This year we have 13 live music acts and a live DJ set on two stages. There will be hot food (Indian & Greek) on sale plus a licensed bar and merchandise stalls. AMP Studios is a green and disability aware space (all on one flat level with accessible toilet) and children are welcome. Big thanks to the Arts Council of England and The National Lottery UK for supporting this event with public funds. Here is some information about who is playing this unique futuristic event.
Andy Golding, aka Dragon Welding, is a member of the legendary Indie band The Wolfhounds. Dragon Welding is Andy’s solo project involving the experimental use of guitar, electronics and vocals to create resonant, otherworldly soundscapes and exciting energetic Post-Rock-Shoegaze vibes.
Ieva Dubova is a Newcastle-Upon-Tyne based Latvian pianist and composer whose album Preludes was released in 2022 to wide critical acclaim. Ieva performs regularly and is currently mixing teaching work with postgraduate study. Her music is comtemporary classical and mixes beautiful, lyrical writing with rich, exotic dissonances.
Hannya White is a Deptford-based artist. She has had an extraordinary couple of years that has seen her curate and present BBC Radio 6 Music’s Freak Zone Playlist and then take over shows on NCCR, Resonance FM and NTS Radio. She has also gained a formidable reputation for her mesmerising live performances and is one of three returning acts from last year’s festival.
Boubakiki is a South East London-based duo consisting of the highly acclaimed percussionist, composer and handpan specialist Rosie Bergonzi and amazing saxophonist and composer Joe Steele. Rosie has had a busy time of late, playing Glastonbury with Celeste, touring with Neneh Cherry and playing the Proms and other major in the Chineke! Orchestra. She has also just conducted a performance of her own music by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a choir of young people. Joe is always in great demand as a musician and workshop leader. His show Miss Gyrus was performed at the Camden People’s Theatre in May. Boubakiki play their own unique brand of organic internationally infused music mixing the pre-composed with improv.
Shane dB is a DJ and artist who is currently undertaking a PhD Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the former head of Manic Ears Records, the popular Punk, Hardcore and Grind Core label and now operates as a Techno DJ with his solo act Dark Matter Project. Shane will be performing a DJ set of his own music in a final pulsating hour to round off the festival.
Zheng Hao is a brilliant young student at Goldsmiths, University of London whose thoroughly individual blend of passionate electronica and ambient sound art blew everyone away both at the third Contemporary Music Prom in July and again at the Vanishing Point gig in September. We are thrilled that she was able to step in as a late replacement for Costi who is unfortunately unable to get back from Italy in time.
Monefa Walker is a pianist and composer from Deptford who mixes her own contemporary works inspired by the planets with the music of past composers. She describes herself as an ‘old soul in a modern world’. Monefa is also involved in Rocklands Arts, a project that supports arts activity across the local and wider area. She has recently recorded with Kat Five.
Helefonix has been on an incredible journey since she swapped being a label boss and festival curator for becoming an artist in her own right. Since then she has collaborated with Ian McMillan, Jackie Weaver and various others, released two albums and a string of singles and won awards for her work. Helen’s music is a hybrid of ambient, electronic, classical, dance and international influences and her live sets mix up the genres. She is one of three returning acts from Tomorrow Calling 2021.
Calcite is the performing name of Richard Sanderson, legendary musician and founder of the label and live event Linear Obsessional. The Middlesbrough-born artist plays an entirely unique brand of improvised music using a Melodeon played through various effects units and a guitar amplifier. When Richard isn’t spinning minds with his own music, he is also the Chief Squire of Hither Green’s Morris Dancers so don’t be surprised to hear some Morris influence creeping into this contemporary style!
VHF is a trio consisting of Radio Science Orchestra founder and Bruce Woolley collaborator Andy Visser, Comus and Hawkwind musician and writer of iconic Toyah hit It’s a Mystery Keith Hale and Cosmic Percussionist and Post-War Orchestra member Paul Foss. The trio bring a wide spectrum of influences to a part improvised sound that is futuristic and experimental. Keith is also the father of Alice Hale who is performing at the festival as With Sun.
With Sun is the Forest Hill-based singer-songwriter Alice Hale who performs live with partner and lead guitarist Stu. Alice has had support from BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Introducing and the pair have been earning an impressive reputation for their live performances. They recently played at Piano Smithfield with a live string trio. Alice has been praised for her sensitive handling of highly personal issues of loss in her recent single Thirteen Weeks.
PHIL HOLLINS & ANTHONY OSBORNE
Both Lewisham-based artists and highly experienced improvisers, Phil and Anthony have been friends for a long time but this will be their first time performing as a duo so an exciting premiere for Tomorrow Calling. Phil specialises in a distinct classical guitar style while Anthony is a saxophonist influenced especially by the giants of 20th Century Jazz.
THE MUSIC OF SOUND
The Music of Sound was formed by Lewisham-based composer Neil March to play the BBC Introducing Stage at Latitude in 2017. Several line-up changes later it is now a trio of Neil on Synth & Electronics, Aniya Sofia (who played a solo vocal & synth set at last year’s festival as Hazy Sofia) on Flute and another accomplished solo artist Florie Namir on Piano. They are signed to the South East London-based indie label Dimple Discs who recently released their Overground Sound EP. The Music of Sound mix recorded sounds from their living and working environment not as sound effects but as instruments of melody and harmony playing alongside real instruments. Their music is described as Urban Classical.
RISING OF THE LIGHTS
Rising of the Lights is an experimental improv duo consisting of Jonny K Martin (Trumpet/Flugel Horn/Synth/Processing) and Peter Nagle (Guitar/Cello & Processing). They describe their style as ‘fully interactive sound-sharing, odd interpolations and unpredictable outcomes’. They impressed with an electrifying performance at Vanishing Point earlier this year.
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