Beatrice Dillon & Keith Harrison present Ecstatic Material – Caustic Coastal (Salford) 7:30pm
A live, experimental, collaborative performance from “two original figures from their respective fields”, musician/producer Beatrice Dillon and visual artist Keith Harrison. Sound meets sculpture in real time, as part of the 4th Outlands Network UK tour.
Freeport – University of Salford, MediaCityUK (Salford Quays) – ongoing until Saturday
From Abandon Normal Devices festival, this commission was initially intended for Manchester Airport, picture the slightly more approachable/accessible Uni campus as ‘Terminal MCR’ with artworks, talks and screenings from international artists such as N-Prolenta and !Mediengruppe. Subjects range from cryptocurrency to (digital) citizenship. Expect fascinating-as-ever programming from AND. Free all week.
Wednesday 13th February
Rob Heron & Tea Pad Orchestra – Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Reputable ‘North Eastern Swing’ combo highlight jazz’s early 20th century American highlights.
Spine presents Arma Agharta, Territorial Gobbing, President Business – Factory Kitchen – 8pm
Ultimate alternative Valentines from the Lonesaw extended industrial music family, featuring Lithuanian high-speed noise, quasi-improvised big-band biz, and a drone act from Leeds. Upstairs at IWF, 25 Carlton Street.
Free R&R with Mincemeat, Vee VV, and Malfeasance – Sound Basement – 8pm
Alternatively, join the free rock and roll punk party on Duke Street, showcasing some truly outsider computer music from the opener.
Deep Cuts: Eli Smart, COW, Silver Linings, Heavy North, Dan Disgrace – Jacaranda Phase One – 7pm
A spread of five eclectic live acts from across the pop-musical spectrum as we’ve come to expect from the Get Into This tastemakers. Pure song-writing talent (Eli Smart) rubs shoulders with out-rock jam band antics (COW; Dan Disgrace), dive bar blues (Heavy North), and sizzling dissonance (Silver Linings). Note: at Jacaranda’s second premises – 40 Seel Street.
Seatbelts, Strawberry Guy, Sara Wolff, Roy – 81 Renshaw Street – 7:30pm
Well worth catching bizzarro bedroom psych-pop kid Strawberry Guy playing before the headliner, the re-jigged Hooton Tennis Club project.
Leon Vynehall – Meraki – 10pm
A pick from a while back, this electronic music producer’s own records have an imperceptible, gradually-building brilliance that is frequently reflected in his undulating DJ sets, all the more so given LV will play from start to finish (4am!), as part of his DJ-Kicks tour.
Nekk-Fest 2.0 – Drop the DumBulls Gallery – 8:30pm
Ultra alt. alternative V-day with fast, fun and funny music from the likes of local d-beat/crust-punk sender-uppers DAD. Expect the usual hyper-self-parodying brilliance from DtDB.
Wednesday 27 February - DAM – Constellations – 7:30pm
Palestinian hip-hop group who rose to prominence in the ‘90s as the first Middle Eastern act of their ilk to ‘break through’ to a wider, global audience, fusing Arabic rhythmic and melodic material with rapped Arabic verse. Opening act DJ Sotusura has been pro-active in the Middle Eastern hip-hop scene for some 15 years. 16+ permitted with guardian.
Saturday 23rd Feb – Omar Souleyman (re-scheduled) – 7pm
Postponed previously from 9th of the month, Syria's original 'acid Arab' with wedding singer flair for the club. 24 Kitchen Street, 10pm finish, Jacques Malchance and Giovanna (SisBis) on world-aware DJ supports.
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.