The Neutrinos 11 days of Christmas
Band to perform exclusive series of free gigs (very) intimate audiences
Live music gigs have been much missed victims of the pandemic, bands big and small having to put all touring plans on hold. Yet one Norfolk based band have come up with a plan to perform to 220 fans in a small room.
No, they’re not flaunting the law, Norfolk art-rock mavericks The Neutrinos will simply play 220 central Norwich gigs to an audience of one person each time – and they’re all FREE.
Dark Room : Listen In, lasts for ten minutes, and as the title suggests is in a dark setting. Neutrinos singer Karen Reilly said, ‘We love logistical problem solving and creating intense experiences for people. In lockdown, time feels different, I can travel to work online in a matter of seconds and suddenly ten minutes feels like a long time, a time when something significant could happen.’
‘If you think about it, most life changing events happen within a split second’ Karen added ‘So ten minutes really can make you feel different.
The show is an experiment in developing ideas. A trained photographer, Karen conceived the idea based on her years developing photographs in photographic dark rooms at Norwich University of the Arts and London’s Royal College of Art.
The band hailed as ‘total game changers‘ by The Guardian and ‘truly outstanding’ by The Daily Telegraph are creating Dark Room as a short sound experience with sound effects. ‘It may only last ten minutes but we hope it will resonate with each audience member for the rest of the day, maybe even longer’ noted guitar player Mark Howe.
‘Tickets are free as we understand that many have been hit financially by Covid19 and are already struggling with the cost of Christmas. However, if you can we won’t say no to any donations to help defray the costs involved’ added Karen, ‘Contributions are welcome post-show and can be made from the comfort of your own home. We also have our own selfish motive in that we want to see lots of people over Christmas even if just for a few minutes.’ said bassist Jon Baker.
The 220 shows will take place over 11 days (21 – 24 Dec and 26 Dec – 1 Jan) at 90 Upper St Giles Street NR2 1LT. To help safety face masks must be worn throughout the socially distanced performance and the space will be thoroughly sanitised before each show.
All tickets are free but must be booked for your chosen day and timeslot at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theneutrinos/461744/# or via the link at www.neutrinos.co.uk
Last month The Neutrinos had planned to take a new recreation of their hit show KlangHaus (which already has over 100 sell-out London Royal Festival Hall shows under its belt) to Glasgow for UN Climate Conference, CoP26. Like most other events the conference was sadly postponed organisers have invited the band to reschedule for 2021.
The Neutrinos’ irrepressibly adventurous nature has led them to perform on boats, in complete darkness at The Sainsbury Centre gallery, in a former horse hospital, a bus depot, a disused small animal hospital, a former Inland Revenue Office and a vast furniture depository. They have made appearances at the Bloomsbury Festival and the Festival of Love in London, Manchester/Liverpool’s In The City music convention, North by North East, Toronto, Exit Festival in Serbia and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. They have recorded in Berlin’s legendary Funkhaus and their music has been used for underground film soundtracks and throughout the feature length Channel 4 documentary The Trials of Amanda Knox.
See the video for their latest release:
The Neutrinos are Jon Baker bass, synths and vocals; Mark Howe vocals and guitar; Jeron Gundersen drums and percussion; Karen Reilly vocals and percussion.
Dark Room : Listen In
Ten-minute experimental sound experience with sound effects from Norfolk art-rock mavericks The Neutrinos. Each performance is presented in a sanitised, Covid compliant, socially distanced environment for an audience of one.
Dec 21 2020 – Jan 1 (not Dec 25). 1pm – 8pm, three shows each hour
90 Upper St. Giles Street, Norwich NR2 1LT
Free but ticketed.
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theneutrinos/461744/# or via the link at www.neutrinos.co.uk