At the centre of John Hyatt: Rock Art is Club Big, a fully kitted-out pop-up music club. John Hyatt is your magical master of ceremonies, introducing the best breakthrough live music and performance every Friday from 18:00 – 21:00. Hosting bands, soloists, the supernatural and the dramatic and featuring the Club Big House Band (provided by Cacophany Arkestra), our host Anastasia, and fully licensed bar. All events are free to attend.
Our line-up for Friday Mar 17 is:
House Band: 18:00 – 18:15
Elizabeth Preston: 18:20 – 18:50
Nancy Elizabeth: 19:00 – 19:40
SuhailK: 19:50 – 20:30
House Band: 20:40 – 21:00
Taking a humble direction for this show, Nancy Elizabeth will appear with her choral group for this rare performance. Featuring piano and three part vocal harmonies, this will be a unique opportunity to see the often reclusive performer airing compositions from her back catalogue for the first time in a while. She will also be performing some new pieces for the first time ever. Expect ethereal harmonies and strange vocal sounds, underpinned by Nancy’s delicate finger work on the keys.
‘Spy Fi Hi Fi -Secret Alt.Codes of the Now’ is a new writing and graphic design by SuhailK, whose recent works include #SunRaSmartVisitor, #WeDoDub, #Alt.Maverick and #Alt.Afro – vibrant cut ‘n’ paste flash fiction, inspired through ongoing research into alternative archive media and music cultures. A project shaped with the advise and support of motion graphic designer Nick Wallbank and creative maker Jon Large.
Previous works by SuhailK have included collaborative music inspired storymaking, new writing and visual narrative design commissioned for live theatre performances at the green room and Contact, AV visual production design for bands including Lamb, and DJ gigs at The Big Chill and VJ design for The Big Chill Dance tent with Bugz in the Attik. Other live club visual design has also included work for numerous DJs and a band rosta that includes: Grand Centrals Rae & Christian, African Headcharge, Mad Professor, Sneaker Pimps…
Elizabeth Preston is a Manchester-based songwriter and her music, described by The Guardian as ‘gorgeous cello-looped folk’, is built from scratch on stage. She loops cello, vocal and kalimba parts live to build layered tracks and harmonies which she then plays and sings over, creating a sound described by a reviewer as ‘folk- but as you’ve never heard it’.