Headlines Acts Announced For Leicester’s Forgotten Futures 2021
Colliding music with visual arts, Forgotten Futures is bringing together a musically diverse programme of artists for a full day of immersive performances in spectacular environments within Attenborough Arts Centre’s hall, galleries and studios.
With the aim of being an ‘accessible’ experimental event – challenging but without pretence. Interesting, but still exciting, 2021’s event will feature headline artists Douglas Dare, Jo Quail and Gallops alongside a diverse programme of music carefully curated from across the worlds of classical music, electronica, post-rock, shoegaze and more, creating an engaging and unusual programme of music and visual art that can be accessed live in person or as a spectacular streamed event.
Douglas Dare is an English songsmith whose third studio album Milkteeth was released in ‘s February 2020 on Erased Tapes Records. Dare’s music speaks of his own experiences of universal themes like love, loss and childhood. Perhaps most importantly, his music gives a voice and a sanctuary to anyone who’s ever felt unusual or out of place. Whether he’s singing of the pain of those in the Magdalene Laundries as on Whelm, describing coming out to his parents on Aforger, or processing his own childhood isolation on Milkteeth, Dare has a graceful honesty and an abiding clarity of vision in his simple and distinctive sound.
Jo Quail is an internationally acclaimed composer and virtuoso cellist from London, UK. Equally at home on stage solo, with bands or in collaboration with choir and orchestra she combines an eloquent mastery of her instrument with innovative looping techniques, to realise her complex, evocative music for audiences worldwide. Inspired by the visual arts as much as by fellow composers, Jo cites Barbara Hepworth and Georgia O’Keefe as key influences, alongside the diverse music of Debussy, Pärt, Tool, and Trent Reznor. As a result, she freely crosses the boundaries between genres, awakening listener emotions, and taking audiences into uncharted territory with each concert. Her exuberant, celebratory performance style has won her a fanbase in the contemporary classical world as well as among enthusiasts of post-rock, metal and electronica.
After releasing their debut album, a monstrous slab of dark experimental rock Yours Sincerely Dr. Hardcore in 2012, Wrexham’s Gallops soon announced they were no more and broke up in 2013. In 2016, almost three years to the day, they announced their return. Awakening from their nap, they have done so revitalised, rejuvenated and driven, creating an album that stretched their horizons even further and is driven by the propulsive charge of electronic music – Bronze Mystic was released a year later.