Foundry. Saturday — 22:00
Andy Butler is the driving force behind retro-futurist kingpins Hercules & Love Affair but also a DJ of the first order. His devotion to dance music always ran parallel to Andy’s fascination with the freedom offered by disco’s hedonism. From his teenage years, DJing at underground leather nights in his native Denver, to his escape to New York, home to the original wild gay nightworld that gave birth to rave culture, to inventing Hercules & Love Affair as an outlet for his songs, music was always at the heart of it. Andy’s songs are unique creatures, capable of swaying clubs and festival crowds but also boasting a punctilious attention to orchestration and lyrical bite. This perfectionism began with his opening shot, the 2008 classic ‘Blind’, featuring his friend Antony “and the Johnsons” Hegarty on vocals, and continued through successive albums, including work with John Grant and Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke.