Night in Hampstead Heath (Air Studios & Goldfrapp)


This is a night we’d been waiting for and working towards for quite a long time (so I may be a little biased but I’m willing to swear under oath!).  The musical marvels that are Goldfrapp released a film and live performance combo, in conjunction with their latest album ‘Tales of Us’.

Listen to ‘Tales of Us’ via Spotify

Directed by Lisa Gunning (Cap Gun Collective) who has edited movies such as ‘Nowhere Boy’ and ‘Seven Psychopaths’ the five short films were transmitted into cinemas across the globe on March 4th and we were lucky enough to be sat in Air Studios for the live performance.

The studios are located within a stunning church on Hampstead Heath and have one of the largest studios in the world, Lyndhurst Hall.

air studios

The space had been expertly decorated in line with Goldfrapp’s current style and love for all things dreamy, eerie, woodland-esque but strangely romantic; so think bare trees, structured chair pyramids and moody lighting…

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Event Cinema is relatively new on the entertainment scene but it is growing incredibly rapidly, enticing more and more artists to use this platform to reach a broader and higher volume of audience simultaneously across many territories.

You really could have heard a tiny, lonesome twig snap just before Alison Goldfrapp threw off her black coat to reveal a crisp white suit and introduce the thousands of fans to the first of many songs on the hour long set list.

Whether you’re a fan or not, there is no denying that this woman can sing (and evidently whistle) beautifully and she captivated us so much with her powerful and truly electric vocals that I swear no-one around me moved a muscle, until the euphoric beat kicked in for ‘Little Bird’ that is and we jigged as much as we could on seats.

We were asked by production beforehand not to clap at all, so it didn’t affect the live broadcast for cinema-goers.  This is the hardest thing to do when you were just ‘wowed’ by every song.  It was like eating a fresh, hot doughnut and being told you can’t lick your lips otherwise fairies will die.

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My favourite quote of the night from Alison: “this song was inspired by a trip to Iceland…the country, not the supermarket”.

The event was for one night only, but with any luck, there will be some encores coming to a cinema near you, soon.

 

 

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About Hayles

Living in and loving London, I like to cram in as much as possible. I have a lot of different hobbies which I start on a whim and most of the time abandon for something else! My current interests include film, TV, music, comedy, art, photography, theatre and finding new yummy food establishments. Mostly I just love to experience the many joys and wonders that London offers. I started this blog to help me remember what I've actually done at the end of each year, but now I actually really enjoy writing and sharing what I hope is funny and/or useful information.
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