The Curious Yellow Posse created their first dome tent and put on their first free party in Wales in 2000, however the vibe emerged many years before this. The venue was a little farm on the Welsh coast and the party was called 'Magic at the End of the World'. This year will be our 6th Magic, with around 500 guests over a period of four days. The rig consists of three sound stages, incorporating both a mixture of local bands, acoustic sets in the barn, dub and urban sounds in a solar powered marquee and a 24 hour groove of underground house and techno from the Fluorodome.
Our philosophy is based on the best of the underground free party movement, starting with Deeply Vale in the 1970's and moving to the rave scene in the 1990's. A particular influence was the Black Sheep posse who put on beautiful and imaginative parties in London and around the country towards the end of the 1990's before sadly breaking up. We always use private land and ensure that we have the support of both the landowner and the local residents, if that means that we have to keep the volumes down sometimes to keep everyone happy then we do. We keep a very low profile, all our events are invitation only, our parties are usually oversubscribed and we have no need to publicise.
In between the parties at the farm in Wales we have parties in Snowdonia – "Magic in the Mountains" – an idyllic setting high up in the hills with a Tolkienesque view to the coast, where we can really let rip with the sound system. We ask our crowd to dress for the occasion, the theme for our first year in the mountains was decadent ballroom – and we had 100 so folks all glammed up to the eyeballs on a deserted mountain top enjoying a hot tub in a big paddling pool and the occasional hill walker with eyes on stalks.
The mountains hot tub is a perfect illustration of what Curious Yellow are all about. It was a challenge for Mr Hosk, our sometime host to keep him out of mischief. He arrived with a homemade heating coil in an old oil drum, a pump and a large children’s paddling pool only to find the water source at the site had dried up. A horse box was requisitioned, the curious yellow posse offered to clean bins for the local villagers in exchange for borrowing them and a few hours we had a lovely pool full of hot water on the top of a mountain, and the local village had sweet smelling bins. We finally lost that venue after the dome filled with rare moths, drawn by the UV light one year and we decided the local ecology was more important than our party. However, the friends we made in Snowdonia have ensured that we still go back to a different location at least once a year.
As well as parties in Wales we promote numerous club nights and boat parties in London and each year a chill festival in a hidden valley in Surrey. Our crew consists of three aged DJ’s who really should know better and three bright young things two of whom have London residencies at the Ministry of Sound.
We currently have four geodesic domes, the biggest is 30 ft and holds 100 people inside, the next 27ft (70 people) and a couple of smaller domes for chill out and the Trouble Brewing free cocktail bar. The inside is always beautifully decorated with Fluoreouscent netting, UV and a hand-built RGB Laser.
The Curious Systems rig, consists of two unique extending 18” sub bass bins, four 15” bass bins, dual 12” drivers and 4” compression tops. It is all hand built with the highest possible quality drivers and components and 10kW of QSC and Crest amplification — the sound quality is unsurpassed and always blows people away. We try to be incredibly careful with the set up and although we play between 90 and 110 dB no-one ever gets ringing ears. You can happily talk to your friends without the need to shout over the music: perfection personified!
The Curious Yellow culture has been driven by the sounds of underground for the past 10 years. Our festivals have played host to all manners of alternative music from Electronica to Broken Beat, Techno Jazz and Funk yet the label’s Artist production will be mostly directed towards the energies of the Dance music genre, House in particular, although our open minded view for variety will inevitably result in expansion of the label in to other areas of our diverse alternative music scene.
The Curious Yellow Records events program plans to make an influential impact on the Club culture and stand out from the norm, with the use of our influential yellow sound system, eclectic tasteful aged DJ’s and unique style of decor we plan to turn your standard club night into mini festivals. Offering on the spot fancy dress and face painting, as well as Mix CD’s to take home. Influenced by the clubbing attitude of well known events groups like Luminopolis, Whirlygig and the Synergy project. As it’s free to smile x).