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Breaking Convention is many things, more than just an academic conference.  Not satisfied with dissolving ourselves in the latest academic developments and artistic works, we like to round off each day with evening entertainments to celebrate psychedelics as an integrative, versatile and diverse paradigm.  We have featured names such as Cold Cut, Mixmaster Morris, Youth, DJ Food, Gnod Soccer96, Nik Turner's Space Ritual, Andy Votel and The Oscillation and many more to help us with this in the past.

See below for the up-to-date arrangements as they appear.  Like other aspects of the daily programme this page may be subject to change in due course so make sure you check back to keep in the loop.

AFTER PARTIES: LINE UP 2019

These are the official Breaking Convention evening entertainments and except for the Thursday Theatre, all will be held downstairs in The Telesterion which is located in the recently-refurbished main Greenwich University Students Union Building.  Check out the details about all the artists below, including the updated start times for each artist so you don't miss a thing!  Directions to The Telesterion.

FRIDAY

19:00 Alex Downey (DJ set)

22:00 SCULPTURE (Live AV set)

00:00 Horton Jupiter (DJ set)

SATURDAY

19:00 Alex Downey (DJ set)

20:30 Clandestina (DJ set)

22:30 HENGE (live)

00:30 Kermit & The Superweird System (DJ set)

SUNDAY

19:00 Alex Downey (DJ set)

20:00 Tau (live)

22:00 DJ FOOD (DJ set)

23:30 Darren Sangita + Matt Black (DJ set)

THEATRE & ARTIST DETAILS

GREENWICH THEATRE

Kicking off this celebration of all things psychedelic, is a raucous evening of comedy with Shane Mauss and Adam Strauss at the Greenwich Theatre on Thursday 15th August 2019.

Click here for tickets - available now

Poster for Psychedelic Comedy at Greenwich Theatre

DIRECTIONS

Follow the map below to find the Greenwich Theatre: it should be straight-forward to reach the theatre by train, bus and on foot. Click here for the theatre directions page or see below. Note the site is in a London congestion charging zone and there is no free parking at the theatre.

RAIL

To get to the Greenwich theatre by train go to Greenwich mainline railway station (from London centre, this means going to London Bridge).

Greenwich Station for Charing Cross, Cannon Street, London Bridge, Deptford, and out towards Kent.

TUBE

To get to the theatre by tube, aim for Cutty Sark Docklands Light Railway station which is equidistant with Greenwich mainline station.

Greenwich and Cutty Sark stations, for Lewisham, Canary Wharf (for Jubilee line), Bank (for Northern line), and Stratford.

BUS

177, 180, 188, 199, 286, 386, M1, M2, N1.

Mobility buses: 851, 852, 853, 856.

CYCLING

The theatre is accessible by bicycle, just don't attach your bike to any railings where there are signs saying not to, otherwise your bike may be removed.

WALKING TO THE THEATRE

We recommend walking to the theatre as it will give you maximum exercise!

Sculpture
Sculpture - Live AV Set
Sculpture is electronic music producer, Dan Hayhurst, and visual artist, Reuben Sutherland, on a freewheeling excursion through temporary forms of digital composition, analogue electronics, comic strips, sci-fi, pop, psychedelia and multisensory perception.

Discovering transitory possibilities in live A/V performance is central. Utilizing an ever expanding library of zoetropic prints, Sutherland’s visual turntablism combines pre-cinema imaging with cutting-edge digital techniques in hallucinatory loops and jumps. There’s a clear connection with Hayhurst’s unstable sonics, free associations that gleefully defy convention in pursuit of a unique internal logic.

A sequence of animated picture discs have appeared on Dekorder, Ana Ott and Tapebox. Sculpture’s Membrane Pop LP and a live A/V document, Video Plot, were released by Oneohtrix Point Never’s Software label. Slime Code instantiated as 7 unique cassettes plus digital edition on patten’s Kaleidoscope imprint, later reissued on vinyl by Digitalis. The duo’s recent work includes the tape/graphic novel, Nearest Neighbour, and a series of digital audio and video works on their new Plastic Infinite label.
Horton Jupiter
Horton Jupiter - DJ Set
Horton Jupiter is British DJ / Collector of records of broad range, predominantly disco / dance music in its all forms, with psychedelic spectacles.  He has been making mixtapes since age 9, and did his first tape edit (of The Human League) 2 yrs later, 30 years before he'd even HEARD of DJ Harvey or Tom Moulton!

After starting out as a balearic / anything goes party DJ in '89, he subsequently spent 7 years playing hypnotic techno & psychedelic breaks in the east London underground party scene, 4 years playing Krautrock and all it's relatives as one of the original Club Kosmische residents, 11 years as head idiot of wild Erisian pop outfit They Came From The Stars I Saw Them, 4 years running the UK's first ever home restaurant, and 5 years as resident at south London's legendary underground dance Puwaba.

Horton currently runs his own occasional party PHONOMANCY, recently put out an e.p. of kosmische edits on BAHNSTEIG XXIII, is working towards starting his own record label, and recently undertook a ritual pilgrimage with 68 others in order to immanantise the eschaton, re-set Planet World, and usher in The Age Of Grummet.
Alex Downey
Breaking Convention Resident DJ: Alex Downey
There’s only a handful of DJ’s I’ve ever heard who are naturally gifted and Alex Downey is one of them,” says techno don Ben Sims at whose Split/Balance nights Downey has regularly played.

Based in Brighton, Alex fell in love with techno from seeing the likes of Derrick May and Dave Clarke at the Zap Club in the early nineties, and his regular pilgrimages to London’s Lost parties were an inspiration, where Jeff Mills became a massive influence on his musical perspective.

Alex Downey has been an ardent supporter of quality underground music and a prominent purveyor of all things electronic as a DJ, vinyl pusher, and radio presenter for well over two decades.  Alex was a key figure behind the counter at Brighton's legendary Covert Records and has amassed an immense record collection spanning the house, techno and electro spectrum, while his unrestricted sets behind the decks have earned him much respect and a great reputation amongst the global electronic community.

Alex has been a resident at the celebrated Freerotation Festival from it’s inception, and is currently a resident DJ at Brighton’s ‘First Floor’ party, playing alongside the likes of Function and XDB. He’s DJed at such diverse events as Wiggle, Split, Fabric, Labyrinth Festival in Japan, The Big-Beat Boutique, The Essential Festival and continues to play the best parties.  But just as important to his career arc are the hundreds of smaller parties and long-forgotten club nights that rocked hard and kept the lifeblood of the scene pumping. Alex's style behind the turntables defies categorization. For him techno isn't a dogma so much as a spirit of electronic freedom to adapt and embrace new styles.  He is highly rated by DJs and is regarded as a keeper of the flame.

He’s the high priest at his new business venture; ‘The Temple of Vinyl’, a monumental warehouse stocked floor to ceiling with the black gold, whilst his broad taste and consummate selection skills can be heard on his ‘Voyage De Lux’ radio shows, on Brighton’s 1BTN FM every other Wednesday night.

More recently, Alex has become a Third Ear resident DJ, as the seminal label seeks to bring together a select group of idiosyncratic DJs that showcase the label’s ethos, and is now represented by the ‘Guaranteed Connection Artists’ agency.  Alex Downey is the resident Breaking Convention DJ.  Check out his mix for Breaking Convention 2017.
Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow
Breaking Convention Resident AV + Lighting: Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow
Innerstrings brings an incredible psychedelic light show to the party, making the show one not to miss! Having built a reputation in Brighton for his vibrant and hypnotic visuals, Innerstrings has toured North America and Europe with Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and worked with the likes of James Holden, Whyte Horses, Gwenno, Maps, Liverpool Psych Fest, Fuzz Club, Club AC30 and Test pressing Festival, to name a few.
Kermit & The Superweird System
Kermit & The Superweird System - DJ Set
Kermit & The Super Weird System is the latest offering from the ever-evolving Moss Side artist. Channelling the likes of Big Youth, Dillinger and U-Roy, Kermit Leveridge’s new project sees him assume the role of a JA deejay, toasting over the booty-shaking, dubwise good times spun by Super Weird selector, Josh Ray.

From an original British b-boy to a Ruthless Rap Assassin, Kermit has constantly shape-shifted his way to the front of the vanguard. Having been the first dancer photographed spinning on his head in the UK during his Broken Glass days, his rhymes were later hailed by Roots Manuva as the ‘the roots of grime’ and as a founding half of Black Grape, alongside Shaun Ryder, Kermit climbed to the top of the UK charts, securing his name in the annals of music history.

After touring the world to critical acclaim and crossing the near-fatal abyss of heroin addiction, Kermit returned as a poet with lyrical wit that’s as distinct and impressive as ever. Reigniting a long-standing creative partnership with DJ Greg Wilson in 2014, his return to music inspired the formation of the multi-media Super Weird Substance label, and an extended family of singers, musicians and DJs has grown out of it since.

With an output including 2 life-affirming mixtapes and 9 balearicpsychedelicdubdisco vinyl EPs, the label has established a name for itself in the counterculture, furthered by a string of live events including 7 memorable sixties-styled Super Weird Happenings. Providing a pop-up party wherever they go, the label has established a reputation for versatility; as comfortable hosting intimate fire-side sessions as they are rocking a full house on main stages.

This latest manifestation sees Kermit join forces with Josh Ray, who’s established a solid reputation for reggae locally in Liverpool, at festivals like Positive Vibration and Africa Oyé, whilst DJing further afield in places like Amsterdam and Addis Ababa. Debuted to an incredibly warm and increasingly wild response at Sheffield’s Catch 23, followed by a transcendent session at Damanhur, Kermit & The Super Weird System are primed to rock festival audiences across the UK with their new slant on a sound system.

Clandestina
Clandestina - DJ Set
Clandestina, born in Florence, Tuscany, currently living in South Portugal, has been collecting music since early age.  She starts djing in the Chill Out stages of Psytrance Festivals, to then move to more upbeat sounds, exploring all those sonorities that allow people of different ages and "scenes" to dance in unison to a timeless, yet extremely contemporary, beat.  Tunes with a compelling groove, instruments and lyrics from all over the world, a crescendo of tempo with an irresistible bass, all conspires to create the kind of vibe that is not easy to cathegorize and impossible to let go...
Alex Downey
Breaking Convention Resident DJ: Alex Downey
There’s only a handful of DJ’s I’ve ever heard who are naturally gifted and Alex Downey is one of them,” says techno don Ben Sims at whose Split/Balance nights Downey has regularly played.

Based in Brighton, Alex fell in love with techno from seeing the likes of Derrick May and Dave Clarke at the Zap Club in the early nineties, and his regular pilgrimages to London’s Lost parties were an inspiration, where Jeff Mills became a massive influence on his musical perspective.

Alex Downey has been an ardent supporter of quality underground music and a prominent purveyor of all things electronic as a DJ, vinyl pusher, and radio presenter for well over two decades.  Alex was a key figure behind the counter at Brighton's legendary Covert Records and has amassed an immense record collection spanning the house, techno and electro spectrum, while his unrestricted sets behind the decks have earned him much respect and a great reputation amongst the global electronic community.

Alex has been a resident at the celebrated Freerotation Festival from it’s inception, and is currently a resident DJ at Brighton’s ‘First Floor’ party, playing alongside the likes of Function and XDB. He’s DJed at such diverse events as Wiggle, Split, Fabric, Labyrinth Festival in Japan, The Big-Beat Boutique, The Essential Festival and continues to play the best parties.  But just as important to his career arc are the hundreds of smaller parties and long-forgotten club nights that rocked hard and kept the lifeblood of the scene pumping. Alex's style behind the turntables defies categorization. For him techno isn't a dogma so much as a spirit of electronic freedom to adapt and embrace new styles.  He is highly rated by DJs and is regarded as a keeper of the flame.

He’s the high priest at his new business venture; ‘The Temple of Vinyl’, a monumental warehouse stocked floor to ceiling with the black gold, whilst his broad taste and consummate selection skills can be heard on his ‘Voyage De Lux’ radio shows, on Brighton’s 1BTN FM every other Wednesday night.

More recently, Alex has become a Third Ear resident DJ, as the seminal label seeks to bring together a select group of idiosyncratic DJs that showcase the label’s ethos, and is now represented by the ‘Guaranteed Connection Artists’ agency.  Alex Downey is the resident Breaking Convention DJ.  Check out his mix for Breaking Convention 2017.
Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow
Breaking Convention Resident AV + Lighting: Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow
Innerstrings brings an incredible psychedelic light show to the party, making the show one not to miss! Having built a reputation in Brighton for his vibrant and hypnotic visuals, Innerstrings has toured North America and Europe with Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and worked with the likes of James Holden, Whyte Horses, Gwenno, Maps, Liverpool Psych Fest, Fuzz Club, Club AC30 and Test pressing Festival, to name a few.
DJ Food
DJ Food - DJ Set
DJ Food is an electronic music project currently headed by Kevin Foakes (aka "Strictly Kev").  Originally conceived by the members of Coldcut on the Ninja Tune independent record label, the project started in 1990 on the premise of providing metaphorical "food for DJs". DJ Food released the Jazz Brakes series, with Jazz Brakes Volume 3 being the most successful.  The records consisted of collections of breaks, loops and samples, that could be used for mixing, remixing and producing.

The later DJ Food albums have developed with shades of Latin, dub, breakbeat, ambient, and drum and bass.

The 1995 album A Recipe for Disaster was a conscious move away from the Jazz Brakes volumes to form more of an identity as an artist, and a remix album of tracks from all 6 LPs, entitled Refried Food was released the following year.  The more recent release, Kaleidoscope, features guest artists including Bundy K. Brown (formerly of Tortoise, Directions in Music, Pullman) and voiceover artist and jazz poet, Ken Nordine.
Darren Sangita Matt Black
Darren Sangita + Matt Black - DJ Set
Darren Sangita is a composer & producer and performer.  Since 1994 he has sought to unite music and culture by working with international, indigenous musicians and technological wizards of the aural arts. He was label manager of the legendary Goa Trance label, Dragonfly Records in the mid 1990's and in year 2000 he founded the international arts and culture organisation, Sangita Sounds.  As a DJ he has spanned the genres of Goa Trance and Ambient Dub and has a colourful career going back to 1995 including the infamous “Karahana” trance festival in 1997 right through to Glastonbury festival with innumerable parties, gatherings and festivals across the globe inbetween.

He has worked with musicians, poets and producers from Iran, Morocco, India, Australia, Venezuela, Turkey, Syria and Oman and his production credits include:-
Ashirvad
Spectralite
Noodreem
Kumba Mela Experiment

Matt Black is a British DJ and one half of music duo Coldcut (along with Jonathan More), which founded the Ninja Tune record label.  Black is one of the inventors of the VJamm software used in the Coldcut live shows and also co-developed a "granular video synthesizer" titled Granul8.  He is also a founding member of the (now defunct) VJ group Hex, and of the VJ group The VJamm Allstars with whom he continues to perform shows and has also worked alongside Crass Agenda as part of the Savage Utopia project.
TAU
TAU - Live
TAU's newest offering TAU and The Drones of Praise, following TAU TAU TAU (2016) leaps to life from its very first track, offering an empowering manifesto that lays their weapons on the table for all to see: TAU filter out the cacophony and confusion of the current way of living which weaves the listener directly to the heart of things. It offers studious ruminations of the invisible crossed with the wall-of-sound psychedelic drone arrangements that are at the very core of the project.

After celebrating their (first) release in venues and festivals all over Europe, including coveted performances at Le Guess Who Festival, Liverpool Psych Fest and Levitation Angers as well as plays and recognition on BBC 6 with fans in Cerys Matthews and Tom Ravenscroft, TAU have matured their sound.

TAU and The Drones Of Praise is a yawp into the darkness, formulating new medicine with old roots. It will be released on February 4th 2019 on their own label DRONES OF PRAISE RECORDS.

Check out the latest single Craw
Alex Downey
Breaking Convention Resident DJ: Alex Downey
There’s only a handful of DJ’s I’ve ever heard who are naturally gifted and Alex Downey is one of them,” says techno don Ben Sims at whose Split/Balance nights Downey has regularly played.

Based in Brighton, Alex fell in love with techno from seeing the likes of Derrick May and Dave Clarke at the Zap Club in the early nineties, and his regular pilgrimages to London’s Lost parties were an inspiration, where Jeff Mills became a massive influence on his musical perspective.

Alex Downey has been an ardent supporter of quality underground music and a prominent purveyor of all things electronic as a DJ, vinyl pusher, and radio presenter for well over two decades.  Alex was a key figure behind the counter at Brighton's legendary Covert Records and has amassed an immense record collection spanning the house, techno and electro spectrum, while his unrestricted sets behind the decks have earned him much respect and a great reputation amongst the global electronic community.

Alex has been a resident at the celebrated Freerotation Festival from it’s inception, and is currently a resident DJ at Brighton’s ‘First Floor’ party, playing alongside the likes of Function and XDB. He’s DJed at such diverse events as Wiggle, Split, Fabric, Labyrinth Festival in Japan, The Big-Beat Boutique, The Essential Festival and continues to play the best parties.  But just as important to his career arc are the hundreds of smaller parties and long-forgotten club nights that rocked hard and kept the lifeblood of the scene pumping. Alex's style behind the turntables defies categorization. For him techno isn't a dogma so much as a spirit of electronic freedom to adapt and embrace new styles.  He is highly rated by DJs and is regarded as a keeper of the flame.

He’s the high priest at his new business venture; ‘The Temple of Vinyl’, a monumental warehouse stocked floor to ceiling with the black gold, whilst his broad taste and consummate selection skills can be heard on his ‘Voyage De Lux’ radio shows, on Brighton’s 1BTN FM every other Wednesday night.

More recently, Alex has become a Third Ear resident DJ, as the seminal label seeks to bring together a select group of idiosyncratic DJs that showcase the label’s ethos, and is now represented by the ‘Guaranteed Connection Artists’ agency.  Alex Downey is the resident Breaking Convention DJ.  Check out his mix for Breaking Convention 2017.
Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow
Breaking Convention Resident AV + Lighting: Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow
Innerstrings brings an incredible psychedelic light show to the party, making the show one not to miss! Having built a reputation in Brighton for his vibrant and hypnotic visuals, Innerstrings has toured North America and Europe with Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and worked with the likes of James Holden, Whyte Horses, Gwenno, Maps, Liverpool Psych Fest, Fuzz Club, Club AC30 and Test pressing Festival, to name a few.