Occupation Show 3

The Vortex has seating at the front and standing at the back, seating will be allocated based on the order tickets are sold and reserved for you when you arrive.

If the number of tickets remaining above shows fewer than 25 we cannot guarantee you will get a seat.


Popside and The Vortex Present…

Darren Hayman’s Occupation

Show Three – Piano Ballads with Trumpets & Trombones

Thursday 12th September 2013 The Vortex

“The third Occupation show is themed around piano ballads. The majority of the songs will be taken my album The Ship’s Piano but I will also be visiting other softer moments from my back catalogue, including some rarely played Hefner songs.

I will be accompanied by a small Jazz combo including Steve Pretty on trumpet.

My desire to do these Vortex shows came out of my love of the more esoteric regions of jazz and a longing to experiment and stretch out on stage. With that in mind I am delighted to announce that the support for this show comes from Gail Brand and Mark Sanders.

Gail and Mark play free improv music on trombone and drums. A beautiful, courageous sound which I hope will come to mean even a fraction to you as it does to me.

Here is Stewart Lee introducing their music on the BBC 

I hope also to collaborate with Gail and Mark on a new piece on the night.

I hope you can come.”

Tickets are £10 and seating is limited so book early to guarantee yourself a spot and ticket holders will get a poster designed by Darren for each show.

Darren Hayman’s Occupation is a series of shows on the second Thursday of the month at The Vortex, Dalston. There will be a mix of sets showcasing different albums, themes and special guests. This is not your standard indie gig:

“I love gigs. I hate gigs.

I want to play live and I love what shows can be, but I’ve found myself frequently stifled by the limitations of my career. I can’t play the plush, seated venues and I can’t experiment with a string section or play 20 minute opuses.

My music was born in the sticky floored rock venue. I like the sticky floored rock venue but I have had a hankering for something different recently. My own taste has veered towards free improv and jazz and although it’s hard to imagine that music influencing my own I do love the culture of live music in this genre.

Long sets, sometimes two, comfortable venues and a reverence and respect for the event and the moment; less talking, less cameras, more dynamics, less microphones.

I wondered if these would let an indie rock interloper amongst their ranks. My show at the Vortex back in last November was successful enough to make me think of playing a monthly residency there.

The idea is that each show is themed. I don’t want to go the whole predictable route of playing complete albums, but rather group, types of songs together for different evenings. Experiment, sometimes play two sets, sometimes have unlikely guests. I will be playing with members of my bands from through out my career as well as old friends like the Wave Pictures and Allo Darlin.

The Vortex is a beautiful venue. I’m trying to do something different; something, smaller, prettier. I hope you can come.”

The Vortex
11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ
Doors 8pm
£10 Adv