Making music look and feel good

Talk | Friday 20 September | 2.30pm | 1 hour

Block9, Stephen Gallagher and Gidëon Berger, will share their vast experience of working with some of the world's most celebrated artists and events, making music look good and engaging audiences in immersive experiences that make them forget about Instagram and engage with each other and the world around them.

From Shostakovich's Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk in the crumbling Tower Ballroom in Birmingham to Grammy award-winning US DJ and producer, Skrillex's Mothership World Tour, they will reflect on how ambitious design can create musical utopias that allow audiences to truly get lost in music.

Gidëon dj set in the garden

Performance | Friday 20 September | 12pm | 1 hour

Since his first set of decks at 14, Gidëon has devoted his life to collecting black music vinyl from the US, Jamaica, Latin America and the UK. He specialises in Northern Soul, Reggae, vintage Gospel rarities and House.  

Gideön will open the festival with some uplifting tunes from the heart of the garden.

This is a fringe event and included with admission. No booking necessary.

Gidëon Berger and Steve Gallagher by Martin Perry

More about Block9

Formed in 2007 by artists Gidëon Berger and Stephen Gallagher, Block9 is about creative freedom, producing ground-breaking, multi-disciplinary artworks and installations. From pop-stars to performance, opera to club nights, Block9's collaborations with musical and visual artists are extensive and include Banksy to Birmingham Opera, Gorrilaz to Glastonbury and Dua Lipa to Penny Woolcock.

They explore the space where art, music, theatre and politics collide, often through the construction of large-scale, immersive, temporary realities. With Gideon as an international DJ and Stephen an art director, they create living artworks resulting in powerful live experiences.

The most renowned is their annual presence at Glastonbury Festival where, with the support of 747 crew, over 50,000 festival-goers enjoy "the best area of the best festival in the world" (BBC). In 2019, it included a new 65ft ‘deconstructed gig venue’ - a video-mapped “anonymised head” called IICON that will go on to tour nationally and internationally. Learn more about Block9

Banner image: IICON, Glastonbury 2019. Photo by Martin Perry.