Outlands – The Joyous Thing 4

Outlands and Centrala invite all audiences to enjoy three new live commissions from transnational artist collective and label  C.A.N.V.A.S

The evening is then extended for those that wish to party into the early hours. A debut collaboration sees CRUSH and Sisterhood DJs organise a raucous afterparty for us until 2am.

Outlands Network’s annual event The Joyous Thing takes place at Centrala on the 3rd and 4th of March. Alongside new live commissions from the C.A.N.V.A.S label, there will be a chance to connect with members from across the country at a series of panels, talks, workshops and networking sessions – including a special late night afterparty with Birmingham based LGBTQIA+ club night CRUSH. If you are interested in joining network, please visit: https://www.outlands.network/joinus 
Outlands and Centrala, in close collaboration with C.A.N.V.A.S, will present live performances from Olan Monk w/Michael Speers, Alpha Maid, and 33 (Billy Bultheel & Alexander Iezzi)

Olan Monk is a musician, performer and writer from Connemara, on the west coast of Ireland. They also have the distinction of being a co-founder of C.A.N.V.A.S. Their debut album Love/Dead was released in June 2020, followed by Auto Life, an EP of songs released in October 2021. Past collaborations include recordings and performances with Actress, Ashley Paul, Elvin Brandhi, James K, Maria Somerville and Michael Speers.

Alpha Maid is a guitarist and producer from South East London who crafts compositions of lo-fi punk, grunge and glitch electronics. Also a member of CURL collective, who she occasionally joins for live shows. She released her debut EP, Spy, via their label in 2019. Her most recent release is second EP ‘CHUCKLE’ released in March 2021 via C.A.N.V.A.S which AQNB found Alpha Maid at her folksiest sonic approach to date as she enlists her beat-up acoustic guitar to soundtrack introspective impulses”.

Through their collaborative project 33, Billy Bultheel and Alexander Iezzi further consolidate a partnership which has taken many forms within a visual, artistic spectrum. Their practice envelops performance art, music and installation, whilst pinpointing, developing and elaborating the most meaningful and poignant marriages of the disciplines. Their differing backgrounds have informed the way that their long collaboration works – Bultheel with his conservatory training, and Iezzi coming from DIY punk and experimental music scenes. Their debut album 33​-​69 was released in October 2022 on C.A.N.V.A.S, branded by The Wire as a “surprisingly powerful and cohesive debut”.
Olan Monk: Watch here
Alpha Maid: Watch here

FRIDAY @Centrala Space

12-1PM: Arrive for Lunch

1PM: Introductions 

1.30-4PM: Networking Sessions and Member Spotlights, featuring: Anne, Bullyache, The Oram Awards, and Profound Sound

4-5PM: Panel Talk – ‘Queering Space’ with: Meesha Fones (QUEEF, Pretty Grim, Dorcha), Jordan Edge, and Emma Thompson (Fat Out Festival)

6-8PM: Curated programme of music-led film for Digbeth First Friday, featuring commissioned work from: Pretty Grim, Aja, Mouthwasp

7.30-11PM: Outlands & Centrala presents: 33 (Billy Bultheel & Alexander Iezzi), Alpha Maid, and Olan Monk with Michael Speers

11-2AM: After Party: CRUSH x Sisterhood Takeover (CHILLZ, EPIPHANY, RINGERS)


SATURDAY @Centrala Space

2-3.30PM: Workshop with Jordan Edge: Non-Binary and Queer Perspectives on Listening 

4-5PM: Film Screening: Rebel Dykes: “a full-length documentary about the explosion that happened when punk met feminism, told through the lives of a gang of lesbians in the riotous London of the 1980s”

5-7.30PM: Networking/Social Hang Out

7PM-Late: Join Supersonic for their International Women’s Day Celebration