Special Events & Parties
SPECIAL EVENTS & PARTIES
Branchage parties have become genuinely legendary on Jersey, and on an island with such such good partying pedigree, that’s saying something. This year looks set to be no exception with evening line-ups of music, comedy and entertainment that we hope will stimulate festival-goers across a whole range of stylistic and cultural horizons. From up and coming bands through world-class stand-ups, to the sumptuous vintage fancy dress Bordee D’Branchage, these events are not to be missed, especially the festival’s opening night gala and closing finale - two truly multi-sensual extravaganzas.
As a pass holder you get first dibs, on tickets for all parties, there may not be many tickets left in September when individual tickets will be released. Make sure you buy your pass now to avoid disappointment later...
OPENING NIGHT GALA:
HOW WE USED TO LIVE + SAINT ETIENNE LIVE SCORE + Q&A WITH BOB STANLEY, TRAVIS ELBOROUGH AND SIR PETER BLAKE
(2014, dir. Paul Kelly, UK, 71 mins, PG)
HOW WE USED TO LIVE is a unique celebration of post-war London by acclaimed director Paul Kelly, created through a compelling use of rare footage drawn from the BFI National Archive and original music by Saint Etienne, with a spellbinding narration by Ian McShane. Using only colour footage from 1950 -1980, HOW WE USED TO LIVE sheds light on the early days of the welfare state right up to the opening years of Margaret Thatcher's reign.
We will be joined on the evening by Saint Etienne, who will be performing the brand new original soundtrack to the film. Since the release of their debut album Foxbase Alpha in 1991, Saint Etienne have established themselves as one of the most charming and unique bands around - a love of everything from electronica to the Beach Boys, always filtered through the classic English pop tradition have long marked them out as artists with a truly original voice. Their soundtrack to HOW WE USED TO LIVE has been lauded and loved in equal measure, making for the perfect opening to Branchage Festival 2014.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the writers of the film Bob Stanley and Travis Elborough along with British Pop Artist Sir Peter Blake.
An after party will follow afterwards in the Opera House Upper Bar & Studio, with Saint Etienne and friends DJing until 1am.
Sponsored by JTC Group
Jersey Opera House, St Helier
Opening Night Gala: Wednesday 24th September 7pm - 10pm Jersey Opera House
Sunday 28th September 12pm - 1.30pm Jersey Museum (without live score)
CLOSING NIGHT FINALE:
“MAKE YOUR OWN ISLAND” 3D PROJECTION MAPPING + RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP LIVE SCORE
Branchage Festival 2014 will be going out with a serious bang this year, with one of our biggest and most ambitious projects ever. To bring the curtain down on Branchage 2014, on Sunday 28th September we will be illuminating the Napoleonic offshore St Aubin’s Fort using the very latest 3D Projection Mapping technology with a magnificent, moving visual experience by animators NOVAK and QED Productions, who have previously collaborated to create visual spectacles for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and the incredible 2013 Derry-Londonderry Lumiere.
This will be soundtracked by a specially commissioned new score to be performed live by the iconic Radiophonic Workshop (the minds behind the iconic DOCTOR WHO theme as well as countless memorable BBC soundtracks) on the roof terrace of the Royal Channel Island Yacht Club. Spectators are invited to view the action from the slipway and car park directly outside the Yacht Club, as well as along the sea wall towards La Haule, where the music will play out through PA speakers, and where the view of the fort will be sublime.
St Aubin’s Fort, St Aubin
Sunday 28th September 8pm - 8.30pm
THE STORYBEAST PRESENTS… BEATS, RHYMES & LAUGHS:
JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH + JONNY & THE BAPTISTS + LUKE WRIGHT + JAY FOREMAN
Hold on to your funny bones as London-based and Jersey-bred comedy wordsmith The Storybeast presents and MCs this afternoon of lyrical laughs and rhythmical ribtickling; that is to say, four hilarious comedy acts whose performances owe much to music and rhyme: headlining is legendary northern curmudgeon John Shuttleworth, whose musical talents are expressed through a modest Yamaha PSS keyboard and which have brought us such gems as ‘Pigeons in Flights’ (a song that he attempted to enter into the Eurovision Song Contest) and “Can’t Go Back to Savoury Now”.
Joining him on the bill are musical comedy duo Jonny & the Baptists, whose song ‘UKIP’ has been a viral hit online, and whose ‘Stop UKIP’ tour saw them hit the headlines for falling foul of Farage and co. Poet Luke Wright; with numerous sold out and five star-reviewed Edinburgh shows to his name, Luke is a long-time tourmate of John Cooper Clarke and has been described as “one of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation”. Completing the line up is a man described by Chortle as “Victoria Wood for the Spotify generation”, musical comedian Jay Foreman – if you’ve ever longed to hear a song about a car powered by caterpillar sick, here’s your chance.
The Spiegeltent, Coronation Park, St Lawrence
Saturday 27th September 3pm - 5.15pm
BBC RADIO BRANCHAGE LIVE!
Ryan Morrison hosts a very special afternoon of music and chat in the Spiegeltent at this free entry event, a live broadcast on Branchage’s very own radio station. With guests of the festival from the worlds of film, music and art, local experts, historians and generally colourful characters, as well as live performances from a number of island-based and visiting musicians, this is the perfect way to wind down on Sunday afternoon ahead of the Grand Finale at St Aubin’s Fort.
The Spiegeltent, Coronation Park, St Lawrence
Sunday 28th September 4.30pm - 6pm
HEAVENLY RECORDINGS PARTY
The legendary independent label founded by Jeff Barrett in 1990 comes to Jersey’s Havana nightclub to host a party, and you’re all invited! Having discovered and released artists and bands including Manic Street Preachers, St Etienne, Beth Orton and Doves, and more recently Toy, Stealing Sheep and Temples.
We're very excited to announce that the fantastic female trio, Stealing Sheep, famed for their old school keyboards, distinctive whammy guitar sounds and a variety of unusual percussive elements, will be joining the Branchage line-up at the Heavenly Recordings Party along with new label signing charismatic Welsh (by-way-of-LA) songwriter H Hawkline with his dreamy, Beat-influenced psychedelia.
Heavenly Jukebox DJs will of course be providing the finest of DJ Sets along with a very special guest TBC.
Our Guernsey compadre Andre 'One Of A Kind' De Carteret will be hosting the 'Get Down' room filling it with funk and hip hop as well as a couple of special guest DJs.
Havana Nightclub, Bath Street, St Helier
Friday 26th September 9.30pm - 2am
LA BORDEE D'BRANCHAGE PRESENTS... THE CODFISH BALL
No Branchage Festival would be complete without the infamous and immersive super knees-up that is LA BORDEE D'BRANCHAGE. The most anticipated party of the year returns with Branchage for the first time since 2011, with partygoers encouraged to get dressed to the nines in their most imaginative, creative, wildly audacious attire, all with an "under the sea" theme as you step into a world of coral, starfish, octopi and mermaids in the Codfish Ball.
The Spiegeltent in Millbrook’s Coronation Park will undergo a transformation into a magical marine world, courtesy of the incredibly talented DJ Miss Molly, whose imagination knows no bounds. The legendary vintage party returns, and of course has much to live up to - previous guests include Paloma Faith, The Correspondents, Jeremy Deller's Acid Brass and the incredible Ziveli Orkestar. The line up will be revealed soon but make no mistake, this is the ultimate show, and you are its cast...
Spiegeltent, Coronation Park, St Lawrence
Saturday 27th September 8.30pm - 1am
CI WRESTLING BRANCHAGE SLAM + AFTERPARTY
We're pleased as punch to have partnered with our good friends at Missouri's True/False Film Festival to present a screening of wrestling doc FAKE IT SO REAL, and even pleaseder (that's not a word, but try stopping us) to follow that with a live wresting show presented by the most electrifying wrestlers in Channel Islands sports-entertainment, CI Wrestling. Expect Suplexes, Boston Crabs and Crossface Cripplers aplenty from the likes of Concorde Adams and "Hollywood" Dirty South in a wrestling ring set up especially for the event at the Watersplash nightclub, with live commentary from Tom "2ManyWKDS" Jordan and Christian "Doo-Wop" Jegard.
As if that weren't enough, the Watersplash ground floor plays host to an after party like no other. A headline DJ set by MIXHELL featuring live percussion from legendary Sepultura drummer Igoor Cavalera, follows Black Sabbath tribute band Rat Salad, The Valentines and Joe Young & The Bandits, with DJ sets from Tharindu, Ben Newman (Rocksteady) and CI Wrestling referee Patrick W. Reed. It's gonna get a bit heavy.
The Watersplash Nightclub, St Ouen
Saturday 27th September 7.30pm - 2am