ST GILES CHURCH
Just a few points to note for anyone coming to next week’s very special Bon Iver show at St Giles church, Soho.
The venue is a beautiful 300 year old Palladian church, and this means that although the sound and atmosphere will be amazing, there will be some limitations.
There is no bar in the church itself, though The Angel, a very nice Sam Smiths pub is right next door, and Soho institution The Intrepid Fox is opposite. The interval will be long enough that you can get a quick drink and get back to the show.
There is only one toilet in the church. We strongly advise that you use the toilets in the pubs mentioned above if you want to avoid long queues.
Hope you enjoy this special and intimate show
And just to let you know Bon Iver plays Shepherd’s Bush Empire on September 11th
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Bon Iver aka Justin Vernon is due to blow up big this year. Album, ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ was recorded during a three month stay in a log cabin somewhere in the woods of America. Two mics, a guitar, two drums, some instrumental flourishes and some effects were all that was used to create something so soaring and passionate it’s hard to believe it was born from somewhere so cut off. His voice is quiet and soothing one minute, cracked and desperate the next. You could use reference points such as Smog, TV On The Radio, Sufjan Stevens and Iron and Wine to get some idea of where you are about to go yet Justin always seems to add a little bit extra.
PORT O BRIEN – Though raised in the small coastal town of Cambria, CA, Van Pierszalowski spent all of his summers on Kodiak Island in Alaska, where his father works as a commercial salmon fisherman. Every summer, Van would (and still does) go up North to work on his father’s boat, the Shawnee. The work is intense (20 hr. work days, weeks after weeks without touching land, no showers or toilets, stormy seas), but ultimately rewarding (beauty, inspiration, and money.)
Over the past couple of years, Port O’Brien has evolved into a full 4-piece band and currently performs all around California. Onstage, their youthful vigor (the average age of a member is 21) compliments their folkish sound in a way that feels exciting and new, as if Cap’n Jazz were translating a set of Will Oldham’s most approachable material.
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