London’s newest one-day festival, RALLY will make its debut in Southwark Park this Saturday (5th August), with an eclectic bill spanning electronica, techno, post-punk, and leftfield indie. From the team behind GALA, the festival is a celebration of the underground spaces and sounds that make up the city’s grassroots scene, from the genre-defying grooves of Wu-Lu, Obongjayar, and Loraine James, to the celestial house and ambient/experimental sounds of Kelly Lee Owens, Space Afrika, and Leon Vynehall, who will go b2b with Yu Su. For those in search of intrepid, international selections John Talabot, Erika de Casier, and Princess Nokia will also be on call. Take a look at the full line-up, and be tempted by the last remaining tickets, here.
Stepping up for the mid-afternoon slot on the Channel stage is South London native Miles Romans-Hopcraft, known musically as Wu-Lu. The DJ, producer, and vocalist — who got a taste for the more eclectic strands of psych, jazz, and hip-hop from his trumpeter father — released his debut album, ‘Loggerhead’, through Warp Records last year.
On stage, Wu-Lu is a force to be reckoned with. Compounding thick, grungey guitars and glowering basslines with socially-conscious bars and explosive flourishes of breaks, his sound lurks somewhere in the space between Sonic Youth and Public Enemy. The multi-hyphenate artist is currently part-way through a summer festival tour which has seen him make pit-stops at Primavera, Outbreak, and Roskilde, before returning to London for RALLY’s maiden voyage this weekend.
In his Selections, Wu-Lu spotlights underground LDN sounds, music from friends, and maximalist guitar jams. Dive in below.