If you’re in London on June 5th, the place to be is going to be Short Circuit 2010 – the Roundhouse’s festival of electronica – which will include an evening celebrating the best of British electronic music, headlined and curated by John Foxx.
Following a DJ set by one of the UK’s most influential electronic artists, Gary Numan with co-producer Ade Fenton, John Foxx – founder of Ultravox, Britain’s first synthesizer rock band – will perform a rare analogue synthesizer show to mark his 30th anniversary as a solo artist.
He and a one-off group of special guests will assemble on stage for the first time with the machines used on his 1980 debut solo album, Metamatic – the Moogs, ARPs and drum machines that created the sound of the future – to perform material from Metamatic and a selection of early Ultravox music.
The set will also include new material created in collaboration with Paul Daley from Leftfield, and songs by John Foxx & The Maths – an all-analogue synthesizer project with London-based artist Benge.
Earlier in the day there’ll be a series of events programmed by Foxx, including movies, DJs, VJs, and a Super 8 project he’s currently working on with London Orbital author, Iain Sinclair.
So, who’s going to make it to see John Foxx, Gary Numan and the sound of the first wave of British synth pop?