The AutistiX get across the Helvetian Confederation (that's the CH on the back of Swiss cars then).. 12 August, Legna Bar, Flims, FREE; 13 August, Stars in Town, Schaffhausen; 14 August, The Lakeland Festival, Erlach.
Summer in Switzerland. Breaaaathe. The pristine lakes. The sunny meadows,full of wild flowers. The buzzing of the bees and the sweet burbling of the brook….....and the screaming wail of electric guitar, the thump of the bass and the pulsating roll of the drums! What could be better than summer in Switzerland? It’s Summer in Switzerland with The AutistiX.
Save the dates: 12 August, Legna Bar, Flims, FREE; 13 August, Stars in Town, Schaffhausen; 14 August, The Lakeland Festival, Erlach.
Yup. Of the five battle bands selected from the field of applicants, the dads and sons of The AutistiX proved to the foot stomping, body grating, tambourine shattering and wildly clapping crowd - and the redoubtable Clapometer - that they deserved to win. Feedback was, it's the original songs, the evocative lyrics and the sheer energy of the guys that clinched it. We are happy.
The AutistiX are taking part in the Battle of the Dad Bands!
BATTLE OF THE DAD BANDSThis is an absolutely unique gig for The AutistiX! We are taking part in a competition, one of only five bands chosen to compete against other 'dad bands' from about 100 applicants! We are amply qualified!: we have 2 dads in the band: John, on electric guitar, is dad to Jack, also on electric guitar and backing vocals, and Michael, harmonica, is dad to our drummer, Saul, who also sings backing vocals. Jim is a dad to his young son, Oliver! We hope that people will buy tickets and come along to support The AutistiX in this competition and vote for us to win the competition. It's at JW3 on Finchley Road, London, NW3 on Sunday 17th July at 8.30pm.
Tickets are available here https://www.jw3.org.uk/dadband#.V3tiYhQrKRu
As a band built around musicians with unique qualities on the autistic spectrum, we are impressed with the Guardian article about Dani Hornby (Nick Hornby’s son and Saul’s former classmate) by his mother, Virginia Bowell. It’s critical to those who think like her, and us, that the young vote is mobilised, fast. And especially, to get the disability vote out, as powerfully as possible.
It's been such a busy time for the band! After Beatles Day we were delighted to be invited back to Cosmic Puffins festival on Mersea Island on 30th April/1st May. We were much luckier with the weather this year so had fun on the beach, in the rapeseed fields (note the band photo on our website). We rocked on 2 stages this year, back on the Breaking Out Stage on Saturday and on the Main Stage on Sunday. This gig attracted a surprisingly large audience who were brilliant, even joining in with the band, dancing and creating a great atmosphere.
We have performed at the BBC's conference called Diversity of Thought. This was all about valuing the talent and creativity of people with autism and disabilities and the audience really liked us.
On 26th May we played for one of the country's leading brand consultants - VentureThree. This was an unusual event for them as they don't usually host bands or have much contact with people with disabilities.
Next gig is on Sunday 12th June when we play at Crouch End Festival for the first time. We will up on the Main Stage at 2.15 outside Hornsey Town Hall. We hope you will all come along to support us at this new festival! Come over and say hi!
What a great experience to work with the true porfessionals of the Nation's voice, the BBC Radio Theatre (though it'll be on TV at some point soon.