Music and art on offer at Ramsgate Boating Pool summer events

Co-organiser Lupen Crook Photo by Sara Norling

Music and art will be on offer at Ramsgate Boating Pool at two events organised by artist/musician Lupen Crook and partner/writer Willow Vincent.

The pair, who moved to Ramsgate in 2021 and head up independent publication Cruel Design, are using the boating pool space during a summer residency.

Lupen currently has an exhibition of paper ephemera prints – and a few select small paintings – on display at the venue until Wednesday 16th August and will run the free entry events alongside this.

The first is tomorrow (July 8) from 6pm and will feature a rare live performance from Lumpen Nobleman, founder of Ramsgate’s Contrapop Festival and label head at Extra Normal Records.

Sex Cells Photo by Keira-Anee Photography

Lupen and Willow will perform as Sex Cells, providing a synth séance and a live reading from the latest issue of their Cruel Design publication.

There will also be a special one-off performance from Rochester’s In Arcadia in collaboration with Formwork, providing experimental drone and dystopian field recordings by way of late 70s Tangerine Dream and 90s Post Rock.

The second event is on August 12 from 6pm and will feature Lupen performing the entirety of his new album Wild Nature, which was released by label Spinout Nuggets last month. He will be accompanied by various Kent musicians.

The 10-track LP was recorded in London and Ramsgate and is Lupen’s eighth album. Wild Nature explores topics such as BDSM (bondage), OnlyFans, cancel culture and modern art.

The opening song, A Day Like Today, eases you into the album with gentle guitar while for the remainder of the LP Lupen reverts to his acoustic rock, merging elements of folk, punk, and indie rock.

Photo by Carl Fox

There will also be a live performance from London based author, publisher, and poet Kirsty Allison (pictured above) whose debut novel ‘Psychomachia’ has recently been published by Wrecking Ball Press.

Photo by Odette Mysterion

To finish South London electro-psychedelic duo Sonic Eyes will be making their first appearance in Thanet, off the back of a UK tour.

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