We Are Sound / In The Dark
In late 2017 / early 2018, we launched an extended series of 19 #inthedark sound experiences in Cambridge, which all sold out within hours. Performed in complete darkness in two venues with nearly two thousand years of history between them - the gorgeous & intimate Round Church, and the stunning and expansive Lady Chapel in Ely Cathedral - the sound experiences were a bit like Dans Le Noir in London, except here the art was music, not food. Our feeling was that people hear differently when there is nothing else to grab their attention, and that when unseen, people can listen & respond in a way never possible with the lights on.
Our instinct was right. The sound experiences have been described as "... the panacea the world needs right now... whatever the problem, this gig was the solution", "counter cultural", “one of the stand out experiences of my life”, "like I was being released into heaven" (from a 16 year old young man), "the best musical experience I have ever had" (from an 82 year old avid concert goer), "a profoundly moving, beautiful experience that I will take to my grave", "truly a magical experience, both soothing and profoundly inspiring" "it wasn't about being seen, it was about giving pleasure unseen. It left both of us feeling renewed belief in the goodness of humanity".
.... and here's a little about what it looked and sounded like:
In The Dark
This one has been on the cards for a while, and at last we've had the balls to do it. Four 30-minute pop-up gigs, in complete darkness. We've chosen a venue that has hundreds of years of history - you can feel it through the walls - and we're going to limit tickets to an absolute max of 40 people per gig. That means you are going to be one of just a tiny, tiny group of people to hear the sound of 60 humans singing around you in a building that dates back to 1130. Yes, really. Trust us, it's heart-stopping. The set list is secret (and unplugged) but if you're into music festivals, you'll get it.
There will be no programme - instead, as you leave you'll be handed the details of what you've just heard. We want your ears to own this one. It's a bit like Dans Le Noir in London - except here the art is music, not food. How will you hear when there is nothing else to grab your attention? When no-one can see you, how will you respond to the sound? Come and find out.
(There will be a tiny bit of natural light coming through the stained glass windows, so if you get a bit claustrophobic, you'll be OK. But for those of you that want full immersion, you can have it - each and every ticket holder will be given a limited edition #sleepmask so that you can resist all temptation and let your #earsrule.)
Oh, and all ticket holders will get a secret password to give them a members' discount at our favourite Cambridge bar, literally 20 steps away from the gig venue, both before & after the gigs. Thank you very much 1815 cafe bar.
#nopreconceptions #awakenyourears #totalimmersion #tellmethepassword
E-LUMINATE - Dark & Light
Friday 10th February 2017 / Corn Ex / 8pm
This is going to be different. The opening concert of the fabulous e-Luminate Festival will feature Dark Room, a multi-sensory journey through darkness to the light, followed by us - in collaboration with projection artist Jack Beccegato and Carlo Fiorini. We will be a blank visual canvas, for Jack to work his magic on... and it is going to be stunning.
Tickets £20 (inc. booking fee) available online here.
We Are Sound / Burst
Sat 8th July, 7.45pm / St John’s Church / Bury St Edmunds
Music fans, give your ears some serious love. On Saturday 8th July we will be gigging a festival of tracks for one night only, in a small and intimate church. If that sounds odd, just trust us - it works. Think Bombay Bicycle Club, Mumford & Sons, Lorde, Sigrid, The National, The Rolling Stones, OK Go, Simian Mobile Disco, Arcade Fire, Everything Everything, Gregory Porter, Vampire Weekend, Bastille, Oh Wonder & Vance Joy, all in one gig. We'll be climbing into, flipping upside down and turning inside out these brilliant tracks in ways that you have never heard before. Come to be surprised, and to start your summer of music off with an explosive night of euphoric sound.
Tickets £14 in advance (£15 cash on the door) available online here / in person at The Apex box office in Bury St Edmunds / over the phone on 01284 758000.
Artwork by our design sponsor, www.richardwolfstrome.com
THE CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL
Sat 10th Dec 2016 / Corn Ex / 7.45pm
Described as Cambridge's answer to Pink Martini, we'll be bringing our genre-bending, hootenanny-styled, cocktail-infused, irreverently-unpredictable and euphoria-inducing Christmas Cocktail gig back to the Cambridge Corn Exchange for the third time.
It'll be everything a Christmas party should be, covering bands including Bjork, Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Vance Joy, Asgeir, Professor Bobo & Bosko Slim, Basement Jaxx and Paper Aeroplanes... shaken and stirred with some additional Christmas spice and of course The Pogues.
Tickets: £18.50 / £14.50 ( + venue booking fee) with concessions, family & group tickets available.
To book online, follow the link below: www.bit.ly/christmascocktail
Cambridge Literary festival
Sun 27th Nov 2016 / Union Society / 8.30pm
Following a long standing creative friendship between the two founders of We Are Sound and Cambridge Literary Festival, they've at last pulled off a teaser gig to close the winter festival. We're appearing unplugged and scaled down in advance of our full throttle appearance in the Corn Ex a couple of weeks later. Come for a gentle ease in and to celebrate the end of a cracking weekend of words and wonder.
To book online, follow this link: www.bit.ly/unpluggedliterary