Red Bull Takeover The London Eye For Festival In The Sky
As most of you probably already know, the newly named EDF Energy London Eye is the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel, towering over London at 135m. Since 2000, it has attracted over 41 million visitors and won over 80 awards for national and international tourism, outstanding architectural quality and engineering achievement.
Surely, it's nothing more than a momentous engineering feat that can simultaneously carry up to 1600 visitors every hour, offering breathtaking views over London... Wrong!
This fall, Red Bull Music Academy will be curating a one-night festival in the sky named Revolutions in Sound, programming each of the 30 capsules with influential producers, DJs and bands. Hoping to showcase the cream of the capital's burgeoning underground scenes.
Among the first names to be announced are dubstep trailblazers Skream and Benga with Sergeant Pokes, drum and bass pioneer Goldie (with his Metalheadz collective), Roller Express featuring Steel City's Toddla T & Redlight, gentleman rudeboy David Rodigan, Carnival stalwarts Channel One Sound System, Bok Bok & L-Vis 1990 (Night Slugs), Lunice and much more. Elsewhere, some of London's top clubs; FabricLive and Deviation (with Benji B) take their own capsules, adding their signature sounds and acts to the mix. Further acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
On top of the 30 capsule gigs, the forecourt at the base of the London Eye will play host to a "Silent Disco" with guests being able listen via headphones to feeds from the pods and performances on the illuminated Thameside. Audio from each of the 30 gigs will also be streamed live on the web. Fans will be able to tune in and take their pick of the action via www.redbullmusicacademy.com/worldtour/london
Revolutions in Sound will be the final stop on a global tour, calling at 10 previous Red Bull Music Academy host cities - Berlin, Detroit, New York, Sao Paolo, Cape Town, Melbourne, Paris, Toronto and Rome - building up to the 14th annual Academy in Madrid this October/November. Once again, 60 rising talents from around the world will get the chance to meet and collaborate with fellow participants and learn from some great music minds giving lectures and hosting workshops.
We'll be sending our very own Wild City reporter to the event. Keeping you, as always, right up to date with all the action - Watch out for our review and pics in the weeks to follow.
Date: Thursday 13th October
Location: EDF Energy London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB