VIEON is the electronic musical project of Matt Wild, based in Coventry, UK. Expanding to a live three-piece including sound engineer Stephen Dorphin and VJ Adrian Brian Thompson, their sound is inspired heavily by the 70s and 80s European art electronica pioneers (Jarre, Moroder, Kraftwerk), combined with the more recent influences of contemporary synthpop artists (Daft Punk, Royksopp, Justice) as well as infusing aspects of dance, post-rock and ambient music.
Signed to Manchester label AnalogueTrash in 2014, VIEON’s first release came immediately with the lauded 9-track album THE SOUND OF THE FUTURE, spanning genres as diverse as synthpop, drum and bass and sample-driven ambient house. Follow-up concept album FLY BY LIGHT dropped in early 2016, dealing with themes of exploration, loss and opportunity; an immediate hit with critics including Emily Oldfield of LOUDER THAN WAR who described it as “a trip you certainly won’t regret taking… powerful music opening up new mind space”.
VIEON have raised their profile dramatically with a series of engaging audio-visual shows famed for their ambitious scope, including banks of synthesizers, theremin, keytar, live-produced projections and synchronised light display. 2018 saw VIEON not only embark on their most intense set of live dates yet, including their first ever UK tour (appropriately named OHM FROM OHM) and a return to playing in Europe, but also the public release of LIVE IN MANCHESTER and remix album LOST WORLDS.
7pm Don Tageeva Monquaise
Don Tageeva Monquaise are a duo playing semi-improvised material utilising live triggered sampled loops,synths and guitars.The band are made up of Sbilts and Snod from Tripadvizorz (a Stockport based early Hawkwind tribute).Born out of a mutual liking for dressing up in ridiculous stage clothes and masks. Think “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts” only less funky and more Kosmische….. that’s DTM.
p>Gagarin is the solo project of Graham “ Dids” Dowdall making instrumental electronica that doesn’t adhere to or belong in any particular scene or style. The path of recent work is driven by aching melody, treated and raw foundsounds, subtle beat programming, distressed atmospheres and space. His influences lie as much in psychogeography, acoustic ecology and beat science as they do in the wide range of musics that inform him.
Gagarin’s history to date includes an extended period playing with Nico in the 80s and a list of collaborations including John Cale,Ludus, Eric Random, Suns of Arqa, Band of Holy Joy, Raf & O, Low Bias, Zor Gabor. He is a member of avant rock legends Pere Ubu, duo Roshi ft. Pars Radio and Rothko. When he’s not exploring the outer reaches of the sonic galaxy Graham is a leading
community music practitioner, expert in music and disabilities and a lecturer at Goldsmiths.
Gagarin gigs regularly in UK and Europe with a hardware combination of drumpads, samplers, iPad and FX creating sets that range from free-form improv to fractured dance music. His last album Corvid received great reviews across Europe and regular airplay on BBC 6 ,Amazing Radio ,Resonance fm, RTE, Bayern2, numerous more German and other European radio.