September gig previews

Posted by vibrations on 01-09-16

Michael Chapman @ Topic Folk Club, Bradford – Thur 1

Peerless folk singer, songwriter and sometime experimental guitarist Chapman seems to have no intention of slowing down (see below) despite 50 years of being on the road.

Bingley Music Live @ Myrtle Park, Bingley – Fri 2 to Sun 4

Bingley Music Live has carved a niche for itself as a small festival with the feel of a much bigger one, and with the Echo & the Bunnymen, Tinie Tempah and Travis headlining this year they’re sure to attract another big crowd. The likes of Black Grape, The Membranes, Bill Ryder-Jones and Alias Kid provide a varied mix lower down the bill and the Discovery Stage provides a relatively big platform for smaller and newer bands, such as Glass Mountain and Kagoule. More info and full line up here

Carla Bozulich @ Fuse Art Space, Bradford – Sat 10

Bozulich is a bit of a Renaissance woman, with artistic interests that intersect with music, art and literature and a musical career that spans the last two decades, beginning with The Geraldine Fibbers. She has recorded for Montreal collective Constellation over the last decade in a variety of guises and has a massive back catalogue of collaborations and guest appearances with rock, jazz, electronica and avant garde artists and composers. Her last solo album, 2014’s Boy, suggested a cross between P J Harvey and Nick Cave straddling psychedelia, avant folk, noise, ambient and weird primitive country blues. A rare appearance in the UK not to be missed.

Terence Blanchard and The Inner City Ensemble @ New Bradford Playhouse, Bradford – Sat 17

A graduate of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, trumpeter Terence Blanchard has been a key figure in modern US jazz, and this concert is part of a short UK tour featuring an ensemble of young British musicians recruited specifically to play a score composed for this project. The instrumentation and score are set to present a composition that goes beyond what a conventional jazz orchestra would do and this one off event is a must for jazz fans.

Beehoover/Girl Sweat/Unwave/Bronzed @ Chunk, Leeds – Sun 18

German drums and bass duo Beehoover easily surpass the supposed limitations of their chosen format with their inventive, spritely and jagged songs. The Chunk house band supports are pretty neat too, with unpredictable beats and noise from Girl Sweat and angular noise rock from Unwave. Bronzed are new so we’ll have to get along early find out, alright?

Total Inertia @ Wharf Chambers, Leeds Fri 23 to Sun 25

New festival of underground and experimental music featuring a superb line up or contrarians and noisniks. Friday has the utterly fabulous Richard Dawson, supported by Widt, Mik Quantius and The Bongoleeros, while Saturday offers, among others, Vibracathedral Orchestra, FCKN’BSTRDS, and noise rock duo Guttersnipe collaborating with dark cabaret singer Herb Diamante which should be worth the price of admission alone. Sunday includes veteran incendiary sax and drums improvising duo Alan Wilkinson and Paul Hession, along with Secluded Bronte, Bridget Hayden, Core of the Coalman and many others. More info and full line up here

Slamfest 2016 @ Temple of Boom, Leeds – Sat 24

One day overload of death, slam and grind madness from a formidable array of UK (Beef Conspiracy, Foetal Juice, Kastrated, Iniquitous Savagery) and European (Italy’s Indecent Excision, Austria’s VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxC, German goregrinders UxLxCxM) bands, and even one from Israel (Viscera Trail). More details and full line up here

Chantel McGregor @ New Bradford Playhouse, Bradford – Sat 24

Home town gig for Leeds College of Music graduate McGregor, who has been a permanent fixture on the UK blues circuit for the last few years now. Driving originals and select covers (Hendrix, Sonny Boy Williamson, Joe Bonamassa) showcase a hugely talented guitarist and performer.

Michael Rother @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Tue 27

Since briefly being a member of Kraftwerk in the early 70’s, Michael Rother has forged himself a career as a central figure in experimental music in Germany (NEU! and Harmonia and a string of solo albums) as well as collaborating with a diverse range of other artists (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Mick Harvey, FM Einheit and er, Paul Weller) worldwide. For this gig Rother will be exploring his extensive solo and band works with NEU! and Harmonia.

Revenge of the Mekons @ Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds – Tue 27

Screening of the recently released documentary celebrating legendary Leeds born punks/alt country survivors Mekons. The event is free, or rather pay what you feel on the door, but you’ll need to reserve a ticket in advance because the venue is tiny. More info at

TOR Festival 2016 @ Golden Lion & Todmorden Unitarian Church, Todmorden – Fri 30 Sep to Sun 2 Oct

Todmorden based out there sounds promoter TOR stage their 2016 iteration with a fine line up of artists spanning a wide range of genre. Friday at the Golden Lion has Alison Cooper’s excellent solo project Magpahi, a new collaboration between Sophie Cooper and Julian Bradley, and the mighty collective improv of the TOR Invocation Band. Saturday at the Unitarian Church has drone doom behemoths Bong, solo improv psychedelia from Tom Carter, and various shades of noise from the likes of Samara Lubelski, Blood Stereo, Ashtray Navigations, Roman Nose and Chrissie Caulfield among others. Vibracatherdal Orchestra’s Neil Campbell will be DJing some jovial ear mangling all day. Sunday is back at the Golden Lion and billed as Tape Roast, with tape based DJing from a diverse range of individuals all day to accompany the Lion’s legendary Sunday roasts. Start and finish times are early to accommodate last trains to Leeds/Manchester, with Friday kicking off at 7:00pm and first band on Saturday at 12:00noon. More info and full line up at

Underdark/Clearer the Sky @ Temple of Boom, Leeds – Fri 30

Odd pairing of the straight as a die Black Metal, Nottingham quintet Underdark, and hardcore/post metal heaviosity, Dundee quartet Clearer the Sky but open minds tend to populate Temple of Boom so this shouldn’t be a problem. More bands to be added too, at time of writing.

Michael Chapman @ Korks Wine Bar, Otley – Fri 30

Chapman’s second appearance in the region this month neatly bookends September and there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t go to both, because he’s more than likely to play a completely different set of material at each…..

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