Convergence music and technology festival to launch this April with Ben Frost, Fuck Buttons, Fennesz

Gigs, talks, screenings and more lined up for brand new festival in London.

East London venue Village Underground has announced the first edition of Convergence, a multi-venue series of events based on technology and music set to take place from April 22–27.

So far the bill includes an eclectic mix of talks, gigs and screenings, led by a rare appearance from Bedroom Community’s visceral avant-gardist Ben Frost (pictured) ahead of his fifth studio album.

Bleep will celebrate their 10th birthday with a show at the Barbican featuring Fuck Buttons, Mount Kimbie and Fennesz, while the cult sci-fi film Silent Running will be screened with a reworked live soundtrack from 65daysofstatic, which sounds like a brilliant idea.

More cryptically, Booka Shade will mark the centenary of the first electronic music concert, when Luigi Russolo unveiled his prototype synthesisers in April 1914, with the London debut of their live set for new album Eve.

Curator Glenn Max, previously the brains behind the forward-thinking Ether festival at the Southbank, says Convergence “will celebrate the restless spirit that propels the ongoing dialogue between art and technology”. The festival will take place venues across East London, including Village Underground, Barbican Centre, St John at Hackney and the ACE Hotel, bringing together promoters, producers and tech companies including Black Atlantic, Noise of Art, Bleep and Mixcloud.

More announcements, including gigs, pre-show talks and drop-in discussions, will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are available now from the Convergence website.

 

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