So Derby Festé is this weekend, I’ve just booked my ticket for the opening night’s performance and it seems a good time to get excited about my favourite weekend of the year. Dubbed by The Guardian as “one of the most exciting UK festivals for outdoor performance”, all sorts of eccentric and unpredictable performers take over Derby City Centre. I’m already planning what I want to see and where I need to be.
If you’d asked me what I thought Tetsuo, The Iron Man was a couple of weeks ago I would have guessed that it was about a giant robot stomping about and battling beasties in miniature Japanese cities. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Last Saturday’s Holy Smokes! night at Déda featured as its main event the film shown with a live soundtrack by post-rock band NASDAQ, organised in part by Satori Screen, QUAD’s monthly Asian cinema night. Continue reading
Last Saturday was a day of music, colour, celebration and noise in Derby City Centre as the Caribbean Carnival hit the streets. With street sellers selling whistles and horns for a pound the crowd was making almost as much noise as the huge speakers on the back of every truck, although we couldn’t come close to matching the incredible costumes! That night I also went along to Small Lies music night at the Hairy Dog, to round off a day of LOUD and do a bit of dancing myself.
On Saturday night, False 9 and Bar One presented Les Mirrorballs; a night of unpredictable, unpretentious music from all eras and genres. You have no idea what music will be played but you can know with all the certainty of a drunken declaration of love that it will be more fun than your average night out. Dancing is the number one priority, no matter how unexpected the music, or how sweaty you look. Continue reading
You might not have realised, but this weekend a major cultural event will be commencing, right on Derby’s doorstep. This event will bring people from around the UK and beyond (roughly 120,000 over the course of the event), eager to see artists from all over the world showcase their work. Also most of them will be eager to get drunk on over-priced beer and party all weekend, because this cultural event is the 11th annual Download Festival at Donington Park.