The Crib and Blur stars headline Festival of the Moon
Wakefield’s stellar celebrations of the Apollo 11 moon landings are set to get louder with the announcement that acclaimed alchemists of sampling and live performance, Public Service Broadcasting will play their entire space adventure-themed album, The Race For Space, in its entirety on Fri 6 September 2019 as part of the Festival of The Moon.
Believed to be Wakefield’s biggest indoor live music event in living memory, the city’s former Market Hall is to be radically repurposed to welcome over 1,000 gig-goers. The unmissable night of music is set to be a historic moment for the Union Street building as it takes on a new life as a new creative and cultural hub. Wakefield will also welcome soon-to-be-announced support bands to complete the live and loud line-up.
The announcement comes as The Cribs’ Ross Jarman confirms a festival DJ-ing date alongside Blur drummer, Dave Rowntree on Sat 24 August, who also who visits the former Market Hall on the same day for a daytime talk on his own experiences of reaching into space.
Future-facing masters of lifting historic spoken word recordings and melding archive sounds with the adrenaline rush of live instrumentation, London-based quartet, Public Service Broadcasting received critical praise and widespread radio play for their 2015, space race-inspired concept album. Their Wakefield show is just one of a handful of times they will play the album in full this year. Sonically recounting the USA and Soviet Union’s historic rush to beat each other to the moon and beyond, the album effectively turned transmissions from various space missions, including Apollo 11, and political speeches into an unseen vocalist.
The band’s J. Wilgoose Esq. said of the forthcoming show: “We're absolutely delighted to be able to take The Race For Space to Wakefield this year as part of the Festival of the Moon. It should be a great night and a fitting celebration for the 50th anniversary year of the Apollo 11 moon landings - hope to see you there.”
Tickets for Public Service Broadcasting’s show will be available via links published at www.experiencewakefield.co.uk/moon
from 9am on Thu 25 July 2019 alongside other festival updates.
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sports at Wakefield Council says: “That we will be hosting our first festival in and around the former Market Hall is exciting enough, but adding such high-profile visitors as Public Service Broadcasting, Dave Rowntree and Ryan Jarman to the line-up of events certainly adds to the sense of anticipation. In imaginatively repurposing the space right in the heart of our city for these events, Wakefield extends an invitation, not only to our special guests this summer, but the city’s residents and those from further afield to enjoy what’s on offer and get a sense of the future possibilities the building holds for us all.”
As a member of legendary, multi-platinum selling band Blur, drummer, Dave Rowntree alongside bandmate, Alex James helped take the Beagle 2 mission to mars from an initial idea by British planetary scientist, Colin Pillinger to a space-bound reality. The band composed the first music believed to have ever been played on Mars, as the mission’s unmanned Beagle 2 Mars Lander touched down on the surface of the red planet in 2003 with their track of the same name on board. Dave will be in conversation with Terry Dobson, vice-chair of the Rosse Observatory, to discuss his and the band’s involvement in the mission and his lifelong enthusiasm and passion for astronomy.
Later that night he’ll join Jarman at the former Market Hall to dig into their extensive record collections, playing their favourite cuts in a night of live music, street food, craft beer and more.
Before the arrival of the newly announced guests, the former Market Hall will already have been put through its paces as a night-time entertainment venue, not least the festival’s FREE launch party on Fri 23 August and Wakefield’s Moon Dance on Sat 31 August, when Leeds’ Galaxians and Night Giants play live, with DJs and digital entertainment added to the bill.
The Festival of The Moon sees Wakefield blast off into two weeks of moon-themed celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of NASA’s successful 1969 mission into space. Running over the Summer Holidays until Sun 8 September 2019, events happen in and around a giant, seven metre-wide, illuminated scale replica of the moon created by artist, Luke Jerram and hung from the ceiling of the former Market Hall.
The line-up already announced includes Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman, children’s TV icons, The Clangers and a range of family-friendly and wellbeing activities including Moon Rock Workshops and moonlit yoga. The festival’s events are mostly FREE with more still to be announced.
The Festival of The Moon is supported by the Cultural Development Fund. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport funds the Cultural Development Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England.
Wakefield Council is a partner in Without Walls, working with festivals and artists and bringing fantastic outdoor arts to people in towns and cities across the UK. Find out more on www.withoutwalls.uk.com