Illuminations announces its series programme for 2015

20 Jul 2015

Acclaimed Festival Series returns to London, Autumn 2015

Illuminations returns to London for its fourth year in 2015 with a fresh programme of live music, art installations and film screenings - all set to be the most expansive, ambitious and conceptually diverse in the series to date.

Following three sell-out runs and previously showcasing performances from world- renowned artists including Chromatics, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, James Holden, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sebastian Tellier, Shabazz Palaces, Fabio Frizzi, John Wizards, Mø, Liars, How To Dress Well and many more, Illuminations 2015 returns with another adventurous raft of events to light up the capital’s colder nights. Curated by London promoters Rockfeedback, this year’s series will also see an expanded music cinema, following a successful debut last year.

With bespoke visual art installations exclusively commissioned by Illuminations, the series looks to be its most exciting addition to date with further details, plus additional events and films, still to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the music events go on pre-sale exclusively through Dice at 9am on Wednesday 22nd July, with general on-sale Friday July 24th at 9am.

The full list of first announced events is below:



Plus Evan Caminiti & Visuals & DJs

Illuminations at The Dome, October 30th



Pre-release screening of festival hit film on the ban of music in Mali by Islamic Extremists,focusing on Mali Band Songhoy Blues, plus Q&A with the band with Andrew Morgan

Illuminations at The British Library, November 1st


ORION - London Launch Event

Special London launch event for the award-winning film about the true life of an entertainer thought to be the spirit of Elvis + Director Q&A + Elvis themed special performances

Illuminations at The Prince Charles Cinema, November 1st



Elliot Smith Documentary Screening, Director Q&A + Elliot Smith related special live performances

Illuminations at The Prince Charles Cinema, November 3rd



A night curated by Holly Herndon including a performance of her ever-evolving A/V experience

Illuminations at Oval Space, in collaboration with The Barbican, November 4th



The progressive punk New Jersey band play a special show featuring songs from their 4th album, the 29 track Rock Opera 'The Most Lamentable Tragedy'

Plus special guests

Illuminations at Village Underground, November 5th



Mica Levi's trio curate an event featuring a headline set from the band, following the release of their new album on Rough Trade Records

Plus special guests

Illuminations at Oval Space, November 5th



A Saturday night of music and readings at Hackney's St John Church, headlined by Josh T Pearson

Illuminations at St John at Hackney Church, November 7th



The talented US artist curates and headlines an intimate Saturday night event in London

Plus special guests. Presented in colloboration with 981 Heritage Son Estrella Galicia

Illuminations at Islington Assembly Hall, November 7th



OPN live - a night featuring special guests and live A/V set from OPN

Illuminations at Village Underground, November 8th



A Tuareg homage to Purple Rain and The Harder They Come. Screening & Skype Director Q&A with Christopher Kirkley & DJ Sets

Illuminations at Hackney Picturehouse, November 8th


Tickets can be found at SONGKICK.COM

Gracing the line-up for 2015, Texan native Josh T Pearson will play his first headline London show for over four years, topping the bill for a special night of music and readings at St John at Hackney Church on Saturday November 7th.

Oneohtrix Point Never - the alias of hugely creative American experimental musician, composer and producer Daniel Lopatin - will feature live with alongside special guests for an A/V night at Village Underground on November 8th.

San Francisco-based composer, musician and sound artist Holly Herndon will also return to Illuminations this year. Presented in collaboration with The Barbican, the event will be curated by Herndon herself, including a performance of her ever-evolving A/V experience (Oval Space, November 4th).

Vividly conceptual artist Mica Levi will also follow-up her award-winning work scoring ‘Under The Skin’ with a return to her trio Micachu and The Shapes. The band will both headline and curate the event, following the release of their third album via Rough Trade in September. (Oval Space, November 5th)

Zola Jesus, an American born artist whose sound knits together elements of electro- pop, industrial atmosphere and classic rock, will also be joining Illumination’s 2015 series for her first UK show in over a year. Scheduled for an intimate Saturday night affair at the Islington Assembly Hall in London, Zola will be joined by a hand-picked line-up of artists (Islington Assembly Hall, November 7th).

Heading into darker, eerier territory over the Halloween weekend, Brooklyn transcendental black metal band Liturgy and London’s own instrumental noise-rock band Three Trapped Tigers are scheduled to perform at The Dome on October 30th. With support coming from Evan Caminiti of Barn Owl, the show will also feature a series of specially commissioned visuals. (The Dome, October 30th.)

Another first for Illuminations comes from New Jersey progressive punks Titus Andronicus. A true one-off, blending Springsteen air-punching rock with highly artful storytelling, the band are set to play a unique show featuring songs from their forthcoming album - the 29-track rock opera 'The Most Lamentable Tragedy'. (Village Underground, November 5th).

Continuing its theme of events looking at music’s interaction with other art-forms, Illumiantions 2015 will also extend its music cinema series with talks and events taking place at Hackney Picturehouse, The British Library and The Prince Charles Cinema. The Prince Charles will host Orion - a London launch event for the award-winning film about the life of an entertainer thought to be the spirit of Elvis. Followed by a Q&A with the director and a very special Elvis impersonator performance, this looks set not to be missed. The cinema will also host a screening of Heaven Adores You, the recently released documentary on the life of Elliot Smith, with a director Q&A and special guest covers of classic Elliott Smith records. (1st November and 3rd November, Prince Charles Cinema) There will also be two Sunday screenings, both with a focus on music in North-West Africa. They Will Have To Kill Us First is a remarkable documentary about the banning of music in Mali, centred around the breakthrough quartet Songhoy Blues (recently appearing on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage). The event will also feature a special pre-release showing and Q&A with the band by journalist Andrew Morgan (British Library, November 1st, a BL collaboration). The Hackney Picturehouse will then host Rain The Colour Blue with A Little Red In It – a cult hit in waiting; the film is a Tuereg homage to ‘Purple Rain’ and the ‘Harder They Come’. A Q&A will follow the film with director Christopher Kirkley, plus special guest DJ sets.




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