A LOVE FROM OUTER SPACE.
Welcome to a festival like no other, in the most stunning festival setting in the world.
This 6th edition of Convenanza is really special: we return to a venue like no other, Carcassonne medieval castle. And this year, internationally renowned artist, Felice Varini, has created one of his amazing anamorphic paintings on the ramparts!
Every year in September, Andrew Weatherall and Bernie Fabre host a selection of left-field live acts and cutting edge DJs...
Andrew fell in love with the medieval castle a few years ago, and decided to create his festival there... He did some research on the Cathars, a religious group which was persecuted by the catholic church and expelled from Carcassonne castle in 1209... That’s why he named the festival Convenanza: it’s the formal rite that made a Cathar listener a believer.
The courtyard of the château Comtal is a fundamental ingredient of Convenanza and in 2018 the CENTRE DES MONUMENTS NATIONAUX has become co-producer of the event with « De la City à la Cité ». As a result of this co-production, we will offer a special « Convenanza » visit in English , with access to parts of the castle not usually opened to the public.
Now over 50, Andrew is a cult figure with passionate fans.
He has a wide network of admirers across the world and a code of artistic honour that sets him apart from all his contemporaries.
Ever the romantic, the outsider, he adheres to Billy Childish’s ethos of amateurism. In the words of Billy: « what you need is an amateur status because an amateur does it for love and for interest. They’re engaged in a more intelligent way ».
He’s not just an artist who sticks two fingers up at the mainstream, but one who respectfully says it’s not for him. He has remained defiantly uncategorisable: You can expect to hear any genre of music on his radio shows, from obscure rockabilly to current electronic music, as well as dub, krautrock, 60’s garage, 70’s psych…
He opens every night at the festival with a selection of obscure gems (the now famous « Music’s Not For Everyone » sessions!) from his collection. You probably won’t know a single track but you’ll feel the urge to ask him the name of each one!
But above all, he’s still one of the best DJs in the world.
Listen: his sessions on NTS Radio
W/ PASCAL COMELADE + EMMANUELLE SEIGNER.
There’s a special connection between The Limiñanas and Convenanza. The Limiñanas incorporate sixties punk and obscure spectres of the yé-yé scene, cult cinematic soundtracks and cool Westerns, Italian pop and Nouvelle Vague, Spector and Gainsbourg, Nuggets compilations, early Stooges and Suicide, and the inevitable debts to the Velvet Underground.
For Convenanza n° 6, they’ve offered to do a « bespoke » gig: they’ve invited Catalan genius Pascal Comelade to play tracks from the album they recorded together: « Traité De Guitarres Triolectiques (À L’Usage Des Portugaises Ensablées) », as well as special covers…
Pascal has recorded with PJ Harvey, Robert Wyatt, the legendary drummer of Can Jaki Liebezeit, Jean-Hervé Peron from Krautrock legends FAUST… His music has evolved from minimalist (check his album « Fluence » from 1975) to unique compositions which build bridges between krautrock and Nino Rota or Vince Taylor and Satie!
They’ve also invited french actress Emmanuelle Seigner: she sings on « Shadow People » on the new album, and she’s about to release her own album which has been composed by The Limiñanas!
Shadow People (feat Emmanuelle Seigner)
I’m Dead (feat Pascal Comelade)
Japanese legend Kuniyuki Takashi plays one of the best live sets in dance music. The multi instrumentalist producer plays piano, conga drums, flute…
Kuniyuki is a sound designer and producer who is based and works in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. He is no doubt one of Japan’s best kept secrets, and we’re glad he’s accepted to prepare an exclusive live set for Convenanza. Monsieur Weatherall played his fab remix of ESS O ESS' « Take You To A Secret Place » in his most recent radio show on NTS Radio.
His live sets are really incredible, as evidenced in his Boiler Room performance in Mexico.
Listen: Boiler Room
Andrew and Sean bring their « A Love From Outer Space » party to Convenanza every year. Expect dizzying selections of sleazy narco-disco informed by new beat, acid house, dub and kosmische…
The manifesto of their night is to never knowingly exceed 122bpm. Andrew describes the night as « an oasis of slowness in a world of increasing velocity ».
The infectious uptake of ALFOS’s premise hes been undeniable, with tours across the UK, jaunts across the continent, numerous festival slots and more recently, the establishment of a Glasgow base at the Berkeley suite: an appropriately meteoric ascendency. in the words of Sean Johnston: « The highlight of the ALFOS calendar is
always Andrew’s Convenanza Festival in the South of France… »
Listen: DJ Set
Monsieur Weatherall thinks Die Wilde Jagd is the perfect Convenanza band. The new album’s been on repeat at our respective châteaux, and at Monsieur Sean Johnston’s as well!
In 2006 a chance meeting in Düsseldorf’s Salon des Amateurs led to the formation of Die Wilde Jagd, a two piece band which dabble in the realms of synthpop, krautrock, electronica and beyond. Beck & Philipp incorporate blends of mesmerizing guitar riffs alongside synths, drums, percussion and everything in between to create luscious soundscapes. Their debut self titled album was released 3 years ago.
Taking inspiration from krautrock legends NEU! and Kraftwerk, as well as D.A.F, Thomas Dinger, Michael Bundt… they’ve just released their new album « Uhrwald Orange » on German label Bureau B.
Listen: 2000 Elefanten
With comparisons being made to Psykick Warriors Ov Gaia, Cyclobe and Insanlar’s « Kime Ne » this one’s definitely making waves amongst fans of... well... whatever sort of music this is.
Komodo Kolektif is a loose collective of multi-instrumentalists based not in Indonesia as one might expect with such a name, but Glasgow, Scotland, their name being an indirect reference to the Indonesian gamelan instruments featured in their compositions. The instruments used (saron, gender, kempul) belong to local gamelan ensemble Gamelan Naga Mas of which two of the musicians have been full-time members for around a decade while the other members are also loosely affiliated and have appeared as ‘guest’ musicians on various one-off performances and who are themselves well-known musicians in their own rights. Combined with an arsenal of vintage synthesizers and traditional hand percussion the resulting concoction is a magical, mystical brew indeed.
« Amazing. Great record »(Andrew Weatherall)
« This is awesome...10/10 »(JD Twitch / Optimo)
The magnificient duo OTTO and their organ music!
Alexander Arpeggio and Cid Honer like vintage drum machines/organs/synths. « Samstag Nacht » has been a favourite at château Convenanza. Their music is imbued with 1970’s (electronic) library music, proto-techno… weirdo german organ tracks, specially made for the Disko. Tanzen!
This project is supported by Orgaton, the society for the promotion of organ music.
Listen: Samstag Nacht
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