Whyte Horses Experience
Gigs
Electronic

Whyte Horses Experience

Get ready for a rare live appearance from psychedelic pop group Whyte Horses, performing tracks from their debut Pop or Not and new album Empty Words, plus covers.

They perform alongside special guest artists including Badly Drawn Boy, La Roux, members of The Go! Team, Mélanie Pain and St Bart's Choir.

The Whyte Horses Experience is a multimedia journey through film and music, featuring collages that take in avant-garde cinema and childhood nostalgia (with faint echoes of The Velvet Underground’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable) while offering a sly wink to the Tropicalia movement of late 1960s Brazil.

Support comes from singer-songwriter Charles Watson, performing songs from his debut solo album Now That I'm a River. Charles is a member of indie duo Slow Club and garage-rock supergroup The Surfing Magazines.

The Royal Festival Hall performance is the Whyte Horses Experience’s second ever London live date, following their hugely successful show at the Barbican in May 2017.

Throughout 2016, Pop or Not gathered momentum and was awarded The Piccadilly Records Album Of The Year. At the end of 2016, Whyte Horses also re-recorded the entirety of Pop or Not, which featured a choir of children from St Bartholomew’s School Choir. In a recording made at the historic RAK Studios in London, the 17 children, aged 6 and 11, added a sense of pure unadulterated joy and their own fresh interpretation of this psychedelic pop album.

‘Whyte Horses began as a fantasy, a daydream. I was sat in a car park on a gloomy day when I had an epiphany, a vision of a girl group playing songs in a Mexican church, that was how the idea of the band was born. Since that moment everything we’ve done has had an element of trying to make idealistic fantasies reality.

‘From the creation of the band, I’ve always believed that we had to make what would be our ultimate record or ultimate show. I used to watch bands from the sidelines deeply frustrated knowing it was never quite what I wanted to see and hear.

‘We approach each gig as stand-alone event in which we attempt to bring together all of our favourite films, music, art and squeeze it into one evening. We want to create an experience, a night that feels like The Velvet Underground soundtracking a Stan Brakhage film, or The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour with an Exploding Plastic Inevitable-inspired lightshow.

‘We’ve invited like-minded special guests to perform songs with us in a quasi TV special format, between songs from our albums Pop or Not and Empty Words. The Whyte Horses Experience is a place to hide away and forget about the outside world for a couple of hours.’

Dom Thomas, Whyte Horses

The kind of raw materials that could induce a third summer of love
Q Magazine
Fragrant psychedelia which steers clear of standard tropes
Clash
It belongs in another world; all psychedelic, hazy, dreamy melodies and mutated instruments
Noisey

Dates & times

This event has passed.

where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£20 - £25
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
£20, £25

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
Find out more about our Concessions policy

featured story

story
Listen to this Spotify playlist curated by Dom Thomas of the psychedelic pop group