ARTIST: THE MEMORY BAND
TRACK: THE SECRET SPY
LOCATION: FLAT IRON SQUARE
Flat Iron Square foodcourt, right in the heart of Bankside, sits next to a piazza of the same name. It’s set within an impressive seven railway arches, along with Grade II listed building Devonshire House, and surrounding the outdoor areas: a fine spot all round, be it for lunch and drinks.
The space features a cluster of carefully selected food trucks, bars and restaurants, as well as Bankside’s live music venue OMEARA, which is owned by Communion Music promotion co-founder Ben Lovett [Mumford & Sons].
Since 2002, The Memory Band have been using old maps to navigate new directions in British Folk music, where digital machinery and acoustic instruments combine to make ‘traditional music from the future’.
Led by producer and bassist Stephen Cracknell, and with a rolling cast of collaborators, the band mixes field-recordings of natural and industrial sounds with traditional melodies and original compositions. They have also produced music for film and television, and developed a series of associated live projects, including performances of the score of the classic film ‘The Wicker Man’; the ‘Balearic Folk Orchestra’, run in conjunction with film-director Kieran Evans, which re-interprets classic acid-house tracks; and ‘Children Of The Stones’, a musical journey through the British Library Sound Archive.