Like the Byzantines centuries earlier, non-believers travelled across continents to escape the moral, spiritual and political corruption of their homelands. Seeking consolamentum, they sought safety on high ground above the Languedoc. They sought catharsis.

The end of September saw the fourth edition of Convenanza, the festival hosted by Bernie Fabre and Benjamin Esteve in their home city of Carcassonne, southern France. The three night medieval music extravaganza is curated by Andrew Weatherall, and as such is a deserving tribute to The Guvnor’s undeniable imprint on generations of off-centre electronic music lovers. For more than a quarter of a century he has been part of our lives, intertwined even when we may have jumped ship to other musical forms. He was always in the fabric.

I guess one my first Weatherall revelations was something like this. It was 1990 and me and me best friends were drinking endless and ritual pots…

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