Roundhouse Rising

Roundhouse Rising, taking place between Monday 21st – Saturday 26th February is a new festival brought to you by the infamous Roundhouse presenting the best in new music across a variety of genres.

Programmed in partnership with some of the UK’s hottest promoters, including Eat Your Own Ears, Rising is a place for cutting edge music, unique performances, international artist collaborations and music industry seminars alongside showcases for emerging talent from within the Roundhouse family.

Roundhouse Rising promises to be a celebration of the local and the global by working with London’s best promoters and artist collaborators. Underpinning everything will be the creative projects on offer. Workshops will give young people the chance to experience a string of creative master classes throughout the week to learn skills such as remixing, sound engineering and photography alongside the likes of Jon McClure (Reverend & The Makers), Viv Albertine (The Slits) and Didz (Dirty Pretty Things).

We at Disconnected even have a pair of tickets to give away for Fuck The Whiteboard’s 2nd Anniversary Celebrations on Friday 25th! If you fancy your chances, visit our competitions page here.

Roundhouse Rising:

Tuesday 22nd February – ATOM – Roundhouse Studios Showcase
Tickets £5

Opening this year’s festival are four groundbreaking young artists direct from the Roundhouse. All the artists record in the Roundhouse Studios, take part in Roundhouse creative projects, and three of the acts have released music via Roundhouse Records. Music, science and nature seamlessly inspire in this adventurous night of experimental music set to a series of short films:

Kuaigora (Rica Minami) – Ethereal vocals float above a sea of pianos, loop pedals and cellos in this Japanese singer songwriter’s mystical musical landscape.

Ajimal – With a name inspired by a Haitian witchdoctor, Ajimal is the new solo project from Fran O’Halon.

LectricLax – Raw post-punk outfit formed at the Roundhouse.

The Voyeurist – Mysterious and enticing vocals sound tracked by a wall of industrial sound.

Wednesday 23rd February – 12 Tone Vs. Roundhouse Records
Tickets £5

Launched earlier this year, Roundhouse Records is the first label championing new music that is managed by a music venue. Dedicated to two very special releases, Wednesday evening sees these two independent record labels go head-to-head. United Vibrations will launch their debut album on 12 Tone Records, alongside Congolese folk artist Tres B who will be showcasing tracks from his debut EP ‘Best Friend’.

United Vibrations – Combining afro-rock, afro-punk and jazz punk, United Vibrations are emerging as an intelligent and engaging ensemble and are known for their hypnotic live shows.

Tres B – Producing a swirling mix of central African folk, hip-hop and soul, Congolese artist Tres B is nominated for the Best Male UK based Afro/Caribbean Act of 2010 at the BEFFTA (Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts) Awards.

Jero Ferec – Tablas, trumpets and flamenco guitars are brought to the fore in Jero’s Andalucían and Indian inspired music.

Thursday 24th February – Eat Your Own Ears (EYOE)
Tickets £5

With a history that includes putting on the first London shows for Animal Collective and Bloc Party, Eat Your Own Ears is known for promoting the best live events that span a spectrum of genres. Curating Thursday evening at Rising, EYOE have booked newcomers Ghost Eyes, Bot’Ox and Prizes.

Ghost Eyes – Fresh from supporting Gold Panda on tour, Ghost Eyes creates hip-hop inspired music; his bluesy vocals nestle alongside layers of instruments, electronics and gathered sound samples.

Prizes – Formerly Treasure, this is the new incarnation from Hari Ashurst with kaleidoscopic loops entangled in reverb-laden songs.

Friday 25th February – Fuck The Whiteboard (FTWB) 2nd Anniversary Celebrations
Tickets £5

One of the best new music nights in London comes to the Roundhouse, expect an immersive audience experience:

DT – An exciting new synthed-up pop band with punk influenced vocals.

Beaty Heart – This thought-provoking group will entice you with their mystifying sound.

Saturday 26th February – EKO
Tickets £5

EKO are a fresh, forward-thinking collective of promoters and DJs with a shared love of music, strong visuals and performance art. Innovative and eclectic in taste, EKO have announced DELS, Sampha and RoxXxan to headline their evening at Rising.

DELS – With a signature sound that reflects a truly eclectic range of musical influences, DELS has a long standing creative partnership with Joe Goddard from Hot Chip. The resulting product is a unique mishmash of squelchy basslines, tinkering keys, syncopated drum patterns and the occasional steel pan, all juxtaposed by DELS’ infectiously languid flow.

Sampha – Having remixed The XX and supported Mount Kimbie, this London vocalist and producer will be bringing his blend of soulful grooves and electronics to Rising.

RoxXxan – Combining her love of all things dance driven – dubstep and grime her bass du jour – with a passion for good melodies, RoxXxan is looking to be the missing link in the MC game.

Creative Projects at Roundhouse Rising:

Mon 21st – Thu 24th February – Music Producers Remix Session
Tickets £10, Ages 14 – 19
10am – 4pm

Working alongside Defected Records’ artists and top music producers, attendees can learn the secrets of a great remix and develop their skills over the course of the week using the Roundhouse’s Mac lab and the latest software including Logic, Reason and Ableton.

Mon 21st – Fri 25th February – Sound Engineering Workshop
Tickets £10, Ages 14 – 19
10am – 5pm

Spending the whole week recording the bands playing Rising, this workshop will help develop a broad range of studio production skills, including learning about microphone positioning technique, signal processing, mixing, mastering and how to get the best out of musicians in the Roundhouse’s EMI Studio.

Tue 22nd – Fri 25th February – Band Photography
Tickets £20, Ages 14 – 17
11am – 4.30pm (22nd and 25th) / 1.30 – 6.30pm (23rd and 24th)

On this four-day workshop, attendees will learn how to photograph bands using a fully manual camera in both studio and natural settings; they will also be given tutorials on editing and presenting their work.

Fri 25th February – Music Video Master class with Jonny Stopford
Tickets £2, Ages 15 – 21
4 – 6pm

Award-winning Jonny Stopford has worked on many ground-breaking video productions, providing visuals for the Chemical Brothers, BBC and Channel 4.

Fri 25th February – Create Your Own Fanzine hosted by Clinic
Tickets £2, Ages 15 – 21
4 – 6pm

As part of the FTWB night, Rising are hosting a special fanzine project hosted by Clinic.

Sat 26th February – Un-Convention with Featured Artists Coalition
Tickets £8
10am – 6pm

Un-Convention sets out to demystify the music industry. With 200 participants, 60 music industry professionals and the Featured Artist Coalition (FAC) involved, the day will be filled with insightful and illuminating talks and panels.

Highlights include ‘Music as a tool for Social Change’ – featuring industry figures working on music projects in Sri Lanka, Brazil, Colombia and the UK, ‘The Politicisation of Music’, ‘New Music Strategies’, and an ‘Event and Festival Session’ with Huw Stephens (Radio 1).

A range of new digital platforms and strategies will also be showcased including MusicGlue, SoundCloud and Radar Maker.

Sat 26th February – Album in a Day Recording
Tickets £5, Ages 15 – 21
All day

Accompanying the seminars will be the Album in a Day project, with the musicians Jon McClure (Reverend & The Makers), Viv Albertine (The Slits), Late of the Pier, Didz (Dirty Pretty Things) and others on board to lend their skills and Jagz Kooner (Manic Street Preachers/Primal Scream) producing. Workshop attendees will be recording ‘London Calling’ by The Clash.

Sat 26th February – Album Artwork Project
Tickets £5, Ages 15 – 21
10am – 4pm

This workshop will give budding artists a chance to recreate the artwork for ‘London Calling’ with help from graphic designers.

For more information on all of the events and workshops taking place, or to buy tickets visit

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