Personally, I am yet to attend Outlook festival. Last year, my tuxedo wasn’t ready in time and I simply couldn’t turn up in the same one I’d worn to the summer ball. My darling Miffy would have been too embarrassed to even look at me and I daren’t imagine what her father would have said…
Anyway, announced today, the line-up for this year’s Outlook festival is bigger than the ego of the guy who invented bacon. Featuring Fat Freddy’s Drop, Phife from Tribe, Scuba, DMZ, The Bug and a hell of a lot more, I would be able to feel my money getting ready for lift-off if I had any.
Of the vast and illustrious catalogue on offer, some personal favourites are Fantastic Mr Fox, Phaeleh, xxxy, Dark Sky, Mosca and Kuedo…but picking favourites out of a line-up like this is like Scrooge McDuck selecting his favourite gold coins from that huge fucking pile he’s always diving about in (with no trousers on, I must add).
Below is a video documenting the highs of Outlook 2011 and the entire line-up announced today lies after the jump. The official website isn’t up yet but you can head over to the Outlook Tumblr for updates.
People may walk past our window and scream “Scrooooge!” while shaking their fists, but we can be generous souls here at Box Musique and to prove it we’re giving away 2 pairs of tickets to Triangle in London on December 2nd. Of course, in reality, it’s the guys over at Triangle who are giving away the tickets and we are merely facilitating such generosity, so don’t give us all the credit…but do give us some.
In terms of the actual event, Hyperdub’s Ossie is headlining proceedings with his blissful brand of organically-inspired house ready to get you moving like a centipede on a trampoline or possibly even a millipede on a trampoline. Alongside him is another purveyor of chilled yet optimistic vibes in Hackman, Take Record’s James Fox and the Triangle resident 2-22′s is the final piece of the beautiful puzzle. Basically, if you’ve got a place in your heart for the deep and groovy, then this is your thing. Or maybe I should change “thing” to “ting” to sound a bit cooler…and maybe not use the word groovy, ever.
How to Enter (In Bold to Save Scanning Time)
To enter all you’ve got to do is head over to that Twitter website and tweet a link to this post with the hashtag #wintriangle included before November 30th and then I’ll sift through all  of the entries and pick out one at random. If you’re interested in our ‘random’ method, last time we ran a comp Oldsy wrote everyone’s name on a grape and threw a bowl at me…I caught one in my mouth and BOOM. Winner. We’ll do something similar this time, maybe with knives and a spinning wheel. Why are you still reading this? Enter the damn thing!
Never gentlemen to slink in through the back door, the Cool Beans crew — although they’re more of a rabble — are once again bursting in through the skylight like incompetent Hollywood jewel thieves with another line-up of epic proportions. Hitting Sheffield Uni’s Union on 11/11/11 like some kind of musical suicide cult, DJ Woody will be headlining proceedings with his mind-blowing ‘Turntables in Technicolor’ showcase (see video below). Alongside the man DJ Yoda calls a “demi-god” will be masters of melange Dutty Moonshine, ska/reggae 9-piece (no KFC) New Town Kings and Sheffield’s answer to funky stuffed cabbage, the Balkan Bandits. DJ support will come from duo System:attic and general entertainment will flourish from the possibility of a man dressed as a monkey doing the haka on the bar with you. Which, if you’re honest with yourself, is right up your street.
Details? 11/11/11 at the University of Sheffield’s Foundry and Fusion. Tickets are £5 advance and I would urge you to get them hand delivered, mainly because the option comes with the promise of “great chat” and I would like to see if they actually have this “great chat” or come up with some kind of Natwest inspired one-size-fits-all natter that makes you realise everyone now has a cardboard heart. I’m pretty convinced they’ll manage to deliver the former and you’ll wake up on a ferry to Tangiers, but I need to test the theory. Anyway, visit Cool Beans on Facebook for more info and look out for me, I might be there. I’ll arrive on a rhino.
If you’ve been to Sheffield at any point during the last year then you’ve probably heard hushed whispers of the fabled “Cool Beans”, a fraternity of people who know not the boundaries of reality. Many thought it was a secret society akin to the Illuminati but it soon became evident that it was bigger, much bigger. Gaggles of freaks — or partygoers, whatever — would gather in venues around the city and listen to twisted DJs, perverse bands and witness other bizarre performances, all the while tipsy on skins of rich wine. Well, the time has come for you to join the ranks of the beans and come Friday 14 October, ye shall be inaugurated and your life shall change forever.
Ok, I’ll drop the medieval pretences, but you should seriously consider donning your robes and coming out to celebrate the 1st birthday of Cool Beans. Head honcho Benedict Arnold and his associates have cultivated a rather delectable line-up, with Manchester hip-hop crew Surreal Knowledge headlining proceedings like a posse of proud tigers on stilts. Elsewhere on the bill DJ Mikey J will be bringing his usual eclectic styles, comedy tramps Ham Pocket will lay down some classics, electro swing DJs The Legitimate Gentleman will be wearing suits (I’ve just assumed this) and of course, the Cool Beans DJs will be smashing it with their usual eccentric selections. How lovely.
In terms of the important details, it’s £3 before 11pm, £4 after and the venue is Penelope’s. If you want more info head over to the official Cool Beans site or their Facebook page. I shall be making an appearance, so if you want to buy me a drink or dunno, like a whole bottle of something, I will graciously accept.
The last Soup Kitchen was bigger than your strange Uncle’s ego after a successful 6-week stint on Countdown which, if you’re wondering, is actually a pretty decent achievement. Thankfully, you’ll be able to get out of the house and away from his endless “Susie Dent said” stories and patchy beard on May 20 as the next instalment in the soupy saga brings Breach, Ben UFO, Blawan, Cooly G and T. Williams to this humble city we call Sheffield. Such an eminent line-up demands your enthusiastic attendance and if you fail to show up, lightning will strike you on the way to your next boxercise class. If it doesn’t, well, you got lucky…this time. Breach’s ‘Fatherless’ on a big system will be better than a cold pot noodle and a rough sleep on your sheetless bed anyway.
In all fairness the title of this post probably lead you to believe that I was going to be talking straight music. So when it turns out that Shaun Bloodworth is actually a photographer and ‘Underground’ is an exhibition of his work if you are indeed slightly taken aback I apologise. Got to keep you on your toes.
We went along to the opening party last night and were treated to free beer, DJ sets from Mary Anne Hobbs and Grievous Angel and, above all, excellent photography. Shaun has been documenting the electronic bass music scene since 2005, taking in the rise of Dubstep etc. over here with Rinse and that before crossing the Atlantic and getting in on the LA beat action. ‘Underground’ features, among others: Skream, Benga, Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer, Roska, Mary Anne Hobbs, Ramadanman and there’s a sweet shot of some plugs too. If you want to sample the goods, this Bleep blog post will sort you out.
‘Underground’ will be running at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield city centre for another week or so. Shaun and the crew also want to take this exhibition down to London (and beyond) so get involved, spread the love. More and info and prints to buy can be found on the official site. The video below is a trailer for a little film put together for Sonar last year, you can watch the whole thing here.