Napalm Death

We announced only last week that Napalm Death were due to play a unique performance at the Victoria & Albert Museum on the 22nd March; however it has now been confirmed that the gig has been cancelled admidst concerns for the fabric of the building should the concert go ahead. The Museum completed a pre-gig safety check at which point it was considered that the sheer volume would damage the fabric of the building.

Further details as we get them.

Napalm Death announce special one-off performance at the Victoria & Albert Museum – Whats more the gig is FREE!!

Extreme metal and art – two worlds apart? Not for legendary grindcore outfit Napalm Death who will collaborate with ceramic artist Keith Harrison in a one-off performance at the renowned V&A in London on March 22, 2013 starting at 7:30pm.

The band will play a special live set through an experimental sculptural sound system constructed by Harrison. Clad with ceramic tiles, the structures will potentially disintegrate as the performance progresses.

Mark “Barney” Greenway, vocalist of Napalm Death states:
“Sound as a weapon – or a weapon of change – is a very interesting concept and I think that the whole process of our sound gradually degrading clay sculptures is captivating. The noise element of music should never be understated and this exhibition at the V&A will hopefully demonstrate that music can do interesting things beyond the realms of clipped production techniques. On a personal level, particularly of interest to me is the fact that the sculptor Keith grew up around the very same area as me in Great Barr, Birmingham, and basing his sculptures around the tower blocks in that area brings back a lot of quirky memories mixed with the impressions of shameful deprivation in some of those places.”

Keith Harrison, V&A Ceramics Resident comments:
“My interest in Napalm Death started in the late eighties when as a teenager in Birmingham I would listen to John Peel’s evening radio show when they would appear out of nowhere in jaw dropping fashion, sometimes for no more than a few seconds.
The raw, uncompromising energy of NAPALM DEATH will be used to activate a set of three specially created ceramic sound systems based on the group of vivid blue and yellow tiled tower blocks on the Bustleholm Mill estate, West Bromwich where I was born. I wanted to invite NAPALM DEATH to collaborate with me for this live performance at the Museum for the last of a series of Disruptions I have worked on throughout my residency.”

Ruth Lloyd, V&A Residency Co-ordinator adds:
“The V&A Residency Programme is public facing and aims to represent a wide range of audiences through artist led activities at the Museum. Past residents have staged events aimed at communities interested in poetry, sound art, architecture, design and contemporary craft. Harrison has led the V&A in developing a series of events aimed at heavy metal music and its fans.”

Tickets are free, but limited.

To book, visit the V&A website Event Page

Or call the Bookings Office on +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Tickets for this performance must be collected in person from the V&A on 22 March; 15.00-18.30 Tickets not collected will become available as returns.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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