STRETCHED presents Fat-Suit + Flembot13 May
Restless Naitives Festival and Stretched Presents: Fat-Suit + Flembot
Fat-Suit is a 14 piece, multi-genre music collective from Scotland. The band effortlessly assimilates influences from Fusion, House, Brass-Rock and Scots folk music. They have strength in depth as well as numbers and can call on some of Scotland’s finest young musicians, many of whom were making waves even before graduating. The larger than life rhythm section is held down by the solid application of funk power to the subtleties of jazz. Guitars raise their voices cutting through waves of burnished brass, while keyboards create alchemic shapes around elegant strings. This is the sound of next generation jazz, where highly informed and extremely open-minded players curate new music for a new century.Hailed as “one of the best bands in British music full stop” by BBC Radio Scotland and with the much-anticipated release of their third album on the horizon, Fat-Suit have succeeded in taking jazz back from old men in bowler hats and giving it to the youth of today. Like musical Robin Hoods. Or jazz neds.
With support from groove hounds Flembot.
ABOUT RESTLESS NAITIVES
Ok folks. Basically... Restless Natives is a cross-platform multi-venue cultural festival championing independent purveyors of music, film, food, drink, business and numerous other fields within Scotland.
It entails seven solid days of high quality cultural events incorporating everything from low-brow comedy to high-brow debates, slapstick short-films to stark documentaries and cerebral jazz to caustic punk rock.
RN prides itself on its strong ethical compass in the hope that this will ensure proper representation for the thriving independent arts and business communities, whilst also bringing to the city some of the world's most respected musicians, film-makers, entrepreneurs and celebrated orators to stand alongside our own native talent. In the process, it will also seek to reinvigorate the cultural reputation and commercial prospects of The Barra's and Calton areas of Glasgow's East End.
All events will be individually priced as affordably as possible to ensure accessibility for people from all economic backgrounds. We will also be donating a portion of gate receipts towards specially nominated East End charities to try and make some lasting difference to the community that has welcomed us, rather than just trashing their house and leaving like some jerk crashing a party.
In a nutshell, Restless Natives is looking to unite many different groups, creative industries, ethnicities, ages and socio-political perspectives under one broadly inclusive and progressive umbrella, proving to everyone who thinks otherwise that independent business and art can still thrive in an increasingly globalised world economy and that Scotland, with it's celebrated reputation in these fields, is the perfect place to lead the way.
And before you ask, we took inspiration for the title from the truly excellent 1985 Scottish movie of the same name, written by Ninian Dunnett, which beautifully depicts the dignity and spirit of the underdog that flows through every DIY band, independent brewer, small venue and auteur film-maker. If you haven't seen it, you really should.
Okay. That's yer lot. Thanks for reading.