Prison Religion (live)
Gabber Modus Operandi (live)
CTM Festival for Adventurous Music & Art Berlin partners for a two-day programme, marking the first time the acclaimed festival arrives in the UK, testing the current possibilities and limits of music while supporting a wide range of artists and sound cultures.
The Theatre will feature late night programmes of DJs, live sets and UK premieres, spanning forward-thinking club sounds to sub-bass and spatial sound, visceral postmodern opera through to gabber and apocalyptic noise.
Gabber Modus Operandi will perform their mind-bending fusion of gabber, rave, punk and noise with a number of uniquely Indonesian sounds such as jathilan (a trance dance in which a spirit possesses the body), dangdut koplo (a subgenre of a popular folk music), and funkot (reminiscent of both European happy hardcore as well as dangdut). Having infected dancefloors worldwide, hyperactive MC Ican Harem and producer Kasimyn will finally land in London for their long-awaited UK debut.
Prison Religion’s sound is a genuine reaction to the world around them: we are already in the apocalypse. The duo manifest as a caustic wall of sound, with heavy beats akin to public gunshots, mumbled screams like breaking glass, thumping flourishes of techno or weighty drones. Just as hard bop challenged established jazz back in the 1950s, their latest record is one that channels the exploratory nature of jazz, constantly subverting and upending where you think their music will take you at any given moment.
Cally Statham, better known by the stage name PLUS44KALIGULA, is a songwriter, electronic music producer, composer and performance artist from Oldham. Initially inspired by her step dad’s old glam rock record collection and her gran’s love of classical and jazz music, Statham’s later discoveries of Bowie’s Thin White Duke, and artists such as Laurie Anderson and Scott Walker have made for a dark and dramatic music and performance style, blending teen pop structures into howling choirs of biblical angels.
Standard Deviation affiliate Diana Azzuz seeks to challenge notions of sound explicitly by disobeying common expectations and preconceptions. Her DJ sets layer relentless techno with the darker sides of drum & bass, jungle and other fast-paced genres.
CTM Festival curatorial team member Opium Hum supports the night with a DJ set. Known for his oversized interest in adventurous electronic music and his eclectic sets covering a broad range of dancefloor focused sounds, often highlighting the genres happening at the margins of underground dance music.