2010 Serpentine Sessions
This was the official website for the 2010 Serpentine Sessions held in Hyde Park, London.
Content is from the site's 2010 archived pages.
Sessions in the summertime...
The Serpentine Sessions looks set to repeat the huge success of its debut year with a bill that once again delivers some of the hottest indie and folk artists around. Taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Hyde Park with headliners Grizzly Bear, Patti Smith and her band and Laura Marling on June 28, June 29 and July 1. Unlike any other London outdoor events, these concerts have a limited capacity of just 3000 per night creating a very special series of summer shows. Last year saw critically acclaimed artists Bon Iver, Regina Spektor and Tindersticks all headline the inaugural Serpentine Sessions, which received rave reviews across the board. Serpentine Sessions was the must see event of the summer and with this incredible line-up 2010 will be no exception.
Serpentine Sessions was established to allow concertgoers to enjoy prestigious acts in a stunning location where the focus is music. Last year Serpentine Sessions celebrated three acts on Independent labels and this year they’ve combined a hard-to-see influential and prestigious artist with two of the finest acts in music today.
Doors will open at 18:00 and the music will start at 18:45
The day is scheduled to finish at 22:00
Set times will not be available until the week of the event. There will be no readmission to the event should you leave at any time during the day.
FOOD AND DRINK
There will be plenty of food stalls at the event, catering to a wide variety of tastes. Soft Drinks, beer, cider, wine, champagne (by the glass) and a range of wines and cocktails will be available all day at the various bars.
You may bring soft drinks in plastic or paper containers 500ml or under as well as food for personal consumption.
The following items are not permitted in to the site:
1. Chairs, tables, barbeques, prima-stoves etc.
3. Glass or cans.
4. Food hampers/cool boxes.
Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by a guardian. Don't take any chances - bring proof of age.
Only babes in arms will be admitted free of charge, otherwise you will need a full price ticket for everyone attending.
N.B. This event is not suitable for small children as it will be very busy and loud.
You may receive your tickets up to seven days prior to the event. Should you not receive them by then, please call Ticketmaster on 08444999999.
Ticketfast tickets should be emailed to you soon after your purchase is completed. If you do not receive the email, they can be downloaded from Ticketmaster's website
The Serpentine Sessions site will be on the East Side of Hyde Park, near to Park Lane. The main entrance will be on the South side of the site and the nearest tube station is Hyde Park Corner, though it is also easily accessible from Marble Arch station.
Performing: June 28, 2010
Grizzly Bear will open this year’s Serpentine Sessions. Since the release of their second album Veckatimest – hailed by many critics as 2009’s finest album – the Brooklyn quartet have become the poster boys for a certain strain of ambitious, symphonic pop.
Their intricate folk-pop, embellished by Nico Muhly's fantastical strings, is neither obvious nor derivative, with doo wop and neo-classical among its impressive jigsaw puzzle of influences, while envoking the spirit of The Beach Boys and The Band.
Their live show combines soaring harmonies and richly atmosphere sounds to create an undeniably moving live performance. Their appearance at Serpentine Sessions will no doubt be an unforgettable show.
Full supporting bill to still be announced...
Since 2000, the Copenhagen-based quartet (plus an ever evolving number of collaborators) have been quietly honing their craft, fusing left-of-centre electronic beats with grand orchestral gestures. Self-sufficient by nature and necessity, the band have until now, always written, recorded and produced every element of their music from the comfort of their Copenhagen bunker. In this time, they have also run their own label Rumraket label, working with the likes of Grizzly Bear, amiina and Slaraffenland, successfully making sense of both careers.
Here We Go Magic
Developed over a two-month period of stream-of-consciousness recording in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Luke’s self-titled debut under his new moniker Here We Go Magic is a remarkable departure from his signature singer-songwriter material. Luke recorded the album at home using analog synths, a cassette 4-track, and his trusty SM-57 mic, coloring the sound with warmth and creating textures you want to wrap yourself in.
Performing: June 29, 2010
Patti Smith and her band
Punk rock's poet laureate, Patti Smith ranks among the most influential female rock and rollers of all time. Ambitious, unconventional, and challenging, Smith's music was hailed as the most exciting fusion of rock and poetry since Bob Dylan's heyday. If that hybrid remained distinctly uncommercial for much of her career, it wasn't a statement against accessibility so much as the simple fact that Smith followed her own muse wherever it took her, from structured rock songs to free-form experimentalism, or even completely out of music at times. Her most avant-garde outings drew a sense of improvisation and interplay from free jazz, though they remained firmly rooted in noisy, primitive three-chord rock and roll.
Smith recently performed an acoustic show in the beautiful setting of Union Chapel and thrived off its intimate nature receiving five star reviews across the press. Her Serpentine Session is a unique opportunity to catch this influential, multi-talented and imaginative performer with her full band in a very special setting.
Full supporting bill to still be announced...
Fionn Regan's chirpy rhythms, repetitive melodies, and poetic lyrics keep the listener mesmerised from the start. The result is hauntingly beautiful and devastatingly understated. Hailing from Ireland, Regan absorbed folk and blues influences alongside the usual rock & roll which filter through his music. Nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2007 for his debut The End Of History, Regan has just signed a deal with Heavenly Records who will release his second offering The Shadow Of An Empire in early 2010.
Dawn Kinnard grew up in Pennsylvania, as the wayward daughter of a Baptist preacher, and specialises in dark ballads. A regular in the church choir, she was inspired by early blues, country and gospel and learned to play guitar at 16, when she became obsessed with Elvis. Kinnard’s husky singing voice has been compared to Cat Power, Shelby Lynne, Billie Holiday, Lucinda Williams and Nina Persson of The Cardigans.
The Boy Who Trapped the Sun
The Boy Who Trapped the Sun is a wry, alt-folkish singer-songwriter from the Isle of Lewis. The pseudo-offspring of Cash and Drake, if he could, he'd groom himself a Dylan 'fro, transcribing a perfect three-quarters of a circle. He is currently on Geffen, right on it, all over it. Straddling it in fact, and riding it like a whooping cowboy atop a nookular bomb waving a ten gallon hat. He has just completed his debut album on which he played everything himself, hoarding all of the credits. Except for the strings and female vocals, that is, but not for want of trying.
Back-to-basics singer-songwriter of soulful pop music whose antics are making a stark impression on the UK music scene. But Eliza's been making music since the age of 10, growing up listening to old motown, hip hop and pop music to become the embodiment of the modern-day diva. Her debut single Skinny Genes was released on Parlophone in April 2010 as a prelude to her first studio album later in the year.
Performing: July 1, 2010
At the tail-end of last Summer, just before work began on her second album, Laura Marling sat down with producer Ethan Johns to discuss her ambitions for the record. She gave Johns just two instructions: "This is very much my stepping stone," she told him. "And this is England."
2010's follow up to the critically acclaimed Alas, I Cannot Swim is indeed a coming of age record. Ten songs imbued with a richness and a ripeness and a sophistication. It is also an album marked by its quintessential Englishness. For all its American instrumentation, its shades of Crosby Stills and Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, these songs are no pale Americana interpretation; rather they are tales of snow-covered England, of blackberries and cold noses, songs that are deeply rooted in place. It is as if in the months since we saw her last, Marling has sought out her own identity, and found herself to be thoroughly English, unapologetically female, and a fully-fledged musician in her own right.
Painfully honest and hauntingly beautiful, prepare to be enchanted by Laura's charm when she brings her acoustic folk-pop to the Serpentine Gardens this Summer.
Full supporting bill to still be announced...
Formed back in 2006 by Swedish multi-instrumentalist Simon Balthazar, Fanfarlo employ trumpets, violins and mandolins to help them produce fragile and beautifully orchestrated indie pop. They have garnered comparisons from Arcade Fire to Belle and Sebastian whilst retaining a completely unique sound. Fanfarlo's recent debut Reservoir is still wowing critics, fans and newcomers into a frenzy.
Like the mythical sirens, Rosa Slade and Katy Young – the London-born, Brighton-based frontwomen of Peggy Sue – sing with a lilting sweetness that is wholly deceptive, belying the undercurrent of fury in their lyrics, the agitations of their music. Unlike the sirens, however, they sing not to lure men to destruction but to detail the wrecking of their own hearts. Whether it's Young musing on duplicitous relationships or brooding on how she would spoon with an ex, or Slade struggling to forget the smell of a former lover by slinking downtown, where "I see your face in everyone", the two women appear horribly bruised by love. They combat melancholy with some startlingly abrasive, PJ Harvey-style guitars, giddy whirls of accordion, and a thrilling array of clattering, thundering, sharp and snappy percussion from their show-stealing drummer, Olly Joyce.
A brand new act on the thriving UK folk scene are female duo Smoke Fairies. Their music stripped back and haunting, wraps itself around you like a thick blanket of smoke whilst their two part harmonies rattle around your head hours after listening.
The Jack White lauded duo (he personally invited them to support The Dead Weather in London, and introduced them), have already impressed on the live scene and have recently supported the likes of Richard Hawley and Laura Marling in the States.
Alessi lives in a little house in London where she makes her songs. She uses shells and sequins for their rhythms, the guitar to paint the scenes, the keyboard and glockenspiel for decoration and her voice to tell the stories.