John Foxx I’m in the Capital at the British Film Institute (BFI) on Southbank. The BFI is running a programme of Sci-Fi based events which started on 20th October and runs until 31st December. With three sci-fi based themes (Tomorrow’s World, Altered States and Contact!) a range of film, art and live music events linking in are arranged as part of BFI Southbank’s regular film/music event “Sonic Cinema”. During the sci-fi season, artists such as DJ Yoda, and Radiophonic Workshop will be appearing a series of special Sci-Fi themed live performances. The programme for this evening brings a range of audio/visual and film performances from a range of artists. Stuart Brown of the BFI introduces each act in turn to the full theatre.


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Bat for Lashes Right on time, Natasha Khan and her backing band enter a simply yet atmospherically lit stage, lanterns and angle photography lamps enhance rather than detract from her petite frame. The first song, of the evening, is Lillies which is the opening track from Bat for Lashes new album The Haunted Man. Instantly Khan’s vocal ability overwhelms you. She has a vast range which in its higher register has resemblances to Annie Lennox, not only in its tone but capacity to accurately hit the notes with such power and sensitivity.


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School of Seven Bells School of Seven Bells (SVIIB) is a New York Band, with a sensual and ethereal sound, which is a sort of fusion of the dreaminess of The Cocteau Twins and the hard edged shimmering guitar drone of My Bloody Valentine. Plus a few beats thrown in. While they have been around since 2007, they are not particularly well-known in the UK, despite having made three acclaimed albums. Their dramatic, trance-like soundscapes are particularly suited to live performance, so I was really looking forward to seeing them in Wolverhampton.


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