Offset adds to line-up

THE artrock and post punk Offset Festival in Hainault next month has added some more artists to its line-up. Joining the likes of The Horrors, The Slits, and The Futureheads at Hainault Forest on September 5 and 6, will be Damo Suzuki, Dananananaykroyd,

THE artrock and post punk Offset Festival in Hainault next month has added some more artists to its line-up.

Joining the likes of The Horrors, The Slits, and The Futureheads at Hainault Forest on September 5 and 6, will be Damo Suzuki, Dananananaykroyd, Die! Die! Die!, S.C.U.M, The Chapman Family and Kasms.

Underground icon Damo Suzuki - who fronted German avant-rock band Can in the early '70s - is credited as an influence by Sonic Youth, the Pixies, Primal Scream and The Fall.

Offset organiser Kieran Delaney says: "Damo's psychedelic, 'drugged-funk' punk takes its cue from pure creativity, improvisation, and shared energy; clearly his early days busking around continental Europe have had a resounding influence."


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Glasgow five-piece, Dananananaykroyd's released their debut album of tongue-in-cheek pop anthems, Hey Everyone! in April.

Guitarist David Roy describes their music as "kind of pop, danceable, then really fast, pointlessly daft, an unbearable racket of stupid noise and unnecessarily brutal, all rolled into one little ball of custard."

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The melodic and danceable Die! Die! Die! are a three-piece from New Zealand, while S.C.U.M were one of NME's Top Ten Festival Bands, who, in the past, have been produced by Tom Cowan, of The Horrors. They take their name from the 1968 feminist manifesto, Society for Cutting Up Men.

Cult-following band The Chapman Family blend dark, noisy folk and hardcore art-punk and have been given airtime by XFM's John Kennedy and a Radio One session.

Kasms' confrontational, eerie art-punk is best experienced live, with singer Rachel notorious for hurling herself on the floor and staging assaults on photographers, amps and unwary bystanders.

The harsh rhythms and dark, clangy melodies of their recent album, Spayed, brought comparisons to Sonic Youth and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Tim Burgess (DJ set), John and Jehn, Romance, Disconcerts, Cheval Sombre, Math Head, Gyratory System, Wild Palms, Teeth of the Sea and Private Trousers are also added to the bill.

And an old-fashioned funfair, a vintage clothing market, and performance art, will add to the attractions.

This is a chance to enjoy the festival experience without having to travel miles - just pop down the road from home each day (the advantage being that if it's wet and muddy, you can go home for a shower and a night in your own bed), or take your tent and camp in the forest for the weekend.

Non-camping tickets start at �45, camping starts at �55. See www.offsetfestival.co.uk for details.

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