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Saturday, March 19 • 11:15pm - Sunday, March 20 •12:15am

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What exactly is Beardyman? One minute he's winning the UK Beatbox competition, twice, next he's winning best MC at Breakspoll, then he's playing a sold-out run of solo comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. A uniquely gifted performer, his refusal to be put in a box has seen him beatbox all over the world including support slots touring with Groove Armada and hosting huge festival main stages. However, frustrated with the restrictions of the human mouth, but still obsessed with it's unparalleled capabilities, Beardyman has quickly became a leading figure in the emerging trend of live-looping, being the first to appropriate the Korg Kaoss Pad as a live-looping tool and pushing his beatbox-based art form into the entrancing and uncharted realms of live-production. Now, when playing to screaming fans all over the world, he uses an ever-growing arsenal of sound manipulation technology to take the ever-growing crowds with him on full-length musical journeys, darting from exhilaratingly ad-hoc rave-up to comedic musings and interpretations and mash-ups of classic tunes from a huge range of genres. His YouTube videos, which range from the comedic and ridiculous to the downright breathtaking, have been viewed tens of millions of times and it's hard to find a bad comment on any of them. His debut album is completely nuts, but absolutely enthralling: a hilarious and screw-face inducing roller-coaster ride through the twisted mind of a high-functioning musical savant. As challenging as it is entertaining, it's a genre-crossing yet highly focused expertly-produced master-work which is set to smash peoples expectations once again. The first single from ‘I Done A Album’ is Where Does Your Mind Go: a warped, and unusual electro-ballad, this track showcases Beardyman as an artist capable of delivering songs with lyrics as twisted and introverted as Nine-Inch-Nails or Sonic Youth whilst being truly unique in sound and production style, echoing French house but being somehow closer to Chemical Brothers meets T-Rex. Cool, yet tense, it worms its way in and out of balladry and build-up, finally settling on banging gutter-strut electro-tear-out before disappearing into atmospherics again leaving the listener disorientated but invigorated.

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A leading light on the Beatbox scene since he landed on it with a bang in the mid noughties, Beardyman, (real name Darren Foreman) has always pushed beatbox way beyond what most beatboxers consider its limits. A uniquely gifted performer, his refusal to be put in a box has seen... Read More →

Saturday March 19, 2011 11:15pm - Sunday March 20, 2011 12:15am CDT
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