Kid Koala finished his second graphic novel, Space Cadet, last year, and now he’s gearing up a series of shows we’ll wager are unlike anything 99.9 percent of people have yet experienced.
For starters, they’re going to take place in a unique venue, an environmental museum called the Biosphere in Kid Koala’s hometown of Montreal, Quebec. That’s the boring part. The audience will sit in floating “space pods,” listening to the shows on headphones. Kid Koala will be armed with seven turntables and a piano, and the music will serve as the soundtrack to his newest graphic novel.
What’s more, Spanish lighting artist Travis Flint will provide visuals in the form of live light installations and stencil/shadow shows taken from Space Cadet.
Presented by Osheaga, Kid Koala will play five shows over the weekend of July 15th, appropriately billed as the Space Cadet Headphone Tour. Osheaga is presenting the weekend as a family event, featuring a gallery with interactive works, etchboards from the graphic novel, and “gingerbread space cookie” decorating.
Opening with a short set will be Brooklyn songwriter Terence Bernardo. Tickets will be on sale Thursday, May 19th at noon over here.
If you’re not into going to Canada, Koala does appear to be planning a full-fledged tour. Koala is currently also playing DJ sets scattered around the globe; see his schedule below.
Kid Koala 2011 Tour Dates: 05/19 – Victoriaville, QC @ Victoriaville Festival
06/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center *
06/23 – Mannheim, DE @ Alte Feuerwache *
06/24 – Vercelli, IT @ Jazz Re:Found Festival *
06/25 – Toulouse, FR @ Bikini *
06/30 – Berlin, DE @ Ritter Butzke *
07/01 – Sierre, CH @ Festival Week-end au bord de l’eau *
07/02 – Laval, FR @ Festival au foin de la Rue *
07/08 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
07/15-17 – Montreal, QC @ Biosphere