It’ll be nice to see the Barberettes again, and this time they are joined by Sultan of the Disco for a fun filled evening of retro-chic (note that this event was originally scheduled for the previous day at a venue in Camden).
K-Music Showcase: The Barberettes + Sultan of The Disco
Tuesday 23 May 7pm
The Borderline | Orange Yard | Off Manette Street | London W1D 4JB | borderline.london
Price: ￡15 (Bookings: http://borderline.london/listings/the-barberettes/)
On Tuesday 23 May 2017, the K-Music Showcase comes to The Borderline with an exciting line-up featuring the ever popular The Barberettes and Sultan of The Disco.
Each year the K-Music Showcase presents exciting Korean bands in London before they embark upon the UK festival circuit. In 2017, for one night only, both groups will perform for London audiences before taking their unique styles of doo-wop, pop and funk to The Great Escape in Brighton and Sound City in Liverpool.
The Barberettes are a time-traveling girl group consisting of three female singers. After releasing their first album The Barberettes Vol. 1 in May 2014, they became known for being “a time-traveling girl group reproducing the sound of 50s – 60s”. As well as presenting contemporary pieces written by themselves, the Barberettes soothe the listeners’ ears with nostalgic joy by re-enacting the analogue sounds of yesteryear. In so doing, when The Barberettes perform, they often share the one microphone, as harmony groups have done since the 50s.
At the overwhelming request of fans abroad, the artists performed two separate concerts in Toronto, Canada as well as sell out shows at London’s K-Music Festival (2015) and Brighton’s Great Escape Festival (2016). Whilst in London, the artists also performed live on the BBC’s ‘The One Show’ and BBC Radio London which brought them widespread recognition within the music industry in the UK and across Europe.
They have also had favourable reviews from performances on international stages that include MUCON, Seoul (2014), Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM), South By South West (SXSW 2015), Hong Kong Asian Pop Music Festival (HKAMF), Midem, France (2015), Mapping Melbourne (2015), Trans Musicales, France (2016) and have successfully completed a tour in the US in 2016.
Sultan of The Disco
Inspired by Soul/Funk music from the golden age of disco represented through Chic, Kool and the Gang and the Jackson 5, Korean indie band Sultan of the Disco deliver vintage sounds to modern listeners.
When the band released their first full album ‘The Golden Age’ (2013), with the title clearly revealing an ambition to inherit from the soul/funk masters, the album was an exceptional hit and was nominated for the Best Dance Album at the Korea Music Awards. Sultan of the Disco’s popularity stems from their hilarious stage performances that have made the band earn a reputation for getting the audience dancing to their songs. When they played at several international festivals including Glastonbury (UK), Summer Sonic (Japan), CMJ Music Marathon (US) and CMW (Canada), the audiences danced along with the band and made enthusiastic calls for encores. BBC reporter Mark Savage said Sultan of The Disco were one of the best bands at Glastonbury 2014, their single ‘SQ (We Don’t Need No EQ IQ)’ was also produced by the Grammy winning producer Tony Maserati. In 2016, Sultan of the Disco were invited by the Glastonbury Festival to return again, and in the same year they also signed a contract to release their debut album in Japan with the major label VAP.