This is what this exhibition taps into. On The Wall is not a document about the life and times of MJ, it’s a spotlight that illuminates his effect on art in the broader sense. Artists are undoubtedly inspired by Jackson’s eyes and feet which they tend to see as independent entities. Paintings, sculptures and installations all point to an artist that was complex, graceful and tragic all at the same time.
Club Swizzle retains a lot of the cheeky atmosphere that endeared us to its predecessors, but now turns audience participation up a few notches. Bar tenders suddenly turn into juggling acrobats before your very eyes and don’t be surprised if you get co-opted into an impromptu pole dancing competition. A fantastic hot jazz ensemble keep things cooking along and the MC manages to be both sarcastic and hilarious while looking like he just wandered in of Chalk Farm Road.
By the time we catch up with the latest incarnation of the MI gang, Hunt is unsure of the way forward and is seriously considering his options. All this gets pushed aside, however as a series of deadly set pieces pull the team together in a desperate fight for survival. Also stars Alec Baldwin, Henry Cavill and Simon Pegg.
This year, the focus is more on streetwise genres. The hard dance DJs will all be present and correct, but the likes of Chase & Status will be grabbing headline spots and injecting some welcome grit into proceedings. Food stalls, record shops, mobile tattoo parlours and all manner of merchandise points will contribute to an amazing weekend of bass, beats and bombastic rhyming.