Entry Requirements: All Ages
Gruff Rhys live in Ramsgate – Thursday 30th August. New LP Babelsberg released on June 8th.
Gruff needs little if any introduction. Whether he’s solo or with the awesome and mindlessly fantastic Super Furry Animals. A living Welsh god and he’s going to come and sing in our little seaside town.
This summer is going to be good, and never better the 2nd to last day of August.
His new LP is titled Babelsberg. The Babelsberg of the mind is more a fever dream, a dystopian alternate reality (perfectly captured by Russian artist Uno Moralez). At the heart is a tower – a teetering symbol of opulence, bad taste and misguided aspiration. Topped by a series of destiny lofts that house patriarchy HQ, this is Ballard’s High Rise brought to life in the brand new, poorly constructed Trump Tower Moscow. Here, Jesus Christ walks a pet dinosaur on a lead and silent drones circle like birds of prey. The view from the top is very much of the people at the bottom. This Babelsberg might just be the perfect allegory for our hopelessly off-course world.
On a personal note. My dearest elder brother was Welsh. He had a huge heart for off-kilter musical discovery. He died over 10 years ago. David’s birthday was 30th August. He’ll be 57 on that wonderful day.
So there we have it. Yet more Welsh wizardry in our town.