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Tue 21 Nov 2023
7:30pm – Doors
8pm – Personal Trainer
9pm – BC Camplight
10:30pm – End
11pm – Curfew
Is there a curse that says Brian ‘BC Camplight’ Christinzio cannot move forward without being knocked back? That the greatest material is born out of emotional trauma? Whilst making his new album The Last Rotation Of Earth, Christinzio’s relationship with his fiancé crumbled after nine inseparable years. The album follows this break-up amid long-term struggles with addiction and declining mental health.
The outcome is an extraordinary record, with Christinzio describing it as “more cinematic, sophisticated and nuanced than anything I’ve done before.” He goes on to describe how the separation altered his creative focus and caused him to “scrap 95% of what I’d already recorded”, finishing The Last Rotation Of Earth in two months and making what he believes to his most vital album. Christinzio is still making important music, still channelling the forces that have beleaguered him and making the most honest and candid work he can, because anything else wouldn’t be BC Camplight.
Support from Personal Trainer
“Dutch indie-rockers expertly juggle with pathos, clatter and Malkmus-esque deadpan.” – MOJO
“An understated and slow burning joy – full of subtlety that you can’t help but return to” – So Young Magazine
“Equally loose and tight in the right places, flicking through musical genres as if it’s all one big pick and mix, ‘Big Love Blanket’ sees Personal Trainer arrive in perfect health.” – Dork
The Amsterdam-based collective seek out sharp-witted ways to prolong the innate joy of being a band just plugging in and playing. Willem Smit, the group’s conductor and cheerleader, started the band as an ultimate love letter to the vibrant scene he himself inhabits. The ten tracks of their rapturously received debut album, Big Love Blanket, released late in 2022, arrived fully-formed, displaying a playful, almost hyperactive diversity of sounds and influences, landing on one all of their own.
Known for their rousing and electric live shows, 2023 will see Personal Trainer take to the stages at some of the finest festivals including The Great Escape, SXSW, Eurosonic, End of the Road Festival and more and play their biggest headline to date at a sold out Paradiso in Amsterdam.
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