Crystal Fighters wrote their Cave Rave album over a two month period in the Basque hills and their 2010 debut album Star Of Love fused traditional folk music from the region with contemporary dance styles. Traditional instruments from northern Spain such as txalapartas and txistus are used on the new album and form an integral part of their live show. Those odd wood blocks you’ve seen them use? Yep, that’s what they’re called. We learn something new everyday!
But why am I going on about this band that you already know about? I’ll tell you. Crystal Fighters have unveiled full details of their forthcoming event, aptly titled, Cave Rave. And yes it is happening in a cave! Set to take place on Thursday 29th August at Zugarramurdi cave outside San Sebastian, deep within the band’s spiritual home of the Basque countryside, the special one-off event is being held in celebration of the new album.
“400 meters from the Basque village of Zugarramurdi, “the village of the witches”, lies a cave which formed the scene of 17th century pagan rituals where local men and women escaped their daily routines and threw wild parties. It’s here that Crystal Fighters have chosen to host their cave rave, which will include a headline set from the band themselves alongside a mixed line up of Basque artists and friends including local new-wavers Belako and the party-starting six piece Wilhelm and The Dancing Animals. Crystal Fighters have also curated a selection of traditional Basque shows to take place in the village square before the cave performance, including performances from local Txalaparta players and Bertsolari (a Bertsolari is a folk singer of bertso, a musical verse in Basque tradition), as well as the Zugarramurdi Witch Museum being open to all cave rave attendees throughout the day.”
And after all of that plus the Crystal Fighters’ cave performance, buses will then return everyone to San Sebastian for the afterparty which will run until 7am and will feature DJ sets from the band and friends. This definitely sounds like a party you don’t want to miss.
UPDATE: The tickets have already sold out! I don’t doubt there will be video footage to watch if you were not able to get a ticket.