A few weeks ago I featured Retro Future Festival on Good Music Matters. The event was a synthwave festival held in London, one of the first, and was a tremendous success. Aside from the excellent music and organisation of the event, the thing which struck me most was the clear evidence of a growing and devoted synthwave fanbase in London.
A few months have passed since Retro Future Fest, and Outland London has proved that not only has this community grown significantly in a short time,but also that synthwave is not a genre to be sniffed at.
In a similar vein to Retro Future Festival, Outland London was a one-day event which hosted a lineup of musicians who all perform synthwave to some degree: a subgenre of electronic music with its basis drawn from the sounds and styles of the 1980s.
Outland London was a slightly larger affair than Retro Future Festival, and was hosted at the Clapham Grand in South West London. Alongside the music was a full screening of the 2011 cult movie Drive which went down an absolute treat. For me, and for many others, Kavinsky’s ‘Nightcall’ was my introduction to the genre of synthwave.
I’ll go into further detail about Outland in this week’s review, but rest assured the event was fantastic, and you should keep your eyes peeled for Outland 2018.
To read my full rundown of Outland London, please click here. I also had to opportunity to chat with Outland organisers Stu and Brett before the event about Outland, synthwave and the logistics of organising an event for a new subgenre. You can read the interview here.
Until next time, enjoy the music.