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Belgrave Music Hall


Sunday 16.05.2021

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Ticket price including booking fee of £1.50 (each): £14.50
Tickets are limited to 8 per customer.

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Doors 8pm // Age Restriction 14+

Amsterdam-based Altın G�n are essential interpreters of the Anatolian rock and folk legacy and a leading voice in the emergent global psych-rock scene. They already made a name for themselves, especially in mainland Europe, with their hotly tipped 2018 debut album �On�, a hugely popular KEXP performance ( and hundreds of gigs.

�We do have a weak spot for the music of the late �60s and �70s,� Altın G�n bass player and founder Jaspar Verhulst admits. �With all the instruments and effects that arrived then, it was an exciting time. Everything was new, and it still feels fresh. We�re not trying to copy it, but these are the sounds we like and we�re trying to make them our own.�

And what they create really is theirs. Altın G�n radically reimagine an entire tradition. The electric saz (a three-string Turkish lute) and voice of Erdin� Ecevit (who has Turkish roots) is urgent and immediately distinctive, while keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, and percussion power the surging rhythms and Merve Daşdemir (born and raised in Istanbul) sings with the mesmerizing power of a young Grace Slick. This isn�t music that seduces the listener: it demands attention. Explosive, funky and transcendent.

�Psych-Amsterdammers revisit �70s Turkish freakout with, oddly, Space�s Magic Fly.� Mojo (Playlist)

�Catchy tracks such as Kolbasti, with its urgent guitars, or the pounding Yolcu mark them down as contenders � it�s fun.� *** Mojo

�From Anatolia via Amsterdam, an instant party package of Turkish freakbeat, soundtrack funk and psychedelic synth-pop. Constantinople�s got the works ....� Uncut (Playlist)

�Their second LP draws upon traditional Anatolian folk melodies, particularly those associated with the singer Neset Ertas, but puts them through a psychedelic filter.� 8/10 Uncut

�No-nonsense psychedelic folk-rockers effectively reworking Turkish songs.� The Guardian

"Abrupt, sour, reverberant minor-key guitar riffs, galloping tom-toms, electric solos that warp and distort, declamatory vocals: it is clear from the outset that we are in the world of Anatolian rock, the psychedelic stew of folk music and Zeppelin-esque hard rock that lightened up 1970s Istanbul �. It is the synthesisers and keyboards that colour the texture: the alarm whistles on �Ervah-ı Ezelde� that set up a florid guitar solo, the cold 1980s electronica blipping and shining like Duran Duran in Sri Lanka on �Gesi Bağları�, the Head Hunters-era Hancock squelches and New Romantic rhythms of �S�p�rgesi Yoncadan�. *** Financial Times

�Altin G�n add an exciting rocky, funky spin on traditional Turkish tunes � The opener �Yolcu�, kicks off with a fuzzy guitar riff, before the serpentine bass line underscores a smooth sub-funk verse. Listeners, like me, who go digging for those old records by Bariş Man�o and Erkin Koray (mostly in vain) will be instantly gratified! �. Both singers are excellent but especially Merve Daşdemir�s beautiful rendition of �Derdimi D�kersem�.� 4/5 UK Vibe


Venue Information

Belgrave Music Hall

Cross Belgrave St, Leeds LS2 8JP

Located in Leeds’ vibrant Northern Quarter, Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen is spread over three floors with two bars, two kitchens, a 300 capacity event space and a spectacular roof terrace. The venue hosts regular events including live music, film and art exhibitions and serve fresh canteen-style food.

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