The Bays play Edinburgh show for Departure Lounge's seventh birthday
- Henry Northmore
- 14 July 2010
Edinburgh’s home of ‘heavyweight global sounds’.
What exactly are ‘heavyweight global sounds’?
Departure Lounge takes in everything from hip hop to funk and jazz to dub with a healthy dose of world music, house beats, Latin, reggae and breaks. It’s hard to really categorise but it all fits a certain groove, a certain atmosphere, a run though a few of their previous guests should give you a better idea as Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Haggis Horns, Bonobo, DJ Vadim, Bass Clef, Kraak & Smaak and many more have graced the stage at DL.
So what’s going on this month?
The chaps at Departure Lounge (namely residents Astroboy, Jiminez and Mr Zimbabwe) reach their seventh birthday. Much like the Queen one birthday party just isn’t enough so they have split their celebrations into two. First off on 23 July they keep things Scottish with live guests Captain Slackship’s Mezzanine Allstars and Edinburgh Samba School for a mix of dubby beats and carnival vibes. Returning on 1 August the crew teams up with the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, for more live action from The Bays.
Tell me more about these mysterious Bays
They are indeed an unusual proposition: the Bays have never released any music but have become live favourites. Completely free from any restraints a record company would impose, each set is an entirely improvised mix of jazz, funk and dance beats as they live by their motto ‘Performance is the Product’.
Sounds good – any more info?
Also joining The Bays will be ‘cosmic beat maker’ Asthmatic Astronaut and the much respected Hidden Orchestra (formerly known as Joe Acheson Quartet) and their mix of loops, jazz and samples.
The Departure Lounge Seventh Birthday Part 1, Fri 23 Jul; Part 2, Sun 1 Aug. Both take place at the Caves, Edinburgh.