Drill Brighton recently added over 30 more artists to its already stellar line up. The festival, curated by Wire and Brighton’s very own One Inch Badge, brings over 100 bands, artists, films, talks and exhibitions to 14 different venues, across four days on Thu 4 – Sun 7 Dec 2014.

The massive four-day event will see a multitude of incredible artists performing, including Wire, SWANS, Savages, Toy, Courtney Barnett, Gold Panda (above) and The Wytches. Italian 70’s progressive rock legends Claudio Simonetti’s GOBLIN will be performing their soundtrack from the classic horror film Suspiria, along with shows from Japanese instrumental rockers MONO, East India Youth, Telegram, and a one-off world exclusive collaboration between Wire and SWANS!

Other highlights include a special performance from British Sea Power with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet at All Saints Church, Young Fathers, These New Puritans, Cassetteboy Vs DJ Rubbish, Three Trapped Tigers, Esben & the Witch, Zu and Lonelady. The event also features a host of artists, talks, and films being showcases, with more shows and bands being announced over the coming weeks.

In February 1980, the first phase of Wire ended at the Electric Ballroom, Camden with an infamous performance eventually released as the ‘Document and Eyewitness’ live album. It saw a band, frustrated with the confines and rules of punk and rock orthodoxy, challenging themselves and their audience with visual performance, art and none of the songs that the crowd had paid to see. It was the sound both of progress and dissolution.
Three decades later, Wire used fragments of those aborted sketches to produce ‘Change Becomes Us’, their most confident sounding album in years, 13 tracks of classic art-pop ferocity. To coincide with the release of this critically–acclaimed LP, Wire curated the initial Drill: Festival in London, the first instalment in a planned series of multi-venue festivals across the UK and beyond. More events happened in London and Seattle during 2013, with more to come in 2015 following the Brighton event next month.

The concepts behind Drill Festival are simple: to challenge preconceptions of Wire. The event showcases the band’s impact on, and relationship with, groups and artists from younger generations, to connect with both new and established artists whose work they find inspiring and feel that they have a kinship with. This also opens up opportunities for one-off collaborations.
This year’s festival will see Wire team up with rock titans SWANS, to perform an extended version of the ever-mutating Wire track ‘Drill’. The Brighton event will also see the return of the historic ‘Pinkflag Guitar Orchestra’, which sets Wire onstage with members of bands involved with the festival, along with local friends, allies and past collaborators. The guitarists then play an extended, improvised version of Wire’s ‘Pink Flag’ at high volume.

After successful Drill Festival events in both London and Seattle, this is the biggest and most ambitious to date. To see the full line-up, visit: www.drillfestival.com


Festival curator Colin Newman (of legendary band Wire) gives us some choice bands to catch at Brighton’s first ever Drill Festival…

TELEGRAM (above)
“They’re very Welsh. His singing sounds like its not in English. The way he sings changes everything completely. They’re just fascinating!

“His second album is a total classic. His ‘On My Own’ is one of the best bits of music ever. It’s like a head on collision between My Bloody Valentine and a techno record, without being either. If someone manages to do just one thing that is breath-taking in their life, they’ve got my respect for that.”

“They come from Chichester, and they did some shows with us last year. I think they‘re really good, as does BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley, who was playing their record for two weeks straight recently.”

“We’ve known her for years, so we have a strong personal connection with her. It’s taut, funky and minimal. She hasn’t done anything for a while, so this is a small comeback.” She’s a fantastically good guitarist, she’s so inventive…”

GITHEAD (below)
“It’s my other band! We have an album coming out in December. So the show will be our first in four years, and double as an album launch.”

“They’re (Wire guitarist) Matt’s band. He’s an incredible talent. It showcases a different side of what he does, they’re a bit more experimental and ‘American’. There are drop dead gorgeous tracks across all of their albums.”

“This is probably one of the most obscure things on the bill. I don’t think they’ve ever played in Britain before. They’re just keyboards and drums instrumental. They’re really coming from somewhere else.”

“A young band, they’re a guitar rock four-piece that have some great songs. Their track: ‘Constantly In Love’ was just one of those universal songs. I can’t understand why it wasn’t a worldwide hit.”


Drill Brighton comes to venues across Brighton, on Thu 4 – Sun 7 Dec 2014.