Actress Is One Of London’s Most Original Artists


And he’s playing tonight in the soon-to-be closed Dance Tunnel. 

The news this week that Dalston’s Dance Tunnel is set to close due to Hackney Council’s “licensing climate” was met with a beleaguered shrug – people into nightlife and music in London are getting used to seeing these cherished spaces disappear as the city’s landscape transforms in the interests of a wealthy elite. Although we haven’t got any solutions to this problem yet, remember that one of the best ways to commemorate and maintain London’s club scene is by attending it. 


Last seen in February playing a spellbinding Boiler Room set alongside the London Contemporary Orchestra at the Barbican, London-based electronic producer and electronica pioneer Actress is playing at the Dance Tunnel tonight. The venue is one of the best in the east of the city, with a notoriously weighty system that was powerful enough to convince seminal dubstep night FWD>> to relocate there following the closure of former home Plastic People.

Expect a heady mix of the brooding and the euphoric from Darren Cunningham over the span of a four-hour DJ set. London continues to operate at the forefront of electronic music and Actress is one of its most revered sons, albeit the producer – known to his mother as Darren Cunningham – originally hails from Wolverhampton in the Midlands. Support on this night organised by the Red Bull Music Academy comes in the not inconsiderable form of outsider techno/electronica producer and NTS DJ, Lukid. Both acts booked to appear on the night defy easy categorisation – that’s part of what makes the prospect so thrilling. Advance tickets are available for £10 now. Go while you still can…

Head here to buy tickets to see Actress tonight. The best way to get there from Generator London is to take the Victoria line from Euston to Highbury & Islington, then change onto the Overground line to Dalston Kingsland station; it takes less than 30 minutes. If you want to hear some more Actress, listen to Simian Mobile Disco's Love Letter to London in which he features.

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