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Sun, 28 Jan


Fourth Portal Lab


Ninja Tunes legend Funki Porcini will discuss how he built his 700-laser rig before his fully immersive performances at 6.30 and 9pm. Funki will be joined by Andy Payne and Nicky Cure from Mechanismo, who are bringing along some adorable robots. Free | Licensed Bar | U16 with adult

Time & Location

28 Jan 2024, 14:00 – 15:30

Fourth Portal Lab, Royal Pier Rd, Gravesend DA12 2BD, UK

About the event


The Fourth Portal is proud to offer a post-Gravesham Light Festival event bonus event, a talk with two creative masters.

In advance of his fully immersive evening shows, the Ninja Tune legend Funki Porcini (James Braddell) will be discussing the formation of his rig with robot builder Andy Payne and Nicky Cure. Andy and Nicky will demonstrate the robots in action as they mooch around the Fourth Portal and later, outside LV21 on the grass.

This fabulous bonus event will be free to attend although we have a limited capacity. Once we are full it will be one-out, one-in. If you cannot make the talk, do stroll down to the Gravesend Riverside on Sunday evening to see the little cuties causing mischief.

For ticket to see Funki Porcini show.

There are two ONE-HOUR performances,

  • Performance one 6.30pm
  • Performance two 9.00pm

Tickets: £11.50 + Booking fee in advance | £14.00 on the door

BOOK FOR Performance ONE:  CLICK TO BUY TICKETS FOR 6.30pm (doors 6pm)

BOOK FOR Performance TWO: CLICK TO BUY TICKETS FOR 9:00pm (doors 8:15pm 

Licensed Bar | Under 16 accompanied by adult | Warning Flashing Lights


Who is Funki Porcini?

James Brandell, aka Funki Porcini, is a British music provocateur and humorist of the early Ninja Tunes period. Mixing together surreal jazz, found noise, synthetic strangeness and dream logic. "Funki Porcini" is a twist on "Funghi Porcini", the Italian name of the mushroom Boletus edulis, commonly known as "penny bun".

He spent ten years in Italy making music for film and television.[ Thereafter, he returned to England. In 1994, he signed to independent record label Ninja Tune and set up his own studio, The Uterus Goldmine.

Even more...

More about Funki Porcini can be found on Ninja Tunes here.

Nicky Cure

Nicky Cure will be joining for robot driving duties.  Nicky has been a key part of the Laserium development, hand soldering its many controller boards and running the CNC.  When not making stuff and driving robots about at Mechanismo, Nicky is an amazing multimedia artist, film maker and performer.

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