Bustleholme: Napalm Death & Keith Harrison

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Doors 7pm

Napalm Death ‘Bustleholme’ 8pm

Finish 9.10pm approx.


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Napalm Death, the legendary grindcore band, will play through a public address system specially made by ceramicist Keith Harrison using clay to test the power of the sound they can produce.

Harrison, resident ceramicist at the V&A, has built a wooden sound system with 10 speakers he has filled with liquid clay and allowed it to solidify.

As the four-man band starts to play, the raw-energy of the sound produced will reverberate inside the clay, causing it to slowly crack, disintegrate and explode, changing the music as it does.

The speakers are clad with blue and yellow ceramic tiles based on the group of vivid blue and yellow tiled tower blocks on the Bustleholme Mill Estate, West Bromwich where Harrison was born.

Harrison said: “Napalm was my band of choice, they really understood the project. We needed a group with a lot of attitude to show the power of sound and the energy it has to destroy. It’s interesting to see how electrical power can change material, like clay. It can warm it up, break it down or completely change its state, which means the gig will be both visually and aurally entertaining.

Mark Greenway, vocalist for Napalm Death, said: “Sound as a weapon - or a weapon of change - is a very interesting concept and I think that the whole process of our sound gradually degrading clay sculptures is captivating.


Grindcore is an extreme version of heavy metal music and will be extremely loud.

Fri 29 Nov 2013
Tickets: Free entry

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