Two of our favourite promoters from Manchester who have been involved with the festival in various guises over the years, we’re pleased to be welcoming back Wot God Forgot and Grey Lantern. Hosting their stage at The Old Pint Pot – the location famously drank dry a few years back – it promises to be one of the highlights of day. Both specialising in the best in new music mixed with the finest in established acts as well, we’re proud to reveal the first two names from the line-up as…
Described as “amazing” by Savages after supporting them in Osaka earlier this year, and also a favourite of Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Japanese noise trio ZZZ’s exist brilliantly on the blurred edges of the familiar and alien. Steeped in Western post-punk and new wave influences, the three-piece take those recognised troupes and twist and distort them beyond all comprehension, throwing back out an artfully mangled mix of scything guitars and sharded distortion that clatter against their industrial backdrops. Formed in 2011, the group’s early EPs, Magnetica and Prescription, are two colossal blasts of 21st century rock vehemence – get ready to have your senses scrambled by your new favourite band.
Signed to hugely-respected indie Fire Records in Britain, Argentinian trio Las Kellies’ music has always had a connection to our island, with guitarist Ceci, bassist Sofi and drummer Sil raising themselves on a diet of the more open-minded UK post-punk bands of the 70’s, including the Slits and The Raincoats, while growing up in Buenos Aires. In keeping with those influences, the group’s own direction has also stepped outside the expected minimalism and guitar squall of their sound, taking in dub and hip-hop influences as they’ve expanded their oeuvre over four distinctive full-lengths. Capable of both raw aggression and shimmering finesse, Las Kellies are a fascinating curveball that’s crash landed into the heart of the Pint Pot line-up.
MORE NAMES TO BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW