Darkstar

Encounters film festival in partnership with British Council Connect ZA presents Darkstar (UK)

Darkstar (Aiden Whalley & James Young) will be coming to the shores of Cape Town and the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg in June 2016. The duo has made great contributions to the UK’s electronic scene. The tour will take place from the 5th to the 12th of June.

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During their visit to South Africa they will meet with South Africans young and old with the sole purpose of listening to their stories whilst documenting the various voices from different walks of life. The recordings will then be infused into their music to be played in their shows on the 11th and 12th of June 2016 in Johannesburg and Cape Town respectively. This will allow the music to be deeply influenced by the people and stories they encounter.

This project was inspired by the already completed Foam Island – the band’s third studio LP, which is a moving contemporary electronic pop album handling themes around hope against odds in the modern world. They started the project whilst visiting family in Northern England, documenting local young people’s experiences in Huddersfield for 3 months.

British Council has made the project possible through the Connect ZA programme whose primary aim is creating opportunities for young people in South Africa & UK through the arts sector.

Thanks to a collaboration with Red Bull Cape Town, during their visit they will be collaborating with local artists such as Dj Fosta and Dunn Kidda. Additionally they will be sharing the stage with local talent such as Micr.Pluto, Maramza and Vox Portent.

The show in Johannesburg will take place at Good Luck Bar on Saturday and the Cape Town show will take place at The Assembly Bar on Sunday.

The band is looking forward to connecting with new people and exploring similarities between young people in South Africa and Northern England.

Encounters, British Council Connect ZA and Red Bull are excited about the potential of new connections, collaborations and various cultural exchanges that may come of the visit.

Darkstar SA Tour Itinerary

Sat 11 June 9pm @ The Good Luck Bar, Johannesburg
Sun 12 June 8pm @ The Assembly, Cape Town
Entrance FREE

Contact information

Media queries: E-mail imotlhamme@yahoo.com and call 076 169 5984

Further information

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/238436676520418/
Webtickets Link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1463430658
Darkstar event info: http://www.encounters.co.za/events/live-music/
Google Drive link to local artist information: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9cpcSAUa8vsZmZNOFNuczV1V1k