Conform to Deform : A Some Bizzare Evening with Stevo & Wesley Doyle

Featuring a history of Some Bizzare presented by Wesley Doyle, author of ‘Conform to Deform: The Weird And Wonderful World Of Some Bizzare’

A Q&A session with Wesley Doyle and Stevo (Some Bizzare Records)

A selection of Stevo’s paintings will be on display from 2pm in Centrala on the afternoon of the event.

Some Bizzare aficionado and Techno legend REGIS will be playing Some Bizzare classics throughout the evening.

Along with Factory, Mute, and Creation, Some Bizzare was the vanguard of outsider music in the 1980s. The label s debut release reads like a who s who of electronic music, featuring early tracks from Soft Cell, Depeche Mode, Blancmange, and The The, while over the next decade its roster would include artists such as Marc Almond, Cabaret Voltaire, Einsturzende Neubauten, Foetus, Swans, Coil, and Psychic TV. For a time, Some Bizzare was the most exciting independent record label in the world, but the music is only half of the story. Self-styled label boss Stevo Pearce s unconventional dealings with the industry are legendary. Sometimes they were playful (sending teddy bears to meetings in his place), other times less so (he and Marc Almond destroyed offices at Phonogram and terrorised staff). Despite this, he was a force to be reckoned with. His preternatural ability to spot talent meant his label was responsible for releasing some of the decade s most forward-thinking, transgressive, and influential music.

This will be a super intimate event – tickets are strictly limited.