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Saturday 07 May 2011

Unique Indoor Woodland Festival Springs Up @ Komedia During Brighton Festival Fringe

The Muel and Moulettes are Brighton bands that, although very different musically, share a fierce DIY ethic and a desire to break away from the standard template for performance.

As part of Brighton Festival Fringe, the bands present The Woods, the first of four nights that will stretch over 2011 at Komedia.

After the success of a previous self-curated night at the venue - and after realising how many great artists they knew collectively - Samuel Walker (the Multi-instrumentalist force behind The Muel) and Hannah Miller (Virtuosic Cellist and songwriter behind Moulettes) have collaborated with Komedia to create a series of happenings throughout 2011 in Brighton.

"We want to put on properly eclectic events that are more than just bands playing in a room" says Samuel Walker.

"These nights will be continuous shows where the audience will be led out of their comfort zones and into The Woods where anything can happen!

"There is no headline act or supporting act, every minute of this will be worth watching. The nights will also be real opportunities for collaboration and impromptu magic between bands and artists from all different spectrums."

" So much of our music and the music we love has a theatrical or visual element to it," adds Hannah Miller."

"Sound and vision are powerful bedfellows. It's exiting to have a platform where we can exercise our imaginations and create something that is congruous, enchanting and unusual, a far cry from your standard gig set-up."

The Woods was imagined as a magical, carnival sort of a place outside the city walls, in a manner of speaking.

You can experience acoustic, intimate acts alongside puppetry, theatre and full on raucous rockiness. The main criteria is that each act is excellent and the audience leave feeling like they have been part of a journey unique to that particular evening."

The series of Woods nights will feature a different line-up at every event and aim to showcase amazing music from Brighton as well as special guests from further afield.

The line-up for the Woods in spring on May 18th features music from the rockingly eclectic The Muel, folk prog troubadours Moulettes, theatrical ditties and nautical adventures from Foster and Gilvan plus, mystery guests. Puppetry, projections and many more surprises.

The audience is asked to arrive promptly at the beginning of the show so as not to miss anything.

Incredible live music, fabulous theatrical happenings, puppetry, projections, spectacle and wonders all concealed within a forest inside a venue.

The audience are invited to get lost in The Woods!

The Woods at Komedia Brighton Wed 18 May at 7.30pm. Tickets £7adv/£8door available on-line at or from the Box Office on 0845 293 8480.

by: Mike Cobley


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