With NICE TO MEET YOU #1 done and dusted, out of the way and a stonking success, it’s now on to number two. So on to bigger and better things – as we like to say here at Art Wednesday: “aim for the stars, land on the moon”. And boy do we have a real treat in store for you all. This event’s talk will be by writer, technologist and all round digital visionary, Ben Hammersley. Once again we’ve partnered with Luv Luv Luv Records who’ll be curating the music for your listening pleasure – providing the tunes for the evening is Pixie Geldof and her new band Violet – and keeping your tummies full will be food guru Matthew Phelps from Funthyme, who has over 10 years experience in luxury dining. Don’t forget that all three are included in the price! That’s an inspirational talk, gig and dinner for just 30 quid. Scroll down to buy tickets.
Where: Dalston Roof Park [click here]
When: Wednesday 11th July, 6:30pm – 11pm
Shop: We’re also going to once again have books from Claire de Rouen Books, to inspire, fuel you brain and put the fire in your belly.
Talkers & Strummers:
First up, the speaker. Last time we had a powerful pair Hellicar & Lewis, this time it’s Ben Hammersley, who is not only WIRED magazine’s Editor at Large, but has also stretched his skills to the government (no less), putting his technical know-how into wider practise – he is the Prime Minister’s Ambassador to TechCity, the equivalent to London’s Silicon Valley – basically making him Cameron’s right-hand man for all things technology. And that’s not all, this whizz-kid is also one of four members of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Media Freedom, has written five books on internet technologies, with a major piece of non-fiction published by Hodder & Stoughton and he regularly reports for and presents on BBC Radio 4.
Pixie Geldof comes from music royalty and having seen her live at Leon Max’s party last summer, we know that she and her band are going to be pretty damn special. Violet get their name from the opening track of the 1994 album ‘Live Through This’ by Hole – Pixie’s heroine Courtney Love’s band. She has been making waves with her double A-side single ‘Y.O.U./I Come Undone’ and has done some rather thoughtful press – if you haven’t yet read her interview in Sunday Times Style, we urge you to.
So, to the music – Pixie adds a soft and whimsical, soulful voice to a band, described by the Guardian as similar to the “spectral, smacked-out country (sounds) of Cowboy Junkies and Mazzy Star” and inspired by grunge band, Hole. We think big things are to come for Violet, so be one of the first to see them live!