Alongside Cate Le Bon they're picking the artists playing Sonic City in November
In November (8th-10th) Shame are heading to Belgium. Alongside Cate Le Bon they’re curating this year’s Sonic City festival. That means they’ll both be playing in Kortrijk, but they’ve also chosen a chunk of the line-up joining them. Cate Le Bon has selected the likes of Deerhunter, Holly Herndon and Tony Njoku to perform. “We’ve never done anything like this before,” says Shame frontman Charlie Steen. “Curating a festival, it’s a dream.” The closest his band have come in the past is putting together nights at The Windmill, Brixton, with friends like Sorry and Goat Girl. “What’s so special about all of those artists we have on this line-up is just how amazing they are live. For us it’s about putting on a good night.” And playing themselves, of course. Shame have spent the summer finalising material to appear on their forthcoming second album, and they’re promising to air new material. So alongside the likes of Sheer Mag, Scalping and Blanck Mass who Shame have selected on the bill, here’s Steen on some of the artists they’ve invited to play and why.
“First of all they’re a fucking amazing band. We all really love them. When we finished touring at the beginning of the year Shaun [Shame bandmate] and I went away to Cuba, we came back and everyone was talking about them. I had first met them at the Marquis of Granby in New Cross. We got really fucked together. They know a lot of people that we’re friends with. They’re a really great band, very talented. Obviously they’ve been working with Dan Carey, an amazing producer, so we’re really excited to have them play.”