NEWS: Platform announces Eastern Promise 2018 festival line-up

Now in its eighth year, Platform’s Eastern Promise festival brings a thrilling mix of live music, performance and visual art to Glasgow’s East End over two evenings on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November 2018.

This trailblazing event offers a stellar line up of gigs, performances, film screenings and installations to inspire, provoke and entertain. Platform opens up its performance and studio spaces, creating a dynamic festival atmosphere, with food and drink available all evening.


Platform is delighted to welcome keyboard and accordion maestro Hailu Mergia back to Scotland. The Ethio-jazz funk pioneer recently released Lala Belu, his first full-length album in nearly two decades. The album builds on Mergia’s remarkable career resurgence over the past few years and features Ethiopian traditionals alongside Mergia originals. His old recordings are cherished revelations for Ethiopian music fans; however, Mergia’s return to the stage has been just as inspiring and electrifying.

Turner prize nominated Monster Chetwynd presents a screening of her subversive and magical short film, Face Cream. Commissioned by GoMA in partnership with Platform as part of Glasgow 2018 with a focus on play, the film used museum venues across Glasgow and Platform, working with some of the groups that meet there. Inspired by the novel The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, this joyous, fun and surreal short film reveals a magical Glasgow discovered through the natural power of face cream.

POST is a new theatre show presented by performance maker Xavier de Sousa exploring national identity. We live in an ever-shifting political and geographical landscape. Some believe we are heading towards a world without borders, without countries or nations whilst others vouch for protectionism and more borders. The audience is invited to join de Sousa at the table, eat Portuguese food, drink potent Cachaça, get merry, make new friends and challenge what constitutes a nation.


Legendary West coast jazz mavericks, Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids make a welcome return to Platform announcing their new album release, An Angel Fell (Strut) with intergalactic jazz funk, afro-beat grooves and hypnotic licks. The album has been celebrated by Quietus magazine as #2 album of the year and the band will also be performing music from their lauded 2016 album We Be all Africans. Expect psychedelia, cosmic jazz and the healing power of music from this theatrical spiritual jazz ensemble.

Apostille is a man who’s torn through enough sound-systems to know the difference between gesture and meaning. Michael Kasparis, who runs Night School Records whilst making forays into hardcore punk with groups Anxiety and The Lowest Form brings his solo electronic venture Apostille to Platform. At once minimal and courageous Apostille songs race off with unchecked abandon, skittering drum machines, thick walls of sequenced synth and decidedly elastic basslines. His recent album Choose Life is full of life and energy, and like his live show as disobedient as it is heroic in its pursuit of liberation.

Chivas/Reid/Smekot present Decline, a dynamic relationship instantly and continuously transforming, told through the bodies of three distinct performers. This collaboration is a meditation on things that draw us together and those that fall away using the distinct voices of dance and live music. Directed and performed by Monika Smekot, Penny Chivas and Jer Reid Decline offers a unique, honest and open viewpoint into human relationships, it asks us to challenge others and ourselves to delve into our inner world.

Glasgow-based artist and musician Sarah Glass presents 13 +/-, an opportunity to watch a desperate act of self-care made manifest, reflected and refracted back. The performance uses light and sound to explore coping mechanisms for social anxiety and similar maladies. Glass works predominantly in sound, light and performance art and her work reflects interest in themes such as social control, feminism, noise, and the distortion and re-appropriation of (sub)cultural media.

Jumbies is presented by Ashanti Harris in collaboration with Zephyr Liddell and Paul Shofolahan. Jumbies is an exploration of Derrida’s concept of Hauntology (haunting and ontology) in the form of an Afrofuturist masquerade. Working with dance, sculpture, sound and printed fabrics, Jumbies creates a layered fictional dimension, a space of alternate realities, apparitions and re-presentation. It is a ritual wearing of thresholds and a place of absence, repetition and continual transformation.

Food and drink is available all evening from Platform’s cafe bar with pop up food from Soul Food Sisters.


Friday 16 November, 7pm till late

●       Hailu Mergia

●       Monster Chetwynd presents Face Cream

●       Xavier de Sousa presents POST

Saturday 17 November, 5pm till late

●       Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

●       Apostille

●       Sarah Glass presents 13 +/-

●       Chivas/Reid/Smekot present Decline

●       Ashanti Harris, Zephyr Liddell & Paul Shofolahan present Jumbies


£10/£7.50 (local links) per night

£15/£10 (local links) weekend / / 0141 276 9696 (opt 1

Platform is running a return bus from Mono, Kings Court to Eastern Promise. Please pre book to ensure a space – either purchase your £5 ticket from Mono in person or email to reserve your place.

Platform, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW