Presenting one of a week-long series of uniquely curated music and arts events, titled Illuminations, taking place across a variety of venues around the city November 3-10th


Developing the theme of music and film, the recently Mercury-nominated Sunderland act Field Music make their only London performance this year – a special new musical response to the seminal silent documentary, Drifters. Commissioned by Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival with support from PRS For Music Foundation, this first London performance will take place at the beautiful setting of Islington Assembly Hall on Saturday 9th November 2013. Drifters (1929) was directed by pioneering Scottish filmmaker John Grierson and follows the working day of a herring fishing fleet as they set sail from the Shetland Islands to battle the elements of the North Sea fishing grounds.

The newly-composed, cinematic score will be performed live for Illuminations by Field Music, and promises to be a unique music and film event. Over the course of four critically-acclaimed albums and numerous extra-curricular projects, Field Music have become standard bearers for music in the North East. This commission sees the original line-up of Peter, David and Andrew Moore reunite for the first time since 2007. David Brewis said of the commission: "It's incredibly exciting to create something quite unique and it's especially exciting that we're going to do it with Andy back in the fold. We intended to take a breather from regular band activities this year after a fairly hectic schedule touring for the last two Field Music records and this is exactly the kind of project we wanted to make time for; something which forces us to think and work in a different way and which will hopefully spur us to make something different and inspiring.


Recently signed to iconic London label Memphis Industries (Field Music, POLIÇA, The Go! Team, Dutch Uncles), Mathé is inspired by everything from the '70s soul men Stevie Wonder and Levon Helm to Dirty Projectors and D'Angelo (“his grooves are amazing, so simple and tight,”) but claims it was Jack White who shaped the gritty, evocative sound that belies his new material. “I read an interview with him talking about the process of recording totally analogue and decided I just had to make this record this way,” he explains. If there's a gloriously loose, tenebrous feel to songs like ‘Pagliacco’ and the pizzicato synth-lined ‘Turbine’, it might have something to do with the Londoner's organic approach to songwriting. “I just sit down with my dictaphone and make sense of what comes out afterwards. The best stuff usually comes when I am hungover or not really thinking. The minute I try to be clever with words, it just sounds shit,” Mathé laughs. Instead, the lyrics at the heart of new single ‘The Load’ burn with a simple, simmering poignancy: “I would never take this for granted, I am forever in your hands,” coos its enigmatic chorus. Tender and triumphant, Mathé is emerging as one of Britain's most versatile and adventurous songwriting talents. 

Tickets are priced at £13.50 and are on-sale Friday 26th July from the following links -






Field Music (performing the soundtrack to Drifters) - ILLUMINATIONS

09 Nov 2013


Islington Assembly Hall

Upper Street
N1 2UD



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