NEWS FROM ONALLEE
MERCURY PRIZE WINNER ONALLEE'S INAUGURAL MULTI MEDIA SHOW SHINES A BEACON OF LIGHT AND HOPE ON BRISTOL – FOR ONE NIGHT BRISTOL CAME TOGETHER IN A NARRATIVE OF AN ALL TOO FAMILIAR STORY, A PLANET IN NEED OF SAVING
Diary date: 9.45pm, Saturday 18 February
Launch event for Onallee's debut touring show and upcoming EP - 'Futurism 3.0’ - featuring flying drones, 3D visuals, special effects, immersive choir, futuristic dancers and pulsating, left field, emotive drum & bass music.
The Lantern, Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol
‘ONALLEE PRESRENTS FUTURISM 3.0 – THE IMMERSIVE DRUM AND BASS EXPERIENCE
At the Colston Hall there have been some incredible performances. It can be the quality of the music, the moment captured. Saturday night saw Onallee performing there. It was one of those landmark events in the history of this place. It could have been for the brand new futuristic look with flying drones taking us off world to an alternative reality in the Lantern room where we were all starting to move to the deep beats. Drum and bass dropped as Onallee entered in a Tron like outfit glowing and flanked by two Lycra clad futuristic dancers. The show featured D Product from Full Cycle and Leonie Laws from Breakbeat Era, all came down from the spaceship to spread a message of peace and looking to the future while blending the cool sounds of now to help take us there.
As a disembodied voice booms over the hypnotic synths and strings of the intro detailing the back story of tonight’s protagonists’ voices erupted in harmony all around us. Seemingly the choir that was advertised were inserted unknowingly into the crowd eliciting surprise and awe among concert goers as well as fostering a feeling of interconnectedness. The walls and backdrop were all housing projections which served to increase the womb like presence of the alternative reality that Onallee was asking us to join.
This future visitation was what made the night special: the call to arms echoed in the tumultuous beats of ‘Revolution’, the laconic lyrics and synth stabs heralding the despair of a dystopian autocratic world in ‘Devastation’, the wondrous expansive nature of humanity in ‘1 Million Flies’ and the reassurance of saviour and redemption in the ethereal ‘Dead Poets’. After the music Onallee held aloft a message that she would not rest until the name of the building was changed. That got a huge appreciative response from the crowd but rather than just leave it at a sound bite she told us all to join her outside to start to change things. To begin the discussion.
"The reason I agreed to play here was to rename and reclaim the Colston Hall for the people of Bristol even if for just one evening. It was an occupation – in protest of the hall being named after a slaver – rather than a boycott. Because I'm a musician the easiest place for me to access people and act on this is at a gig. The ‘Future Leaders’ idea was borne out of the need to be more responsive. It’s about starting something wherever you are placed – you don’t need to be out on the street to protest.”
In a world of Twitter protests and re posts this felt fresh and original. Real and direct. Perhaps more akin with how Leonard Cohen used to talk to crowds in the 60s to effect change in the minds of his audiences. Today it feels like people are restless for change. Real change. Not just a brush up and re working. So everything about tonight was about this. The music, the lights, the way Onallee talked one to one with everyone in the audience at gigs end. The positivity about wanting to effect change was as charged and vibrant here tonight as the futuristic light show used to deliver the songs. And change comes because of moments like this. If the voices can unify the way the show was put together, if discussions can lead to people dancing with their banners held high like at the climax of this gig, anything is possible… A truly immersive experience.
SINGLE OUT NOW: 1 MILLION FLIES (FUTURISM 3.0 MIX) feat. D PRODUCT
EP FUTURISM 3.0 COMING SOON:
Available on iTunes and all digital download stores