Same Same and Melbourne Festival 2009 are teaming up to present Becks Rumpus Room. Over 11 nights Melbourne’s amazing Forum Theatre will be taken over by a series of performances from underground bands from the far corners of the world along with big name international acts, up and coming locals, DJ’s, Visual Artists and unexpected collaborations.
Chinese punk, Palestinian hip hop, Brazilian rock’n’roll, Japanese noise-rock and spoken word come together under the banner of Beck’s Rumpus Room, and Same Same is inviting you to come along and rock it!
At $15 per given night, this rare opportunity to witness the premiere of these ground breaking international acts is an experience not to be missed. Please note, if you’re under 18yrs, you must be accompanied by a guardian.
Here are a few of our picks from the amazing program:
SUN 11 OCT
Once described as the free spirited doyenne of hybrid music, Bishi lives up to her title. I-D Magazine
Singer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ, Bishi explores ancient and modern Britain in her own unique way. With inspirations as diverse as Derek Jarman, The Who, Tallis, Pendulum, Chaucer and Boudica, this promises to be a heady mix and a thrilling show!
A DJ experience like no other!Melbourne exotic revue outfit KOKO~NUTS! transports you into the primitive future via the surrealistic sounds of 50s and early 60s Exotica.
FRI 16 OCT
Since starting out in 2001, The Emergency has been a pioneer of the current wave of local synth bands. For their Festival debut, The Emergency takes the listener on a sonic journey to the outer limits of the cosmos, as well as offering up some pure pop diamonds.
Fischerspooner is an electroclash outfit formed in 1998 by Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner in New York. The duo, who has worked with artists ranging from David Bowie to Kylie Minogue, is known for serving up electronically driven songs with a generous dose of pop theatrics.
Combining the infectiousness of The Presets, the pop sensibility of Tran Am and the new-wave soul of New Order, this Melbourne outfit is the most exciting new act to emerge from Australia’s burgeoning electro scene.
SUN 18 OCT
THE KNITTING FACTORY WITH AUDREY JEANE’S TRAVELLING SIDESHOW
The Knitting Factory turns the Forum Theatre upside down and outside in by creating an afternoon picnic of tea, cakes and swing dancing in one of Melbourne’s favourite venues. Featuring the sights and sounds of Audrey Jeane’s Travelling Slideshow, a selection of kitsch and charming memories in magnificent sound and technicolour!
The French Rockets formed in 2004. The initial stew of ideas was to make music that was based in modern psychedelia and marry it with hypnotic drones and spiky counterpoint – with occasional dabbling in catchy 3:30min pop tunes when there were full moons. French Rockets has created a unique live visual experience with an original lighting show that enhances the band’s inimitable ‘moltenrock’ sound.
SAT 24 OCT
CLAIRY BABY BROWNE AND THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES
The Love Child of nouveau Northern Soul and swinging 60s doo-wop, with vocals that holler the house down and swooping harmonies, Clairy Baby Browne and the ladies will take you through a collection of fine old soul with shimmy shaking and a whole lot of sass.
THE CUBAN BROTHERS
The Cuban Brothers are a rogue bunch of musical characters: Miguel Mantovani (Mike Keat), Archerio Mantovani (Archie Easton), Clemente Rodriguez (Russ H Clemente) and Kengo San (Kengo Oshima). Together, they have reached phenomenal heights. Crowds from London to New York, Havana to Ibiza, Cannes to Rome have grooved to their flow and applauded to their contagious repartee. There is no doubt their unique mix transcends all boundaries, a universal flavour indeed!