Welcome to Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip!
BATHSPLASH!!!! - Wednesday October 30th 2013
Get yourself towelled up,padded up, and ready for a glorious night at Bath Cricket Club on Friday 15th November when me and the chaps dally with the Belle Fleurs,three gorgeous (hope I spelt that right) songstresses with bewitching harmonies who upset the applecart with their versions of “Orgasm Addict” and ” Gay bar “.
..There’ll be fireworks I tell thee !!!! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/440392
MAGIC PEOPLE. - Wednesday October 30th 2013
There’s five of my paintings on show at Flannels Gallery. They’re portraits in acrylic . Four “magic people ” from Leeds , and a self portrait that hung in the National Portrait Gallery. Go and see the show..Tuesday to Sunday 11 to 5pm,and it’s on till January. .http://thegalleryatflannels.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/within-without.html
Glasto glimmers 2013 - Wednesday October 30th 2013
Better late than never I suppose..Marky Mark? Mark E Smith? Mark Manning (nah! he hates Glasto), Mark Knopler.? who knows? http://markontour.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/glastonbury-2013/
Good Vibrations . - Saturday October 19th 2013
Soooper dooper review from Vibrations Magazine . http://www.vibrations.org.uk/recorded.php?fn_mode=fullnews&fn_id=489.
VIBRations Magazine bowled over by SUPreme - Thursday October 10th 2013
Get a copy of the latest Vibrations (September edition) ,the music review magazine of West Yorkshire and there’s a beauty write up of SUPREME.You can get a copy at Jumbo, Crash Records and loads of other interesting shops around Leeds. Not available on line just yet..but coming.
Idlee dyddlee doo! - Tuesday October 1st 2013
Saturday night in Notting Hill was a rare affair. We went on at 9 pm and proceeded to blast the Tabernacle crowd with some gentle little songs ..”Cycling”, “Bali” and “Rex” interspersed with some rougher stuff ; “Wallet ” and “The lights are on”.
I figured there ‘d be enough punk rocking goin on , with John Cooper Clark, Zodiac Mindwarp, and the Alabama 3 following us so chose some quiet ones.
We went down a treat with an appreciative crowd and got a queue of people wanting cd’s and gear at the end.
Gordon from the Ukelele Orchestra came over and asked to buy all our albums. He gave us £80. Giddy with post gig excitement I managed to loose the envelope with half the fee in .
Great to hear “Fucked by Rock” resounding round the room even though the speakers blew.
Looking forward to treading the boards at Korks in Otley on October 12th!
IDLER FESTIVAL Bash.. Krang ..Wallop! - Friday August 16th 2013
The doors of the Tabernacle will be thrown wide to us on September 21st when we play the Idler Festival.There’ll be a few other characters on ..John Cooper Clarke, Zodiac Mindwarp, and Murray Lachlan Young..and I’m certainly going!!!… http://idler.co.uk/product/events/the-idler-festival-2013-ticket-for-saturday-night-party-21-september/
WE WOW WILDERNESS ! - Wednesday August 14th 2013
Had a splendid time disturbing the punters, stage organisers and security at the Wilderness Festival. A fairly chaotic affair ,not that well organised but a very interesting and gentle place .The pie shop was a highlight..gravy, chips mushy peas.
Tom Hodgkinson gave a great talk on the benefits of idleness and Murray Lachlan Young delivered some inspired poems.
We did seven gigs (fairly low key for us) and there were some belters.I ended up coercing a security woman to join me for a dance much to the audiences approval.We had some lovely messages ,twitters and made lots of new fans .
SUPREME REVIEWED BY NORTHERN WRITER SHOCK HOROR..HOVIS - Wednesday August 14th 2013
I’ve had dealings with Michael Stewart author of “King Crow” already.
He booked me and the lads for a couple of Xmas shows in Bradford ,
and he kindly used my song “Castaway ” for a play he wrote,
that appeared on Radio 4 a couple of years ago.
Here’s what the writer wrote….. http://michaelstewartxxx.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/supreme-by-mik-artistiks-ego-trip-its-a-bit-druggy/
GLASTONBRIE REVIEWS. - Wednesday July 17th 2013
Bin some astounding reviews so far from Glastonbury..
If you were at this year’s Glastonbury and failed to catch one of the sixteen Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip gigs you either spent too much time in your tent or were just incredibly unlucky. Kicking off proceedings in the packed out Rabbit Hole at 12pm on Thursday, charismatic Artistik led his band (made up of “dirty boy” Benson Walker on bass and “lord of chord” Johnny Flockton on guitar) through new songs and old, all delivered with his trademark northern charm and wit. The lyrics about window cleaners, stepping in dog turds and buying cheap watches may be far from glamorous (a recurring joke during performances was that Mik was from L.A. – Leeds Armley) but you could relate to their kitchen–sink realism in such a way that made them some of the most memorable heard all weekend. The intervening interaction between the band and the crowd further cemented the bond between them and gave Mik Artistik the upper-hand over the majority of inanimate “jiggy bands” performing elsewhere.
The little free Guardian Guide given to people as they walked into the festival noted that the Arctic Monkeys would be the first band to initiate a crowd singalong during the weekend but I beg to differ – a crammed tent of people singing ‘Sweet Leaf Of The North’ on a Thursday afternoon surely takes the prize
Here’s a couple more beauties..
GET SUPREME! - Tuesday July 9th 2013
To buy a copy of SUPREME (£11.50 inc. U.K.postage ) email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
” SUPREME” VISITS GLASTO. - Friday June 21st 2013
SUPREME our new album will be visiting Glastonbury on it’s Royal tour. We’re expecting crowds flocking to pay homage and
Mik will be carrying SUPREME through the fields shoulder high.Feel free to stop him and buy one.They’re a tenner.
“Listening to “Supreme” tonight..and indeed it is!”
TO BUY A COPY email email@example.com and you pay old school..cheque or postal order.
THUNDER - Thursday May 23rd 2013
Wonderful weekend in Stroud. Heat ,cold , Pizzas from Waitrose and a storming gig. The lads had to head back to Leeds straight after the gig. Trojans! I remained to hang my paper bag portraits on washing lines in the Good shed along with other creative types . Andrew Bailey wandered over to join me at the piano, and we serenaded the crowd with such classics as “Your kids all hate you” and “Happy happy blues”. Sunday I caught a fair bit of Kid Carpet , another interesting man..
Bath Comedy Festival - Thursday April 11th 2013
Four star review from sell -out Bath show. Five Americans flew in specially to see me n the lads!
” Mik Artistikâ€™s Ego Trip are an unlikely musical comedy trio: guitar, bass, and Mik on vocals. It is Mik who does the comedy, the other two providing the expert musical backing in any number of genres. His songs, if thatâ€™s what they are, give a very leftfield view of life from a mainly South Leeds perspective. Raucous paeans to such things as the romantic comforts of the Oxo cube, or the sentimental value of a Â£3 watch culminated in an extended passionate song of praise to a leaf caught under a windscreen wiper. It takes a particular kind of chutzpah to pull this sort of thing off, but off it was definitively pulled. You had to be there.”
Grovelovethegrovelovethegrovelovethegrove - Friday March 15th 2013
What a bloody night! We arrived at 8.15 at the Grove and there was a crowd all settled in. Ten minutes before kick-off and people were sittin on the floor ,standing..all the seats taken.I wrote “Full!” on the door for’t first time in my career..a lovely feeling. We tried out the new songs and I managed THE I PAD with aplomb. It was an exuberant atmosphere and after a 55 minute first set ..we had a break and then steam rolled on till 5 to midnight.EEEE IT WER GRAND!!!
Bath Comedy Festival - Monday January 21st 2013
Good Friday .. the opening night of BATh COmedy FEst..us again. HURRAY!
LAPP - Monday January 21st 2013
There is a breeze that comes off the laptop.
DVDHDVDHVDVDHVDVDHVDVDVDVDVD - Monday January 21st 2013
NEW DVD OUT IN HD . “MIK ARTISTIK LIVE(s) IN LEEDS”.
My mate Bob and his two buddies had just done a bank advert and had the use of three HD cameras for ‘t weekend. “Have you got a gig tonight Mik?.. We could film it if you want?”
We were playin the Old Modernians Sports Club in Cookridge, Leeds .
Trophy cabinets and the smell of Lynx and egg mayonaise sandwiches.
It wasn’t CBGB’S but I thought “Hell ..it just might work.”
So here it is. Twenty six songs that will take inches off your waist. So..GET FIT, WATCH IT!!!
Price ££13.50 (includes postage and packaging)
simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a copy
Guardian Grassington blurb - Sunday July 1st 2012
Tim Dowling Bearded Boss Man. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/jun/29/tim-dowling-band-wife-ambitions
LEEDS LIT. FEST Thumbs UP! - Wednesday March 28th 2012
We had a right laugh on the 12th at Salvo’s as part of the Headingley Lit Fest ..and got fed and watered in grand style.They seemed to like us .. http://headingleylitfest.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/mik-artistik-in-salvos-salumeria.html
OBSERVER REVIEW! - Monday February 13th 2012
Great write up about us, from Fiona Banner in the Observer…https://mail.google.com/mail/?tab=wm#inbox/13576f7769da822b
The Leeds Guide: Interview with Mik Artistik - Sunday February 20th 2011
“The artist-musician-comedian talks about his life in Leeds”
There is a big double page interview with Mik Artistik in The Leeds Guide.
You can also read this on-line on the website. Read the interview now.
Who is Mik Artistik? & Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip now showing at Hyde Park - Friday January 28th 2011
Chances are you’ll recognise Beeston boy turned Armley man Mik Artistik. Maybe you’ve seenhim around Yorkshire drawing on brown paper bags or spotted him throwing straws and syllables at a stunned Glastonbury crowd. His paintings have graced many a gallery wall and his celebrity fans include the likes of Faust, Keith Allen and the Kaiser Chiefs. Dublin Filmmaker Jackie Jarvis’s attempt to commit to film the world of this Leeds legend is charming, poignant, and humourous whether you’re an old friend or a first time greeter of the man himself.
Find out more on the Hyde Park Picture House website.
Beeston boy Mik Artistik’s on a roll with his Ego Trip - Saturday December 25th 2010
Guest blogger Jude Cosgrove takes a look at the surreal punk, funk, electric comedy phenomenon that is Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip – and speaks to the man himself.
Read full article on the Guardian Leeds website
Bespoken Word - Tuesday December 14th 2010
Mik has recently performed on Radio 4′s Bespoken Word from the Cheltenham Literature Festival, if you’re quick you can listen again on BBC iPlayer.
Not A Calendar - Wednesday December 8th 2010
Cripplin’ heavens.. it’s arrived. ‘Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip Not a Calendar’. It’s a mumstunner, a chapwhapper. Packed with highly inflammable material about Anglesey, and Harry Rednapp..
Lasts a life-time, costs twelve quid fifty pence including postage! .. and it’s not a calendar!!
Grab yours for £12.50 by sending Mik an email.
Good Vibrations! - Wednesday November 12th 2008
There’s a secret Leeds; oh yes. It’s a Leeds of bygone pubs and underground streets, disappeared signage and long lost shops. There’s also a secret on the Leeds music scene, and it’s a secret that deserves to be spread like a wild rumour around this fair city and beyond.
Mik Artistik is already onto his fourth studio album and although, at 53, he not the springiest of chickens, he’s hatched from an alternative cabaret scene with a mix of punk, poetry and panache that would put many younger, less worldly wise artistes to shame. His stage persona ranges from amiable host to a wild-eyed lunatic, leaping into the audience to humour and scare almost at the same time.
Album Review: SANDMAN - Tuesday August 14th 2007
A mysterious and shadowy figure in the smoky boozers of Leeds these last ten years, performance artist, proper artist and prankster Mik Artistik is rarely forgotten once encountered. Time was his main channel of expression was accosting people in the pub and asking of they wanted their portrait painted. He’s expanded his portfolio considerably these days and this, his third full length CD, is chock full of the usual originals full of surrealism, mystery, back handed poignancy and just plain daftness, or familiar melodies given Mik’s own inimitable makeovers. It’s just Mik on vocals with minimal backing from guitar, mandolin, banjo and bass and everything is intoned in a nasal whine studded with flinty, flat northern vowels.
‘Condoleeza Rice’ is the story of how Mik lumbered his baby daughter with the US politicians “truth is stranger etc” name. ‘Life and soul of the party’ gets revenge on those effortlessly garrulous entertainers at parties by giving them a hollow and empty existence away from the social round. On the other hand, ‘Turning into dad’ may be based on twee cartoon theme ‘Walking in the Air’, but the lyric is the harrowing but hilarious tale of Mik watching himself gradually become his detested Dad as he grows older. Weirdest of all is the 36 second ‘Joyce Grenfell’s teeth’ (exploded in my face!) and the belligerent and sinister updating of George Formby’s millstone in ‘Window Cleaner’. Hugely entertaining, the CD bears repeated plays because the songs often have depth beyond their superficial hilarity. John Cooper Clark used to pull off a similar trick.
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