When I interviewed Juffage (aka Jeff T Smith) before his UK tour last year, he mentioned that he had a special performance planned at Left Bank in Leeds – he’s now revealed that this this one-off performance will take place on the 26th April, as well as unveiling more details about the show. Building on his previous ambisonic exhibitions at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the University of Leeds, Juffage plans create a ‘sonic cauldron’ by surrounding the audience with an array of amps, speakers, ghetto blasters, and even the odd Leslie speaker cabinet in an effort to turn the venue itself into an instrument. Given that Left Bank is a former church, its spacious acoustics will be an excellent fit for such an experiment – if you want a brief peak into the kind of sonic scale you can expect at the performance, check out the teaser video below:
Joining Juffage for this performance will be special guests including Katie Harkin of indie-pop gems Sky Larkin (who you may have also spotted playing keyboards for Wild Beasts), and Tom Evans of post-rock stalwarts Vessels. Together they will perform unique interpretations of Juffage’s material, transforming his already engaging live shows into something truly immersive. The night also features a strong support bill, with Ten, These Men, Steve Lawson and Andy Williamson all lined up to play.
Having seen Juffage play in York on his last tour, I can say with confidence that he’s a truly inventive performer, and this show promises to take his sonic innovation to a new level. It’s also going to be his only show of the year and quite possibly his last for some time, so if you’re already a fan of his work or simply intrigued by the concept, you definitely won’t want to miss it.