Sounds From The Other City

April 26, 2017

4 DAYS TO GO: Introducing 2000 AD, The White Hotel afterparty & an interview with Austin Collings

With 4 days to go til SFTOC, we thought we’d try to shed some more light on one of the most exciting (and worrying?) aspects of this year’s Sounds – The White Hotel’s takeover of The Kings Arms, with Austin Colling’s 2000 AD being the basis of this whole-venue all-day experience. We’re also pleased to announce that the party will be carrying on long into the night, with venue hosting their own after-party. Find out more below:

Upstairs in the bar there is the full band line up, curated by The White Hotel, featuring: GO AWAY, SEVERAL WIVES, THE DEATH OF MONEY, VACUUMORPH, JACK LADDER, THE REBEL, JUPITER-C, BLOOD SPORT, SPACE AFRIKA

The downstairs bar is the hub of Austin Collings 2000AD happenings, where Vendel and Nova set the scene from behind the decks in the SWENDAB bar. All day long. You don’t want to miss it.

Intermittent and timed performances happen throughout the day in the basement with MONK, PSYCHIC SISTER PSUEDO SEANCE BAND, MAEVE RENDLE’S 9 VICTIMS, WORM’S LAST STAND & CLOUD 9 TO CLOUD GUTTER: THE LIFE & LIES OF WHITE HOTELIER all involved.

Upstairs in the studio there is an all day installation by Ben Jackson entitled: Stills From A Road Movie Entitled Desolation.

Throughout the day expect lonesome piano, roving performance and whole host of unsavoury characters taking us all the way around to 2000AD

We’re also very happy to announce that once the day comes to an end, 2000 AD will be holding it’s own after-party at The White Hotel entitled – 2000AD: The Beakend
Featuring Nova, Vendel and special guest Conor Thomas – might end at some point, anything might happen – who knows!

We spoke to the man behind 2000 AD Austin Collings – White Hotel collaborator, the author of The Myth of Brilliant Summers, and a writer that the Quietus once described as “writing with unbridled panache and guttersnipe brio, Collings channels and hones the boozy spirits of Jonathan Rendall and Alasdair Gray” – about what to expect on the day.

Hi Austin – how’s your day gone so far?

Terrible. The storm clouds gathered and drenched me to the bone. I woke with the taste of dead animals in my mouth after another epic foodless weekend. Mate of mine broke her nose and now looks like Owen Wilson via Raging Bull. She is due to perform on Sunday as well. Let the damage begin.

Right, so, straight to business – what should be expect from 2000 AD on Sunday? We’ve been telling people it is “a work of fragmented and demented musical-theatre” – what kind of mindset should we have?

My mate Liam Power from the Scouse band By The Sea has added an astonishing Vangelis/OMD/Tricky-80s-horror-film-like soundscape to the voiceover narration that will be played into the pub at regular intervals. We’ve named it BLADE JOGGER. That’s what you should expect. Desperate confidence: that sickly excitement when you first get into drink and can’t wait to finish work on Friday: the bitterflies. I’m also screening a short movie/cine-poem that I’ve made with a mate called CHERRY starring a winged monkey called BREXIT – you get the gist. 3 actors have dropped out out the production due to the content. Their thin skins couldn’t handle it.

The Kings Arms is being split into 4 separate stages for the day – how crucial is experiencing them all to understanding the work?

You have to absorb all of them in great detail. No bottling it. Just be prepared to lose your mind. WARNING: CONTAINS LANGUAGE.

The basement in particular is of interest, with intermittent performances from a range of artists – could you tell us a little more about that?

The basement is actually a re-enactment of the sounds of a mass-murder that once happened there in 1955. The death of SPONSORED MONSTERS

Is there anything from the day you’re particularly looking forward to?

I can’t wait for it to end. I’m hoping it’s our last day on earth. What a way to go, necking a BECKS with a WINGED MONKEY called BREXIT.

After Sounds is over, what else have you and The White Hotel got going on?

I’m going to find some young pyromaniacs to burn TWH down

Anything else you’d like to add?



The White Hotel & Austin Collings take over The Kings Arms at SFTOC this Sunday.

Final warning for SFTOC tickets – we’re going to be sold out ahead of the festival. If you want to party on April 30th, you need to be fast:
Physical tickets are also available at Common Bar, King Arms, Old Pint Pot, Islington Mill, The Font Chorlton (all booking fee free) & Piccadilly Records.