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Sunday 14 May 2017

Youth Music Organisation Comes Full Circle In Special Homecoming Gig Brighton Festival

Theirs is a voice that needs to be heard. Equipped with everything from the humble loop pedal to Ableton's future-hugging Push controller, Audio Active's Electric Youth Ensemble is growing in stature as the first outfit of its kind in the UK.

Little wonder, then, that Brighton Festival 2017 - curated by recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest - has chosen to programme its first production from this ground-breaking youth music organisation. 

E.Y.E.'s gifted cast of nine assemble on May 13th to forge an exhilarating, hour-long synthesis of live electronica, spoken word narrative and forward-thinking instrumentation entitled Visions Of The Future - and it's a show that fits Tempest's'Everyday EpicBrighton Festival theme to a tee.

Bold, tenacious, experimental and with references to Floating Points, Steve Reich and FKA Twigs, the performance fuses voice, flute, violin and electric guitar with state-of-the-art sampling, live drums, rap and analogue synths to create something that most will not have seen before from such young talent. 


"Audio Active are doing something to ensure that regardless of wealth or background, young people get a chance to be creative in a safe environment. I can"t support that enough." AudioActive patron, Rag'n'Bone Man

Guest appearances come from Redbull Grime-A-Side winning emcee Eyez and award-winning poet, playwright and spoken word artist Tommy Sissons - both veteran AudioActive alumni - and Olivia Louvel's bespoke visuals will provide the backdrop.

This is more than just a gig. AudioActive began initiating projects using the latest technical innovations at Hangleton Community Centre over eighteen years ago and have since become one of the most revered youth music organisations in the country. 

With grass-roots talent development at the core of its ethos, AudioActive work in collaboration with young people as artists, to help steer them on a path to better things and implement urban culture, music and technology as a tool for social change.

Now, E.Y.E. come full circle with a special homecoming gig in the room where it all started.

Those in search of Brighton Festival's most innovative productions should seek out Electric Youth Ensemble. It's a show that will burn holes in the memory banks.

Electric Youth Ensemble perform as part of 'Your Place' at Hangleton Community centre with Eyez and Tommy Sissons (following a performance from Kate Tempest) ‪on Sat 13th May, 7pm‬. FREE tickets available from ‪01273 709709.

by: Mike Cobley




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