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When Two Tribes... Play Acid Folk?
Dean Samways , August 19th, 2008 15:56


An innovative approach to touring is coming to the UK this September courtesy of leftfield promoters No-Fi and [No.Signal]. They're to unite some of underground music’s most eclectic artists from the US and Finland on stage.

Each of the nights on the eight date tour, dubbed concisely as ‘Approximately Infinite Universe – A Caravan of Raw Sound Magic From Finland and the US’, will be a unique performance of a never-before-seen collaboration.

The shows will see each of the Finnish acts inviting an American counterpart onto the stage to perform a piece composed in the months leading up to the tour, and after only two days of rehearsal.

The Finnish artists taking part in this wandering jam session are Islaja, Kemialliset Ystävät, Es and Tomuntonttu. They are joined from across the pond by Fursaxa (pictured), Samara Lubelski, Axolotl, Blevin Blectum and Skaters.

In a statement, No-Fi and [No.Signal] had this to say about the vision behind the tour:

“In conjunction with the artists themselves – [we] designed this approach as a way of taking the aforementioned trans-Atlantic influence exchange, trapping it in a vacuum and making it feedback on itself in order create a whole family of brand new musical beasts.”

Selected dates on the tour will feature screenings of specially commissioned work before the live performances.

Each concert will include two acts with the four groupings rotating during each date.

The concerts will also be recorded and released as digital-only compilations.

The dates of the tour are as follows:

  • 19th September – Glasgow, CCA
  • 20th September - Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
  • 21st September – Sheffield, Bar Abbey
  • 23rd September – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
  • 24th September – Newcastle, Gateshead Sage
  • 25th September – Manchester, Contact Theatre
  • 26th September – Bristol, The Cube
  • 27th September – London, ICA

All tickets are available via TicketWeb, WeGotTickets, Venues' direct website, various national record shops. More info via the main website: