Profound Sound 2024 Festival Pass
Purchase a festival pass which includes tickets for Friday 16 and Saturday 17 for the discounted price of £20. To receive the offer add tickets for both evenings into the basket and a discount will be applied at checkout.
Doors open at 16:30pm.
ARTIST LINE UP
Thick Drizzle 17:00
Thea Grant (Oslo/London, Shadow World) 19:00
Second Dark Age 20:00
Dylan Henner 21:00
Xam Duo 22:00
DJs in The Clearing Bar from 19:00 - babyschön, Cherif Hashizume, Ophie OG
2024 sees Hot Salvation turn ten years old. George Clift and Natalie Barker opened the first shop in Rendezvous Street, Folkestone in 2014. Though the couple and their family now live in West Yorkshire, and the company has moved into artist management, label project management and distribution, Folkestone is still core to the HS story. George now runs the company remotely with Folkestone resident Steven Tudor, together helping a whole roster of international labels and artists bring their music to market as well as happily continuing their creative work with the Folkestone Fringe to curate Profound Sound Festival.
Thick DrizzleThick Drizzle is a solo-side project of South London band Dry Cleaning’s Tom Dowse. In this project, Dowse weaves finger-picked guitar in the vein of Karen Dalton and John Fahey, through his sweeping vocals bringing to mind contemporaries like Richard Dawson and Mount Eerie/The Microphones.
His songs are a cosmology of folklore and personal myth that conjure a sense of place both real and imagined. Augmented by soundscapes sculpted using tape loops and field recordings, Thick Drizzle seeks to bring to life a world of its own.
JQJQ is a multi-instrumentalist from South London who has released albums with Green, Post-Geography, Lo Recordings & New Atlantis. He is a member of Forgiveness and Candyfloss Mountain, and has held residencies on NTS and Noods. The Quietus has described him as "the internet era’s own miniature Mahler"
Thea GrantGrant's breathy and gentle vocal delivery sets a tone of intimacy, drawing listeners into a world where sound becomes an ethereal companion. The richness of her composition lies in its multifaceted layers: warm sub-bass swells form a sturdy foundation, enveloping you in a cocoon of deep, resonating tones. These are further complemented by reverberated layers that stretch across the sonic spectrum, creating a vast and immersive soundscape.
Thea’s sense of contrast stands proud. While the foundation is built on intimacy and warmth, there's a playful yet artful incorporation of heavy distortion and vocal pitch shifting. These elements add vibrant crunch to the otherwise dreamy, distant feel, creating an intriguing tension within the music. The juxtaposition of these elements injects a dynamic quality.
Second Dark AgeSecond Dark Age debuted in 2023 with the tape Improvised Metal for Guitar and Saxophone by 'REALITY' ensemble on Shadow World Archive, and has also included a solo Metal-Drone work 'FIERCE, STRONG' for Brighton label Human Worth. SDA pushes elements of both free and minimalist techniques into the further reaches of Metal, Sound Collage, Death, Thrash, Industrial, Drone, Hardcore and more.
George Clift is an artist from East Kent, currently living in West Yorkshire. He works with Icelandic label Bedroom Community, Brighton indie Phantom Limb, founded and runs the Shadow World label, manages various artists and composers and founded distributor and project management company Hot Salvation with his wife Natalie in Folkestone, 2014 as a bricks and mortar record shop.
Dylan HennerDeep ambient loops, gently unfolding arpeggios, and angelic choirs coexist on the captivating pieces of music made by Dylan Henner. Rather than aiming for the uncanny valley of hybrid electronics, Henner achieves a delicate balance between his various sound sources, resulting in sublime music that raises existential questions, while comforting its listeners.
On his debut album The Invention of the Human (2020), Henner questions what makes us human and what good can come from civilisation when there’s so much misery attached to it. Follow-up You Will Always Be (2022) gives solace to the brevity of human life and explores the cycles of life and death. Both albums, released on AD93, are serene and cerebral works, referencing ambient and experimental music, sound design, and field recordings. During Rewire 2023, Henner performs his music exclusively with live vocal processing and voice synthesis.
XAM Duo Yorkshire-based artists Matthew Benn and Christopher Duffin are XAM Duo. Following their acclaimed 2016 debut, XAM Duo released a 30-minute album which features a more concise yet immersive sound, blending ambient jams with beat-driven tracks. Christopher Duffin notes its functional appeal, perfect for daily activities, while Matthew Benn emphasises the album's storytelling quality. Influenced by '80s FM synthesis and contemporary artists, the duo explores emotional computer music, creating a warm and natural sonic experience. The elemental theme extends to the artwork inspired by West Yorkshire landscapes, showcasing a deep connection to home.
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Profound Sound 2024 Festival Pass