Futuresonic 2005 – Manchester (part 1)

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Futuresonic is an International Festival of Electronic Music and Media Arts held in Manchester 22nd – 24th July. Its in 3 strands:
Two nights of headline electronica acts at Bridgewater Hall;
EVNT Showcase – 30 free music and multimedia events.;
Low Grade – exhibition, workshop, symposium, music night.
Its mostly free and a pre-ordered wristband allowed me easy access and reduced prices to all the events.

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I missed the Thursday night launch party and all the Friday events but I knew it was going to be a good weekend when I arrived in Manchester and it wasn’t even raining! Then I spotted Christopher Eccleston (former Dr Who) at Piccadilly station and I was staying in this freaky hotel in Tib St. so was ideally placed for all the Northern Quarter activities. The hotel claims to have been modernised. Yeh, right, maybe it was in 1960.

So Saturday evening/night was spent hopping from one Northern Quarter venue to another and back again.
No visuals sadly apart from the splendid artwork by Lindsey Casson on the walls of The Common bar (which coincidentally features in this weeks Guardian Guide). Various ‘Twisted Nerve’ people were performing here, live & DJ’s. Also ‘Ghettoblast’ at Cord, Tax Records at Centro then back to Common for Fat City. Then onto the Roadhouse and finally at midnight ‘That Amazing Thing!‘ at a ‘secret venue’ which turned out to be the smallest club in town, didn’t stop long. Met plenty of nice people on the way including a gang with Lomo cameras – the Manchester Lomography group – who were covering the whole festival. Looking forward to seeing the results.