Domino To Celebrate Its 15th Birthday With Special October Gigs

Domino To Celebrate Its 15th Birthday With Special October Gigs
While Sub Pop celebrated its 20th anniversary over the weekend, another prominent forward-thinking label is gearing up for some similar anniversary revelry. This fall, renowned UK label Domino Records will celebrate 15 big years in music with three nights of music-making festivities. From October 4 to 6, label artists such as Liquid Liquid, Junior Boys, Tricky and Juana Molina will play the Barbican Centre in London as part of Domino’s crystal anniversary, helping the label give a little something back.

Domino was founded in 1993 by Laurence Bell and his partner Jacqui Rice, and marked its first release with a Sebadoh single licensed from Sub Pop for the UK. The label then spent much of its early years releasing artists signed to Chicago’s Drag City over in Europe (something it still does today), as well as presiding over the subsidiary Geographic Music, which is headed up by Stephen Pastel of the Pastels. In time, the label opened offices in the U.S., garnered its fair share of success and built up quite the roster, which now includes bands such as Animal Collective, Four Tet, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, the Kills and Television Personalities.

As for the "three very special concerts,” Liquid Liquid will kick off the celebrations October 4 with the help of Canada’s own Junior Boys and club DJs Optimo. Two nights later, trip-hop pioneer Tricky and the Northern English group Wild Beasts will close things down on October 6. If you are lucky enough to be in London when these shows are going down, Domino also tells us the Barbican has officially granted dancing in the aisles, balconies and stalls, so you can really get your party on. After all, it is a birthday.

Here is the full line-up for Domino’s crystal anniversary:

10/04 London, UK — Liquid Liquid, Junior Boys and Optimo @ Barbican
10/05 London, UK — Juana Molina, Max Tundra @ Barbican’s LSO St. Luke's
10/06 London, UK — Tricky, Wild Beasts @ Barbican