AboutBe Glad for the Song Has No End - a Festival of Artists' Music is a day of live music, film screenings and events set across three uniquely constructed stages in the grounds of Wysing Arts Centre, an 11-acre site in the Cambridgeshire countryside.
Organised and arranged by artist/musician Andy Holden, (who has recently had a solo show at Tate Britain and will be performing with his band, The Grubby Mitts), the line-up includes visual artists with significant gallery-based careers, including Turner Prize winners Martin Creed and Mark Leckey, and Bob and Roberta Smith.
Music ranges from straight rock, through indie, punk, spoken word, ambient and free-form improvisation played on various improbable instruments such as Owl Project's âi-logs', which combine wooden sculptures with sound technology. Martin Creed's music is an amazing mix of post-punk, minimalism and conceptual art, whilst Juneau Projects play homemade instruments.
Other events scattered around the festival site include Kim Gordon and Jutta Koether's Reverse Karaoke, where visitors can record themselves singing along to Sonic Youth's lead vocalist; Mark Essen's Record Exchange where visitors can bring records to swap; a programme of films by artists who use music to explore ideas that might be tricky to access via other modes of discourse, plus workshops for children, and an UBUWeb sound-system.
Be Glad For The Song Has No End celebrates the current interest in combining genres such as music, film, performance and architecture within the context of the visual arts, and brings to a close Wysing Arts Centre's three month long Camp for Improbable Thinking.