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Noise Of Art to unveil Brexit-themed clubbing experience, David Davis’ Disco Dystopia

By | Published on Thursday 12 July 2018

David Davis

Earlier this year the now former Brexit minister David Davis assured attendees of a Austrian business conference that post-EU Britain would not become a “‘Mad Max’-style dystopian fiction”. Shame really, that sounds a lot cooler than what we’re actually headed for. Thankfully, that idea will become a reality at next month’s Chateau Perché festival in France, courtesy of UK arts collective Noise Of Art.

The festival will host ‘David Davis’ Disco Dystopia’, showcasing some of UK electronic music’s finest DJs and producers in the imagined surroundings of a collapsed Britain.

“Chateau Perché invited me to DJ at their festival a few years ago, as they wanted to link with a UK electronic music and art organisation”, Noise Of Art’s Ben Osborne tells CMU of how the collaboration came about. “We became friends and they asked me to do a Noise Of Art arena, which I jumped at. It’s a beautiful festival”.

He goes on: “I’ve worked with many French artists, from pioneers like Laurent Garnier and Jack de Marseille to new collectives like Deviant Disco. So I was planning to have French acts involved, but they decided they wanted a British arena. That was cool, but Noise Of Art always puts a twist on things. So I’d been thinking about how we should do a British arena when, in February, the news reported David Davis’ saying Brexit would not be a ‘Mad Max’ dystopia. I jumped on that too”.

Among those confirmed to appear are Coldcut’s Matt Black, Justin Robertson, Heavy Disco, Jo Wallace, Diesel, Electric Lane, A Man Called Adam, George T and Heavenly Jukebox.

Chateau Perché is set to take place from 10-12 Aug. If you’re not able to get to that, there are already plans to bring the concept to the UK too – assuming the idea doesn’t become our actually reality before then, which might make the whole thing somewhat less novel.

Obviously, when planning first began for all this, David Davis was still in charge of trying to make sense of what Brexit actually is. Having resigned at the weekend, he now finds himself with more time on his hands. Will he be welcome at the Disco Dystopia? “I hope he’ll be the first on the dancefloor and the last to leave”, grins Osborne.