The Quietus - A new rock music and pop culture website


PREVIEW: Incubate Festival
The Quietus , September 3rd, 2012 00:24

The Quietus are media partners with Tilburg's Incubate Festival of Independent Culture, taking place from 10th-16th September. Read our preview of the week's events below

Next week, the Quietus office will be decamping to Tilburg, the Netherlands, for 2012's edition of the annual Incubate Festival of Independent Culture. It's been running since 2005, and over that period of time has developed into a rather unique prospect: a festival that cuts right across boundaries of genre and scene. Instead it's more interested in the attitudes and approaches that inform artists' work, making for a bill which, this year for example, sees British Sea Power sitting on the bill next to Raime, Laibach and Moodymann. A diverse selection indeed.

The Quietus are pleased to be media partners for this year's edition of the festival, which runs in a variety of venues across the city from 10th-16th September. As well as being present at the festival, dotting about from venue to venue and catching what the line-up's got to offer, we've programmed our own 'Quietus Presents' route of artists that runs right through the weekend of Friday 14th to Sunday 16th. It features some of our favourite musicians, among them Mogwai (whose Stuart Braithwaite spoke to us ahead of the festival to discuss some of his favourite albums), former Throbbing Gristle duo Chris & Cosey, British Sea Power, knackered techno innovator Andy Stott, Evangelista, Nurse With Wound and the mighty Laibach. See further down the page for the full 'Quietus Presents...' list.

We will also be hosting a series of panel discussions at Incubate's DIY Conference, which will be taking place on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September at De NWE Vorst in Tilburg, tackling issues that are of particular interest and importance to us.

On Friday, September 14th at 13:45, the Quietus' Luke Turner will be chairing a panel entitled 'The Avant Garde Is Only Good If You Can Fuck, Dance or Take Drugs To It'. The title is fairly self explanatory, and will see him joined by Simon Reynolds, Aidan Moffat and Hajo van Doorn to debate over whether to vindicate or rubbish its rather bold claim.

On Saturday September 15th at 13:45, the Quietus' Rory Gibb will be chairing 'What's Wrong With Selling Out?', to discuss another important and particularly contentious topic at a time when it's becoming progressively harder to plausibly eke out a living in music and underground art. On the panel will be Membranes frontman and sometime Quietus scribe John Robb, Swedish sax powerhouse Mats Gustafsson, Graeme Flegenheimer and the Quietus' own Luke Turner.

Rounding off our set of panels, the Quietus' John Doran will be taking seat in the discussion panel following 'A wunderbar prog-prose showcase: British Sea Power, bird watching and the end of rock', where Roy Wilkinson will be reading from his excellent book about BSP Do It For Your Mum. After the reading, John will be discussing ideas of 'the end of rock' and the book with Wilkinson himself, his friend Clare (who will be accompanying the reading on the flute), John Robb and Richard Foster.

There's a host of additional talks taking place as well as our own, including further talks and panels on notions of DIY and independence, Mark Fisher (aka K-Punk) on capitalism, a Q&A with Damo Suzuki, and thoughts on the role of the internet in modern culture. For a full list of events in the conference, click here.

On the musical side of things, there's a wealth of sounds to get distracted by throughout the week. For the festival's perspective, you can browse their through their in-depth festival guide here.

Our 'Quietus Presents' set of artists, meanwhile, runs from Friday to Sunday, and looks like this...


Andy Stott (Live)
Nurse With Wound
Black Dice
Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat
Chris & Cosey


Dead Rat Orchestra
Charles Hayward
Maria & The Mirrors


Silver Apples
Mark Sultan
British Sea Power
Reigning Sound
Carla Bozulich's Evangelista

It would be too much to list everything else we're excited by, but elsewhere on the bill there are a few particular treats we're very much looking forward to. Chief among them are Kevin 'The Bug' Martin's King Midas Sound (pictured above), his increasingly muscular lovers' dub project with Roger Robinson and Kiki Hitomi that, while often intimate on record, live is transformed into a scathing wall of fizz, feedback and sub-bass weight. The trio's recent Quietus co-promoted show at Corsica Studios was one of the finest we've seen all year, so we're looking forward to catching them again.

Also high on our 'not to miss' list are Bobby Krlic's The Haxan Cloak (responsible for one of our favourite albums of last year), Detroit house alchemist Moodymann, Arab Strap man Malcolm Middleton's new Human Don't Be Angry project, the intricate techno of Kangding Ray and Blackest Ever Black duo Raime.

For the full line-up, and details about the schedule, click here. Further down the page are details about the programme of art, installations and films to be shown at the festival.

So if the idea of heading across for a few days is grabbing your fancy, there are still tickets available for the entire week, as well as individual tickets for each successive day. Click here to see the line-up divided up by day, and for tickets and more information, head across to the Incubate website.