The line-up

Here’s who’s playing!

Lineup order may change slightly but we’ll stick to this as closely as we can.

FRIDAY, 14th August – Golden Lion pub, 7pm – party o’clock

Return of the Tor Festival pub quiz!!

THE BONGOLEEROS (UK)

THE FAMILY ELAN (UK)

SATURDAY, 15th August- Todmorden Unitarian Church.

Doors at 12 (food available) first band on at 1pm sharp. Every band starts on the hour from then on in. All over by 10pm.

1pm – DESMADRADOS SOLDADOS DE VENTURA (UK)

2pm – ISNAJ DUI (UK)

3pm – DANIEL VOIGT (Germany)

4pm – GUTTERSNIPES (UK)

5pm – AMBROSIA(@) (UK)

6pm – BIRD PEOPLE (AT/HU/US)

7pm – KEMPER NORTON (UK)

8pm – CHICALOYOH (France)

9pm – ANDREW LILES, MANIAC and CARL STOKES (UK and Norway)

Followed by after-party at Golden Lion Pub with NO WAVE DJ PARTY PROVIDED BY ROUGH FIELDS (UK)

SUNDAY, 16th August -Todmorden Unitarian Church.

Doors at 12 (food available) first band on at 1pm sharp. Every band starts on the hour from then on in. All over by 10pm.

Special guest day DJ – Justin Watson from Front and Follow

1PM – RAISING HOLY SPARKS (Ireland)

2pm – TERRINE (FRANCE)

3pm – SAM MCLOUGHLIN (UK)

4pm – GIRL SWEAT (UK)

5pm – WOVEN SKULL WITH CORE OF THE COALMAN (Ireland / USA)

6pm – FLAMINGO CREATURES (Germany)

7pm – LAURA CANNELL (UK)

8pm – HELLVETE (Belgium)

9pm – RICHARD DAWSON (UK)

Followed by after-party at Golden Lion Pub celebrating 10 years of wasistdas.co.uk with Was Ist Das? Soundsystem on vinyl

 

ANDREW LILES AND MANIAC  AND CARL STOKES (UK and Norway)

We’re very proud to be bringing Andrew Liles and Maniac to the festival. Andrew Liles already had a long and distinguished CV in the field of experimental electronic music before he joined Nurse With Wound and Current 93. Maniac, meanwhile, was the singer in Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem. They have previously worked together on two albums, one under the name Sehnsucht and Maniac also leant his vocals to Liles’ metal album. They will be joined by seminal UK thrash metal drummer Carl Stokes of the one and only Cancer.

This is an exclusive event for Tor ist Das! Festival.

LAURA CANNELL (UK)

Laura Cannell plays fiddle, overbowed fiddle, double recorders, sometimes percussion and other rarefied wind instruments. Drawing on ancient transcendental and earthly musics, her sense of space, dynamics and working with acoustics is highly attuned, often utilising a fragment from a medieval theme to her own end, embracing the apparitional, historical or the otherworldly.

RICHARD DAWSON

The man of the moment, winning acclaim from everyone from Pitchfork to The Guardian to Rolling Stone. He’s a tough one to describe, other than as a man who reinvents the art of singing a story and approaches his guitar in a similarly new way. If you have only heard the records then you only know half the story because a large part of his burgeoning cult following is the powerful presence of his stage shows.

ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS (UK)

Ashtray Navigations bringing their psychedelic noise rock experience to wake up Todmorden. Active since 1991 and with an enormous discography, they exist in a confusing void between the worlds of experimental music and garage rock. As disorientating as they are fun, they are an unmissable live band.

HELLVETE

Hellvete is the solo project of Glen Steenkiste from Belgian cosmonauts Sylvester Anfang II. He explores deep, ornate dronespaces and has released for labels like Blackest Rainbow, Sloow Tapes, Eiderdown and (K-RAA-K)³. The architecture of the Church will serve as the perfect acoustics for a set like this. Prepare yourself to see through the roof.

BIRD PEOPLE (Austria)

An amorphous musical entity, trying to approximate the sound of a hummingbird’s wing beat in outer space.  Bird People first caught our ears with the excellent “A Pulse In The Void/Sky Huntress” album that mixed banjos, sitars, drones and ballads to blissfully lovely effect. After many UK solo shows, we finally get a band version over here.

WOVEN SKULL & CORE OF THE COALMAN

we are very excited to be hosting a collaboration between ecstatic Irish heavy drone improv trio Woven Skull and New York composer and string scraper Core Of The Coalman. This fantastic four previously collaborated on a blazing album on Feathered Coyote Records.

LUTINE (UK)

Formed last year in Brighton, Lutine (Heather Minor and Emma Morton) are already establishing themselves are a mesmerising live act, combining haunting vocal harmonies with minimal, delicate instrumentation on a mixture of original songs and traditional folk songs.

DESMADRADOS SOLDADOS DE VENTURA (UK)

“Of course, guitars have long been middle-brow targets for commentators as somehow signifying everything that was cock-bound and self-aggrandising and technically impudent about rock music. But when it’s played like this, with a blurring of technique that allows a bunch of northern punks access to the combined freak potential of more than a half century of electric six-string excess, it’s a reminder of the electric guitar’s uncanny ability to respond not just to where it’s been, but to where it’s at.” The Wire: Adventures In Modern Music

CHICALOYAH (France)

French artist Alice Dourlen makes music that is strange, dark and beautiful. Like an acid-fried soundtrack to a Jean Rollin film or a mystic Patty Smith working with John Carpenter. If ever there was an artist you needed to hear in a big gothic church after dark then it is Chicoloyoh.

ISNAJ DUI (UK)

Standing awkwardly between neo-impressionism and electronica, Isnaj Dui (real name Katie English) conveys a minimal yet capturing sound using electronically manipulated flutes and homemade instruments. Cited as a distinct voice, taking the flute away from its pastoral image whilst maintaining its unique mellow sound, English has released several critically acclaimed albums 2009’s Unstable Equilibrium (Home Normal) and her most recent work Euplexia (Rural Colours).

DANIEL VOIGT (Germany)

How about some tape experiments, drone soundscapes and field recordings from Daniel Voigt? You might know him better by his recording name Hering und seine sieben Sachen or for his label Sic Sic which has managed a mighty output since 2009 of quality releases.

GIRL SWEAT (UK)

How about the mind-pummelling sonic assault of Girl Sweat? A one man onslaught somewhere between The Cramps, Cabaret Voltaire, early Swans and John Spencer Blues Explosion. BANG!

KEMPER NORTON

Kemper Norton’s sound is produced through employment of acoustic instrumentation and vocals but don’t be fooled, Kemper is not just about the folk music. With dance rhythms he’ll transform pastoral scenes into electronic dreams.

FLAMINGO CREATURES (Germany)

Flamingo Creatures. They are  Ruth and Ronnie from German spacerock collective Datashock. Their extraordinary music takes improvised sound and imbues it with the spirit of joyful anarchy. They have released for all the finest underground labels like Cosmic Winnetou, SicSic, Feathered Coyote and Digitalis Limited, not to mention collaborated with Limpe Fuchs of revolutionary krautrock act Anima-Sound. Can’t wait to see what they do with the space at Todmorden Unitarian Church. 

AMBROSIA(@) (UK)

Ambrosia(@) blend beats, noise, field recordings and experimental sounds. They’ve shared stages with High Wolf, Maria Minerva, Female Band, Blue Daisy and many others. James of Rough Fields fame is one half of the group too. Expect a brutal but rapturous explosion of sound rumbling the pews.

SAM MCLOUGHLIN (UK)

Sam McLoughlin has a discography covering nearly ten years ranging from releases for Twisted Nerve as Samandtheplants, as N.Racker for Pre-Cert Home Entertainment and under his own name for Disposable Music and Folklore Tapes. With his propensity for inventing and building new instruments, a live set from Sam McLoughlin can be very hard to predict but his ear for melody and gift for moods always comes to the fore.

TERRINE

Terrine is the new solo project of Claire Gapenne from French noise band Headwar. She channels the worlds of New York no wave with early 80s noise and experimental music.

THE BONGOLEEROS (UK)

We’re going to open the portal between Todmorden and Burselm and summon The Bongoleeros, Stoke on Trent’s greatest experimental, rockabilly, weirdo marching band. We’re giving them full range of the venue and license to get fully involved with audience. This band is not for the faint hearted.

THE FAMILY ELAN (UK)

The Family Elan active since 2007, is the musical project of the Greek bouzouki and Turkish baglama-saz player Chris Hladowski. The scope of the Family Elan’s output is broad, ranging from self penned reflective meditations which rotate on a devotional harmonic axis, to irreverent interpretations of Bollywood hits, to Turkic folk forms filtered through a psychedelic rock axis.

& MANY MORE!

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