Stereo Press Presents Agbeko with Deafhaüs
Stereo Press Presents Agbeko with DeafhaüsSaturday 21 October 2023
Agbeko embody a heady concoction of Afrobeat, psych-rock, Ethiojazz and Protest Song. Channelled through an onslaught of horns, irresistible grooves and powerful lyrics, Agbeko’s songs strive to call out corruption and embolden the collective pull towards societal change and healing in present times. They are the soundtrack for a congregation revelling upon a world teetering on the edge of collapse.
Drawing as equally from Fela Kuti and Mulatu Astatke as they do from Led Zeppelin and Woody Guthrie, ‘Agbeko are their own force of nature, with a message, an understanding and an consitent ability to erupt a dance floor.’ (Groovement)
The latest generation as proud ambassador to hometown Manchester’s rich musical heritage, Agbeko’s fearless musical spirit has seen them build a following overseas. Most recently, they headlined the Dauphine Jazz Festival (Paris), were selected as the UK representative for Milan’s Linecheck Festival & Showcase and closed Malta International Arts Festival. These are in addition to performances at Soundwave (Croatia), Meadows In The Mountains (Bulgaria), and Kulturverein Beserlpark (Austria).
Manchester’s finest – and most persuasive – advert for quixotic musical adventureManchester Evening News
Agbeko have developed their sound to the point of distinction…deeply danceable, lyrically poignant and importantly, identifiable.The Guide to the World of Music
Named Band on the Wall’s ‘one to watch’ in 2019, Agbeko has launched into the postlockdown world armed with a new album ‘There Must Be Another Way’, for release in 2023. This builds on the DIY-ethos demonstrated across three releases since 2017: including the independently released debut album D.O.D (2020), which was featured on Bandcamp Daily.
Support from Deafhaüs
Deafhaüs have created their own waves in Manchester’s music scene over the past year with their fusion of global grooves and dirty, fuzzy top end melodies that regularly test the floorboards of the North-West.
Their unmatched combination of influences has earned them substantial support sets for the likes of Nubiyan Twist, Theon Cross, Snazzback and Etran de L’Aïr, as well as a sold-out debut headline show in YES’ Basement.
This summer saw Deafhaüs’ first performance outside of Manchester with a tent-filling set at El Dorado 2023. Stage-shaking bass knocked over the video camera but rescued early-set footage can be found here. With further yet-to-be-announced shows outside of Deafhaus’ home city planned for the rest of this year, as well as another headline show at the prestigious Band On The Wall, the band are beginning to set their footprint nationwide as one of the most raucous, must-see breakthrough acts.
This event is brought to you by Stereo Press, The Grand’s youth-led programming team.
In association with Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues.
Info and booking
- Standard £12.00
- RVJ&BF Member £10.00
- Under 25's £6.00
- Doors Open:
- Standing with some unreserved limited seating
- £6.00 – £12.00
- Age Restriction:
- 14+ (under 16s to be supervised by adult)
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