The year is 2121 and popular culture has been pushed behind closed doors. Creep below sea level, draw back the curtain of the mundane and explore the realms of Shunga… and remember, be careful where you tread, who you tell and always ask questions, Shunga is never quite what it seems.
The receptionist at Maggie’s Motel
Another treat for those seeking the extraordinary, Petersham Road hosted an interactive event at Hoxton Docks in London for a month, an illegal oasis of the weird and the wonderful, the expressive and indulgent. Previous events include the immensely successful Juke Joint for Wilderness Festival among other magical spectacles, so when the realm of Shunga was proposed we were very excited to be involved and watch it come to fruition.
The alley way from Maggie’s Motel to the fishmongers
Petersham Road use a rich variety of mediums within each performance to help redeﬁne the relationship between performer and spectator, but also create theatrical worlds that challenges, inspires, and captures the imaginations of both audiences and individuals alike. Shunga made use of the full site at Hoxton Docks, dividing up the space with partition walls to create alley ways, secret venues for live music and naughty corners of erotica and seductive arts. The concept of an underground utopia included a fishmonger serving oysters and saki, secret passage ways through laundrettes to discover a speakeasy live music venue with Panther milk.
If you wandered into the book shop you would stumble upon a peep show. In the darker corners of the venue titillating shibari performances were taking place. Once guests had checked in and explored the various pleasure the Motel opened doors for a late night disco.
Live music stage at the speakeasy
We handled technical aspects of the site which included mood and ambient lighting to enhance the character of the various spaces as well as a mixture of live music sound systems and music play back for the various performances over the course of the evening.
The main areas for the technical production was the speakeasy live music venue with featured a Flare Audio sound system controlled with an Allen & Heath QU24 digital mixing console. The Motel Disco had a LED fixture display that was rigged onto truss.
As always the vision of Petersham Road events was a spectacle and was a great pleasure to be involved with the process and evenings. Keep your eyes peeled for news of their next distractions. If you are looking to experience their realities then make your way to Wilderness Festival and seek out the Juke Joint stage for a rhythm and blues barrel house of fun.
Thank you to Petersham Road for the opportunity to support your visions and concepts. Always an immense pleasure, great fun and a tremendous acheivement.
Looking for sound hire, backline rental, event lighting or full event technical production then get in touch via email for a free quotation.
We supplied the following equipment hire and event services for Shunga @ Hoxton Docks:
Ashdown ABM C210-500
Fender Hot Rod DeVille 210
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