Second wave of acts announced for Cliftonville’s Caring is Creepy festival

Margate's Dan Lyons will join the line up

Caring is Creepy, organised by Margate promoters Art’s Cool and fellow residents Moshi Moshi Records, has announced a second round of acts to feature at five Cliftonville venues from May 25-27.

Headlining the festival will be Teleman, returning to Margate for the third time in recent years and showcasing tracks from their forthcoming third album.Other acts previously announced were Drahla, Benin City and Rhythm Method.

Now organisers have revealed the second wave of acts.

Headlining the festival’s Sunday night program and making their Margate live debut are Warmduscher. The South-London band, featuring a cast that boasts members of the notorious Fat White Family, Childhood and Paranoid London, make their Margate appearance arrives shortly before the release of new LP ‘Whale City’ meaning that fans of the band will be treated to live previews of yet to be released tracks from the album.

C.A.R (Choosing Acronyms Randomly) is the project of London residing, Franco-Canadian Chloé Raunet who has been immersed in the world of post-punk, cold wave and her own brand of off-kilter synth-pop since the days fronting her band Battant. Following debut LP ‘My Friend’ and multiple releases on cult Parisian imprint Kill The DJ, she has now released her second album ‘Pinned.’

Bristol’s Lice draw sounds and aesthetics from an abrasive clutch of early-80s post-punk groups (particularly The Fall, The Pop Group and The Birthday Party), together with elements of noise-rock and warped country and western. Having recently toured the UK with the much talked about Idles and wowed the UK festival audiences in 2017 with their dramatic monologues, darkly-humorous short stories and bizarre characters, the quartet look set to do that all over again in 2018 starting in Cliftonville.

Formed in 2014 by brothers Eric and Jimi Tormey and bassist Joe Hunt, Margate’s Gang have cultivated a modest but devoted national following amid favorable support from BBC Introducing, Marc Riley, DIY, Clash, Line Of Best Fit and more. Subsequent releases have seen the band tour and share stages with the likes of Oh Sees, Chastity Belt, Wand and Traams. Following a writing break, Gang will be debuting brand new material from their upcoming LP with a formation that now boasts the addition of the Brothers Tormey’s younger sister, Tuli.

Dan Lyons is a musician living and writing in Margate. Better known as the drummer for bands such as Fat White Family and Phobophobes, his real job is a songwriter. He was born in Kent and moved back from London last year with his partner Freya Warsi to escape the noise and pollution of city life. In 2017 Dan finally stepped onto centre stage; performing under his own name and calling upon a host of musicians from the South London music scene and beyond to complete the line up for his backing band. This year Dan performed at Austin, Texas’s SXSW Festival.

Margate’s Inevitable Daydream cemented their cult status after dropping their debut LP ‘I Will Get To The Sky On These Strong Legs’ in 2017 to zero press or radio only to rely solely on a word of mouth appeal that saw the band sell out venues in Brighton and Margate. Childhood friends Jack Higham and Connor Lang, alongside drummer John Davies (Traams), take their blistering show on the road for the first ever time.

Babii (ex Us Baby Bear Bones) is one girl, making ethereal yet tough electronic music. Hidden behind many metaphors, numbers and secrets are themes of temptation, venomous relationships and other cruelties of this world. Despite the serious tone of the lyrics, Babii still has an essence of playfulness when it comes the sounds and textures that decorate her songs.

Later on in the Saturday night’s programming, local independent record store Transmission will be joined by Pentagram Home Video and Zardoz as they host a night of DJs and live performance filled with “satanic synths, dystopian disco & perverse pop” whilst popular local club night Ju Ju Music will be dancing the night away to a selection of the finest picks from West African music culture.

Caring Is Creepy is intended to be an alternative to the By The Sea Festival (Moshi Moshi’s other Margate festival run in partnership with RFB), focusing on new bands and based in Cliftonville. The intention is to use some of the beautiful old venues in Cliftonville as well as partnering with some of the exciting new businesses springing up in Northdown Road and surrounding streets.

The venues for the festival will be the Lido Cliff Bar, Cliff’s, Tom Thumb Theatre, Radio Margate and Transmission Records. The intention is to expand the number of venues and artists playing each year.

Caring is Creepy tickets are £22. Book here