Sensoria launches its 2015 Programme

Feature by News Team | 20 Aug 2015

“We want to bring audiences unique and amazing experiences,” says Sensoria festival director Jo Wingate, and with the programme for its eighth edition, announced today, they look to have delivered.

The cinema highlight of the genre-spanning festival of film and music looks to be B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989, a vibrant doc which recreates the music and art scene of West Berlin during its punky 80s heyday. Our guide to the city’s trashy post-punk scene is Manchester-born musician and record producer Mark Reeder, who we see in archive clips, scratchy Super 8 and convincing reconstructions which use a lookalike. Reeder will be around for a Q&A following the UK premiere on 25 Sep.

Other film events include a screening of cult gang movie La Haine, which gets the live rescore treatment by Asian Dub Foundation, and Amélie Ravalec’s Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay, a doc investigating the birth of industrial music in the post-industrial cities across Europe and the USA.

Another must attend event looks to be Tim Burgess’s Tim Peaks Diner. Twitter followers of the former Charlatans frontman will be familiar with his virtual coffee joint, from which he dispenses pretend hot beverages every morning and links to tracks on YouTube (aka the diner's jukebox). This live event sees Burgess serving up ‘damn fine coffee’ to the likes of Paddy Considine, who’ll be performing with his band Riding the Low, and author and DJ Dave Haslam.

There’s also plenty of local talent on offer, with Blood Sport, Faerground Accidents and Baba Naga all performing during the festival. Sheffield bands will also be providing to soundtrack to the Great Yorkshire Run on 27 Sep, which is followed by a free concert on the Peace Garden featuring Bang Bang Romeo, Carmen Ghia and the Hotrods, and more.

The eighth edition of Sensoria takes place 25 Sep to 3 Oct in various venues across Sheffield. Tickets are on sale from 20 Aug. See for full details and booking.