Public Service Broadcasting to play exclusive RAF Museum gigs for Museums at Night 2014

By Ben Miller | 10 February 2014

Rising stars Public Service Broadcasting will rock the RAF Museum in London for Museums at Night

A photo of two male musicians in suits standing inside a military plane
Public Service Broadcasting will play three intimate gigs across the course of this year's Museums at Night festival
Public Service Broadcasting will play three exclusive gigs at London's RAF Museum for Museums at Night 2014. The duo, who entertained 2,000 fans at Glastonbury, sold out venues across Britain and earned critical success with debut album Inform - Educate - Entertain last year, will make their first UK appearances following a major tour of America with a performance on each night of the festival in May, playing their debut EP, The War Room, in full.

Drummer Wrigglesworth and guitarist and songwriter J Willgoose Esq are known for weaving eerie samples of propaganda, air raid sirens and archive public information films into their music.

Spitfire - perhaps their best-loved single so far - featured footage from the cockpits of the conflict, while London can Take It, one of their earliest releases, is replete with footage of Big Ben and wartime rubble across the city under attack.

"These are going to be our first gigs in London for six months," says Willgoose. "It's a 300-capacity room.

"We're quite tongue-in-cheek about performing and educating. Entertainment is definitely the name of the game, but there is scope, because of the nature of what we do and the way we do it, to play shows like this which add a different dimension.

"It should be really good fun."

The British Film Institute supplies the band with archive footage, helping them create one of BBC Radio 6 Music's top ten albums of 2013 and win high praise from the likes of the Guardian, The Independent and Artrocker magazine. They rated a gig at the British Library, playing with Hot Chip, as one of their best of the year.

As well as the show, ticket holders are in for a memorable evening at the museum. Throwback entertainment from the 1940s to the 1960s, serenading cabaret singers, plane-knitting within a recreation of a wartime living room, a silent disco and giant games of Snakes and Ladders will all take place around the magnificent main hall.

Museums at Night has previously hosted performances by Mercury Prize nominees Django Django, at the National Museum of Scotland, and Brit Award nominees AlunaGeorge, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

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