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Ariwo + Grey Tapes

  • Cobalt Studios 10-16 Boyd Terrace Newcastle upon Tyne, England, NE5 5JR United Kingdom (map)

Ariwo - Live show
Hypnotic Iranian/Cuban live dance music

Grey Tapes-Live show
Grey Tapes, beat-maker and producer collective from Newcastle. Keeping live electronic music truly live - no clicks, sequencers or backing tracks. Everything you hear is played manually by a finger, an arm or leg.


“Dark, mesmeric, uplifting and danceable.” (Evening Standard)

Ariwo’s sets are arresting affairs, holding audience’s hostage to their hypnotic grooves as they invite them into a new sound world.
In Yoruba the word Ariwo means “noise”, which captures the band’s desire to combine traditional rhythms into a live electronic performance, challenging perceptions of ancestral music, and connecting diverse cultures from around the world.
Ariwo bring together Iranian electronic composer Pouya Ehsaei; Carlos Acosta and Irakere’s Latin Grammy winning 'percussion virtuoso' (Time Out) Hammadi Valdes; figurehead of London's Cuban music scene, Oreste Noda; and Ropeadope’s award-winning Jazz trumpeter Jay Phelps. Plus, a special guest to be announced.

Grey Tapes
“Stunning production and incredible live” - Empty Shop HQ
“Rich instrumental electronica” - Electric Sheep blog

Earlier Event: May 30
Don Kipper + Memphis Gerald
Later Event: May 31
Kuniyuki (Live), Chida & Forriner