Announcing... J Willgoose Esq.

Posted by QED at 3:45pm on August 3rd 2018
J Wilgoose Esq. Photo by Dan Kendall

We are delighted to be able to announce the latest exciting addition to the QED main stage line-up for 2018: J WiIlgoose Esq, the creative talent behind the band Public Service Broadcasting.

Public Service Broadcasting are one of the most thought-provoking and unique bands to come out of the UK in the last decade, whose albums and live shows weave samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics. Their 2015 album The Race For Space documents the achievements of the space age, starting with the launch of the Sputnik, first ever satellite, and spanning the lifetime of the Apollo programme, culminating in the first ever moon landing in 1969. The album samples audio from NASA’s mission control, along with contemporaneous news reporting from both Soviet and American media, to celebrate the extraordinary progress made between 1962 and 1972.

As the driving force behind the band, the mysterious and corduroy-clad Willgoose has an established reputation for weaving forensic, historical research into evocative storytelling. The band’s most recent album, Every Valley, take listeners on a journey down the mine-shafts of the South Wales valleys, using the history of coal mining to shine a light on the march of progress, and the disenfranchised left behind by that progress. The critically-acclaimed album was released on Play It Again Sam in July 2015 and charted at #4 in the UK album charts.

Public Service Broadcasting have quickly built a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in the UK, with major appearances at SXSW, Glastonbury, Bestival, Latitude, Green Man plus sell major UK tours including sold out shows at Brixton Academy in 2015, Hammersmith Apollo in 2017 and the Royal Albert Hall.

J Willgoose Esq. will be speaking on the QED main stage as part of our packed weekend programme.