A day of cerebral stimulation in Hackney Wick, east London, this April
If last year’s inaugural Test Pressing Festival was a triumph of diversity, 2019’s return looks set to repeat that success. Moving a few miles south from Tottenham Hale to Hackney Wick and centring upon the venues around that area’s central yard – Studio 9294, Number 90, riverside venue Grow and the multi-purpose intimate space The Yard – this year’s lineup cup runneth over. Industrial techno? Check. Sexy electro-sleaze? Check. Wild-eyed, limb-flailing post-rock? Not a problem, add it all in. It’s happening on Saturday 27 April.
Arguably, it’s among the lesser-known acts that the Test Pressing lineup truly shows its sharpest edge, though with heavy hitters like A Place To Bury Strangers and Bo Ningen, the top end of the bill is hardly without its thrills. Yet with such a calibre of new music as this – from the implosive power of Black Country, New Road to the blissed-out beauty of Woom – you’re going to want to be there early. In fact, they’ve just added three new names to the schedule, Brooklyn punks Surfbort (photographed above), Phillip Jondo and London-based aficionados of Arabian sounds Dar Disku. In the meantime, to help navigate the through the list, here are our picks of some of the potential highlights.
Lust for Youth
Apparently, Copenhagen’s supply of handsome young men with grandiose ideas and restless artistic ambition is nigh-endless. Lust For Youth are stalwarts of the Danish experimental scene, sharing members and ideas with fellow members of the cheekbone mafia Iceage, Croatian Amor, and Var. Their Balearic, perfectly-sculpted brand of new wave is poppier than the music of most of their peers, but no less intriguing for that accessibility. At once artfully arch and brazenly erotic, many of their more straight-laced British indie counterparts could learn a thing or two from this trio.