A Ritual for Elephant & Castle - Photo: Nick David

Title A Ritual for Elephant & Castle

Artists Marcus Coates, Chrome Hoof, Wildbirds & Peacedrums

Format Live Performance

Exhibition dates 5th June 2009

Location Coronet Theatre, Elephant & Castle, Southwark, London

Co-production Qu Junktions & Nomad

A Ritual for Elephant & Castle

Performed by





Wildbirds & Peacedrums – drum circle


 Qu Junktions & Nomad present ’A Ritual for Elephant & Castle’ featuring Marcus Coates performing live with Chrome Hoof, Wildbirds & Peacedrums and a 20-piece live drum circle.

The collusion of artist / shapeshifter Marcus Coates and the thunder, rock and disco of the mighty Chrome Hoof is a fanciful and fantastic proposition add to this cauldron percussive raw energy of Wildbirds & Peacedrums, backed up by a 20 piece drum circle.

Marcus Coates is both shaman and showman, entering other worlds to find extraordinary answers for modern life. Coates’ collaboration with a band as dazzling and powerful as the mighty Chrome Hoof is a new but not unsurprising development for Coates.

Marcus Coates’ compelling brand of shamanic showmanship combines a beguiling repertoire of unhuman vocals and possessed physical movement. Most recently, Coates has been featured as part of Altermodern, Tate Britain’s 2009 Triennial.

“The point of my work has been to explore the degrees to which you can test that boundary and entertain the possibility of becoming something else”.

Chrome Hoof, the huge ever-growing otherworldly mutant metal/disco/intergalactic sonic space band, seems to have been invented for such an event. They bring their own party and it is like no other, a combination of primal feeling, virtuosity, theatre, brooding menace and glamour.

Singer Lola Olafisoye is reminiscent of both Grace Jones at her stylish best and a New Orleans witch queen. Their mission is to make music to move the spirit. This time they come with a Marcus Coates on board.

“In any case, just as uncompromising and particular as the band are visually, they are even more so sonically.”

Wildbirds & Peacedrums…such a lot from the bare essentials, drums/voice and autoharp. This Swedish duo create hot, exotic songs with a haunting sense of the blues, freeform soul and a loose-limbed percussive edge that seers them into beautiful uncharted territory.

For one night only Wildbirds & Peacedrums are joined by a 20 drummers from all over the world with one mission to make out Wildbirds & Peacedrums style.

Additional collaborators include Rod Maclachlan, Le Gun & Barra Collins firmly positioned in the visual control seat!

photo by Nick David