Progress Bar Amsterdam, January 2016. Photo Peter Kers
Progress Bar Amsterdam, January 2016. Photo Peter Kers



16 JANUARY 2016


Lighthouse and Sonic Acts present a special season of Progress Bar Amsterdam. A lively mix of talks, screenings, performance and DJ sets, Progress Bar is a night of “cutting edge thinking and dancing” (FACT Magazine 2015), that connects artists and audiences across the globe, and celebrates the work of contemporary culture’s most exciting names, from vanguard music producers and filmmakers to pioneering artists and activists.

Progress Bar Amsterdam. Photo Peter Kers
Progress Bar Amsterdam. Photo Peter Kers

This first edition of this special international season celebrates artists from Trinidad, Japan, Chile and the UK. This event focuses on the music that’s “turning London nightlife upside down” (The Fader), with talks by music and culture journalist Aimee Cliff on the importance of club culture when music venues are under threat from urban regeneration, and musician, writer and performer Roger Robinson on his career, his work with King Midas Sound, and creating habits and headspace to unlock your creativity. Following this, King Midas Sound & Fennesz, the new collaboration between King Midas Sound and Austrian electronic music pioneer Christian Fennesz, perform Edition 1, described as “a slow-building, smoky crescendo of noise” by Holly Dicker in Resident Advisor. Taking Progress Bar into the early hours is a club night featuring Lexxi, Endgame & Kamixlo – London figureheads and co-founders of Endless, the subversive, genre-breaking club night that breeds London’s most exciting new producers.

Forthcoming events: 26 March, 23 April and 4 June.
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Aimee Cliff
Aimee Cliff is an Associate Editor of The FADER, based in their London office. Previously, she was a freelance music and culture journalist, writing for Dazed & Confused, Vice, The Quietus, Red Bull and more. She has interviewed innovative artists and musicians — from radical romantic Jam City to grime MC Stormzy to Metamodernist celebrity Shia LaBeouf — and her monthly column Popping Off interrogates pop cultural issues, from the presentation of sexuality in music videos to ageism in the media. She also co-hosts the monthly Radar Radio show Angel Food, with melodic grime producer E.M.M.A.

Roger Robinson
Trinidadian musician, writer and performer Roger Robinson has lived in London for 20 years. As a writer and workshop leader, Robinson’s major achievements include being chosen by Decibel magazine as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon; receiving commissions from London Opera House, National Portrait Gallery and the V&A, amongst others; and being shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize. His solo music album Illclectica, released in 2004, was chosen by Mojo magazine as one of their top ten electronic albums for that year. He is also a co-founder of King Midas Sound (see below).

Single from dub-poetry album Dis Side Ah Town, by Roger Robinson on Jahtari Records.

King Midas Sound
A musical crossover project, King Midas Sound is composed of The Bug, aka producer Kevin Martin, Roger Robinson (see above) and Japanese artist and singer Kiki Hitomi. The trio released their first album, Without You, in 2011. In 2013 they made a brief, but exciting return, with the single Aroo in which “drone, melancholy, and a sea of fuzz blisteringly collide.” This year sees them make a return with Edition 1, released through Ninja Tunes on 18 September 2015. Editions 2-4 will see King Midas Sound collaborate with a different artist: details to be announced later.

King Midas Sound / Fennesz – Lighthouse, Edition 1

Christian Fennesz
Originally from Vienna, Christian Fennesz is now based in Paris. He uses guitar and computer to create shimmering, swirling electronic sound of enormous range and complex musicality. His lush and luminant compositions are anything but sterile computer experiments – they resemble sensitive, telescopic recordings of rainforest insect life or natural atmospheric occurrences, an inherent naturalism permeating each piece. While he releases solo material only every couple of years, over the past decades he has been a constant in the ears and minds of experimental music enthusiasts through a myriad of remixes, soundtracks, collaborations and other works.

Endgame, Lexxi & Kamixlo
Together, UK producers and DJs Endgame, and DJs Lexxi and Kamixlo co-run London’s Endless club night in buildings anywhere from disused office blocks in Bermondsey to restaurants in Brixton. Blending a mix of Angolan dance genre Kizola, Jamaican dancehall and British bass-laden dance music, the three South-London artists propel a worldwide sound akin to the diversity and novelty of online communities that are at once familiar, futurist and forward-moving.

“I want to start club culture from scratch and destroy homogenous and heteronormative 4/4 dance music – it’s dying a slow death and is beyond irrelevant.” – Endgame in Dazed and Confused

Date: 16 January 2016
Venue: Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin, Tolhuisweg 5, 1031 CL Amsterdam
Times & tickets: 8pm-4am. Talks 8pm-10pm; Free. Performance and club 10pm-4am; €12,50. Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster and on the door (card only).
Enquiries: Sonic Acts

Progress Bar Amsterdam is presented by Lighthouse, in partnership with Sonic Acts. Sonic Acts was founded in 1994. It has initiated numerous projects and festivals with an interdisciplinary approach and a strong focus on contemporary and historical developments at the intersection of art, technology, music and science. Besides Dark Ecology, recent projects – often in collaboration with partner organisations throughout Europe – include the Kontraste Festival in Austria and the internationally touring Vertical Cinema project, as well as the latest festival in 2015 in Amsterdam, entitled The Geologic Imagination.



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