Wet Sounds launch in Hackney

The UK’s first underwater sound festival, Wet Sounds 2008, launches its first national tour at Hackney Council’s London Fields Lido, Sunday 6 July 2008 at 3pm, where the public is invited to experience a collection of especially made sound art from around the world.

Wet Sounds is a mobile gallery for sound art, which is collated from work submitted by artists worldwide. The work is exhibited at leisure centres and universities nationwide. This year, for the first time ever, the exhibition will be a touring underwater sound festival, 6 - 19 July, visiting nine pools across the country.

Wet Sounds makes sound art accessible to the public through a unique listening experience. As part of the normal public pool admission, the audience floats or dives through water immersed in sound.

Councillor Nargis Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: Hackney Council is delighted to host the opening and closing events of this unique underwater sound festival. We hope local people will use this opportunity to visit London’s only outdoor Olympic-sized pool and support the festival.”

Wet Sounds is assembled by artist Joel Cahen and supported by Hackney Council’s Cultural Development Team, Arts Council of England and the PRS Foundation. The tour returns to London Fields Lido on 19 July, where it will end with a special live performance by Nurse With Wound and Andrew Liles. Tickets for the closing event are available from