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Posts from — July 2008

Like a carnival on cable…

a jazzy, funky fable…

I’m proud to have the first post of this, the new video promo, for Out of Babel, by Birmingham’s finest 15 piece…The Destroyers

Directed by John Humphreys and shot by Prime Chris in the late hours of a friday night in May, the merry band bring the dawn in atop a multi story with city views.

Brilliant… This band are awesome live and now have a promo on the same level… All we need now is their LP?!

Are you ready? Here we go… outta Babel!

July 30, 2008   5 Comments

In with the Outcrowd…

Last weeks fantastic Supersonic festival went off in style! Capsule should once more be proud of the very great thing they get together annually…

In amongst the vast array of sonic delights The Outcrowd once more got busy, visually…

There are plenty of reviews and photos are popping up all over the interweb and here’s a very good place to start…

On monday morning I dropped two Krautrock legends (Rother and Rodelius of Harmonia – and previously Neu! and Cluster respectively) to Heathrow… :) I got an response to my email checking they got home safe from Micheal Rother who said amongst other things…

“Supersonic was once again a wonderful experience. Such a great and friendly group of people. I hope to return.”

Praise indeed… to anyone involved that might read this…. keep on keepin’ on… and get some ear plugs so we can be enjoying this stuff for years to come!! ;)

July 18, 2008   1 Comment



This years ‘Graffle’ is launching tomorrow.

It’s a charity auction, with 50 original artworks as prizes. Artists who have donated include my good friends Mr Jago and Will Barras, alongside other heavyweights of the ‘urban’ art scene, Futura and Goldie to name but a few… and it seems, the legendary Stone Roses guitarist, now full time visual artist John Squire!

John Squire

 Considering the prices these works can fetch, the £10 tickets, which go to three very worthwhile causes including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Bristol, seem like extremely good value.

Tickets are on sale from the website from 18th July – 20th Aug 2008 – why not get involved…

July 18, 2008   No Comments



A few things are sure.

  • Jay Z isn’t headlining.
  • It WON’T be muddy (come rain or shine)
  • LOUD? Oh yes!

It’s that time of year again, when the cherry on the top of the Capsule cake takes over the Custard Factory for a weekend of Audio Visual delights. So much to hear and see. The girl’s festival goes from strength to strength and this year’s Saturday’s headliners are the awesome Battles. 

In anticipation and celebration of this annual fun fest I’ve posted a clip from some video I took when they played a Capsule show last year at the Barfly, Bimringham. Seriously these guys are an amazing live band! Chris has posted some other bits and bobs on the ever growing Supersonic Channel over on Youtube

And I just know that there’ll be lots and lots more treats in store for sure. :)

July 11, 2008   No Comments

Chocolate missions

My friend Chris Keenan aka Prime Objective has recently completed a commission for the world famous chocolate makers Cadbury’s. Their original site and HQ to this day is in Bournville, Birmingham, not to far from me. Chris was one of four artists who won a commission to make new works for the recently and very nicely refurbished ‘Bournville Place’ building.

Using their unmistakable brand colour, Chris created the series ‘Purple Interventions’ using locations in an around the factory. Three were chosen to display in the new building. Some great work again from Chris.

My personal faves are the Drumkit and the Chopper (unfortunately not in the final cut!).

I’m not sure if he was paid in chocolate but I haven’t seen him for a while!…. hmmm :)

July 10, 2008   2 Comments

Into the west…

sketch book page – John Bennett – ©2007

It’s been a busy few weeks hence the lack of posts. I’ve been back to Bristol to stay with my best friend, Mr Bennett and his lovely family whilst I was doing some photoshop workshops with some year 10’s at his school.

It’s specialist arts status provides a budget for practitioners from different fields in Art, Design and Textiles, to come in to run workshops with the students. It was a great experience and the students got on really well. I couldn’t help feeling they were lucky to have such a talented and passionate teacher - Mr Bennett – running their art department!

John’s extensive archive is now starting to surface via – well worth a visit!

Screenprint and paint on metal. © John Bennett 2007

Whilst in the Briz I was also able to briefly catch up with another very talented college friend, Anna Marrow, and her beautiful daughter. Anna’s website gives you a glimpse at wealth of amazing work she’s produced.

Anna Marrow – Catgirls – Screenprint and sketchbook page. ©2007

I also briefly saw Rick and Danny from Babel before they set off to play some shows at Glastonbury, and got an advance of of their forthcoming new album – Crooked TImber. As I expected it’s nothing short of brilliant! I can’t wait for them to play Moseley Folk at the end of August.

I also managed to fit in a boozy night out with my good friend Mr Jago which was pre-empted by a sneak preview of some stunning new paintings he’s been working on for his forthcoming London solo show – more details soon. Lots of stuff going on with Dunc, including a fresh range of tees at Play Nice and the insider knowledge that anyone at Shambala festival on fancy dress night this year is in for a treat!! ;)

Busy busy, but fun busy!! :)

July 7, 2008   No Comments