3rd – 6th March, various venues, Leeds.
Is something wrong with live music? There seems to be a preference of late towards massive bands deploying huge touring operations around expensive venues. The collapse in the recorded music market means, so we are told, that gig tickets will have to be more expensive; the rise in VAT means that your drink will be verging on the precipice of a fiver.
Or maybe not. The British Wildlife Festival, a brilliant, independently-run event that’s now in its fifth year in Leeds, will be treating discerning music fans to an exciting weekend of wonderful new noise from around the world. The whole weekend will cost you £12, and for that you get to watch about 30 bands in a host of reasonably-priced drinking holes.
Among the highlights are the incredible ‘instrumental noisenik’ Three Trapped Tigers: the sound of Aphex Twin and Squarepusher being forced through guitars, drums and keyboards. Japanese chiptune/gabba producer DJ Scotch Egg will also be appearing, as both himself and with his Drum Eyes project (crowdsurfing, strobe-wielding, sonic maniacs).
Calmer moments feature Leeds’ own Serious Sam Barrett, fresh from SXSW 2010 and purveyor of a unique blend of Yorkshirecana. More of the city’s talent will be on show courtesy of electro-punks Beards, math-rockers Vessels and ear-wreckers That F***ing Tank, whose name will ensure that they avoid the Christmas #1 spot for a while.
Mark it in your diaries!
Tickets are on sale now at Jumbo Records, Crash Records and via the web.