Weapons of Sound are Back for 2019!
We first welcomed the incredible Weapons of Sound at the inaugural LauFest in 2017 and they blew our socks off with their incredible rhythms and infectious energy. This year we are delighted to welcome back the original ‘junk band’ (who now boasts our very own Kris as percussionist!) and we can’t wait to shake our tail feathers as they play the BBC Introducing stage on Saturday teatime.
The UK’s Greenest Band
Started as an activity in a youth club in 1993 Weapons Of Sound have the strong ethos of everyone can make music and performances focus upon making music accessible for all. Now hailed by Al Gore as “the UK’s greenest band”, Weapons of Sound thump out their eclectic brand of junk percussion on an array of unusual instruments from shopping trolleys and plastic barrels to gas pipes and scaffolding poles…….. they even use the kitchen sink!
Impossible to pigeonhole, Weapons of Sound’s back catalogue has broad appeal with drum and bass and breakbeat style records followed by blues and swing numbers – the unifying thread is that their entire set is impossible to sit still to! Weapons Of Sound are currently recording an eco hop album with contributions from Dominique Larue and Akil from Jurassic 5.
Weapons of Sound Performing Tommy from Nick Cox on Vimeo
A Junk Band with Attitude
Since 1993 Weapons Of Sound have performed both nationally and internationally in over 2500 gigs and workshops in stadiums, theatres, large festivals, community and street festivals, carnivals, clubs, cabaret stages and street corners as well as a whole host of prestigious corporate events across the UK and the World. WoS have also found themselves added to the bill of some very unusual events including the launching of the XBOX, dates at the Science Museum, Surfers Against Sewage Ball and playing with friendly rivals The Blue Man Group in Canary Wharf, London.
Performance highlights include performing at the Royal Albert hall to a star studded audience which included HRH Prince Charles and Al Gore, entertaining 85,000 people at Twickenham rugby stadium to open the Heineken Cup Final, and warming up the crowds at the Champions League final at the Stade de France in Paris (2006). Not to mention the top slots at hundreds of festivals over the years, including Isle of Wight 2018, Bestival, Laufest, Greenbelt, Folifest, Glastonbury and Reading, Nozstock, Spraoi, Limburg, LoveBox, Maker and Plymouth Volksfest.
We adore Weapons of Sound and the green message they are spreading by entertaining audiences globally with their unique brand of junk percussion. As well as offering a pioneering method of reducing, re-using and recycling Weapons of Sound are a phenomenal act with a jaw dropping show to appeal to any audience. LauFest is buzzing to have them play again so be sure not to miss them on the Saturday evening, we’ll be at the front complete with bash sticks and a great big smile 🙂