Well it’s 23/8/2017 and as promised The KLF aka The JAMS aka The K Foundation aka K2 Plant Hire and whatever – are back back back. I’m not on the scene but apparently Drummond and Cauty pulled up in – yes – an Ice Cream Van on Bold Street, Liverpool about an hour ago. If you’ve not ‘across’ this story, basically 400 ‘volunteers’ have each paid £100 each to participate in a 3 day happening which starts now. It’s been pretty clear there will be no musical performance, this absolutely isn’t a KLF reunion gig and it certainly isn’t a music festival. I don’t know what the F**K is going on and nobody knows for sure.
The first event – by all accounts, is basically a book signing – although they’re rubber stamping books rather than signing and, amusingly, participants have been warned that anyone bringing any other memorabilia to be signed will have it confiscated and destroyed. (How about that Roger Waters and Ringo?)
Tomorrow, those paying volunteers will be given ‘jobs’ to do followed by participating in various interventions and rites around various locations in Liverpool over the next 3 days. Apparently strong swimmers, guitarists and make-up artists are required tomorrow -as well as someone who is “strong and exactly 5’5” – As comebacks go, The Stone Roses at Heaton Park this ain’t.
If I was being really cynical and withering – I’d say it initially seems like something of a cash grab. Once you’ve paid your £100 for an unspecified 3 days at the service of The JAMS- none of which is guaranteed to provide any sort of entertainment – you’re then given the chance to buy a book, and a range of mugs, T-shirts, posters and…intriguingly…a Starbucks coffee cup subverted by the group to say “War is Over”… all of which is priced at £20.23 each.
Then again, if you’re a huge fan of all things KLF/JAMS related you’ve got probably the one and only chance to be a part of of their story (and scoop up some souvenirs). I suspect all concerned will have an unforgettable experience which Drummond and Cauty have no doubt recognised is currency these days and I’m kind of intrigued to see what goes down.
Ultimately, It’s a good scoop for Liverpool – and the itinerary would appear to be supporting lots of local venues and organisations that are forces for good and add to the sum of human happiness – tonight’s event for instance was at News from Nowhere which is one of those proper old-school radical bookshops (this one dates from 1974) that are becoming very scarce these days.
If you’re interesting in following what’s going on @BidoLito (Liverpool music mag and promoters) appear to have the unenviable task of sorting logistics, and although they promised there would be no press passes Peter Robinson @popjustice is in Mu Mu Land, presumably having paid his own way, and is documenting what’s happening.