CATCH 23 takes place on Saturday 7 July 2018 at Yellow Arch Studios, 30-36 Burton Road, Sheffield from 2pm – 4am. Tickets are £23 in advance or £25 on the door.
Psychedelic Endurance – Discordian Resistance
CATCH 23 is a counter-cultural happening brought to you by Notwork 23: the Discordian co-operative behind Festival 23, the now-legendary 4-day Gathering of the Tribes that took place outside Sheffield in the summer of 2016. It will feature over 40 acts across four main rooms, plus walkabouts and pop-up performances. There will also be a fully licensed bar, street food, activities and immersive art. Early Bird tickets for this much-anticipated event sold out in just a few days, before any acts had been announced. Notwork 23 can now confirm the full line-up of Catch 23:
Greg Wilson – Henge – Kermit & The Super Weird Sound – Daisy Eris Campbell- John Higgs – Forest Sounds – Cuckoo Clocks – Horton Jupiter – Giblet- Naked Grace Missionaries – The Peaceful Ones – Bloom Duo – Terry Logan & Chris Manley – Michelle Olley – Nikki Wyrd – ‘Tony Blair Walks On Water’ – Quip – The Private Sector – Chris Bateman – The Wonderists – Sanscrypt – Nmesme – Hearing Things – Man Bites Fridge-
Aaltra – Dolly Turing – Jonathan Harris – Katy-Anne Bellis – Emily J Electric – Verity Spott – Cat Vincent – Tom Baker – Dave Lee – Fran Green – Claudia Egypt – The Hills Are Alive – Dorothy’s Ghost – Helen Nicol – Pope Flagdag The Brave – Little Pope Peep – Suzi Price (Gong Bath) – The Buddhist Punk – Punch and Jody Show – Larry Sidorczuk – The Death Of Roses- Cassandra (Fortune Teller) – Imagination Wars – Myra Stuart- Matt Smart – Rebecca Hearne – Jaz Coupland -Cate Kneale – plus surprises and more
If Catch 22 is the ultimate double bind, the contradiction inherent in modern life that’s driving us all crazy, then CATCH 23 is the Liberation Loophole: the moment when you embrace the contradictions and leap laughing into the void. CATCH 23 is a festival in a club, featuring live bands, DJs, theatre, talks, workshops, poetry, games, art and magic. We aim to inspire, empower, activate & illuminate!
Notwork 23 are inspired by the writings of Robert Anton Wilson (author of Illuminatus!) and the satirical anti-religion of Discordianism, which has also influenced artists as diverse as The KLF, Alan Moore, Ken Campbell and William Burroughs. Described as “A Marx Brothers version of Zen,” Discordianism is based around the worship of Eris, Greek goddess of Chaos, who in today’s world seems to be more active than ever. Its followers have engaged in counter-cultural activity from the early 1960s onwards, and the movement has undergone a significant revival in recent years, thanks to the success of Daisy Campbell’s theatrical adaptation of Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger, and the spread of Illuminati-related memes around the globe.
Greg Wilson is a Merseyside-based DJ who started out during the seventies disco era and played a pivotal role in the development of UK club culture in the early eighties during his tenure at Wigan Pier and Manchester’s Legend, plus the Haçienda, with his upfront selection of NYC electro-funk grooves. Focussing on production over the next decade he worked on the seminal ‘UK Electro’ in ’84, and produced two critically acclaimed albums for the Ruthless Rap Assassins in ‘90 and ’91.
Returning to DJing in 2003, Greg connected with a younger audience and began to spread his reach wider than ever. His first two ‘Credit To The Edit’ compilations did much to cement this reputation as did his 2009 BBC Radio One Essential Mix, named one of the top 10 of all time, whilst Rolling Stone magazine listed it as one of the definitive 25 online mixes, dubbing Greg ‘one of the earth-moving dons of U.K. dance.’ His Electrofunkroots and Being A DJ blogs have become an online touchstone for dance music enthusiasts worldwide, whilst in 2015 he received the Outstanding Contribution award from DJ Mag, who invited him to write a monthly column highlighting some of dance history’s finest DJs, records, labels and clubs. Alongside a range of talks, interviews and articles, this insight is positioning Greg as an authority on dance music and an integral part of the UK’s club culture heritage.
His multi-media label Super Weird Substance has seen Greg’s focus return to original recordings as well as live events known as ‘Super Weird Happenings’. Greg has DJ’d throughout the world, including at globally renowned events / clubs like the Glastonbury and WOMAD Festivals, the BRIT Awards, Ministry Of Sound and Fabric in London, Space Ibiza, Berghain Berlin and ADE Amsterdam, to name but a few. ‘Credit To The Edit – Vol.3’, the third release in Greg’s acclaimed re-edits series, was released in April 2018.
These psychedelic space age rave aliens have been picking up rabid worshippers at their live shows across the country, with their unique theatrical performances and a new kind of rock-jazz infused dance music they describe as “Cosmic Dross”. Here to free earth people from their enslavement, they hope to show you how to love and dance again via the mutated frequencies of Cosmic Dross. Henge need to be seen to be believed. Their cosmic manifestations are fully immersive spectacles ushering in a future consciousness where we will put down the weapons, unite and colonise space.
Kermit & the Super Weird Sound
Kermit was an original British b-boy, a Ruthless Rap Assassin whose rhymes were hailed by Roots Manuva as the ‘the roots of grime’. A subsequent founding member of Black Grape, alongside ex-Happy Monday frontman Shaun Ryder, Kermit scored a number one album in the UK charts. After touring the world to critical acclaim and crossing the near-fatal abyss of heroin addiction, Kermit returned to music with his lyrical wit, reigniting a long-standing creative partnership with Greg Wilson, releasing music and mixtapes through the multi-media Super Weird Substance label.
Channelling the likes of Big Youth, Dillinger and U-Roy, Kermit & The Super Weird Sound sees K assume the role of a JA deejay, toasting over the booty-shaking, good times reggae spun by Super Weird selector, Josh Ray.
Daisy Eris Campbell
What weird story is your life trying to tell? What hidden desire, if expressed, could spark your next Wonderist adventure? Discordians are the most open-minded people on Spaceship Earth – and coupled with the deeply healing, yet also deeply bizarre magical acts in Jodorowsky’s Psychomagic, a whole new phase of potty capers is dawning. Come, unearth your weird, and fudge your myth.
Daisy Campbell is no stranger to myth-fudging Discordian fun, having adapted and directed Cosmic Trigger by Robert Anton Wilson, and staged the world’s longest play, The Warp. She is now touring her own Psychomagickal myth, Pigspurt’s Daughter. At Catch 23 she will be presenting a 90-minute workshop entitled Psychomagick for Discordians (And Other Curious Fools).
John Higgs is a writer who specialises in finding previously unsuspected narratives, hidden in obscure corners of our history and culture, which can change the way we see the world. In the words of MOJO magazine, “Reading John Higgs is like being shot with a diamond. Suddenly everything becomes terrifyingly clear”.
His book The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds, was described as “Adam Curtis brainstorming with Thomas Pynchon” by The Guardian. Ben Goldacre (Bad Science, Bad Pharma) called it “By far the best book this year, brilliant, discursive and wise.” The leading music website The Quietus said it “Might well be the best music book of the 2010s” and it was named as one of the top ten music books of 2013 by The Guardian, The Independent and Mojo.
Alan Moore described his following book Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century as “Breathtakingly lucid… An illuminating work of massive insight, I cannot recommend this magnificent work too highly.” Rufus Hound said it was “a sensational book” while the Financial Times called it “a brilliantly stimulating tale.” Together with his first book I Have America Surrounded: The Life of Timothy Leary, which features a foreword by Winona Ryder, his work is currently being translated into seven languages.
Higgs’ next book, Watling Street: Travels through Britain and its Ever-Present Past was published in July 2017. A prolific public speaker, Higgs has spoken at events and festivals including Wilderness, The Secret Garden Party, the Brighton Festival, Women In Art, the Port Eliot Literary Festival and LonCon3 (the World Science Fiction Convention). He has written for publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Mojo, and his fiction appears under the name JMR Higgs.
At Catch 23 John will be giving a talk on understanding the 21st Century.
Forest Sounds Theatre presents The Church of Jim
Set in an absurd dystopia in which the audience are the newest members of an illicit cult, this is a story of a community coming together to bring hope to a hopeless world.
We gather the lost, drawn like moths towards a flame. The Church of Jim is a place of salvation. It is immersive theatre meets alternative comedy. It is a party wrapped up in the guise of cult worship. It’s a riotous warm cuddle. It is songs of praise on acid. It is not a place of conspiracy, parking fines, and undercover police. It is a place of celebration, exegesis and cake. Will we all survive the evening? Probably yes.
Forest Sounds Theatre riotous, immersive performance, moved by social and political contexts. They have performed all over the UK and, according to The Stage, ‘break spine-bristling new ground… demonstrating that immersive theatre still retains the power to shock your socks off’.
One of Sheffield’s finest bands, Cuckoo Clocks’ elemental sound has drawn natural comparisons to the hypnotic sweep of west coast psychedelia, country tinged soul with a nod to folk electronica, hints of Fairport Convention or Arthur Lee’s Love, all aired to dry in a post-industrial northern city. Self-assured and stylish, with a potential Bond theme somewhere in their catalogue, imagine Rumours era Fleetwood Mac with an appreciation of their Balearic impact, painting pictures of vast skies and long canyon-lined roads.
The day will also include the debut performance of Lisa Lovebucket’s autobiographical play, Tony Blair Walks on Water, plus live music from Giblet, Bloom Duo, The Private Sector, Man Bites Fridge, The Naked Grace Missionaries, The Wonderists, Terry Logan & Chris Manley, Nmesme, Quip, Dorothy’s Ghost, The Hills Are Alive and Hearing Things, who will be playing the music of avant-garde electric guitar composer Rhys Chatham. DJs include Horton Jupiter, The Peaceful Ones, Emily J Electric, Aaltra, Fran Green, Sanscrypt and Dolly Turing, who will also be presenting a mixture of poetry, music and physical performance as Quest(ion).
Speakers include Chris Bateman, game designer and author of the books Chaos Ethics, Imaginary Games and The Mythology of Evolution; writer, editor and filmmaker Michelle Olley; and Nikki Wyrd, noted occultist, editor of Psychedelic Press UK and director of Breaking Convention, the international conference on psychedelic consciousness.
There will also be workshops from chaos magician and breathwork coach Dave Lee; Defence Against The Dark Arts with Fortean journalist, pop culture occultist and retired combat magician Cat Vincent; money burning with Jonathan Harris; an introduction to Eris from Little Pope Peep; and inspired storytelling from Claudia Egypt.
Artists Myra Stuart, Matt Smart, Rebecca Hearne, Cate Kneale and Jaz Coupland will exhibit and create a psychedelic interactive environment for the event. There will also be a RAW art show by acclaimed US artist Bobby Campbell, showcasing “The Art of Illuminatus!” This is a UK exclusive and the only chance to see the work exhibited outside of the United States.
There will be a gong bath from Suzi Price, innovative performance art from Verity Spott plus interactive games, walkabout performances, poetry and Chapel Perilous, where you will be invited to share your most transformative experiences.
* Over 18s only *