Monthly Archives: January 2010

Aba Shanti – Roots and Culture

The best flyer man in London has been handing out flyers at Finsbury Park for ages. I saw him again tonight at Highbury.

Yelling at the top of his voice ABA SHANTI, DRUM AND BASS, DUB, ROOTS AND CULTURE in the best voice, cracking accent, while handing out the flyers. You’ve no choice but to take one. It must do them such a lot of good for their shows.

Aba Shanti Facebook group here

It made me wonder what the equivalent would be in the world of new folkies or whatever. And then it made me laugh really hard.

Camels by the side of the rail tracks, in the snow

I’m in Groningen in Holland and it’s very cold. Much colder than when I left London this morning.

I’m here to help with Unconvention Groningen, which I am proud to be a part of. The idea of Unconvention seems to be a simpler and more accessible kind of convention. Not that expensive. Different to your usual (geddit?).

I’ve been invited here to speak about live stuff and I hope I can contribute properly. It means my trip is a bit less expensive than it could have been (Euros and pound are the same now!). This is important for a small business like The Local as there’s just not that much ££ kicking around.

Anyhow I’m glad to be involved in this as it’s simple, as I said. There’s just a couple or three panels and they all seem pretty interesting and valuable and DIY.

Comparing this to the whole raft of panels available at Eurosonic Norderslaag it’s clear which is the SIMPLER. But the stuff I can go and see here is still of really great quality I think. Talk by Agents, Festivals, European experts. One gripe is that many of them clash on Friday.

Another gripe (and you get this with SXSW too) – there’s still too much you have to pay for even though you’ve paid a bunch to get here…

I hope to write about the unconvention event here again soon.