Ether Festival 2009 announced

Posted: 28th January 2009

The eighth edition of the Ether festival has been announced.

The two-week art and technology event, organised by the London Southbank Centre, will run from April 9th to 24th.

Having attracted the likes of Kraftwerk, Jonny Greenwood, Dizzee Rascal, Goldfrapp, Terry Riley and Pere Ubu in the past, this year's line-up is equally yummy:

Headlining Ether 09 is none other than Talking Heads' main man, David Byrne, who will perform two shows at the Royal Festival Hall on April 12th and 13th.

Other notable performers are Toronto-bred/Berlin-based electro chick Peaches (April 10th), and one-time chart-friendly Norwegian duo Royksopp (their 2001 'So Easy' single was the soundtrack of a T-Mobile advert...) who will showcase from their new album 'Junior' (due out in March 23rd). Spaceshipp aka Spiritualized's resurrected frontman J Spaceman and free jazz American pianist Matthew Shipp, have just been added to the bill on April 20th, in replacement of erudite rappers, De La Soul, who, "due to unforeseen circumstances" (could it be an extensive hangover after celebrating Obama's inauguration?...), have had to cancel their appearance on April 24th.

Other acts taking part are Mouse on Mars (April 17th), Plaid and Supanggah (April 18th), Noise of Art (April 19th), Fennesz (April 21st) and the London Sinfonietta Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (April 24th).

Ether 09 will open with a must-attend talk between production guru, Brian Eno, and composer Jon Hassell, who will discuss "Making the world safe for pleasure / Control and surrender / Kinds of abstraction sickness / The north and south of you / Transcendence and intoxication: what sex, art, religion, music and drugs have in common...."

Tickets for the talk cost £12 (+ booking fee).

Music tickets cost £12 to £45 (+booking fee), depending on the event, and are available now, except for Spaceshipp's, which will go on sale this Friday.

Solange Moffi

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