TEESSIDE CYBERPUNK CONVENTION
THE CYBERPUNK BALL (COSPLAY/FANCY DRESS OPTIONAL!)
To celebrate the impact that the Teesside industrial landscape, and rain of the North of England had on Teesside’s illustrious son, the acclaimed film maker Ridley Scott, we bring you the TEESSIDE CYBERPUNK BALL in the month and year that Scott’s 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner is set: NOVEMBER 2019
We want to see Middlesbrough besieged by as many Blade Runner and Cyberpunk Characters as possible, but fear not if dressing up is not your thing, just come as you are!
The night will be an incredible musical and visual feast featuring:
ATARI TEENAGE RIOT, CLINIC, KINDRED LUFT FRONT, STEEL CITY COLLECTIVE (DJ Jonny Lazer and DJ LA Rock), plus a very special performance of Paul Sullivan’s ‘DEATH OF AN ANDROID’ performed by Joanna Cassidy (Zhora in Blade Runner), with original score by VESSEL
ATARI TEENAGE RIOT REPRESENTS THE MOST RADICAL AND DARK SIDE OF DIGITAL CULTURE.
ONE FOOT IN THE INTERNATIONAL HACKER SCENE, THE OTHER IN MUSIC…
“Few bands have ever detonated as powerfully in the underground as Atari Teenage Riot. Put simply, they were the conscience of electronic music. They were a band that sounded the way you always wanted The Prodigy to sound. A band akin to Black Flag if that outfit had existed in an age where every home had a computer. And their influence burned big and bright.”
NME New Musical Express
“Electronic pioneers, they have not lost their edge. The series of recent gigs and the tantalising free download show that Empire and his droogs must return to the frey full time. This is noise at its life-affirming and dramatised best.”
“Welcome back Atari Teenage Riot! Deutschlands Techno Punk Skullcrushers have risen again!”
“Everything from electroclash’s dirty rappers to MIAs fuzzy, distorted new beats bear the hallmarks of their Digital Hardcore label and sound.”
“It is a literally bruising return that will hopefully last longer than the dates currently scheduled; despite Empires ongoing solo success, his stage presence is never stronger than when performing these songs with his ATR cohorts.”
“There have also been many changes in the wider world of electronic music, and its pleasing to see that ATR have evolved in a way that takes this into account, while retaining their signature sound.” Shout4music
“ATR did not only introduced the world to a whole new sound they mixed punk attitude with electronic music.”
“A Grammy nomination, high profile tours with the likes of The Flaming Lips, Super Furry Animals and Arcade Fire and a lot of reverence from notable artists, both established and emergent, over the years have seen Clinic flirt with the mainstream and be cemented into cult firmament alike, without ever really courting either acceptance directly.
Their craft, one that has always bloomed in isolation and seemed impervious to the fickle tide of trend or fad – remains both resolutely eclectic and acutely focused. The junkshop-trawling analogue fetishism of the warm, smokey instrumentation that gives their songs such a vividly placeable sense of mood and atmosphere; the surrealist bent of Blackburn’s lyrics – so steeped in their own personal mythology – and the band’s over-riding commitment to never straying into the realm of the obvious or complacent are all long-standing elements of Clinic’s work that are furthered, perfected even, on their new album Wheeltappers and Shunters.”
For information on all acts and the rest of the convention programme see: www.cyberpunkconvention.com
The Cyberpunk Ball is a key part of the Teesside Cyberpunk Convention 2019 – a four-day event consisting of screenings, keynote addresses, talks, debates, workshops, markets and dystopian music nights – celebrating the importance of Teesside on Ridley Scott’s vision for Blade Runner and the film’s subsequent influence on the global cyberpunk genre.
For tickets for the VERY special Joanna Cassidy (Zhora in Blade Runner), ‘In Conversation’ event, and Scott Turnbull’s Teesside premiere adaptation of Philip K Dick’s ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’, both taking place at the ARC, Stockton. Visit https://arconline.co.uk
Saturday 9 November 2019
£28.00 +booking fee