Thursday, 25 June 2020
Lynks Afrikka - How To Be Successful
As regular readers will know, besides running Breaking More Waves I’m one of the booking team for Dials Festival, a small volunteer-run multi-venue one day event that takes place on one street in Southsea, Portsmouth in October. All profits made by the event are given to mental health charity Solent Mind. For the last couple of years I’ve taken on a major role in the booking and this year had taken the job of lead booker.
Sadly the Dials Team had to cancel the 2020 event due to the Covid-19 pandemic and concerns around safety and certainty in planning. You can hear a playlist of the artists that had been confirmed to play prior to the decision to cancel by clicking this link here.
However, whilst we keep our fingers crossed that we are able to return in 2021, I’m pleased today to feature, not for the first time on this blog, one of the artists Dials was due to bring to you this year. That artist is Lynks Afrikka.
Alongside acts like International Teachers of Pop and Brighton newcomers Hourglvss, Lynks Afrikka was set to give Dials 2020 a splash of colourful technicolour vibrancy, with dance party atmospherics being the order of the day. (Click here to see an example of the sort of fun-frenzy Lynks Afrikka brings live.)
Whilst Dials would have provided its usual mix of indie rock, punk, new wave and pop that is at our core we have always tried to provide a mix of genres for people to pick and choose from. This year more than ever we had programmed the line up and running order to ensure that both our party starters and party finishers were correctly placed, ready to bring the whole thing to a shuddering climax at the end. Lynks Afrikka would have been part of that final surge of energy.
Whilst the debut of Lynks Afrikka in Portsmouth will have to wait for another day, there’s no stopping his new single which has unleashed itself onto the world. How To Be Successful comes all over you like a lo-fi Pet Shop Boys or Fischerspooner banger biting against the conveyor belt of life. The track is taken from his forthcoming Smash Hits Vol.1 EP and arrives complete with a section in the song entitled ‘Dance Break’. Brilliant. Are you ready to bounce? You should be.
Lynks Afrikka – How To Be Successful