An experimental new music festival arrives in Medway this March, which will focus on connecting musicians through various ways of noise making. Spread out over a few days, the festival will feature innovative live performances and participatory events. Some of the highlights include a live performance by ex-Can front man and Krautrock pioneer Damo Suzuki and Medway based aural innovators, Hand of Stabs, a live Twitter-based sound installation and a bring and share afternoon of your favourite noises.
MY Noise will take influence from the creation of experimental music scenes over the last few decades and will encourage experimentation and collaboration in the Medway area. Such music scenes have included Krautrock, No-Wave and New York Noise. One of the organisers, Matt Ashdown says, “The idea came when I was writing a blog post about sonically influential artists. I heard about an event set up in New York, 1981 by Sonic Youth called NY Noise, and thought that an interesting take on that would be to extend that idea to encourage anyone to make noise of any sort, not limited to discordance and high volumes. MY Noise won’t be about loudness, but about sonics and experimentation.”
The festival is being curated by not-for-profit arts organisation, TEA Concerts, who in the past two years have been bringing internationally renowned artists such as Jeffrey Lewis, Grandmaster Flash, The Wave Pictures, Com Truise and Sister Mantos to the South East. In the build up to MY Noise, TEA have set up a new scheme called Band Dating to encourage musicians to meet each other in a rehearsal setting and form new bands. The first outcomes of these rehearsals will be showcased during the festival and the final event will be an open ‘band date’. They have also been involved in setting up a DIY music project space in the area for new bands and music projects on a budget of just £7. TEA co-founder, Louise Micklewright explains, “You only need a space, a load of old mattresses and some gaffa tape”.
Wristbands for MY Noise will be £12 and some events will be free. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit www.mynoisefestival.com