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Slapp Happy to reform and play with Faust at a Cologne fest

Avant garde pop band Slapp Happy will perform for the first time in 16 years at Cologne’s Week-End festival

The Anglo-German avant pop band Slapp Happy will reunite for their first performance in 16 years at Cologne’s Week-End festival in November. Although they’ve got back together for various projects over the years, the group formed in 1972 by Anthony Moore officially spllt in 1975 following their move to the UK and the release of Desperate Straights, the album they co-recorded with Henry Cow. At Week-End, Slapp Happy’s three original members – Moore, Dagmar Krause and Peter Blegvad – will be joined by Faust’s Jean-Hervé Peron and Zappi Diermaier on bass and drums, both of whom appeared on the trio’s debut album Sort Of and the later Casablanca Moon (aka Acnalbasac Noom in the 1980s version released by Recommended).

Week-End runs from 25–27 November at various venues in Cologne. The programme also includes Baba Zula, Les Filles De Illighadad, The Julie Ruin, Babyfather, and more.