Friday, 28 August 2009

Last to chance to see Woodstock Experience Exhibition at Idea Generation Gallery

We were very pleased with indeed with the wonderful venue for our Press & Industry launch last week at the Idea Generation Gallery.

We think its worth a mention (if you haven't worked it out already...) that the space is also a brilliant gallery when not hosting ice-cream fuelled events, and we'd like to recommend its current exhibition - Woodstock Experience.

Produced by Genesis Publication, Woodstock Experience comprises a selection of photographs from the monumental event that was the Woodstock Music & Art Fair aka Woodstock.

Featuring a great combo of monochrome and colour pictures, the collection captures the essence of this 3-day peace and music festival.

The main body of the exhibition is composed of amazing photographs by Henry Diltz (see photo, below), the official Woodstock photographer. These depict the people who put together the festival, the crowd and of course the performers from the mighty Jimi Hendrix to the lesser known but brilliantly talented Canned Heat.

Another special treat are the never before exhibited photographs of the then 17 year old Dan Garson, whose originals and negatives of over 300 pictures sat in a basement for nearly 40 years. Look out for the visual geometrics in the snap named High Time.

Each photograph is appropriately accompanied by a caption. Our personal favourite is the quote by British musician Keef Hartley next to the Henry Diltz’ overwhelming Crowd Shot picture. From his helicopter ride Hartley describes “a bizarre multicoloured vegetation” below, only to discover as they descended further “that this was the festival”.

But hurry, the exhibition is only on until Sunday 30th August! So if you don’t miss your chance to view these never-seen-before photographs from the event that Rolling Stone Magazine once cited as “one of the 50 moments that changed the history of Rock n roll”, head on down to Ideas Generation Gallery Space and lose yourself in the nostalgia...

Idea Generation Gallery: 11 CHANCE STREET, E2 7JB (Just off Redchurch Street,off Shoreditch High St.)

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Lush Launch

The good ship Branchage 2009 was officially launched on Wednesday evening with a heady cocktail of music, confectionary, drinks, 3D film and, most importantly of all, the announcement of this year’s festival programme!

We took over the Idea Generation gallery space for an evening of all things Branchagey, with foliage in abundance, and managed to create a mini-Jersey in East London for press and industry types to get a feel for the festival. Call us crazy, but we just can’t get enough of greenery.

Being ever-generous hosts, Branchage rustled up some super treats for our guests. We’re talking Hierbas Mojitos (the special Branchage Cocktail designed for us by our friends at Taste of Ibiza), and new-addiction-of-all-Branchagers Jersey Dairy ice cream doled out by the cone-load. Moving away from the consumables, we also had food-for-the-ears Plaster of Paris performing ( and an amazing preview of the 3D films of Jersey that are currently in production by artists Gavin Peacock, Brian McClave and Darren Umney (this of course being food-for-the-eyes).

There was also the little matter of announcing some of the Branchage 2009 programme, but don’t fear, if you weren’t there then you will still get to find out all of the treats in store for this year’s festival through the high-tech wizardry of the internet, as our new website goes live next week sporting all of our programme info.

We’ll blog some links and stuff about this next week… the excitement is just a little too much at the moment and Branchage needs to go and have a lie down.

Happy launch-week to one and all x