THE WEEK AHEAD
This week we're torn between craning our heads skywards to bask in that lovely summer sun, or gazing down at our feet to behold the masterpiece recently painted on The Skinny Northwest HQ's floor. We're like, totally floating on a galaxy here folks – thanks to Hayley at Dirty Work. The theme this week seems to be bat crap crazy and downright weird – we've got Electronic Voice Phenomena experimenting with new media, and Public Service Broadcasting delivering a blast from the past through technology of the future. And finally, the Yiiikes! collective just introduced the word 'Snotboobs' into our vocabulary, and for that we are very grateful.
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Sat 11 May, 11pm, £7 here
By day he's studying for a PhD in the neuroscience of pain (!), by night he's a formidable DJ/producer, and he also happens to be one of the driving forces behind Eglo Records: young pup Sam Shepherd basically puts the rest of us to shame with his enviable credentials. Catch him in Soup Kitchen basement on Saturday where he'll be playing a strictly vinyl set under his Floating Points moniker, joined by Manchester's Kelvin Brown.
Thu 16 May, 6pm, Free
For their debut installation exhibition, the Yiiikes! collective will be taking us on a gross-out journey into The Glowing World of... Snotboobs and the Severed Toe. They're all set to transform Islington Mill into their alternate reality of nightmarish scenarios told through sculpture, painting and performance. Expect garish colours, knitted eyeballs and plenty of glow-in-the-dark stuff. And snotboobs, whatever those are.
Fri 10 May, 8pm, £10 here
In a rare and unmissable event, Steven Severin – one of the founding members of Siouxsie and the Banshees – will be dropping by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation to give a performance of his electronic score to the 1920s silent horror filmThe Cabinet of Dr Caligari. Support comes from live soundtracking heavyweights Ears in Excellent Condition, formerly known as The Otto Show – they'll be performing soundtracks for Cinderella (1922) and The Death-Feigning Chinaman (1928), two short silhouette animations by German director Lotte Reiniger.
Wed 15 May, 7.30pm, £10 here
Corduroy-clad J. Willgoose, Esq. and his drumming mate Wrigglesworth pitch up in The Kazimier for one of their experimental/wonky sample sets. In an educational and entertaining show, all beamed through vintage TV sets and modern projectors, the pair layer up old public service announcements, archive footage and propaganda films with live instrumental performances on drums, guitar and banjo, and electronic loops thrown in for good measure. They'll also be hitting Sound Control in Manchester on Tue 14 May.
Fri 10 May, 11pm, £10 here
We're excited for Cannibal Run
, a new night brought to you by the same people behind Scenery Records, whose Stu Robinson
we recently caught up with as he outlined his plans for the label and night at KRAAK
: you can read all about that here
. The inaugural event sees Liverpool's John Heckle and the London-based Neville Watson topping the bill, with support from Deep Space Orchestra and Robinson himself under his ASOK moniker.
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Just over a year on from their performance at Sounds from the Other City 2012, Vondelpark return to the Mill with their new self-produced album, Seabed. The Peckham-based trio are still making lush, layered, leftfield electonica and attracting a fair bit of attention as they go. Support comes from Yes Blythe, aka Callum Higgins, who recently released album Keep the Faith through Baptists and Bootleggers; and you can get down early to catch Higgins' latest installation exhibition, Development 3, where he'll be turning light into sound – more on that here.
Wed 15 May, 7pm, £10 (£7) here
Occupying a unique space somewhere between literature and technology, Electronic Voice Phenomena
is a collaborative multimedia project by design agency Mercy and literary arts producer/independent publisher Penned in the Margins, taking its name from Konstantin Raudive’s experiments with electronic noise and voices from the other side. It’s part-séance, part glitch-cabaret, with live performances from synth-loving pop bunch Outfit, and others. There will also be a performance at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation
in Manchester on Wed 22 May
Sat 11 May, 12pm, Free
The Imaginarium is a first-time outing for the Wild Writers – a group of 13 Liverpool-based writers from a variety of disciplines – and they've lined up a whole day of events, taking over Drop the Dumbells with their literary prints and poetic projections. The exhibition will also include a campfire setting (for story writing and telling), a poet shaving her head while reciting a poem about baldness, a play with a puppeteer and a poetry vending machine.
Thu 9 May, 7.30pm, Free
Rodge Glass launches his latest book, LoveSexTravelMusik, with a little help from his friends at Freight Books and Bad Language. The collection of short stories – centred around the EasyJet generation and the advent of low cost air travel – has already been long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Glass will be joined by Bad Language buddies David Gaffney and Anneliese Mackintosh.
Fri 10 and Sat 11 May, 7.30pm, £8 (£5) here
A one-woman show presented by the BYOB Theatre Group – which stands for Be Your Own Banana, not that thing you were thinking of – Raccoon will be staged in The Bluecoat cafe, where the audience will meet Sarah (Natasha Williams), a twenty-something waitress waiting for her life to begin. A chance encounter with a mysterious stranger forces her to reconsider her past, present and future – through comic intervention and a touch of creative storytelling.
T in the Park tickets: We've got one pair of weekend camping tickets and return travel to this year's T in the Park – where you can catch the likes of Frightened Rabbit, CHVRCHES (pictured), Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kraftwerk, and a good tonne more – to give away. Closes 31 May. Enter here.
Knockengorroch tickets: This May, Knockengorroch brings hippy-styled, Celtic fun to Galloway once more – with the likes of Asian Dub Foundation, Rebel MC, and Disraeli and the Small Gods in tow. And we've got a pair of tickets to give away! Closes 19 May. Enter here.
RockNess tickets: One lucky reader can win exclusive VIP tickets to this year's RockNess, where the likes of Example, Plan B, and Basement Jaxx bring the musical delights, alongside a cast of comics including Dylan Moran. Closes 17 May. Enter here.
Beacons Festival tickets: Beacons Festival returns to to the Yorkshire Dales for a second time this August, bringing with 'em a healthy line-up with the likes of Django Django, Fucked Up, and Bonobo. Closes 31 May. Enter here.
Fireball Party Pack: Spicy cinnamon whisky your thing? Good. Our chums at Fireball are giving away a party pack complete with branded shot glasses, t-shirts, bar blades, a bottle of the good stuff, and more. Closes 31 May. Enter here.
Blondie tickets: Icons of music, style and punk-pop culture Blondie are heading back to the UK for the first time since 2011, and we've got a pair of tickets up for grabs for their gig at the O2 Academy Liverpool on Tuesday 18 June. Closes 11 June. Enter here.
Skinny On Tour: This month The Skinny Northwest took a research trip to the home of its sister publication. If you think you know where that is, enter your guess to be in with the chance of winning a copy of Things That Are by Amy Leach, one of the latest releases from our pals at Canongate Books. Closes 31 May. Enter here.