07/02/20 - Night and Day Cafe
Motorama are a Russian indie band that formed in 2005 in Rostov-On-Don, in the South of Russia. The band produces a Manchester-inspired cold wave, and has crafted through the years a personal and original sound that has made them one of the references for post-punk worldwide. As their label, Talitres, describes, Motorama’s sound is “icy and hypnotic: icy but not frozen, hypnotic but awake.” Motorama have released five full-length albums and two EPs, gaining global recognition and performing in South America, Asia, and Europe. The band. After their first UK date in London in 2018 (sold-out) the band arrives in Manchester for the first time and as their only show in the UK on this tour.
08/02/20 - The Whiskey Jar
Pompeya are a Moscow-based trio that formed in 2006. Their music has been described by music magazines, including Vice, as bright and breezy, a mix of '70s disco, '80s new wave and '90s pop rock. Pompeya have performed extensively in the US (including the most important world showcase SXSW), in Latin America, in Asia and in Europe. Though boasting an impressive fan-base globally, the band has never performed in the UK. Pompeya are a great example of art that transcends barriers, of music having the power of crossing borders and breaking boundaries. As the band’s singer Daniil Brod says: ‘music is like science, it’s international.’ With an idea of worldly music in mind, Pompeya are ready to share their positive vibes with the UK audience.
We are also offering a discounted rate for both gigs
Vysotsky in English
08/02/20 - LEAF, Portland St.
Amongst Russians and people of the former USSR legendary singer songwriter and poet Vladimir Vysotsky is loved and admired like no other. A recent survey placed him as the most important cultural figure of the 20th century Russia (after only Gagarin), and some say he is the greatest Russian poet since Pushkin. His songs championed the underdog, and even today, 40 years after his death at a tragically young age, people in countries as far apart as Bulgaria and Kazakhstan weep at the mere mention of his name. Until now he has been almost unknown outside Russia because his songs are so hard to translate. But poet John Farndon has cracked it, and he and charismatic West-End singer Anthony Cable present a concert of Vysotsky songs and lyrics in English for the very first time.
Vocals and guitar
Anthony Cable is one of the UK’s leading stage singers. His career straddles both opera and West End shows. He has performed at the National Theatre and the London Palladium and has given recitals and concerts in Germany, Russia and France. He created and performed the show
'Jacques Brel - The Rage to Live' (www.jacquesbrelthragetolive.co.uk) which received great critical acclaim in the UK, France and Germany. He is also a prize winning short story writer and poet.
John Farndon is a widely published, award-winning author of books about science and nature, and an acclaimed translator of Russian and Central Asian literature. He was joint winner of the 2019 EBRD Literature Prize with his verse translation for Hamid Ismailov’s The Devil’s Dance and is currently a finalist for the US PEN Translation award for Rollan Sesyenbaev’s Dead Wander in the Desert. He made the first major translation of Vladimir Vysotsky’s songs into English. He is also a songwriter, poet and performer, who performed with the legendary folk violinist Dave Swarbrick, and his songs have been recorded by rising singer songwriter Kim Lowings.