Powered by musician DIY, Match & Fuse has been blazing a trail across Europe since 2011. Ignoring borders of countries and genres, it’s all about the energy, edge, experimentation and roaring enthusiasm. Further to festivals in 2012 (London), 2013 (Oslo), 2014 (Rome and London), and 2015’s Warsaw festival, London’s East End hosts the biggest gathering yet between 15th and 17th October, bringing together an eclectic, exhilarating mix of 24 acts from around the world. Over 100 musicians are set to light up the East End – from UK, Latvia, Poland, France, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Hungary, Ireland, Belgium and Slovenia.
Highlights include a new commission by Leafcutter John, new collaborations and premieres, album launches from Get The Blessing, Mopo and Alfie Ryner, along with what promises to be an incredible finale with over 100 musicians making up the Erik Tofte Match & Fuse Orchestra moving from their shows at each of the venues, to blow the celestial roof of Gillett Square Dalston, before partying commences with Soccer96 at The Vortex. Other bands featured during the festival include Blue-Eyed Hawk, Brass Mask, Alexander Hawkins, Interstatic and Strobes. Something for everyone here, from jazz, art-rock, electronica, hip-hop and electroacoustic, through to improv, beats, blues and hardcore rock.
Venues include Cafe Orto, Vortex, Rich Mix and Servants Jazz Quarters and tickets are available in various forms; at just £25.00 for a full festival pass which covers 3 nights and all venues, £15.00 wristband covering all venues for Saturday 17th, or individually with prices ranging from £9.00 to £16.00. For more information go to the website: www.matchandfuse.com
The fun and festivities kick off at The Vortex on Thursday 15th October from 7pm til late. The line-up features the art-rock, jazz/electronica of UK’s Blue-Eyed Hawk, the acoustic/electro energy of Polish outfit J=J, Finland’s Mopo and the freejazz, distorted rock of the Hungarian/Norweigan collective JU meets Moster. On Friday 16th October from 7pm til late Rich Mix hosts the premier of a new collaboration between Snack Family and Natali Abrahamsen Garner, the folk/punk/rock of Austria’s Attwenger, jazz trash from France’s Alfie Ryner and the UK’s very own Get The Blessing, performing at their only date in London this year and launching their much-anticipated 3rd album; Astronautilus. Saturday 17th October features 3 venues across the East End. The music begins at Cafe Orto from 7pm and features the premiere of a collaboration between The Jist and Rachel Musson, Laura Moody taking time out from touring with Bjork, the mercurial, imaginative jazz of Alexander Hawkins and a voice fest from Latvian musicians How Town. There’s also a new collaboration from Leafcutter John and Isabel Sorling and at midnight we get to hear the 1st part of the Erik Tofte Match & Fuse Orchestra. From 7.30pm at Servants Jazz Quarters there’s the incredible 8 piece horns and percussion of Brass Mask, the sonic landscapes of Interstatic, the mystic musical meanderings of Henning, a premiere and collaboration between Alice Zawadski, Kalevi Louhivuori and Alex Roth, all rounded off with the 2nd part of the Erik Tofte Match & Fuse Orchestra. From 8pm The Vortex brings us Kaja Draksker, a riveting pianist from Slovenia, hectic improv from The Great Harry Hillman, the UK’s Magnus Loom, the genre bending experimentation of Alarmist, big beats from The Strobes and the 3rd part of the Erik Tofte Match & Fuse Orchestra. Then at 12.15 all 3 parts of the orchestra come together in Gillett Square. The analogue synth vs live drum assault of Soccer96 round things off with a party upstairs at The Vortex from 12.30