A RANGE of DJs, musicians and punk legends are set to gather for one of the most exciting festivals of the year.
The organic, esoteric event taking place at Space Mountain recording studios, is the brainchild of one of the world’s top music producers Martin Glover, AKA Youth.
As well as the Orb, Nik Turner and The egg, Roger Eno and X-dream will be performing at the three-day arts festival, from October 6 to 8.
Glover, best known for being one of the founders of indie pioneers Killing Joke, is expecting at least 30 live performances across three stages ‘with lots of surprises’.
One live show is expected to involve a ‘sort of post-punk supergroup’, he told the Olive Press, featuring Killing Joke singer Jaz Coleman and the Dead Kennedys guitarist East Bay Ray.
Glover certainly has the contacts to make the festival work, having produced numerous albums for groups, including including U2, Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode and Guns N’Roses to name just a few.
He will be joined by fellow producer John Leckie, credited with producing the famous Stone Roses sound, as well as working with Radiohead and Muse, as well as Mim Scala, who has worked with the Rolling Stones.
Glover describes the festival, at his studio in the Lecrin Valley, as being like a ‘cosmic arts lab’ allowing the public to see ‘music created and mixed live in a professional recording studio with award-winning producers’.
The ’ambient arts festival’ will also feature DJs, food stalls, cinema, yoga classes and ‘sound healing’.
“I’ve had a place in the Lecrin Valley since the late 90s and built the studio in 2005,” Glover told the Olive Press.
“It’s a beautiful spot with a great creative energy, and it gives me a buzz to see other people enjoy it. It’s so rare for fans get to see international artists in a modern studio, and I’m happy to do that.
“I’ve invited various artists that I have a close connection with with,” continues Glover.
A trial run of the festival last year, featuring Alex from The Orb, flamenco artist Gaudi and Roger Eno was so successful they took it to the Royal Festival Hall, in London, and Glastonbury, this year.
Glover also has the full support of the local community “It’s been a great excuse to curate a festival in a creative way. The aim is to create and facilitate the arts community in the Lecrin Valley and I’ve been lucky enough to have had lots of encouragement from the local people and the mayor, but I’m not trying to compete with other festivals.
“It’s a big private party with cool artists”.
With less than a month to go to Space Mountain Festival, Glover is busy with the last minute details. “I’m not a professional organiser and I’m fine tuning at the moment.
I’m arranging travel at the moment for all the artists and thinking: ‘Why am I doing this?’ but it’s one of the best things that I’ve ever done.”
For tickets and for more information www.spacemountainfestival.com