This was a “night of sound and vision in five chapters” staged as part of the Barbican’s “Station To Station 30 Day Happening”. Loosely based on a train journey into the American mid-west, with Beck as our train driver and an assortment of musicians, poets, dancers and visual effects, accompanying us as passengers on our voyage, the whole thing chugged along nicely with stops, starts and the odd jerk. The sonic underlay of the happening was provided by the 15-piece London Contemporary Orchestra, BJ Cole on slide guitar and Leafcutter John on various electronic boxes.
Beck ambled on stage dressed in country garb, including Stetson, armed with only an acoustic guitar to set things in motion with “Waiting For A Train” as we pulled out of the station. He continued to operate the points and signals from the back of the stage for the rest of the evening.
Of the seven poets on the bill, Luke Wright and Simon Armitage were the ones to stand out. Armitage’s poem, which commenced “Thank you for waiting”, about the order in which passengers are invited to board a plane, had the audience in stitches. It provided » Continue Reading.