Edward Sharpe – free shows today after last night’s bonkers brilliance

I’m nowhere near recovering from last night’s marvellous and madcap show at The Lexington by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.  Holy moly, it was a real riot; and the good news is you have another three chance to see these guys in the flesh today:  a special acoustic performance on the bandstand in Victoria Park this afternoon between 2 and 4pm, an in-store gig at Rough Trade (they’ve recently signed to Rough Trade Records) and a performance at Koko’s Club NME tonight.  The first two are free, and Koko costs just a fiver, although life inside is never cheap…  

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Bring a picnic for Victoria Park if the weather holds, or perhaps a flask of gin, and enjoy music how it once was.  The bandstand is next to the Lido field, in the Hackney Wick end of the park. Best entrances are through Crown Gate East – opposite the Crown Pub – or through The Royal Gate East, which is the one beside the Royal Inn on the Park.  There’s more details and a map on the event page on Facebook.  I thoroughly advocate taking the afternoon off whatever you’re doing, and heading along.

The Rough Trade show’s at 7pm, and wristbands can be collected up to an hour before in the shop.

What to expect?  Well, judging by last night, just about the most mesmerising show imaginable: with 10 people packed on to the stage, ES&TMZ are as visually exciting and chaotic  as they are aurally thrilling.  It’s like a little itinerant town on stage, full of quirky, bonkers artistic types who trip over each other’s wires, graze accordions on tambourines, and giggle (except for one very sober guitarist) and gabber in glee while making a delicious din.  Make sure you’re in the front row, too: Edward himself likes nothing better than acquainting himself with new fans during ribald instrumental sections.  Theirs is a honkytonk, helter-skelter kinda rock, and richly varied: gospel one minute, country the next, a trumpet here, accordions there, and most percussions in between, with the constants of cutesy lyrics and rooting-tooting choruses that’ll soon have the stubbornest square jigging along in reluctant glee. It’s pandemonium with panache, a psychedelic shot of the good stuff, and more life-affirming than an ice bath in Siberia.   Hit these guys up!

Live dates:
Fri 21 Aug – Victoria Park Bandstand, Hackney (details here)
Fri 21 Aug – Rough Trade East, Brick Lane (details here)
Fri 21 Aug – Koko, Mornington Crescent (tickets here)

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros on MySpace
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ website

Buy Up From Below here (iTunes store)

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Carries On (zSHARE)
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – 40 Day Dream (zSHARE)
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Janglin’ (zSHARE)

~ by ripamel on 21/08/2009.

2 Responses to “Edward Sharpe – free shows today after last night’s bonkers brilliance”

  1. Did you make it to Victoria Park? Was as good as the previous night at Lexington. Acoustic guitars meant you heard the accordion and piano much more and the voices. Amazing stuff. Great band.

    Bring on tonight

    • I was in Paris – see the subsequent blog – and it was only just terrific enough to make up for missing the bandstand show. It sounds good – don’t suppose you illegally recorded it? 🙂

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