PUSSY RIOT SENTENCING COMMEMORATION FESTIVAL

SUNDAY 18 AUG

3-11.30pm

SOPHIE DELILA: Sophie is our Sunday 18 August headliner. The high-energy London-based French performer boasts a successful music career, having performed as a member of French electro pop collective Nouvelle Vague, collaborated with the likes of Plan B and Nouvelle Star (French Pop Idol) winner Christophe Willem, and written for Duffy, and now she’s on the verge of releasing her third solo album. Expect a bit of jazz, funk, electro, pop and disco and get your dance shoes on!

WITCH HUNT: This Leeds-based duo of Louisa Osborn and Chris Mulligan have been gathering buzz with their recent standout sets at Liverpool Sound City and Live at Leeds, and are now due to impress at Sheffield’s Tramlines festival. Self-produced track and second single “Crawl” is hauntingly beautiful, with Louisa’s angelic voice melding with swirling guitars and sinister lyrics. Think black magic, dreamlike and captivating – if you like lilting guitar sounds that wash over you with sensuality, this is the band for you. In Chris’ own words: “We’re a bit like the Dead Weather, The Kills, PJ Harvey and Queens of the Stone Age put together” – YES.

ROUGHNECK RIOT: This stunning 6-piece from Warrington have everything a great band needs. Their contemporary hardcore folk-punk sound will blow the stage as they “generate a steam-rolling wall of melodic noise that hits you like a right hook” (R2/Rock’n’Reel Magazine). Often compared to The Pogues and The Levellers, with a dash of The Clash and Johnny Cash, not only will they blow your musical socks off, but they’ll put a smile on your face and fill the venue with the kind of powerful raw energy that the north of England is famous for.

MINUTE TAKER: Manchester-based songwriter/producer Ben McGarvey’s 2008 debut solo album “Too Busy Framing” was described by Manchester Evening News as “bursting with beautiful acoustic melodies and hooks” while follow-up “Last Things” (released April 2013) adopted a more expansive approach, drawing comparisons to James Blake, Bat For Lashes, Grimes, Björk and Thom Yorke – “a beautiful collection of electronic-orientated pop songs” (Notion).

ECHO BOOM GENERATION: This London-based energetic rock trio is fronted by Kate Nash’s lead guitarist Linda Buratto. Classic rock meets grunge with EBG, named after those born in the 80s and 90s – passionate daydreamers witnessing an era where technology makes anything possible while challenges increase. Get ready to headbang along with Linda, Abbe-Lee and Callum.

ILL: This Manchester five-piece band are roaring to go. With a strong feminist ethic, ILL have been known to indulge in the use of metal cod pieces, the sawing of nail clad limbs, bandaged bodies and explosive vocals to punch their messages home. With a mix of structured and spontaneous compositions, they’re taking no prisoners at this event. “ILL have a harsh Faust flavour that borders on the industrial… great music with a wayward edge. And yes, you can still dance to it.” (Cath Aubergine)

HEALD PLACE: This Manchester band is made up of musicians that love to jam, playing regularly at parties and gatherings at the legendary Heald Place, as well as hosting their own jam nights. Improvised sounds that will get your toes a-tapping, hearts a-pounding and fingers a-clicking.

BAD GRAMMAR: Formed in the hazy summer of 2012, this Manchester duo will dazzle you with their fuzzy riff-infused pop-style jams. The two-piece consisting of Ben Forrester (guitar/vocals) and Lucy Brown (drums) have so far shared the stage with bands such as Dinosaur Pile-Up, The Computers and Wet Nuns. With their new EP set to drop in October, plus being hyped up by John Kennedy on XFM & Huw Stephens on 6 Music, these guys are set to impress you on en route to big things.

ROBOT//ALIEN: This noise pop “urchin” from Manchester plays music in a similar vein to Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, The Cure, MBV and The Beatles. Featuring regularly on 6 Music and recently playing a BBC Introducing Session, RoBoT//aLiEn has just released 17-track debut album “You’re The Problem That Will Not Go Away” combining short lo-fi songs of different genres. Their live noise performance by Robot Alien and Alec Splatt consists of songs from the album interspersed with swelling distortions and odd soundbites.

LIVESTOCK JIHAD: Energy. Sleaze. Passion. A door slams in your face with all the grace of a thousand smacks before. So when you sidestep the menial grunts, you want to see or hear a band that makes your spine have a way of shocking the eyes wide open. While you were waiting for this, this band was sitting right beside you. Livestock Jihad are not a polemic petty cry for your gaze; they are a scream for you to join them – a scream for things that must change.

CIRQUE DU MANC MISTRESSES: This Manchester all-girl neo-burlesque and circus performance troupe are The Cirque du Manc’s sexy circus sideshow escapees. Getting you hot under the collar, these saucy stocking-clad vixens push the boundaries of burlesque performance, their bold fire performances featuring in music videos. With acts ranging from cheesecake burlesque to dark & dirty dubstep striptease, think beautiful and bizarre, weird and wonderful, surreal, fetishistic, kinky and daring!

CHERIE BEBE: The North West’s sultriest burlesque performer, she has performed for a wide range of burlesque evenings, festivals (Kendal Calling, Frank Fest) and corporate parties (Hervia Bazaar, Joe Corre (Agent Provocateur creator), SJM, Illamasqua). Cherie Bebe recently played one of the Raymond Revue Girls in “The Look of Love” feature film starring Steve Coogan, and also has a monthly residency at Thomas Restaurant and Bar, Manchester every last Thursday of the month.

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