What's On Northwest 13-20 Aug: Tor Ist Das! + more

Zap by Simon Jay Catling | 13 Aug 2015
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1. MUSIC | Tor Ist Das!
Various venues, Todmorden. Fri 14-Sun 16 Aug, times vary, £12 (£20 weekend) here 

Todmorden’s a pleasant place to visit even at the quietest of times, so consider a trip to the hilly Yorkshire town for Tor Ist Das! festival, taking place all weekend. Helmed by promoters Was Ist Das, the three-day lineup features, among others, acclaimed Northeast troubadour Richard Dawson (pictured), Nurse With Wound’s Andrew Liles and violin supremo Laura Cannell. See what else has made our Festival Watch for this month.
2. FOOD | City of Industry
Northern Monk Brewery, Leeds, Fri 14-Sun 16 Aug, times and prices vary here 

There's a melting pot of fine music, beer and food to be had at Northern Monk Brewery this weekend, with Fingathing, local label Hide & Seek Records, Cloudwater Brew Co and street food sensation Bundobust among the names signed up for a three-day party that will also see the launch of a new exhibition curated by Drew Millward and Colours May Vary, which will run for two weeks.
3. MUSIC | Manchester Popfest
Various venues, Manchester. Sat 15-Sun 16 Aug, times and prices vary here 

Set to delight fans of festivals like Indietracks, Manchester Popfest makes its debut, taking over the shortly-to-close Kraak on Saturday and Islington Mill on Sunday. Our pick of the bill is either London-based fuzz pop troupe Slowcoaches or grunge group Pega Monstro, newly signed to Upset the Rhythm and with a giddily enjoyable new album to boot. Pick of the locals comes in the form of surf poppers Former Bullies.
4. MUSIC | In Light of Sound
Secret venue, Salford. Wed 19 Aug, 7pm, £4 here 

The fact that In Light of Sound's mysterious venue has the same postcode as the former Sways Bunker (once home to Money, Bernard + Edith et al) is interesting enough, never mind an intriguing music lineup featuring the French industrial-punk of Terrine and psychedelic meanderings from The Swamps, among others. Visual art comes courtesy of Zoe McLean, Rik Warren, Giedre Degutyte and Hannah Jeffs. Watch the Facebook page and website for more details.
5. CLUBS | The Scarecrow Sessions
The Kazimier Garden, Liverpool. Sat 15 Aug, 7pm, £2 OTD 

The sort of event that the Kaz Garden was made for, The Scarecrow Sessions return for one final summer party with another host of reputable crate diggers and DJs. Heading up the bill is Tenderlonious, who runs and releases on 22a Music – which can boast limited vinyl-only releases from the likes of Al Dobson Jr, Mo Kolours, Henry Wu and Reginald Omas Mamode IV, among others. 
6. THEATRE | Stuff
Lantern Theatre, Liverpool. Fri 14 Aug, 7.30pm, £10.50 here 

Stuff returns for another UK tour after receiving plaudits galore on its last run in 2014. The story revolves around Toby and Jess Matthews, who are unable to conceive children. One night an old school friend suggests they use his frozen “stuff” to become parents, in a tale of life, death, family, friendship and everything in between. Read our thoughts on its 2014 showing at 24:7 festival.
7. MUSIC | The Horse Loom
Bold Street Coffee, Liverpool. Sat 15 Aug, 7.30pm, £2 OTD 

Founded by Jason Stoll of veteran Liverpudlian psych heroes Mugstar, God Unknown Records is a small scale label well worth keeping your eye on, with Gnod, Acid Mothers Temple, White Hills and Oneida among those featuring across a series of split singles. This week God Unknown are turning their attentions to the live arena, putting on The Horse Loom, brainchild of Steven Malley and combining the traditions of classic folk music with avant-garde acoustic guitar.
8. ART | Down in the Dumps
Cactus, Liverpool. Sat 15 Aug-Sun 13 Sep, times vary, Free

Down in the Dumps is a new exhibition by Doug Bowen, a 2014 graduate of Leeds Metropolitan (now Beckett) University. Bowen attempts to explore ideas around language, visual signifiers and perception across a variety of techniques, particularly focusing on the wider impact of simple gestures. He's a previous resident at The Hepworth in Wakefield, and has appeared as part of group shows at Manchester's Rogue Studios and TOAST, among others.
9. BOOKS | Swaggerjack Publication Launch
Islington Mill, Salford. Wed 19 Aug, 6pm, Free 

Following on from former This Heat man Charles Hayward, Swaggerjack are bringing the final stage of their Samarbeta-commissioned residency at Islington Mill to a close. The duo – John Powell-Jones and Sacred Tapes founder Callum Higgins – locked themselves into the Mill venue space to create a record without influence, one copy of which sits in the British Library Sound Archives. Tonight marks the launch of their publication that they produced during the process.
10. EVENTS | Levy Cycling Tour
Various, Manchester. Sat 15 Aug, 9.45am, £2 here

An initiative to open up 'The Fallowfield Loop,' the off-road urban route that connects Chorlton to Levenshulme, the Levy Cycling Tour takes place this Saturday, aiming to connect neighbouring suburbs and enable the discovery of the hidden gems of Levenshulme. Anyone worried about whether they'd have the puff for it, fear not – the Loop is simultaneously one of the lovelier and easier routes to cycle in Manchester.
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