Iggyfest Set for November in London

Iggy by Mick Rock

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By Blurt Staff

 Nov. 22 and 23 will mark Iggyfest at London’s ICA. What, pray tell, is Iggyfest? Oh my! It aims to “explore and celebrate the cultural legacy of American singer, songwriter, musician and actor Iggy Pop,” note the organizers succinctly, of the weekend festival that will feature live performances, film screenings, talks, DJ sets and an Iggy karaoke party. (Tickets and event details: www.ica.org.uk.)

Iggyfest highlights will include:

• Blah Blah Blah: a performance of the album by The Passengers, comprising renowned session musicians Kevin Armstrong  and Erdal Kizilcay – who played on the record – and performance artist Alex Zapak; with Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) on saxophone, Andy Anderson (Iggy Pop, The Cure) on drums, and Richard Cottle (David Bowie/Eric Clapton/Manic Street Preachers) on keyboards
• Live performance of Iggy Pop and The Stooges songs by Terry Edwards (Madness, Blockheads, Yoko Ono)
• Screening of Kiss My Blood, including a Q&A with director Tim Pope
• Screening of Doghouse, including an introduction by director Nick Abrahams
• Screenings of Coffee & Cigarettes (Jim Jarmusch), Cry Baby (John Waters) and Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch)
• Influential record sleeve designer Vaughan Oliver and journalist Sophie Heawood discuss the aesthetics and symbolism Iggy Pop’s album covers
• Iggyoke (Iggy Pop karaoke) hosted by New York singer Lisa Ronson and Rod Melvin (Brian Eno/Ian Dury) on the piano
• Late-night DJs in the bar including Pete Jervis, Toby Amies and Nick Hutchings

Iggyfest will be the sixth in a series of festivals held at the ICA concentrating on the work of a specific musical artist. It follows the success of Bowiefest and Princefest in 2012, and Smithsfest, MickRonsonfest and Blondiefest earlier in 2013.

[Photo of Iggy via Iggyfest and courtesy of Mick Rock]

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