The Guardian called Cabaret Voltaire “Exeter’s cutting edge dance music night”, but it started in 2007 as a stage at Aeon Festival.

A club night launched that Autumn at Exeter’s cherished Cavern Club, followed by a sister live music night at the Bike Shed Theatre.

Events we’ve worked on

Since then, John has curated events for organisations such as Standon Calling, HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, Hauser & Wirth, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, The V&A, IAI, Marine Theatre, Dartmoor Arts, and IntoBodmin.

Some are big things at festivals, others little acts in bars, and sometimes they are in unusual places like museums and churches.

A list was never kept but here are some of the people who came:


Gilles Peterson, Mowgli, MJ Cole, Ramadanman, Loefah, Joker, The Cuban Brothers, Bill Brewster, Annie Nightingale, The Nextmen, Justin Robertson, Ewan Pearson, Redlight, Brackles, Pangaea, Martyn, Ben Westbeech, and JFB.

Live music

Rag N Bone Man, This is the Kit, Matthew Halsall, Stornoway, Jamie Woon, Elder Island, Gwenno, Tom Robinson, Admiral Fallow, Rachael Dadd, NZCA lines, Polar Bear, Stealing Sheep, Wildwood Kin, Ethan Johns, Little Unsaid, Pete Josef, Eska, Cousin Kula, Slow Club, Jane Weaver, Dele Sosimi, Is Tropical, Yael Naim, Rachel Sermanni, Labi Siffre, The Blockheads, Midge Ure, Syd Arthur, Honeyfeet, Laid Blak, Pee Wee Ellis, Sam Lee, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, and Fairport Convention.


Lemn Sissay, Kate Tempest, Alabaster de Plume, Vanessa Kisuule, Don Paterson, Dizraeli, John Agard, and Hollie McNish.