One concept implementing diversity in the city of Belfast is Topia, a venture born from the creative mind of Joel McMordie. Topia is an event that looks to promote variety. There’s no discrimination against any genre, it merely looks to support the different worlds of electronic music.
We attended Topia 001 full of curiosity and optimism. The night consisted of experimental noise and extreme antics with a drill and a saw, courtesy of Unyielding Love, a demonic audio visual journey complete with DIY tech only heightening originality from founder Joel McMordie and a dark and unrelentless set from David Forsythe, under the v4ts alias, complete with noisy bangers. Tribal sounds provoke tribal activity. Everyone as one moving to the same haunting groove.
Friday 2nd September will witness the second event in the Topia series. Lazy Lewis will be providing an instrumental hip hop/chill performance while Casion produces an intriguing Chiptune/8bit performance. Casion is described by McMordie as being one of the best writers of music that he has ever come across, and produces his sound in an incredible way.
He uses a Gameboy to play live. It’s safe to say this is a relatively unheard sound in Belfast, and it fits the Topia aesthetic of wanting to provide something different. Providing the DJ sets at Topia 002 will be v4ts providing his usual blend of experimental noise and dark bangers, and techno heads Paragon, who will also be performing at Lumen’s Machine Music Culture Night concept alongside names such as Joefarr and Paula Temple.
The venue for Topia 002 is still under wraps, but keep an eye on the Facebook page in order to make sure you don’t miss out.