PERFORMING FROM THE UK WATERWAYS
An 83+ year old theatrical narrowboat and radio station, moored across various UK waterways.
Picture Credit Gem Rey
PERFORMING FROM THE UK WATERWAYS
Widgeon Theatre Boat is rocking the waterways with a 24 hour mix of chat, music, specialist shows and then some. Find something that really floats your boat.
This is a musical documentary. It is not a usual playlist of LGBT+ artists however. Many of these artists may not be recognised as non-heterosexual. Many had to hide their sexuality through fear of persecution and often, violence. Many also battled with their own demons. This is a tribute to all those remarkable musicians who have struggled with their sexuality and homophobic attitudes they've had to tolerate and unfortunately continue to do so. It's remarkable that Stonewall riots happened in June/July back in '69. It's now the 20's and this couldn't be more appropriate time to celebrate difference, equality, love and understanding - onwards and upwards.
Originally known as the 'West Coast' sound, this is a 70s-80s soft-rock special where vaselined camera lenses, jumpers tucked in jeans, the 'Malboro Man' and wind in your hair while cruising the waves of Eastbourne (or California if you were from across the pond) reigned supreme. Join us for a 3 hour special, perfect summer day listening. Vangelis, Lani Hall, Hall and Oates, Seals & Croft, Stealers Wheel....
What is Mento? It's a style of Jamaican folk music predating reggae and ska peaking in popularity in the '40s and '50s from the Caribbean. We explore the musical landscape of the Windrush generation, with the sounds of Mento, Calypso, a dash of Joropo and anything in-between.
Sounds take you on a journey.. our weekly wake up of soundscapes from around the world. This week Pennsylvania native Keith Kenniff’s output as "Goldmund" a composer of minimal piano-based ambient music alongside peers like Hauschka, Dustin O’Halloran, and even Ryuichi Sakamoto, His recordings tread sincerely along paths laden with dusty timbres, diffuse synthesizer, and soaring string textures. "On The Time it Takes", Goldmund’s newest book of aural polaroids, Kenniff manages to deepen the emotionality of his already affecting project, creating a space in which to unfold the sorrows of a troubling age and revel in the hope and beauty that follow thereafter.
Spindrift's regular Sunday chill out session - smooth ambient and electronic sounds to soothe and groove your day.
Deep rolling prog techno minimal acid breaks.
Tom Llama - techno acid minimal 95bpm - 134 - 120.
We will be talking all things funk and the scene as we go live.. with special guest Mandy Pearce who has been a lead singer all her adult life.
Three full hours of worldyjazzelectronica selections, near and far, weird and wonderful. A freestyle session showcasing the best in 'quality' music from wherever, whenever, and whatever. If it sounds right and feels good then you'll hear it. A must!
Nominated for Best Online Music Show in Reggae / Dancehall in 2018 and hosted monthly by label associate and long time aficionado David Asher - featuring the music of Adrian Sherwood's On U Sound record label, it's associated acts, forthcoming releases, and rare and exclusive mixes.
The KLF have shared ‘Come Down Dawn’, a new album which sees the influential electronic duo putting a new spin on their 1990 album ‘Chill Out’.
This is the final show by one of the most important figures in underground dance music ..RIP.
A special one off morning show to ease you into todays celebration of Love. Love is all we need, to give to receive. We hope you enjoy & dance in the kitchen to our breakfast Vintage Valentine show.
Antidote is the chilled tech house side project Calcutta based artist Urvashi Bhattacharya. Keeping the sounds light and breezy but always backing it up with the big bass and beat - the Antidote journey is both delicate but also packs a big punch.
Turkish born London based psychedelic DJ Ozzy Cetin aka Mysticism blesses us with chilled grooves and global beats. Ozzy is also the founder of a psychedelic events community called Crystal Kids.
Małpka was born and raised in Africa and classically trained at the age of 7. She left her home in Zimbabwe in 2000 to explore other arenas. Time spent in Australia and South Africa led to an evolution in her appreciation of big band jazz and bouncing brass to crazy psychedelic trance and dusty stomping grounds. Her love for the emerging electronic genres saw her moving to the UK in 2006 for a more complete musical immersion. After reaching saturation point on almost every dance floor imaginable, and it didn't take long; 'Mudstompin Munkee' was born, which would later evolve to the alias Małpka.
Liquid Sound Design label manager Robin Triskele shares her latest mix highlighting the labels 2020 releases. As always you can expect a funk-driven, quirky approach as she moves you seamlessly through ambient, dub, chillout, psydub, techno and other varieties of downtempo electronica. Hear LSD artists Youth & Gaudi, Robert Elster (Vibrasphere), The Orb, Kuba, Backstage Gurus, DF Tram as well as exclusive remixes with System 7, Gus Till, Supercozi, David Harrow & more! Certainly no stranger to global dance floors having shared her music in over 20 countries, whether DJing or performing as Synergy Dub (w/ techno maestro Gabriel Le Mar/Saafi Brothers) her passion for music shows as she spreads her positive, infectious vibe all the while feeding you the tastiest electronica on offer.
This is a journey into sound, or possibly... as sound journey. Either way, it's a perfect start to Sunday.
Amaluna is the collaborative project of New Zealand-born Tara Hawes aka FlibbertiGibbet and Zimbabwean-born Wendy Whitehead aka Małpka. A multi-genre duo with an interest in the experimental evolution of music, they break the boundaries with eclectic and often unreleased tracks to drive the dance floor to new levels. Signed to Jay OM’s London-based label Free-Spirit Records, in December 2019 they released their eclectic ‘Lunar Phase’ compilation, playing launch party sets in London and Bristol in 2020. With sets confirmed in 2021 for the Tribal Village Three Day Outdoors, Psy-Boutique 2021, Anthropos Festival 12021 and the PSYMERA Summer Boat Party 2021, the best is still to come for this forward-thinking pair.
Heartfelt, infectious techno beats and sumptuous, eclectic electronica are his preferred mediums, exploring the healing properties of sound by ripping up dancefloors or soothing souls through a blissful sunrise. Intelligent, tasteful tunage, loaded with surprise sparklers and slowburning sizzlers, penetrating beauty gift-wrapped in a psychedelic package and delivered directly to your dopamine receptors.
Since 1994 Addsimeon has been playing music as a Professional DJ across Europe at festivals, clubs and in the fields. After experimenting through many genres over the years you can hear the influences of his musical youth in his DJ Sets. The first ingredient in his sets is Bass.... Big, Fat Bass! Equally at home playing Chunky Progressive Psy or Grooving on the 'other stage' while playing a journey selection of Downtempo Electronic through ti World beats and Gypsy Skankers to Upbeat Dancy Dub Belters all woven together to create the right vibe at the right time. One thing you can be sure of - there's always a big chunk of bass and a smiley face!
Enjoy fantastic theatre, music, puppet shows, workshops, comedy, art, stuff for kids and then some! There’s a full bar and lots of snacks available before, during and after the events.
Moored on the banks of waterways at various locations throughout the UK, it’s like the circus coming to town.
All events held on The Widgeon are on the riverbank. This means both the boat itself and the bankside it's moored to can showcase events, allowing all sorts of comfortable configurations.
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"What a brilliant, unique venue, intimate, passionate and rocking. Well worth finding this 71ft long historic vessel and having a totally immersive time"
"AN ABSOLUTE MUST!!! Atmospheric unique canal boat to enjoy theatre, music and all the amazing events"
"Brilliant atmosphere, quirky events, lovely staff. you will have a fine and original outing to the Widgeon Theatre Boat" ☆☆☆☆☆
"A fantastic and unique space. Hope to attend more events there"
"Great venue - cozy, intriguing, inspiring!"