by Michael Smith (Veshengro)
Quirky ecological electro-swing ensemble the Formidable Vegetable Sound System is returning to the UK this summer for their 2014 Radish Beets World Tour, including a greatly anticipated performance at the City of London Festival on 9 July at 9.30pm in the Bowler Hat venue in Paternoster Square.
UK Tour Dates include:
JULY 9: City of London Festival, UK
JULY 19: Lovebox Festival, London, UK
JULY 20: RhythmTree Festival, Isle of Wight, UK
AUG 7 - 10: Boomtown Fair, Winchester, UK
Click here for full list.
The award-winning four piece band from Fremantle, Western Australia are known for their dynamic live performances which are all about promoting sustainability and the joys of growing your own food through song. With their truly unique mash-up of vintage speakeasy-style electro-swing, beatboxing, vocal gymnastics and hyperactive horns, all pumped through the Formidable Beet-Box, the Formidable Vegetable Sound System is eccentrically entertaining and will undoubtedly move audiences from the dance floor to the veggie patch.
So infectious that the most ardent climate skeptic would have trouble staying still (Sydney Morning Herald)
As dynamic Formidable Vegetable front man Charlie Mgee explains: “Music is the best tool we have for raising awareness about our need to live more sustainably. One of the best solutions is to start growing more of our own food!"
The Formidable Vegetable Sound System’s No Such Thing as Waste won the WAM Song of the Year 2013 in the Folk section (http://wam.org.au/). Yield won the Best Blues Music video in the 2013 Australian Independent Music Video Award (http://www.aimva.net/2013awards.html).
Let us all hope that the message can be gotten across this way better – and it could just be the ticket (You haven't got one yet? Well hurry up) – than by “preaching” in magazines, on Blogs, etc. however gentle this may be even.
Music with a message is at times a better way to get the message across than anything else. Well, here's hoping.
The Permaculture Association defines permaculture as follows: “The word 'permaculture' comes from 'permanent agriculture' and 'permanent culture' - it is about living lightly on the planet, and making sure that we can sustain human activities for many generations to come, in harmony with nature.
Permanence is not about everything staying the same. It’s about stability, about deepening soils and cleaner water, thriving communities in self-reliant regions, biodiverse agriculture and social justice, peace and abundance.” For more information on the principles of permaculture please visit http://www.permaculture.org.uk/.
A full list of world tour dates is available from http://formidablevegetable.com.au/gigs/