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Formiddable Vegetable Sound System Formiddable Vegetable Sound System

Thursday, July 10, 2014
2:32 PM

A band with a message to spread are coming to east London’s Lovebox Festival to entertain audiences with their unique sound.

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Playing on the bandstand stage, in Victoria Park on Saturday, July 19, Formidable Vegetable Sound System will be showcasing their eclectic style and promoting sustainable living through high-energy music.

Formidable Vegetable frontman Charlie Mgee said: “I feel like it’s important to the entire human race and when I studied permaculture I was looking to live more self-sufficiently.

“After studying it, I realised we needed to adopt an all hands on deck approach to clean up some of the problems that have been created. Music was a great tool to get the message across in a digestible way.”

The award-winning group hail from Fremantle, Western Australia, and have gained acclaim for their infectious approach to the divisive topic.

Now on a global tour, they hope to reach the masses promoting awareness of environmental issues.

Charlie’s studies of permaculture, a design system based on ecological principles, inspired an album of songs. These were based on a book by Australian environmental designer, David Holmgren, who coined the term, and endorses the band.

Charlie said: “It sounds like it could have gone horribly wrong and something that would make a lot of people cringe, but my favourite quote from the author himself who I contacted was, ‘I didn’t cringe once’. He has come to see us play and has been at the front dancing.”

Charlie added that audiences can expect a quirky and eccentric bunch of Australians singing about producing food and making compost.

He said: “It’s kind of like taking Django Reinhardt, 1930s swing music and cramming it through a synthesizer at 120 beats per minute with mashed up Paul Porter samples and a ukulele. People should come because it’s banging – but also they might learn something.”

Shekha Vyas

Ticket details are available at loveboxfestival.com.

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