SYNDIKAT x Digital Presents
Syndikat’s 4th installment realises the takeover of the Sunday Bank Holiday, an infamous date in Newcastle. We will be shutting down Digital with multiple rooms, various music styles and some serious bookings…
Stepping things up yet again, the legendary Kölsch will be headlining the main room, supported by the renowned Man Power and ‘the one to watch’ in techno- Boxia.
In true Syndikat fashion, special guests are still to come… so get your tickets whilst you can. Special Guests will be announced as we build one of the finest and largest line ups Newcastle will see all year.
Kölsch, Rune’s primary and personal project, is a medium for the narration of his life through sonic soundscapes. Rune’s first critically acclaimed album release, ‘1977’, which is full of timeless tracks such as Loreley, Opa, Oma and Goldfisch, signifies the year of his birth and draws inspiration from his culturally diverse upbringing. Rune himself notes, “being half Irish, half German and living in Denmark – it was all one big messy period of my life.” Living in Christiania, an anarchic hippie commune in Copenhagen while spending school summers in Germany with his grandparents, Rune recalls how ‘1977’ was a product of “reminiscing about what shaped me as a kid” and “the weird ideas and concepts I had on my mind at the time.” While Rune attributes the emotion of ‘1977’ to the “solace” and “imaginary world that I would spend days in,” he describes ‘1983’ as a “travel album,” sound tracking the first year he travelled through Europe aged six. The sentimentality is clear; the journey is vibrant and picturesque. Rune describes the experience of traveling from Denmark through Europe to the South of France as driving from “cold northern winter through the spring into the summer.”
Kölsch continues to perform to the highest calibre, serving an acclaimed Essential Mix for Pete Tong to the BBC Radio 1 listeners, setting the Fabric main room alight with his sound, playing Space Terrace – in his words “a boyhood dream since I started going to Ibiza in 1999” and opening Ushuaia in 2015. Kölsch has continued this run of global domination with his Australian Tour, South American Tour and also the Ibiza commitments in 2015, where he’s also playing Space and Amnesia + closing Ushuaia with Antz. Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac has shown her undying support, noting ‘that man is sort of King when it comes to pianos and House music. He’s got a way of wrenching your emotions.’ Continuing his exploration of the complete musical spectrum, Kölsch has also given Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars”, a characteristically extended remix that improves upon the original in every conceivable way.
Rune describes how ‘1983’ has been over two years in the making. The result is an elegant, anthemic, transcendent soundtrack, which engulfs the listener from the outset. A sonic coupling of classical composition and contemporary production, the addition of Gregor Schwellenbach’s emotive orchestral strings blend in harmony with the beat-laden percussion, offering a symphony of sound unheard in the techno spectrum. The final track ‘Papageno,’ taking its name from the main character in the play the ‘Magic Flute,’ is about Rune’s revelation while watching that very play. It dawned on him that “the whole higher establishment of the German upper-middle class” were instead of watching the stage, looking at him, “this little hippie kid, and they did not approve of me being a part of their society.” With Waa Industry supplying the melancholic vocals, the track serves as a plaintive end to the cathartic experience that is ‘1983.’
Accelerating into the blurring boundaries of electronic music through his Me Me Me imprint, Man Power is the production alias of UK born music maker Geoff Kirkwood.
Named XLR8R Artist of 2015 and nominated as Beatport Best Artist of 2016, Man Power continues to champion his own path. An elusive figure that initially rose to fame as an anonymous project, his early releases on John Talabot’s Hivern Discs and Jennifer Cardini’s Correspondant saw him diffuse the limits of genres, while his more recent output on ESP Institute, Ene Japan, Permanent Vacation and remix work for the likes of Bryan Ferry further cement his portrayal as an adventurous musical delinquent.
As comfortable producing psychedelic disco as he is stripped back techno and Balearica, Man Power is also held in high regard for own breed of edits, with his ‘Thank You’ bootleg of 2016 becoming one of the best selling releases on the Phonica white label series.
Man Power’s 2015 self-titled debut album drew wide praise, paying heed to everything from early 20th century modernism to obscure poets such as the late ee cummings. While his Me Me Me label, launched in 2016, continued on with this boundless energy, focusing only on the quality of the output rather than any restrictions on style. Contributions to Me Me Me to date have included luminaries such as DJ Tennis, Axel Boman and Red Axes, as well as burgeoning names including James Hadfield and Last Waltz.
Now splitting his time between continents with residencies as far flung as Topaz Deluxe in Monterrey, MN Roy of Mexico City and Ape-X in his native Newcastle, the charismatic Geordie is likely to be found careering anywhere around the world with fabric, Panorama Bar, Glastonbury festival and tours of Japan and the US all staples in his schedule.
2017 promises yet more of the unexpected for Man Power and it’s a thrilling ride for those willing to keep up.