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24.05.2023, Words by Billy Ward

black midi are playing a "one off" gig consisting exclusively of The Beatles covers

A mouthwatering prospect for any fan of both groups...

London rock band black midi have announced they are playing a special "one off" Beatles cover gig at the Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands this November.

The band have developed a cult following since emerging from the Windmill Brixton scene in 2017, becoming part of the venue's almost mythical underground folklore besides fellow groups like Sorry, Shame, Black Country New Road and more. 

Typically known for their rapturous math rock, the band will be switching up their sound (or not) later this year for one of the most intriguing Beatles cover sets you'll probably ever see. 

Le Guess Who?’s website reads: “When listening to Britain’s cacophonous black midi, not many would be reminded of the world’s most agreeable band of all time. In fact, apart from sharing a homeland, the two groups seem to have little in common.

“Thankfully, Le Guess Who? curator Slauson Malone 1 has enough imagination to disagree. Looking closely, one can see why. Beneath Geordie Greep, Cameron Picton, and Morgan Simpson’s tempestuous math rock lies a precious pop sensibility not too dissimilar from what can be heard on Lennon–McCartney records.”

The festival’s line-up includes other confirmed acts such as Stereolab, Tom Skinner (The Smile, Sons Of Kemet) and Jonny Greenwood and Dudu Tassa, who will showcase their collaborative album, ‘Jarak Qaribak’. 

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