Beck and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore announce collaborative London show

The musical and spoken word event will take place at the Barbican Centre on June 29

Beck has announced a new London show, as part of a “living art project” called Station To Station taking place at the city’s Barbican Centre this summer.

The project, which took 18 months to organise, will run from June 27 to July 26 and features 100 international artists including Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who directed Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, along with installation artists such as Anri Sala and Marcus Coates. Most of the performances and installations will be accessible for free.

SEE MORE: NME Review Of Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’

Now, Beck has been confirmed as a new addition. The US musician will lead a musical and spoken word event on June 29, featuring readings from poets Simon Armitage and Jemima Foxtrot, with ex-Sonic Youth man Thurston Moore also appearing as a special guest.

The Barbican will also premiere a film of the tour’s American leg, which featured Beck, Moore and Patti Smith.

Doug Aitken, who created and curated the project, told The Guardian: “When we look at culture now, we see contemporary art surrounded by galleries and auction, we see music surrounded by industry – and the same for film. All these industries create standards, norms, and I believe there is so much more that can happen.”

On Thursday (June 18), Beck supported The Strokes at their Hyde Park show in London. Read a report of that gig here.

Beck also recently released a new single titled ‘Dreams’. The track is the first piece of music to be lifted from the musician’s upcoming new album. The US artist recently confirmed plans for a new record in an interview with Los Angeles based radio station Alt 98.7, describing the LP as a “hybrid” of garage rock and dance.

Beck called the album the “opposite” of his sedate 2014 release ‘Morning Phase’ and described it as “a pretty diverse group of songs that fit together.” Work on the record has been underway for a couple of years. “It started out as a heavy garage rock thing and became much more of a dance — some kind of hybrid,” he said of the sound of the album.

‘Morning Phase’ was recently certified silver in the UK having sold over 60,000 copies.

The album, Beck’s 12th full-length release, was awarded a Grammy for ‘Album of the Year’ at this year’s ceremony. The win caused controversy when Kanye West mock-interrupted him onstage, referencing his infamous interruption of Taylor Swift in 2009. After the awards West said that Beck should “respect artistry” and hand the award over to Beyoncé.
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