The Radiophonic Workshop – Queen Elizabeth Hall

The seminal electronics troupe continues its 21st century renaissance, 50 years after its inception

Friday April 17th, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

The Radiophonic Workshop. Photo by Clifford Jones

Once a faceless group of studio-bound improvisers toiling to fulfil the audio needs of the mid-century BBC, the musicians of The Radiophonic Workshop are happily spending their unretirement gracing the stages of festivals, universities, and glorious 20th century cathedrals of music like this one. The transformation is nothing short of joyful. And it only took 50 years. Read more The Radiophonic Workshop – Queen Elizabeth Hall


Levitation Festival Confirms 2015 Line-Up


The former Austin Psych Fest announces details of this year’s performers, with a stellar cast of acts old and new lining up behind the reformed 13th Floor Elevators

Carson Creek Ranch near Austin, Texas once again plays host to what has grown from its humble beginnings in 2008 to become the biggest and most all-embracing psychedelic rock music festival on the planet. Held over three days between May 8th and 10th, this year’s event sees a whole gamut of mind-expanding acts doing their thing across three stages: the Reverberation Stage, the Elevation Amphitheatre and the Levitation Tent – all named in honour of this year’s surprise headliners.

Friday May 8th’s bill includes Tame Impala, Spiritualised, Lightning Bolt, White Fence, The Sword and Holy Wave. Saturday 9th’s decidedly anglophile line-up brings The Jesus And Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Thee Oh Sees, Earth, Nightbeats and Ryley Walker. Sunday 10th offers up The Flaming Lips, The Black Angels, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Eternal Tapestry and The Paperhead before the closing act: the 50th anniversary reformation of the original line-up of Texan psych legends The 13th Floor Elevators (minus the late Stacy Sutherland, of course). A selection of internationally-acclaimed DJs will be blowing what’s left of revellers’ minds in between the bands.

Head over to for further details and information about tickets, camping and merchandise.

Meanwhile, here are a few of Shindig!‘s recommendations for those of you lucky enough to be jetting off to the Texas sunshine. Read more Levitation Festival Confirms 2015 Line-Up


10 Of The Best: Country-Funk

Light In The Attic’s two recent Country Funk sets series shed some much-needed light on some previously overlooked gems of Deep Southern goodness that saw the tributaries of soul, funk and country flowing freely into one another. Where the series has tended to include plenty of more marginalised cuts by well-known names such as Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, Shindig!‘s HUGH DELLAR digs ever deeper to bring you 10 utterly obscure country-funk gems. 

1. Ronnie Fray – Little Jimmy Jones Was A Funky Little Cat Why Played Drums In A Three Piece Band (1972)

Insanely funky breakbeat-laden Mississippi B-Boy badass genius

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