The Flock & The Factory: Field Recordings in Canvey Island

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LOCATION: Canvey Island, Essex WORDS & FIELD RECORDINGS: Natasha Zielazinski I recently did some cycling and recording at Canvey Island. It included 45 minutes outside a pub called the Lobster Smack, stood next to a hedge full of garbage and

Fields: Churches & Rivers by Spaceship

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LOCATION: Fields, churches and rivers. MUSIC: Spaceship ART: Maxim Griffin Fields: Churches & Rivers forms the first volume of a projected ‘Fields’ series by Spaceship, with cover art by Unofficial Britain stalwart Maxim Griffin, whose work you can see reviewed

Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain – Portrait of a Country on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees In the new documentary, Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain, Sleaford Mods (Andrew Fearn and Jason Williamson) tour parts of Britain that don’t exist in the minds of many: boarded-up streets in towns bereft of their founding industries, left to

Huxley’s Big Trip: A Lysergic Musical Adventure

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MIX: Gareth E. Rees COVER ART: Hollis Toot! Toot! Time for another psychedelic cross-dimensional adventure with Unofficial Britain. This time your tour guide is Aldous Huxley, with guest chanting by Aleister Crowley, folk tale nightmares by Angela Carter, terrifying views

A Palaeolithic Invocation at Barnfield Pit, Kent

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LOCATION: Swanscombe, north-west Kent MUSIC: Hand of Stabs  Unofficial Britain is delighted to share another site-specific performance by the experimental sound collective Hand of Stabs. In Barnfield Pit, the bones of our ancestors groan and shift uneasily in the shadow of Bluewater shopping centre.

Reimagining the 1769 Transit of Venus

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LOCATION: Lancashire, London, Tahiti, Outer Space MUSIC: Rhia Parker In a small Lancashire Village in 1639, Jeremiah Horrocks was looking through his telescope and beheld the most unusual sight – the planet Venus crossing the path of the sun. He

Landscape Punk to Supermarket Car Parks: Unofficial Britain Live in Stoke Newington

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  Unofficial Britain was honoured to host an event at Influx Press’s day at The Stoke Newington Literary Festival, 6th June 2015. Below is a recording of that event. Thanks to Influx Press for their support, Meghna Gupta for the photo and

A Most Peculiar Tour

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MIX: Gareth E. Rees Extinct butterflies, spilled whisky, fickle seas, peregrines, weird villages and haunted magpies… From the Scottish Coast to the Sussex seaside, the latest Unofficial Britain musical tour criss-crosses a most peculiar country. [You can find out more

Firepit Collective’s To the Lost: folk songs and landscape punks

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WORDS: Gary Budden  “Delving into traditional folk is on the one hand like hearing the voices of people whose names are long forgotten, their stories, their creativity, dreams, hopes and struggles, and on the other is just a natural expression

The Sea, a Collaboration Between Gareth E. Rees and Dead Gull

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LOCATION: The Sea WORDS: Gareth E. Rees MUSIC: Martin Fuller AKA Dead Gull Below is a poem I performed in a series of coastal gigs for The Outer Church in summer 2014, now put to music by fisherman, film maker and