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Kid Creole and the Coconuts + Arto Lindsay

+ Justin Strauss

A party scene depicting Kid Creole and more figures from the time

Flashback to New York’s Downtown scene of the 1980s, as Kid Creole & the Coconuts and Arto Lindsay recapture the bubbling, frenetic energy of the era.

Over two sets, they represent the frenzied creativity that defined the scene. First, there’s Arto Lindsay, at turns warm and sultry, and at other times prowling and deranged. Playful, weird and sometimes scary, his guitar and vocals move from washes of total noise to soft, tropicalia-indebted balladeering, exhibiting a willingness to embrace every influence taken from 80s New York’s cocktail of cultures.

So, too, do Kid Creole & the Coconuts, blending calypso, funk, disco and much more to create the ultimate party music. Backed by his big band, Kid Creole is a man out of time, the zoot-suited embodiment of cool, singing and dancing through hits including ‘Annie I’m not your Daddy’, ‘Stool Pigeon’ and ‘I’m a Wonderful thing, Baby’.

Tagged with: Contemporary music

Produced by the Barbican in association with Como No

Stage Times

7pm, ClubStage Justin Strauss pre-show DJ

7.30pm Arto Lindsay

8.45pm interval (with Justin Strauss DJ)

9.05pm Kid Creole & the Coconuts

c10.25pm, ClubStage Justin Strauss post-show DJ

1am curfew

Please note that these times are approximate and subject to change


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Listen: Downtown NYC on Spotify

Go back in time to 80s New York with our Spotify playlist featuring a small selection of tracks from those involved the downtown scene.

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