A FREE CROSS-CITY FESTIVAL
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WELCOME Hello and welcome to Bradford Threadfest 2014! We’re now in our third year and after the rave reviews and critical acclaim following our previous editions (including being listed in The Guardian’s top city festivals list) we decided to broaden our remit to offer a free taste of the city’s underground and independent art, film, performance and theatre alongside live music from the region and all over the world. 2014 also sees the addition of some new organisations and spaces including Golden Cabinet who are holidaying from their home at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley to collaborate with Fuse Art Space on a very exciting programme, and Trainer Trouble and Bosh! who will provide a suitably danceable close to the festival. Other venues new to Threadfest include Al’s Dime Bar, Glyde House and Tavern in The Town, more details of which you’ll find inside. In terms of live music, this year you’ll get to see Leeds-based heavy rockers Black Moth, Glasgow folk rock from Two Wings, experi-
mental techno from Basic House and Berlin’s DJ Scotch Bonnet, as well as Cantaloupe, Alt Track, Rattle, Sentimentalists, Negative Panda, Crinkle Cuts, Snack Family, Gerrard Bell-Fife, Idiot Box, Ironrat and Marry Another who will join Japanese postpunk/krautrock trio Nisennenmondai, Leeds New York boogie-loving duo Galaxians, American sound artist Robert Millis, the return of Bradfordian agit-popsters Monty Casino, Canadian ambient doom duo Nadja, French experimental solo artist Chicaloyoh, sinister indie from Leeds’ The Witch Hunt, big Bradford riffs from Cut Yourself in Half, and tons more, with a couple of special guests TBA! See the Artists section and check our website for details. Alongside the live music Art in Unusual Spaces have created the Dark Matter Institute in Oastler Market to show a diverse range of work including Berlin/Bradford music and film collaboration Polymitas; DIY artist collective Black Dogs; Margaret Tait Award recipient Rachel Maclean from Glasgow; illustrator and
poet Matthew The Horse; Bradford community theatre company Northern Lines; and experimental dance group Maho. For the full programme and list of artists look inside for the Dark Matter Institute section. So, all that is left is to say a big thanks you to everyone who has contributed to making Bradford Threadfest 2014 a reality; the artists, bands, organisations, venues; our supporters and sponsors Arts on Campus at University of Bradford, Bradford Council and the Department of Regeneration and Culture, Arts Council England and Northern Monk Brewery; and finally and not least you, for coming out and taking part! Threadfest is just a taste of the diverse, independent culture being produced in Bradford week in week out so we hope you find this weekend a prompt to find out what’s on offer and continue to support those involved throughout the year. See you down the front. Andy Abbott Bradford Threadfest Director and Fellow in Music at the University of Bradford
Here are details of a selection of those playing this weekend.
DJ Scotch Bonnet
Tokyo-based instrumental trio that take the bass, drums, guitar format to cosmic levels. Fusing elements of post punk, krautrock, spacey psychedelia and pumping no wave dance music into a joyous time-frame smashing rocket ride, their live show is unmissable.
Shigeru Ishihara is a prolific artist with a repertoire of collaborations that has included Drum Eyes, Seefeel and Devilman. Best known for his solo project DJ Scotch Egg, here Shig swaps GameBoys and 8-bits for a hefty distortion unit, and delves deep into the world of bass-driven hip-hop breaks melding dense and distorted beats with his signature pop sensibility, referencing SCORN, NHK and the dance music culture of new home-town, Berlin.
The long-awaited (and likely one-off) return of Bradford’s agit pop trio with songs about cycling, assassination, political figures and, of course, Bradford. Like a more optimistic The Fall, or hyperactive Gang of Four, welcome them back with open arms and ears.
Seattle-based musician, sound artist and filmmaker associated with the Sublime Frequencies label and experimental duo Climax Golden Twins.
Ambient solo electric guitarist from Bingley. Dean’s astonishing live sets and records on Blast First Petite label have garnered him praise from Mojo and The Wire, as well as support slots with Michael Chapman and Thurston Moore.
Sickeningly talented young Bradford quartet with soaring female vocals over tight afro-beating drums and spiky off-beat guitars injecting some soul and tunes into the math-indie template.
Sabbathy big stoner riffs from Leeds on London’s New Heavy Sounds label with second album due soon, once again produced by Nick Cave sticks man Jim Sclavunos.
Fleetwood Mac-y Americana folk rock from Glasgow’s Hanna Tuulikki (Scatter, The Family Elan), Ben Reynolds (The Wow, Trembling Bells) and friends.
A collaborative project between Berlinbased improvising musician Kathy Alberici and Bradford’s analogue filmmaker Martha Jurksaitis. After drawing attention from The Wire and premiering their work ‘Sonic Portrait Of The Funkhaus Nalepastraße’ at Berlin’s 2014 CTM festival, Threadfest will provide a further opportunity for an iteration of this exciting project.
Laidback ill raps over jazz, soul and hip Yorkshire-cana country rock five-piece hop from Trainer Trouble favourites ExP from Bradford. and JND of Freyed Knot. Fat double bass grooves over stripped back drums with wise www.soundcloud.com/domissamerica guy tales, reminiscent of ‘The Roots’ at their best.
Do Miss America
The Witch Hunt
Based around the duo of Louisa Osborn and Chris Mulligan, Leeds’ The Witch Hunt progress the legacy of dark powerful pop music beloved of the North with glimpses of PJ Harvey, Soft Cell, Siouxsie and the Banshees and even Sisters of Mercy in the brew. Huw Stephen’s from BBC Introducing is a fan.
Far touring electro punk, spoken word and hip hop duo, playing since 2007 and now back in the ‘Fd.
8-piece Funk, Ska and Reggae band from Bristol who mix up large doses of wah-wah funk, swing, reggae with a heap of latin-ska and a hint of gypsy punk to create one hell of a party that is equal parts eccentric and exotic performance and full on sonic assault.
Nadja is a duo of Aidan Baker & Leah Buckareff alternately based in Toronto & Berlin. The duo makes music that encompasses experimental/drone, ambient, shoegazer, & doom metal. Originally formed by Baker in 2003 as a solo endeavour, Buckareff joined in 2005 to bring the project out of the studio & into a live setting. They have since released numerous albums on such labels as Important Records, Hydrahead Records, & Blocks Recording Club.
The Recurring Nightmare
Acoustic singer songwriter from Bradford.
Bradford experimental no wave trio collaborating with Maho dance company.
90s style pop-punk and alternative rock from Lincolnshire.
Chicaloyoh is the musical incarnation of Normandy resident Alice Dourlen. Creating music between soundscape exploration and intimate contemplation, Chicaloyoh is a mix of guitar, keyboards and percussions from distant and various horizons.
Mancunian improvising musician and sound artist working with field recordings, contact microphones, hydrophones and objects. Over the years Lee has collaborated with a range of musicians and creatives including Luke Fowler, David Toop, Phil Minton and produced works for ICA London, AV Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival and The British Art Show.
Galaxians is synth wizard Jed Skinner and tight as you like drummer Matt Woodward bringing you 70s/80s New York boogie sounds via the Leeds DIY underground. Their limited 12-inch singles and EPs on STARGAZE and Pittsburgh’s Rotating Souls record labels are hot property and the live experience is guaranteed to have you beaming.
Guitar and drum instrumental duo from Manchester making melodic riff-based progressive compositions that may remind you of Battles, Don Caballero, Sleeping People, or, in more chuggy moments, Smashing Pumpkins or The Fucking Champs.
The new project of London composer and jazz musician Andrew Plummer, Snack Family is a dirty blues trio in the vein of Morphine, Captain Beefheart and Nick Cave’s Grinderman. Deep slide guitars and honking saxes provide a sleazy backdrop for Plummer’s Tom Waits-ish vocals. Perfect music for soundtracking Dave Lynch films.
Pontecarlo’s newest and greatest alternative rock export at times sounding like My Bloody Valentine doing Soundgarden songs, or Pixies records slowed down, or a less deranged Trumans Water. Their heavy gigging schedule and releases on Clue Records are making everyone very excited so come see them before you can’t.
Philip Jeck started working with record players and electronics in the early ‘80’s and has made soundtracks and toured with many dance and theatre companies as well as his solo concert work. His best known work “Vinyl Requiem” (with Lol Sargent): a performance for 180 ‘50’s/’60’s record players won Time Out Performance Award for 1993.
Mancunian five-piece alternative folk on Voltage records.
Marreck is the latest project/alias for Michael Hann, who runs the Reject and Fade label and has previously had releases out under his Rejections moniker with Alt. Vinyl, Jehu & Chinaman and Opal Tapes. Expect a heady mixture of minimal, discordant techno, spliced with moments of psychedelic noise and soundscapes.
Cut Yourself in Half
Female Band is minimal, both in its sound and personnel with Russian born, Londonbased Anastasia Vtorova currently the sole member. The haunting almost hypnotic sound relies on a strong experimental use of instruments, incorporating ambient, drone and electronica influences into something overall much more rhythmic and enchanting. Releases on Italian Beach Babes records.
Cantaloupe are a synth-guitar/bass-drums trio from Nottingham, UK, formed in 2011. Drawing influences from afro-pop to krautrock to disco to the avant garde, they aim to make infectious and thoroughly pleasing instrumental pop music.
Bradford’s Queens of the Stone Age / Red Fang style riff-heavy rock and roll. With a well-received debut album on London’s New Heavy Sounds label under their buckles and a smattering of manic live performances this will be one of the first gigs with a slightly new line-up featuring ex- Jon Jones guitarist Giles.
Rattle is two drummers from Nottingham, Katie of Kogumaza and Theresa of Fists, making music for drums and vocals. It’s minimal, melodic and totally mint.
Dawn of Elysium
Bradford reggae, dub, roots producer established in 1999 and associated with the Dub Lab club night. Their music has seen success on the UK dub sound system scene and they make dubplates for some of the leading sound systems and DJ’s across Europe such as Iration Steppas, Lion Roots (France) and OBF (Switzerland).
Goth rock trio from Bradford for fans of Paradise Lost and Joy Division.
Bradfordian synth driven, power pop, postpunk indie founded in 1998.
90s alternative rock-loving youngsters from Cleckhuddersfax way.
“Our biggest influence is living in the north of England, trying to conform but always being on the outside; not quite accepted; not entitled. Musically we’re influenced by anyone who can, in a pretty way, convey sadness and gentle defiance through music.” says front-man Phil.
Critically acclaimed and multiple award winning jazz pianist from Leeds whose 2012 album Montauk Variations made Stewart Lee’s end of year best of list in The Independent. Bourne has recently been exploring the cosmic properties of a synthesiser set-up, following his relocation close to the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
Nottingham-hailing but Bradford-dwelling melancholic acoustic folk singer songwriter flooring audiences with a songwriting style and voice that belies his years and recalls Bill Calahan, Nick Drake and the finest alternative folk music of the last decades.
Psychedelic pop music from Bradford featuring Gus from Mucky Sailor and Splitty McCheeks. An addictive mix of effectsoaked vocals, swirly keyboard sounds and a Motown-esque rhythm section complete with funky breakdowns.
Michael Thomas Chater
Indie rock with mod influences from The Midlands on Robert Plant’s record label.
Alternative blues and folk singer songwriter with a deft touch on the fingerpicked slide guitar.
Pantera / Kyuss / QOTSA style downtuned grooves and riffing from Bradford.
Solo reverb-heavy noise pop in from Darlington like Ty Segall, The Birthday Party or PIL.
Basic House Much-revered abstracted electronic dance music from Opal Tapes / Drunk in Hell man Stephen Bishop that at times sounds like industrial techno that’s been left to ferment in a Middlesbrough cellar. www.soundcloud.com/basichouse
Bradford has some of the most idiosyncratic venues you could hope for, each with their own particular charm. Here are those hosting events for Threadfest 2014
1 in 12 Club
Al’s Dime Bar
The Black Swan
www.1in12.com 21-23 Albion St Bradford. BD1 2LY The 1 in 12 Club refers to both a members’ club and the building in which it is based. Owned and run by its membership as a collective based upon anarchist principles, its activities include social and political campaigning, the use of the building as a social centre, and the promotion of the performing arts.
www.alsdimebar.com 10 North Parade, Bradford. BD1 3HT An NYC style ‘dive’ bar that specialises in cocktails, US & UK craft beers and live acoustic music.
facebook.com/blackswanbradford 148 Thornton Road, Bradford. BD1 2JH A traditional pub close to The University campus with regular live music.
Dark Matter Institute
www.artinunusualspaces.com Oastler Shopping Centre, John Street, Bradford. BD1 3SR A temporary gallery in Oastler Market, made by Art In Unusual Spaces. See special section inside for details.
Delius Arts and Cultural Centre Fuse Art Space
The New Bradford Playhouse
Fuse Art Space is a gallery, art space, performance venue and shop in Bradford The Delius Arts & Cultural Centre is located city centre. They host exhibitions, in the heart of Bradford with immediate artist talks, film screenings, workshops and access to the best of Bradford’s culture, performances, and stock a wide range of art entertainment and education with Artist books, magazines, prints, cassettes, vinyl, Studios and a Performance/exhibition space CD’s and other objects of artistic merit. for hire as well as a programme of events.
Glyde House is the home of Gumption Business Centre and has a bar, bistro and function room. During the day the building is home to local businesses of all different shapes and sizes and in the evening, the venue becomes a social hot spot boasting top quality entertainment and a great environment for you to relax and unwind.
The New Bradford Playhouse is a creative hub with three performance spaces, a 290 seat Art Deco proscenium arch stage, a flexible 70 seat black box studio and a small instrumental stage in our vintage coffee shop.
www.artworkscreative.org.uk/ our-venue/whats-on 29 Great Horton Road, Bradford. BD7 1AA
www.wearefuse.co 5-7 Rawson Place, Bradford. BD1 3QQ
Tavern In The Town
A relaxed bier cafe in Bradford city centre for lovers of great beer, music and art.
Alternative pub/venue/night club with live music and a variety of rock oriented nights.
www.thesparrowbradford.co.uk 32 North Parade, Bradford. BD1 3JL
www.tavern-in-the-town.co.uk 5-9 Barry Street, Bradford. BD1 2AL
gumptioncentres.co.uk/glyde-house Glydegate, Bradford. BD5 0BQ
www.thenewbradfordplayhouse.co.uk 4 - 12 Chapel St, Little Germany. BD1 5DL
Oastler Market, John Street, Bradford BD1 3JU 11am - 4pm daily. Thursday 15th - Saturday 17th & Thursday 22nd - Saturday 24th May 2014 As part of this years Bradford Threadfest Art in Unusual Spaces will create the Dark Matter Institute, a temporary gallery that celebrates â€˜the hidden mass of informal creativity that emerges both within and outside of the mainstream; the bleed between the amateur and the professional; work and play; the tensions between making a living and loving what you do; and the social, economic and political conditions that background this.â€™
DAR K MATTER I NST I T U TE P ROG RAMME
Thursday 15th May, 11am – 4pm Jean McEwan
Saturday 17th May, 11am – 4pm Jung Witches and Maho
WE ARE ALIVE AGAIN
KIDDA LEARN LESSONS
2014 Installation with performances at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30
We Are Alive Again is a site responsive installation consisting of makeshift dioramas, assemblages, collages, everyday objects, found props and light. This work has evolved from an experimental period of making at the Fabric Arts Lab (Bradford) earlier this year exploring performative and collage processes in working with personal and family archival materials. Jean invites you to ‘tamper with the work according to your needs, to perform a story for that moment, or that day.’
Maho present a series of works and performances resulting from a collaboration with Bradford’s ‘newest pretentious art noise combo’ Jung Witches. The project is open-ended and process-led, but may result in some, if not all, of the following: printed matter, video, cassettes, and ‘some kind of improvisation or interaction’. All will be appropriate for audience involvement and some will actively encourage it! There will be activity throughout the day.
Jean McEwan is a Bradford-based artist and organiser working across visual, curatorial, collaborative and socially engaged practices, most often on a grassroots level. Her outputs have included photography, installation, experimental video, and artist books and zines. She has worked nationally and internationally, most recently in Jamestown, NY. She is currently developing a participatory research project exploring the uses and meanings of family photography.
Maho is a newly formed integrated dance company, formed by dancers Chemaine Cooke and Sam Musgrave and specialising in interdisciplinary collaboration. They create work with trained and untrained performers, and artists of Bradford, hoping to inspire others to organise their own creative projects and collectives. www.mahobradford.blogspot.com
Thursday 22nd May, 11am – 4pm Northern Lines
MARKET TO MARKET
2014 Exhibition of photographs with live performances at: 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30 This exhibition and series of performances is informed by interviews with traders and customers at Oastler market, backgrounded by the ‘re-realization’ of the market place as public and political space following the Arab Spring. Theatre maker, poet, musician and artistic director of Northern Lines, Javaad Alipoor, asks ‘what frustrations, oppressions and dreams animate markets in this country, and how might they explode?’ Northern Lines is a community theatre project that works with some of Bradford’s most deprived communities to make work that is politically committed, emancipatory and that challenges audiences through work with new writing, contemporary practice and a commitment to quality. www.northernlines.org.uk
Friday 23rd May, 11am – 4pm
Polymitas (Martha Jurksaitis & Kathy Alberici) Super 8 and 16mm films with live accompaniment Martha Jurksaitis makes wondermental films on Super 8 and 16mm and processes everything by hand, employing alchemical techniques and a passion for material film and the material viewer. A selection of her work will be presented as a showreel (digitally), culminating in a live sonic improvisation with Kathy Alberici accompanying films projected on 16mm. Polymitas is a collaboration between Martha Jurksaitis and Kathy Alberici, two friends who work together creatively on image and sound. The pieces we create express our deep interest in being totally present while forming our works, with a focus on a tactile and immersive engagement with our environment and materials. Analogue film and sound play a large part in the films and performances we make. www.cherrykino.blogspot.com
Friday 16th May, 11am – 4pm Looped screening of films by Rachel Maclean (Glasgow), James N Hutchinson (Glasgow) and Louise Adkins (Manchester). Rachel Maclean
2012 13-minute digital video
Hold The Pose is part of an ongoing body of work that focuses on the relationship between live performance and digital media. In this video the actions and dance in a popular music video are translated into textual instructions and directions, exploring how these movements foster alternative narratives.
Lolcats – inspired by the Internet meme of the same name – explores an amalgam of past and present manifestations of cat worship. Shot entirely against green-screen, the video presents a mutable space, at once a mysterious lost civilisation and a modern day touristic fun park. The narrative centres on a young female protagonist, presenting her in moments of intrigue, fear, metamorphosis and decay. Journeying through this erratic environment she encounters a bejewelled Katy Perry discussing dental hygiene with an aristocratic cat, stumbles upon an army of hostile feline cyborgs and is surgically dissected by a gothic physician. Existing somewhere between the candy-coloured fantasies of ‘Disney Princess’ and the monstrous caricatures of a William Hogarth, Lolcats sits on a discomforting boundary between the sickly sweet and the grotesquely abject. Commissioned by The Visual Effects Research Lab, Dundee
HOLD THE POSE 2011 5-minute digital video
Louise Adkins practice has grown out of a series of performance, artists film and installation works. Her work focuses on the relationship between live performance and digital media and how new technologies can foster alternative narrative within performance art practice. The appropriation and re enactment of seminal moments in popular culture are an ongoing theme within her performance and film work. Louise Adkins has exhibited widely throughout the UK and Europe and she is the Artist/Curator of “Between” a programme of performance art commissions at Cornerhouse (Manchester, 2012 to date). www.louiseadkins.co.uk
Rachel Maclean is an artist based in Glasgow. Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 Rachel has exhibited across the UK and internationally – including, in 2013, a solo presentation I HEART SCOTLAND at The Edinburgh Printmakers. In 2011 Rachel went on a 6-month residency supported by Creative Scotland to the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada and recently presented her film Over The Rainbow, a 40-minute videopiece at Collective Gallery, Edinburgh and The Zabludowicz Collection, London. In 2013 she was the recipient of the Margaret Tait Award and was nominated for the Film London Jarman Award. She has upcoming solo shows in 2014 at CCA, Glasgow and Comar Gallery, Mull. www.rachelmaclean.com
Saturday 24th May 2014, 11am – 4pm Black Dogs
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE IDEA? Exhibition with performances at 2.30pm
James N Hutchinson
PROPOSAL FOR A COLLECTION 2011 20-minute digital video
For over two decades, Mark Landis made hundreds of counterfeit paintings and drawings in the bedroom of his Mississippi home. Dressed as his alter ego - a Jesuit priest named Father Scott - he would turn up at museums unannounced and donate his artworks to their collections, explaining that they were part of his recently deceased mother’s estate. This video was made in March 2011, shortly after Landis had been exposed in the press, and shows him demonstrating how he made his objects. James N Hutchinson was born in Southport in 1976. He has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan University and an MFA from Glasgow School of Art, where he is currently working on his PhD. In 2006, he co-founded The Salford Restoration Office, a curatorial agency that attempted to navigate and critique the visual art infrastructure of Manchester over a four-year period.
Artist collective Black Dogs warm up for their tenth birthday celebrations later in the evening with a taster of material gathered from an open call to past collaborators and artists for responses to the question ‘What’s Your Favourite Idea?’. Proposed works and actions include: photographs of life-hacking experiments, found objects and sculpture, posters and trophies. At 2.30pm there will be a how to make your own booze masterclass with Eva Rowson, a show and tell presentation by James N Hutchinson and a performance by everyone’s favourite primitivist rock and/or roll duo The Bongoleeroes. Black Dogs is an art collective formed in 2003 in Leeds. Our output has included formal exhibitions, relational and participatory installations, public events and interventions, publications, video, audio works and records and collaborative learning projects. The membership of the group is notionally fluid and can vary on a project-to-project basis, although in practice we have a fairly consistent core of fourteen members currently living and working between Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, London and Milton Keynes. www.black-dogs.org
ASSOC I ATED
E V ENTS
As well as the main Threadfest weekend there are a few lead-in and follow-up events that may be of interest to festival goers.
At The Sparrow Bier Cafe and John Street Matthew The Horse
YOU CAN’T SINK A RAINBOW
From 12th May (Window display on John St) and from 25th May (Exhibition at the Sparrow) Matthew The Horse presents an exhibition of prints and illustrations appropriating 1980’s protest aesthetics to explore themes of idealism, city living and growing up with a dash of consumer guilt. Matthew the Horse is an illustrator, graphic artist, poet, educator and idiot whose client list includes The Guardian, The New York Times and The Economist. He has exhibited his artwork internationally, including Somerset House London, Northern Design Festival and Nobrow Books. Matthew works with calligraphic pens, water colours, a computer and his hands. His image making is dictated by confident line work that aims to be both graphic and naive. Matthew intends for his work to be playful, jolly and uninhibited, whilst still referencing the complexities of the human condition. www.matthewthehorse.co.uk
Gallery II on the University Campus will be showing films by Anand Patwardhan early June. Rarely viewed in Britain, the films of Anand Patwardhan represent one of the most important achievements in documentary cinema. A retrospective, held at Tate Modern, London, July 2013, devoted long overdue attention to a giant of cinema whose films inaugurated the independent documentary movement in India in the mid-1970s. Gallery II is pleased to present a selection of these works in early June. Patwardhan’s films focus upon the wounded democratic policy of contemporary India, continually returning to the painful entanglements of nationality, warfare, religion, impoverishment, community, gender, caste and class. His profound commitment to radical change offers an experience like few others in contemporary cinema.
M@BU (Music at Bradford University)
Art In Unusual Spaces
‘Art in Unusual spaces is an organisation active since 2009 based in Bradford and Leeds that programmes the use of public, underused and temporarily dormant spaces by artists. AIUS believes that art and culture are sites for experimentation with new ways of thinking about, and experiencing, the world and act as a first stage in helping people engage and make positive transformation to their lives and surroundings.’
‘A dance company born out of the art farmers, a collaborative arts collective. We love Bradford.’
Club night collective offering vegan food, cocktails, eclectic DJing and live bands ‘expanding minds and indulging the senses on a shoestring.’
‘Black Dogs is a DIY (self-organised and not-for-profit) art collective whose activity spans exhibitions, events, publications, educational projects, public interventions and the production of records.’
‘No Hands is Bradford’s Free Alternative Party with DJs and Live Bands from the International DIY Underground. We occasionally create a free zine filled with lovely local culture and art. Currently residing at the wonderful New Bradford Playhouse in Little Germany on the Last Friday of Every Month.
‘BOSH! is a DJ collective based in Bradford. We also run BOSH! and Bradford Soundclash club nights at legendary underground venue The Mill.’
‘Northern Lines is a participatory theatre and arts project. We work collaboratively with our local communities; discovering unknown possibilities, unleashing unknown talents.’
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‘The M@BU programme aims to bring innovative, experimental, challenging, critical and diverse approaches in music to Bradford and celebrate the richness and diversity of home-grown, grassroots and self-organised music in the area. This includes city-wide festivals, one-off events and collaborations, commissions, research projects, seminars and conferences, workshops, radio broadcasts and publications.’
We do this for Love Not Money.’
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Sound Shack Records
‘Bradford University Music Society is a member-led society that exists to create and share opportunities for music makers and music lovers in the University and make connections with the region’s music communities.’
‘Sound Shack Records is a Bradford Based Independent Record Label. We specialise in producing CD and Vinyl Recordings of Bands & Artists.’
‘OBA is a DIY music collective and record ‘Golden Cabinet organise gigs of a leftfield label formed in Leeds in 2001 and now and experimental nature at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley with a focus on electronic, based in Bradford’ drone, avant-rock and ambient music.’
Topic Folk Club
‘HowDo is a not-for-profit organisation that looks to promote Bradford, communicate cultural happenings, inform, discuss, and celebrate its unique identity.’
‘The Topic is a Bradford-based weekly live music club that provides a stage for performers broadly in the area of folk music and song. It was founded in 1956 and is referred to as ‘the oldest folk club in the world’.
‘JATPJazz is a not-for-profit organisation, the aim of which is to promote live jazz and its performers primarily in the Yorkshire and Humber region for the benefit of all.’
‘Funk, soul, hip hop, bass, reggae and more are on the menu courtesy of resident DJ’s Tony Safari, Meccano and guests (plus breakdancers) regularly at The New Bradford Playhouse.’
Losing The Thread
‘Losing The Thread aim to make exciting things happen in the city and surrounding region. Losing The Thread exists in order to support and promote new and emerging talent in the city by reinvesting profits directly back into the cultural life of Bradford.’
‘Voltage Studios is celebrating its 25th year in business in the UK music recording studio industry. The philosophy behind the company is to offer excellent quality music services in Yorkshire and wider North of England, at realistic and affordable prices.’
‘Established in 1976, Oriental Arts brings people together to celebrate, participate and learn through art deriving from the South Asian sub-continent. Our passion is community art and in 1988 we set up the Bradford Mela, which now attracts an audience of 200,000 people from all kinds of backgrounds.’
SATURDAY 24TH MAY
Art In Unusual Spaces at Oastler Shopping Centre, John Street, Bradford. BD1 3SR. 11am – 4pm. FREE Thurs 15/05. 11am - 4pm Jean McEwan Installation Fri 16/05 Rachel Maclean, James N Hutchinson, Lousie Adkins - Videos Sat 17/05 Maho and Jung Witches Installation with performances at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 Thurs 22/05 Northern Lines Exhibition of photographs with live performances at: 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30
Art In Unusual Spaces at Oastler Shopping Centre, John Street, Bradford. BD1 3SR. 11am – 4pm. FREE Black Dogs Exhibition Performances & workshops at 2.30pm: with James N Hutchinson (Glasgow), Eva Rowson and The Bongoleeroes
SUNDAY 25TH MAY
Fuse and Golden Cabinet Present at Fuse Art Space, 5-7 Rawson Place. BD1 3QQ 1pm – Late. FREE 13:00 Fuse DJs 14:00 Robert Millis American sound artist and guitarist (Films) 15:00 Dean McPhee Bingley-based ambient solo guitar Live at Al’s 16:00 Philip Jeck at Al’s Dime Bar, 10 North Parade. BD1 3HT. Experimental composer and artist (Q&A) 2pm – Late. FREE 17:00 Lee Patterson 14:00 Rory Holl Manchester-based sound artist 15:00 Liz and Jade - singer songwriter duo 18:00 Female Band 16:00 Dave McKinley - solo singer songwriter London experimental electronic songs 17:00 Girl Sweat - solo unhinged garage rock 19:30 Philip Jeck 18:00 Do Miss America Bradfordian Americana FRIDAY 23RD MAY 20:30 Robert Millis 22:00 Check Hook 21:30 Marreck 23:00 The Touch - reformed psychedelic pop trio Minimal techno and psychedelic noise Art In Unusual Spaces 22:15 Basic House at Oastler Shopping Centre, John Street, Bradford. M@BU Matinee Abstract techno from Middlesbrough BD1 3SR. 11am – 4pm. FREE at Delius Arts and Cultural Centre, 29 Great Hor- 23:00 Fuse DJs 11am – 4pm Cherry Kino and Polymitas ton Road. BD7 1AA. 3pm – 7pm. FREE Super 8 and 16mm films with live accompaniment 15:15 The Witch Hunt - Dark indie from Leeds Topic Folk Club 16:00 Two Wings at The Sparrow, 32 North Parade. BD1 3JL. 3pm – Sound Shack Records Glaswegian Americana meets British folk 6pm. FREE at The Black Swan, 148 Thornton Road. BD1 2JH. 17:00 Chicaloyoh 15:00 Micky Dey 8pm - 11pm. FREE French solo atmospherics and electronics Solo project from Alt Track man 20:00 The Recurring Nightmare 18:00 Nadja 15:45 Michael Thomas Chater pop punk from Lincolnshire Ambient doomy heaviness from Canada via Berlin Blues folk from Bradford 20:45 Casual Agenda - West Midlands indie. 16:30 Matthew The Horse 21:30 Negative Panda JAZZ ATP Leeds-based artist and poet alternative rock from Cleckheaton. at Glyde House, Glydegate. BD5 0BQ. 17:15 Gerrard Bell-Fife - Bradford alternative folk 22:15 Sentimentalists 7pm - 9pm. FREE gallows humour easy listening. 19:30 Matthew Bourne - World renowned piano Losing The Thread Present + Inspirational Sound DJs. and synth jazz maverick from Riddlesden at 1in12 Club, Albion Street. BD1 2LY. 5pm – 11pm. FREE No Hands Voltage Presents 17:30 Monty Casino - Return of Bradford’s Agit at The New Bradford Playhouse, 4 - 12 Chapel St, at The Tavern In The Town, 5-9 Barry Street, Bradpost-punk Upstarts Little Germany. BD1 5DL. 8pm - 1am. FREE ford. BD1 2AL. 8pm – Late. FREE 18:20 Allusondrugs 20:30 Gurgles 20:15 Dawn of Elysium - Bradfordian goth rock. Castleford alternative rockings Psychedelic pop from Bradford. 20:30 Marry Another - Mancunian folk quintet. 19:15 Cut Yourself in Half 21:15 Koala 21:15 Ironrat - Pantera style riffing from Bradford. Bradford heavy grooving quartet Angular afrobeat indie from Bradford. 22:00 Idiot Box 20:00 Alt Track - Punk / Hip-Hop / Drum and Bass 22:00 Cantaloupe Bradford’s legendary power pop trio. Duo from Bradford Nottingham synth-driven krautdisco. 21:00 Cleft 22:45 Galaxians Black Dogs 10th Birthday Party Instrumental noise-rock duo from Manchester New York Boogie via Leeds DIY scene. at The New Bradford Playhouse, 4 - 12 Chapel St, 22:00 Black Moth - Leeds Sabbath-soaked garage 23:30 DJ Scotch Bonnet Little Germany. BD1 5DL. 8pm - 1am. FREE on New Heavy Sounds Bass heavy electro from Berlin’s DJ Scotch Egg 20:30 Polymitas + No Hands DJs. Berlin/Bradford music and film collaboration Trainer Trouble vs Bosh! Closing Party 21:30 Rattle at The New Bradford Playhouse, 4 - 12 Chapel St, Dual drums and vocals from Nottingham Little Germany. BD1 5DL. 8pm - 2am. FREE 22:15 Snack Family - London-based filthy blues 21:00 Tough Crowd- Live Hip Hop from Freyed 23:00 Nisennenmondai Knot members Japanese instrumental post punk disco trio 22:00 Crinkle Cuts - Bristol 8-piece Ska party + Black Dogs exhibition, performances + DJs, Breakdancing and more. and interventions Line-ups, running order and stage times subject to change. Check website for up to date info.