November 2nd & 3rd 2012
Taking its name from The Clashâs third album, the Dutch music festival âLondon Callingâ celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Held twice a year at Paradiso in Amsterdam, London Calling is a main showcase for upcoming artists from the UK and US. Ged Hawes introduces us to this institution.
It all started in July 1992 when four bands including Supergrass (or The Jennifers as they were then) took to the stage at the legendary venue. Blur, The Libertines, Editors, Bloc Party, Ash and Franz Ferdinand are amongst the names to have played London Calling and for many of them it was their Dutch debut or the first time theyâd played outside of the UK. The brainchild of Ben Kamsma, the event is seen as a gateway to Benelux for UK artists but for us ex-pats living here its also a great chance to see the artists that are breaking through back home.
Over the 2nd and 3rd of November more than 20 artists will play London Calling, ranging from the American multi-instrumentalist George Lewis Jr. (Twin Shadow to you) to the exciting punk and dark new wave fuelled all girl-band Savages from London (see their Jools Holland performance below). There is the odd band who have been around for a while and this year that comes in the form of The Walkmen who headline Saturday night ahead of Jessie Ware making her Dutch debut.
Iâll be picking out the best of the weekendâs action and hopefully chatting to some of the artists in the build up or at the festival.
The line-upâs still being added to but currently looks like this:
Friday 2nd November
KILL ALL HIPSTERS
Saturday 3rd November
Micachu & The Shapes
Melodyâs Echo Chamber