Merrill Garbus is guest curator at this summer's event. She told us all about the three acts she's chosen to join her at the fest.
As well as playing Larmer Tree Festival with her own band, Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus is the guest curator at this year’s edition of the Salisbury bash. She’s chosen to use her platform to spotlight three of her favourite acts from around the world, with a specific focus on highlighting the talents of women.
“It pains me that we still have to talk about women being fully represented, particularly in festivals,” she tells us. “So this felt like a great opportunity to start putting into practice where we need to head in the music industry. A lot of the proof is in the pudding. It’s about letting there be a diverse slew of voices at any gathering.”
Ahead of the festival – which takes place July 20-22, 2018 – get acquainted with Tune-Yards’ three line up choices.
Ibibio Sound Machine
“They’re one of my favourite UK groups. We had an opportunity to play with them a few years ago, and I can’t think of a better act to come and get people dancing and celebrating. The way that [vocalist Eno Williams] sings, and to hear a woman’s voice so rhythmic and powerful, is just astounding. I’m so happy that there are these different voices, of a deeper timbre, singing in different languages besides English. At least in my world, it feels like there are way more of these voices in mainstream music. It makes me really happy.“
“Miss Eaves is one of a kind. She toured with Tune-Yards in the fall, and she’s a treasure. She is a brave woman! I hate it when people describe me that way, so I hope she’ll forgive me, but she talks about things that make me blush as a woman who grew up with a level of conservatism when it comes to talking about body and sexuality. Because she’s wearing a stuffed bear costume you can’t help but enjoy every second. She brings people right in, and it’s a total fun party time. She’s another truth-speaker, and another person who makes your jaw drop. All these women are. When I hear them, I want to hear more.”
“She’s based in Germany, and I have been wanting to involve her in, well, everything. I think she’s incredibly talented. Her heart is open wide and ready to tell the truth. I think that’s rare in artists. I don’t know any other way to make art than to be truthful in that process, and have honesty be a big part of creation. There are some people’s voices where when you hear them open their mouths, your jaw drops before you’ve even heard what they have to say. Akua has that kind of voice. I want more people to hear her voice, and I want to hear what she has to say.”