I suppose when nights become successful they inevitably become a little safe, formulaic and branded, so, asking myself 'who's going to put a semi-experimental night of minor risk and contrasts that could quite easily collapse into chaos, or alternatively, ascend into something remarkable and truly memorable?' - the answer is, me of course. I have less to lose, and am still naive enough to expect pleasant surprises from people, besides being fatalistic enough to face up to worse case scenarios. I'm even DJing myself because 2014 has spoiled me rotten and like a child i want to play with my toys and show off my new favourites. I will try to stop for the acts.
The Sly and Unseen make intriguing music with acoustic sparsity and a plethora of exotic instrumentation which evoke the landscape of rural Halifax (their dwelling place), or to my ears the atmosphere created by Kevin Shield's warmer moments, oh, and John Cameron's wonderful Kes soundtrack. Katie English and Jonathan Lees have been on the scene long enough to be uncompromising live, so, while they're more established (check their debut Improbable and half side contribution to the Rural Colours LP Summer Passes), they'll be taking to the stage first to let momentum build, so be early.
Similarly unique in sound, I think Wild Birds of Britain have the potential to be mind-blowing. With just a debut live gig under their belt they're hanging out with the Temples in December and so i expect great things to happen on the 25th. All this, and self-explanatory visuals provided by Melt Trip, suggest to me, we're all ready for the deep end.