There’s always something coming out the speakers in the Ticket Arena office, so we thought we’d share some of the sonic splendours that soundtrack all of our hard work. Returning as a weekly feature after a little while away, the TA Mix of the Week will scour the vaults for some of our favourite sets, serving up a taste of the artists that make us happy to do what we do.
The world of house and techno got lucky in a big way last week, with Dekmantel uploading 11 recordings from the Greenhouse Stage at this year’s festival. Amongst them, the likes of Joey Anderson, Pev & Kowton (live), Lee Scratch Perry and Vakula command attention, but perhaps none can match the phenomenal hour and a half provided by The Black Madonna, who laid down a flaming set packed with broken electro, funky nu-disco and gurgling acid before going into full disco-diva mode with some delightful selections late on. Always a treat whether live or on tape, the Chicago via Kentucky star has proven time and time again that she’s up there with the best around, and her set at the Dutch festival only served to reinforce such a bold claim.
For more of the same but louder and live, you should be heading to one of The Black Madonna’s UK shows this month, with two shows in Manchester and another in Liverpool keeping her tuned in to the UK crowd. First playing b2b Heidi at the latter’s night at The Warehouse Project on Friday 21st October, she’ll then be heading to Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory for ENRG 0.2, with the conceptual night this time focussing their efforts on Kinetic Energy. A day later and she’s back to Store Street for another go at The Warehouse Project, this time as a guest of Four Tet. If none of those suit you, she’ll return to WHP one more time on Sunday 1st January, this time to participate in one of this country’s very biggest New Year’s Day parties.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of The Black Madonna