Future Everything – Music

Music programme announced for FutureEverything 2011
May 11-14, 2011

Now in its sixteenth year, Manchester’s FutureEverything festival has announced yet another original and eclectic music programme for May.

The music strand profiles musical pioneers and ground-breaking talent, with gigs across the city and a festival-long music hub at the Umbro Design Space in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.The music strand sits alongside a packed four-day long programme of art, ideas, innovation and conference.

FutureEverything’s vision is to bring artists from around the world as well to play at a variety of venues ranging from the iconic St Philips Church in Salford, to the Royal Northern College of Music, to smaller venues such as the Ruby Lounge and Islington Mill.

Future Everything also works along side some of Manchester’s most hip and happening nights such as Micron, Selective Hearing and Drumclinic.

This year’s key highlights:

Rob Da Bank live soundtrack to King Kong (1933)
When: Friday, May 13
Venue: RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music)
Doors: 7.30pm
Price: £10
FutureEverything are delighted to announce Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank will be at the festival, performing live his alternative soundtrack to the original 1933 film King Kong. Previously aired on BBC 4 last December, this will be the first time that Rob Da Bank has performed this to a live audience.

An evening with Steve Reich + RNCM Chamber Ensemble
When: Thursday, May 12
Venue: RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music)
Doors: 7.30pm
Price: £30
GRAMMY award winner and Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for 2008, Steve Reich has been called ‘America’s greatest living composer’ (The Village Voice),
‘…the most original musical thinker of our time’ (The New Yorker) and ‘…among the great composers of the century’ (The New York Times).

For this unique event, the composer performs Clapping Music, speaks in conversation with the RNCM’s Dr David Horne, and introduces a programme of his most acclaimed works, including Electric Counterpoint, Eight Lines, Cello Counterpoint and Different Trains.

Black Heart Procession
When: Thursday, May 12
Venue: St Philip’s Church, Salford
Doors: 7.30pm
Price: £13.50 adv
Formed in late 1997 in San Diego, the Black Heart Procession have been described as beautifully bleak and brooding indie rock with a dark side. Lyrically touching on the melancholy side of human nature, the five-piece band are appropriately named given its themes of isolation, depression and heartache.

Gang Gang Dance
When: Wednesday, May 11
Venue: The Ruby Lounge
Doors: 7.30pm
Price: £11 adv
Gang Gang Dance emerged out of the same underground Brooklyn scene as Animal Collective, Black Dice and TV on the Radio. Their live performances create a wild energy that becomes addictive.

Warpaint
When: Saturday, May 14
Venue: Gorilla
Doors: 8pm – 2am
Price: £15 adv
Warpaint are one of the most hotly tipped musical acts of 2011. The Los Angeles all-girl experimental art rock quartet recently featured on the cover of music magazine NME. Since their release of the debut EP Exquisite Corpse, they have toured with Vampire Weekend and Mercury award-winners The XX.

65daysofstatic live soundtrack to Silent Running (1971)
When: Saturday, May 14
Venue: RNCM Concert Hall
Doors: 7.30pm
Price: £11 adv
With their layered, intense barrages of sounds and textures, 65daysofstatic fuse keyboards, drum samples, angry post-rock guitars and gritty synth noise to create headphone-hungry, cinematic soundscapes for the digital age.

With their music used as the score for the Radio 4 adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five earlier this year, the band now create an original 90-minute score for Douglas Trumbull’s science fiction classic Silent Running.

Fucked Up
When: Thursday, May 12
Venue: Islington Mill
Doors: 7.30pm
Price: £10.50 adv
Fucked Up stray far from the standard template of four-four punk stomp, incorporating extended instrumental workouts, unusual arrangements and lengthy experimental passages along with the furious guitars and ranting vocals. While Fucked Up have paid homage on record to pioneering anarchist movements and creative and political troublemakers of all stripes, they’ve also flirted with fascist images and obscure mysticism in a bid to puzzle and confront their audiences.

Das Racist
When: Friday, May 13
Venue: Roadhouse
Doors: 8pm
Price: £7 adv
This show sees the UK debut by Das Racist, a weed-edge/hare Krishna hardcore/art-rap/freak-folk music trio based in Brooklyn, New York.

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