Sat 21 April | 1pm | £10 / £9.10 | Theatre
Following on the success of Surge in Spring 2017 the festival returns again in 2018 to present another quality mix of music, video, poetry and art spanning various cultures and genres.
Rivers of Love, a new commission for Juice Aleem & Surge Orchestra, marks 50 year since 1968! A combined interest in struggle, chaos, complexity and magical realism makes for an exciting setting.Lyrically intelligent rap set to the exuberance and complexity of Sid Peacock’s Surge Orchestra will be provide powerful introduction to the Surge in Spring II Festival.
The performance will feature live visuals provided in collaboration with Flatpack festival. Juice Aleem is long acknowledged as one of the finest and distinctive MCs the UK has ever produced. This Birmingham native has been responsible for laying some of the scene’s foundations whilst continuing to create music which pushes the art form light years ahead of the curve. Surge stands for Sidist Utopian Revolutionary Groove Ensemble and is driven by the understanding that music can bring about fundamental shifts in our perception of reality. Hallucination, visions, outer space alien invasions whilst you're doing a bit of gardening along with many other tales of everyday madness. These provide the inspiration for uplifting, chaotic and emotionally charged music.
Surge started in Birmingham in 2003 with a commission from Paul Murphy to mark the St Patrick’s Day. They have performed regularly in Birmingham, Belfast, Cheltenham and London festivals. “wildly creative music of avant-garde bite yet emotional weight” Independent on Sunday. “Peacock deranges the senses with a lot of charm” Manchester Evening News. Supported by PRSF - The Open Fun and Arts Council England
…Juice Aleem’s 2009 classic Jerusalem Come is one of my favourite hip-hop albums by anyone. Ever…