Soundscreen: New London Music & Film Festival is announced!
Premieres, Live Shows, Q&As from Brix Smith, Sleaford Mods, Lee Scratch Perry, Lee Thompson of Madness and much more
Cadiz Music, Vive Le Rock magazine and Rock & Roll Cinema have joined forces to create and curate a brand-new London Music & Film Festival, Soundscreen. Offering a blend of the best new music documentaries, a host of artist and director Q&A sessions, and of course live music entertainment, the festival will take place in March 2018 at some of London’s most iconic venues; including Koko, 100 Club and Regent Street Cinema.
Brand new additions to the bill include:
The opening night of Soundscreen will feature the premiere of ‘Uncaged’ the story of Brix Smith and The Extricated [the band that features Smith and fellow ex-Fall members Paul and Stephen Hanley] at the 100 Club. The screening on 21st March 2018 will be followed by a live performance by the band.
Thanks to their sweary rants about modern England, Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods have been called “The Voice of Britain” by their fans, “Britain’s angriest band” by the Guardian and “The world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band” by Iggy Pop. Jason Williamson, a former chicken factory worker, benefits adviser and father of two, his band mate, beatmaker Andrew Fearn, and their manager Steve Underwood, avant-garde bedroom label owner and former bus driver, have won over fans with their brutally honest lyrics and DIY ethos. Christine Franz’s documentary feature, follows them on their two-year journey from Sherwood to chart success. ‘Bunch of Kunst’ tells the story of three guys taking on the music business on their own terms. Director Christina Franz and Steve Underwood will undertake a Q&A at the screening taking place at Mile End’s Genesis Cinema on Tuesday 27th March 2018.
A unique double bill featuring separate documentaries on each of the legendary Davies brothers from The Kinks, in the presence of the director Julien Temple. ‘Ray Davies – Imaginary Man’ and ‘Dave Davies – Kinkdom Come’ will be shown at the Regent Street Cinema on Friday 23rd March at 7pm.
Saturday 24th March at 8.45pm at Regent Street Cinema sees the UK premiere of ‘The Go-Betweens: Right Here’, the feature length documentary about the people who created this seminal rock band. Unflinching, insightful and at times painfully honest, the film tells the story of The Go-Betweens from the inside out, from the people who lived it, and from those whose lives were transformed by it.
‘A Shot Of Whisky’, to be screened at 6pm on Sunday 25th March at Regent Street Cinema, is the incredible story of the legendary Whisky a Go-Go. This is where reputations were built, moulds were broken, rules were torn up and legends were made. No other venue has nurtured generations of music legends such as Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Zappa, Love, The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire, The Temptations, Blondie, The Go Go’s, The Knack, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Motley Crue and many more.
The Festival will also showcase cinematic treasures such as Lee Scratch Perry’s ‘Vision of Paradise’ [there will also be a live show], ‘Here To Be Heard: The Story of the Slits’, Lee Thompson’s ‘One Man Madness’, ‘The Radio Birdman Story: Descent Into The Maelstrom’ and many more.
Soundscreen will be taking place at venues across the city, from the birthplace of British cinema, the Regent Street Cinema, to London’s longest running (and perhaps most significant) music venue, the 100 Club. Additionally, Camden’s Koko and Mile End’s Genesis Cinema.
Confirmed new documentaries being premiered include ‘Descent Into The Maelstrom’ the story of Australia’s legendary 70s Punks, Radio Birdman. The film reveals how the band changed their nation by inspiring not only the fans, but also a golden age of independent music, firing up the likes of Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil and more.
Also confirmed is ‘Here To Be Heard: The Story of the Slits’, which tells the story of Ari Up and company from their inception in 1976 to the band’s end in 2010 and the death of Ari. Featuring Tessa Pollitt, Palmolive, Viv Albertine, Bruce Smith, Adrian Sherwood and many more, it’s essential viewing.
Madness’ saxophonist, song and lyric writer Lee Thompson will perform live [there will also be a Q&A] at a screening of the hilarious ‘One Man Madness’ rock / mockumentary at the 100 Club. Lee Scratch Perry will also make a rare London live appearance alongside a screening of his trailblazing documentary ‘Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise’ being shown on the big screen at Koko.
With more films and events being confirmed all the time and culminating with the inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards night on 28th April – sponsored by Cadiz Music and AEG Presents – Soundscreen is unmissable!
Stay up to date with all developments at www.soundscreenfestival.com