Our four wheeled art exhibition came to a glorious end last night after a tour of the UK. Following two weeks in which the vans visited Bristol, Leeds and London, DJs Deadboy and Boddika made sure the crowd saw them off with amazing back to back sets at our final Shoreditch location… But we doubt it’ll be the last we see of them.
As part of the ‘Make With A Red Stripe’ series, British street artist Filthy Luker has made his mark on Manchester’s Town Hall. Using plastic road barriers and road work equipment, he has created an epic scene from everyone’s favourite 80s arcade game. The retro-classic installation comes to life at night with LED lights which animate when anyone presses a button on the street. Filthy Luker’s work will be up for a month, so Mancunians – get yourself down and get involved.
The first of our Red Stripe Make Sessions with Boiler Room kicked off last week in a secret London location, with a headline set from the legendary DOOM, alongside Jneiro Jarel, Boom Bip, Buddy Peace and the Boiler Room residents.
In the first of our many Make Sessions to come, the back to basics jam featured an eclectic mix of hip-hop, jazz, electronic beats and soulful experimental. DOOM and his crew played some absolute bangers, moving from hip-hop to broken-beat to electronic dance, showing us how it’s done Lex Records style.
Keep an eye out for the next Boiler Room event, which will be bringing you the best in underground music and culture. In the meantime if you’d like to see the real deal, you can have a proper listen to the event right here.
Wednesday 16th November wasn’t exactly carnival weather – but we livened things up with our first full-on Make event: Make Something From Nothing, down at Village Underground in Shoreditch. The venue would be the perfect place to get Yuri Suzuki’s road-tested sculpture booming, with the help of Ben UFO, Spencer, Chunky and Al Fingers.
Outside, we’d let Aussie artist Buff Diss loose with some trademark tape, hitting the whitewashed wall with a load of sound waves. It all led to a giant speaker stack and down into the venue itself, where Yuri’s 2.5 metre sculpture loomed large. Set against the back wall, the DIY system – made from thousands of Red Stripe cans, red tape and a soldering gun – attracted a load of attention as it boomed out the evening’s tunes.
To mark the event, we also pressed a limited edition gatefold white vinyl featuring a classic dub version of Under Me Sleng Teng (the original digital riddim). There were only 200 of these, so if you see one – grab it.
You can get a fuller flavour of the night on our stream, or check out vice.com for more shots.
Think of Jamaica’s amped-up DIY sound systems and you think of Red Stripe. So turning our carnival cans into something booming sounded just about right. We got sound sculptor Yuri Suzuki involved, along with designer Matthew Kneebone, some soldering guns, loads of rolls of tape, some speakers and two decks. The result was a 12-foot sculpture that was part art piece, part speaker stack. It looked awesome – but what would it sound like? We brought in Al Fingers and Gappy Ranks to give it a go…