Professor Shane Blackman (Canterbury Christ Church University), Dr Asya Draganova, (Birmingham City University) and Dr Alan Payne (University of Kent) are coorganising a whole day of events celebrating the Canterbury Sound.

Canterbury Sound
Augustine Hall
Canterbury Christ Church University
Rhodaus Town

Saturday 28 October 2017 at 10.30am and 7.00pm

Tickets: £14-£35

The term “Canterbury sound” is used to refer to the signature psychedelic and progressive rock developed by artists such as Caravan, and Soft Machine. This event explores Canterbury as a metaphor and reality, a symbolic space of music inspiration.

The programme includes performances from the SoupSongs, assembled with the participation of “Canterbury sound” founding figure Robert Wyatt, Lapis Lazuli, Jack Hues and the Quartet, and Koloto. The day also presents a series of discussions with artists, cultural intermediates, and academics such as Professor Andy Bennett (Griffith University, Australia), Brian Hopper (The Wilde Flowers, SoupSongs), Matt Watkins (Canterbury Sans Frontiers), Geoffrey Richardson (Caravan), Aymeric Leroy (author of L’école de Canterbury and Calyx site), Phil Howitt (Facelift fanzine founder) and organisers of the event – music researchers Professor Shane Blackman, Dr Asya Draganova and Dr Alan Payne.

This event seeks to demonstrate the development of the “Canterbury Sound” as an inter-generational, local and transnational cultural phenomenon.

10.30am-6.00pm – Daytime programme

10.30am-10.50am Welcome; health and safety notices; event concept and programme for the day
10.50am-11.20am Coffee break
11.20am-12.50pm Panel 1. “Canterbury Sound” myths and realities (Talks from Professor Andy Bennett, Geoffrey Richardson, Brian Hopper, Jack Hues and Adam Brodigan + a discussion panel)
12.50pm-1.00pm Comfort break
1.00pm-1.45pm Performance. Jack Hues and the Quartet

1.45pm-2.30pm Lunch

2.30pm-4.00pm Panel 2. Archives and futures of the online and offline “Canterbury Sound” (Talks from Aymeric Leroy, Phil Howitt, Asya Draganova, Shane Blackman, Matt Watkins, and Alan Payne + discussion panel)
4.00pm-4.10pm Comfort break
4.10pm-4.50pm Performance by Koloto
4.50pm-5.00pm Comfort break
5.00pm-6.00pm Fan forum. mapping the spaces and places of the “Canterbury Sound” with the participation of fans
Final discussion
Closing remarks for this section of the day

7.00am-10.00pm – Evening Programme
7.00pm-10.00pm. Lapis Lazuli and SoupSongs performances. in a symbolic inter-generational dialogue within the “Canterbury Sound”

Ticket prices:
Early bird day tickets (purchased by 30 Sept): £30 full price, £20 for students
Day tickets (purchased after 30 Sept): £35 full price, £25 for students
Evening only tickets (SoupSongs and Lapis Lazuli performance): £20 full price, £14 for students

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