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After last year's series at Battersea Arts Centre, GOAT Music's Borderless takes its vibrant live music event from south London to east, setting up its stall at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and assembling another batch of excellent artists and emerging talent to take to the stage.
This famous producing theatre prides itself on creating world-class work that reflects the concerns, hopes and dreams of its community. A prolific developer of new work, it attracts artists and audiences often not represented in other venues and is firmly committed to supporting the development of exciting new voices and bold new work.
On the collaboration with Borderless, Theatre Royal Stratford East's Artistic Director Kerry Michael commented "Borderless promises to be a great festival of quality music from some amazing talent. We're really excited that we've managed to work together to fill our theatre with a impressive line-up."
First up on the Borderless bill are international musical collective The Turbans, delivering their unique blend of traditional near-eastern and eastern-European styles with their own barnstorming compositions.
Based in Brighton, producer Max Wheeler and singer/songwriter Victoria Port are Anushka, melding together crisp clubby sounds, with the accent on bass and broken beats gleaned from house and UK funky house, and Port's jazzy vocals.
Innovative all-female vocal group Deep Throat Choir have become a serious concern by stealth, receiving acclaim for their debut album Be OK and continuing to tour their extraordinary takes on songs by Björk and Sade. They will be joined by the fun-loving Some Voices project, which looks to give people the opportunity to sing in a group without auditions or formal training – a self-styled choir "without the boring bits".
Jamiroquai percussionist and bandleader Sola Akingbola will be taking his live group Critical Mass to Theatre Royal Stratford East, promising a heady collision of synths and gnarled guitars to match the equally tumultuous times in which we live.
Rounding things off will be king of the dancehall Horace Andy, a roots reggae songwriter and singer, known for his distinctive vocals and hit songs such as "Government Land", as well as "Angel" and "Five Man Army" with English trip hop duo Massive Attack. For an artist who rarely plays solo gigs, this is a great opportunity to see the spellbinding reggea veteran in a beautiful setting.
Last updated: September, 2017