watch Jarvis Cocker perform “Justified & Ancient” at The KLF’s three-day Liverpool festival
Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, aka The KLF, marked their 23 year return as Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, with a three-day event/festival in Liverpool called “Welcome to the Dark Ages” which wrapped up Friday night (8/25). Only 400 tickets were sold and all attendees were considered volunteers. The proceedings began with Drummond and Cauty arriving, appropriately, in an ice cream van blaring The KLF’s hit “What Time is Love” but from there followed a series of talks, symposiums (like ‘Why Did the K Foundation Burn A Million Quid?’), public stunts, vandalism, and other high-concept meta-events across three days.
It concluded Friday night with Jarvis Cocker performing the Rites of Mu as part of “Toxteth Day of the Dead.” More specifically, Cocker performed of KLF’s “Justified and Ancient” with a choir. You can watch video of that below. Following that a flaming pyramid pyre was built on the beach, and then there was a one-song concert by Badger Kull, an ad-hoc band made up of “volunteers,” who performed “Toxeth Day of the Dead.” Video of that is below too.
The KLF did not perform (nor did The Timelords nor The JAMs) but there is a new book, 2023: Trilogy, which was released on August 23. (The JAMs are big into numerology.) The Quietus was there for all three days of “Welcome to the Dark Ages” and you can read about day 1, day 2 and day 3.
Check out a few instagrams from throughout the three-day event, below.