mulatu Astatke, on Krar, with drums, and singer Genet Asefa and drummer

Amare. They are sometimes joined by other musicians, singers and full dance

show with 4 dancers.

“I never expected to find this Ethiopian music gem hidden…the right balance

between the rawness of their roots and the subtleties of their innovative

spirit…I was really impressed.” Andy Morgan, manager of Tinariwen


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