Saturday, 3 June 2017
Electronic Blitz in Hebden Bridge
Fans of electronic music are in for a treat as Hebden Bridge Arts Festival have booked some of the UK’s most exciting acts.
DJ Rusty Egan
Legendary Blitz Club DJ Rusty Egan is playing a rare Northern DJ set after The KIngdom Come audio-visual performance, and sets by U.V. and Hebden Bridge's Pete Duggal, at the Trades Club on Saturday 24 June.
Egan was at the heart of the New Romantic movement playing tracks from early electronic pioneers like Kraftwerk at their Blitz Club headquarters before going on to form Visage with Midge Ure scoring a worldwide hit with the electro pop classic Fade to Grey.
He will be on the decks after Gazelle Twin’s audio visual show which is inspired by J.G Ballard’s final novel as they explore tribalism, social conditioning and fascism in a contemporary landscape.
The Gazelle Twin show (pictured right) was originally commissioned for the influential Future Everything festival. but local electronic music producer and composer Pete Duggal was determined to bring it to Hebden Bridge.
"I went to see Gazelle Twin's Ballard inspired audio visual set at Manchester Art Gallery, and the combination of sound, music, performance and visuals was intense, powerful and utterly hypnotic," recalls Pete.
"Last year I was invited to perform with Kraftwerk's Wolfgang Flur live at the Seventh Wave Festival in Birmingham where I met Rusty Egan who gave a talk on music, life and his experiences that was wild, funny and sad. Rusty played a number of his own pioneering pieces of work - many of which were 'classics' that I had enjoyed for many years, but I hadn't even realised they were his.
"When the opportunity arose to curate a night for the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, I put together a wishlist and these were the two artists at the top of the list, so It is a real honour to bring them both together on the same bill."
As an extra treat Rusty Egan is doing a special Question & Answer session at 6pm on June 24 for 30 ticket holders who can apply to join the event.
The same night the Minerva Scientifica Electric Voice Theatre stage the Superwomen of Science celebrating the achievements of pioneering UK female scientists.
Thanks to TV stars like Professor Brian Cox science is now a hugely popular subject, and Frances M Lynch stars in a show that uses music ancient and modern to tell the stories of some remarkable female scientists that have changed our lives with their discoveries.
Minutes Taker describes his work as folkatronic as he joins forces with animation artist Ana Stefaniak to create to Love Somebody Melancholy which take over the historic Wainsgate Chapel on Sunday 25 June.
The duo will take people through the highs and lows of the creative process using projected films set to live piano driven songs packed with ethereal harmonies and a range of synthesisers.
Electronic music will also feature in The Political Power of Music presented by former Faithless and Dido guitarist Dave Randall (pictured right) in Drink? Bar on Wednesday 29 June.
Dave also worked with Sinead O’Conner, and he will be using examples from Beethoven to Beyoncé to pose the question - how can music serve the interests of the many, rather than that of few?
Full details of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival programme can be found here. Tickets can be booked at the Town Hall Monday to Friday from 10am – 4pm.
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Sights and Sounds of water (17 May)
Free family fun for all (5 May)
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Blue plaques for everyday heroes (8 March)
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Open Evening - where the first big name will be announced (21 Feb)
Festivals team up for Open Weekend (23 Jan)
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Arts Festival thanks HebWeb (14 July)