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Sat 6th Dec 2014 @ Various Brighton venues

Headliner: DRILL Festival
When: Sat 6th Dec 2014
Time: 4:00pm
Other info: Event page

Wire and One Inch Badge are delivering the most ambitious and realised DRILL : FESTIVAL yet, with upwards of 100 bands, artists, films, talks and exhibitions, across 14 different venues, across 4 days from the 4th to 7th December 2014.

Exclusive 48 hour super-early bird available via Resident (01273 606 312)

GENERAL TICKETS on sale Friday 19th 9am:




The concepts behind DRILL : FESTIVAL are simple: to challenge preconceptions of Wire. To show-case their impact on and relationship with groups and artists from younger generations, to connect with both new and established artists whose work they find inspiring and feel that they have a kinship with.

This then opens up opportunities for one-off collaborations – DRILL: BRIGHTON for example will see Wire team up with rock titans SWANS to perform an extended version of the always-mutating Wire track ‘Drill’, as well as the return of the historic ‘Pinkflag Guitar Orchestra’, which sees Wire joined onstage by members of bands who are involved over the course of the festival, along with local friends, allies and past collaborators, the guitarists then play an extended, improvised version of Wire’s ‘Pink Flag’ at high volume.

In February 1980, the first phase of Wire ended at the Electric Ballroom, Camden with an infamous performance eventually released as the Document & Eyewitness live album. It saw a band frustrated with the confines and rules of punk and rock orthodoxy challenging themselves and their audience with visual performance, art and none of the songs that the crowd had paid to see. It was the sound both of progress and dissolution.

Three decades later, Wire used fragments of those aborted sketches to produce Change Becomes Us, their most confident sounding album in years, thirteen tracks of classic art pop ferocity. To coincide with the release of the critically–acclaimed LP, Wire curated the initial DRILL : FESTIVAL (DRILL : LONDON), the first installment in a planned series of multi-venue festivals across the UK and beyond. To date there have been DRILL : FESTIVALS in London and Seattle in 2013, with more to come in 2015 following DRILL : BRIGHTON in December 2014.

Various Brighton venues

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Drill Festival – Saturday PM 6/12/2014

06/04/2014 By James McLarnon

The half way point of Drill Festival is here, however, for today and tomorrow we are treated to afternoon as well as evening performances. Highlights so far have included Big Business, Great Pagans, These New Puritans, Sauna Youth and Savages. This preview looks at Saturday afternoon. An added bonus is we are yet to encounter a queue getting into a venue!

Day tickets still available at Resident Records or on the door at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar.


AK/DK @ The Haunt 13:30-14:00
In a festival that contains a lot of deeply serious music, we reckon that AK/DK’s afternoon slot could be a massive breath of fresh air. To the uninitiated the title of their fine debut album released earlier this year was Synths + Drums + Noise + Space which goes someway to concisely explaining what their kraut-dance fun explosion consists of.

Negative Pegasus @ Green Door Store 14:00-14:45
‘Neg Peg’ to their mates are virtually the Brighton Noise house band. We love ‘em. They released the ferocious, yet trance inducing full-length album Looming back in 2012, which received plenty of critical praise, most notably from music OMH who described it as ‘one of 2012′s strongest debut rock albums’. Their show is a ritualistic orgy of riff-noise, similar to far more heralded American outfit Oneida. We caught them live a couple of months ago and they had a song that sounded like Sleep. File under don’t miss.

Sharp Spark Preview (ft. Steve Beresford, Edvard Graham Lewis, Verity Susman, Thighspaulsandra and Matthew Simms @ The Basement 13:45-17:00)
This is an improvised session featuring a star studded cast whose experience includes acts like Wire, Dome, He Said and Electrelane as well as masses of solo work. We reckon it’ll definitely be worth popping in to see if it grabs you, though be warned, you ,may not leave.

Man Forever @ Green Door Store @ 15:15-16:00
Oneida’s legendary drummer John Colpitts (Kid Millions) collective percussion project comes across like Steve Reich’s Drumming on steroids. Let’s just say if you are keen on drums, you shouldn’t miss this one.


The 5 way headline clash this evening is insane. Rest assured that whatever you do it will be good but you’ll have that unshakeable feeling of missing out

Plank @ Audio 19:00

Krauty instrumental groove machine from Manchester, we assume names after the legendary krautrock producer Conny Plank. Either that or it’s one of the worst names we’ve ever hear. Either way, they’re mathy-kraut, like a heavier Battles and should kick off the Saturday evening in some style.

Speak Galactic @ Green Door Store 19:30
Local psych-pop 3 piece who excel in a lo-fi bedroom pop that is comfortable making epic journey’s in sound or more grounded pop songs.

Omi Palone @ Audio 20:00
Another great band released by Brighton’s Faux Discx imprint, Omi Palone fit so comfortably into that label’s vision. Experimental, yet uncomplicated 3 minute post-punk gems, for the style of music they play, they are a remarkable accessible outfit.

Goblin @St Bartolomew’s Church 20:45
A wonderful band venue combo – St Bartholomew’s Church is apparently built to the exact dimensions of Noah’s Ark! – Goblin return to Brighton after a superb headline show in February, this time to play their classic Suspiria soundtrack in full live with the film.

Courtney Barnett @The Haunt 21:00
Hailed as ‘the female Kurt Cobain’, Melbourne singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has been capturing ears and hearts across the globe since the start of her solo career in 2012.
Her witty lyricism–which is as much storytelling as it is songwriting–is unique, nostalgic and charming; and she has the personality to match.
After a packed set at this year’s Great Escape, Courtney will return in December to play Brighton’s first Drill Festival.


East India Youth @ Audio 21:00
Mercury nominated album Total Strife Forever is one of the best of the year and this will be one of the last chances to see it performed William Doyle begins to record his next creation. His electronic style touch-points go from raging 4am techno (‘Hinterland’) to sleek electro-pop (‘Looking for Someone.’) We caught him earlier in the year at The Green Door Store and it was brilliant.

Githead @Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar 21:00
Githead are Colin Newman from Wire’s other band featuring Malka Spiegal and Max Franken (Minmal Compact) and Robin Rimbaud (Scanner.) As you’d expect from Newman, this is no vanity based superground but a band that is easily the equal of the most recent Wire line-up in terms of quality of output.

Esben & The Witch @ Green Door Store 21:15
Brighton based post punk, post rock originalists Esben and The Witch are one of the most restlessly creative bands in the country. Continually looking to tread new ground, their last record A New Nature saw the band leave label Matador and crowd fund a new album recorded by Steve Albini. We said “it feels like a long time since a Brighton band released a record this essential.” We stick by that. They are also an amazing live act expect tinges of Godspeed You Black Emperor, Swans, The Jesus Lizard and PJ Harvey.

Maddie Maynard

One Inch Badge


Founded by Alex Murray, One Inch Badge (or OIB it’s also known) is an independently minded music collective based in Brighton. Disheartened by the lack of support the true Brighton scene was receiving at the time, OIB Records launched as a label that focused on the artist and did justice to the innovation and creativity of the underground.

While One Inch Badge Records has expanded beyond its original parameters, releasing records for acclaimed international artists as well as less established acts, they remain dedicated to supporting the local scene that built and inspired them. This is particularly evident in the April 2011 released 18 track compilation ‘Sea Monsters’ which is a comprehensive 18 track compilation of the most crucial bands out of Brighton right now.

The One Inch Badge collective are also active and prominent local promoters on the Brighton scene, recently promoting Brighton shows for MF DOOM; Wire; Venetian Snares; Sage Francis; Nina Nastasia; Why?; KRS-One; 65daysofstatic; Health; Wolf Parade; Vashti Bunyan; Pains of Being Pure at Heart; Liars; and many more.

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