The Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band

Accidental / UK

  • Sunday 21 22:00 - 23:30

    Sónar by Night - Teatre Grec

The best way to leave Sónar

Sunday 21st July. Teatre Grec.
In collaboration with Festival Grec.
Due to limited capacity of the venue this concert requires a separate ticket to attend. Tickets available here.

One of the only unambiguous positives to come out of the UK’s decision to leave the EU has been the formation of Matthew Herbert’s latest boundary pushing sonic experiment. Formed shortly after the referendum vote of July 2016, The Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band (aka The Matthew Herbert Great Britain and Gibraltar European Union Membership Referendum Big Band), has enlisted over 1000 musicians and collaborators from across the Continent including Arto Lindsay and Caryl Churchill to reimagine British and European identity in the face of the split. In true Herbert style, physical representative elements of this have been incorporated into the sonic mix - from a Ford Fiesta to an English Breakfast to the sound of a ferry crossing the channel. This has been the starting point for a series of live shows across the continent as well as a 16 track album, “The State Between Us”, due to be released on March 29th - the scheduled date for the UK’s exit.

What the future holds is anyone’s guess, but what is guaranteed is that on July 21st the Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band will play the closing show of Sónar 2019 at Barcelona’s stunning open air amphitheatre, Teatre Grec. For this very special concert, The orchestra will be joined by the 50 person choir “Cor Pilot de l’ESMUC”.

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