It’s been an exhilarating suspense for all of us to see who would take to the stage at this year’s Simple Things Festival in Bristol. Well, a huge announcement came as a bit of a surprise. Legendary composer and film director John Carpenter is set to wrap up the festival weekend with a spectacular, jaw-dropping performance at Bristol’s Colton Hall on Sunday 23rd October. Carpenter, who is renowned for his musical arrangement of horror films, will be performing a retroactive collection of his soundtrack work as well as compositions from his Lost Themes albums. He will be accompanied by a live band and eye-pleasing visuals.
The main festival lineup, which takes place on Saturday the 22nd of October, is yet to be announced. It’s fair to say that Simple Things has always been a favourite for avid fans of avant-garde musicians, and John Carpenter will certainly satisfy that appetite. This year, Carpenter released his second non-soundtrack work with the album Lost Themes II. The highly acclaimed album plays out in a dark, grim but somehow captivating theme. Tracks like ‘Distant Dream’ conjure up a rock concert held in Hell’s final circle, while ‘Persia Rising’ evokes an atmospheric mood.
Tickets for the finale show are now up for grabs at £30 (please note that tickets for this event are sold separately from the festival tickets). If travelling to the south west seems daunting to you, remember, a jaunt to Bristol might be worth all the hassle to witness this once-in-a-lifetime performance.