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Retreat @ The Old School House

  • Date

    Sat 23 Nov


    The Old School House


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[retreat] In a time where mass information suffocates the public, where fiction and nonfiction merges into a seeming less stream of human consumption - what is the truth?

[retreat] the Barnsley duo featuring Lyndon Scarfe (The Black Lamps // The Danse Society) and Sam Horton (Regional Creeps // The Shakamoto Investigation) have been working together for over 5 years creating noise soundscapes, field recordings and sonic noise assaults to guide you through a mental & physical journey of escapism. Now on the arrival of their debut album; a 50 minute long descent into noise, field recordings, euphoric brass, percussion, layers of spaced synths and broken dialogue that subtly creates a social commentary on current situations. You will feel familiarities, day-to-day organic repetition, while obscurities make you question your journey creating a unique transcendence into a retreat, out of reality.

On the record, there is special features from local artists / musicians who have assisted retreat. Sam Batley’s distinctive free-form dialogue on ‘One, One, One’ to Toria Garbutt’s dark ambiguous poetry in ‘Like Fingerprints’. Plus, brass players Isaac Crawford & Vladimir Vivionski help define the authentic dynamic of the tracks.

[retreat]’s debut album will be released physically and available for online streaming in November 2019 accompanied by a special headline show at The Old School Picture-house in Barnsley on the 23rd of November.



Support comes from Pulselovers, a project of Doncaster musician, Mat Handley. Along with fellow conspirators, Pulselovers can be heard skipping between tape loop experimentalism, melodic hauntology, ambient soundscapes, mototik minimalism and psychedelic folk with genre hopping abandon.

When playing live, there can be between one and four people on stage with instrumentation ranging from lone laptop to multiple synths, full band or just a few contact mics fed through guitar pedals. Notable gigs have been played in Hull (Humber Street Sesh), Lincoln (Weird Garden), Derby (Dubrek Studios), Sheffield (Access Space) and hometown, Doncaster (Cast Theatre).

Pulselovers music can be heard on several digital and physical releases on labels such as A Year In The Country, unMute, Bedroom Cassette Masters, The Active Listener and DEF as well as the self titled first album from 2016 and the recent vinyl debut ‘Cotswold Stone’ on Castles In Space.


Note: This performance will take place at The Old School House, Blackburn Lane, Barnsley, S75 2BA. This is a standing only venue with a limited amount of seating for wheelchair users.

Doors 8pm. First act 8:30pm.


PREY, 2019 (Trailer)

Preyis a short film about a teenager agonising journey to escape her small town after realising she's being stalked by someone within her town, someone she most likely knows. Follow the trials and tribulations she faces along the way (Toxic friendships, Stalking and online Bullying, touching on other issues within small communities). Within this poetic short, we enter a dark, dead-end town - a community that has fallen drastically since the demise of the mines closures. Showing how you can leave your town, city, continent, friends to escape your problems, yet your past always catches back up to you.

The score was created by [retreat]. All featured sounds will appear on their forthcoming record and performance. 

Tickets £5

Please note, tickets purchased seven days in advance can be posted to you, but may incur a small fee. Alternatively tickets can be collected from the Box Office during opening hours or prior to the event or performance.