2016 will be the fifth year of Threadfest, the festival of independent art and music set up via University of Bradford to pull together and celebrate the city’s underground and hard to find music. Over the years it’s developed artistically and secured a strong reputation with leftfield music and arts audiences; The Guardian listed it in their best metropolitan festivals guide and The Wire are big fans mentioning it in their best UK scene’s round up of 2015.
Threadfest 2016 aims to further explore the diverse, collaborative and participatory elements of the underground with a series of events across venues in Bradford this Spring Bank Holiday May 27 - 29th.
The line-up for Threadfest 2016 touches on traversed boundaries, not just aesthetic and disciplinary but across age, race, class, gender, sexuality and ability. Activities include an evening of electronic music by women; the return of the Out There Sounds For All The Family matinee; local-legendary Dada cabaret Cafe Despard’s memorial to singer and art college tutor Mary Johnston; loud queer night Out; an exhibition about migration and trade routes between India and the UK, and collaborations with Yorkshire Sound Women Network, learning disabled arts charities and more.
Acts include post punk legends The Nightingales fresh from their American tour and appearances at the All Tomorrows Parties festival on the invite of comedian Stewart Lee; Polish-born Glasgow-based ‘haunt pop’ artist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ela Orleans; award winning composer Mariam Rezaei’s newly facilitated group No Border’s Ensemble that has worked with Bradford Scratch Orchestra group for musicians and non-musicians of all levels of experience; the Chumbawamba-affiliated ‘explicitly political’ Commoners Choir; London new wave hip-funk trio Ravioli Me Away; ecstatic pop from learning disabled singer songwriter Daniel Wakeford; progressive minimalist indie from Bristol The Jelas; stand up from post-alternative comedy inventor Ted Chippington; movement based on female textiles workers with Gujarati connections by artist Bryony Pritchard and much more.
Threadfest is returning to a multi venue format in 2016 that will include Gallery II at University of Bradford, Bradford Playhouse, Delius Arts and Cultural Centre, Fuse Art Space and The 1 in 12 Club and with events in association with Bradford Pride and Bradford Literature Festival. Our intention is to return again later in the year as part of Recon Festival in October working towards a combined event.
Threadfest 2016 is brought to you by M@BU in partnership with independent organisations, venues and promoters including Recon, Bradford Playhouse, Fuse Art Space, The 1 in 12 Club and Delius Arts and Cultural Centre. Supported by University of Bradford and Bradford Metropolitan District Council.
New open music ensemble - No Borders Ensemble - a new open music ensemble for people of all languages and abilities
No Borders Ensemble will run every Monday, 6-8pm, at Tasmin Little Music Centre, University of Bradford (opposite re:centre).
First session: Monday 22nd February
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A place to find out about, experience and get involved in music on campus and beyond.
Based on University of Bradford campus, Music at Bradford University offers four threads of provision. A programme of events that brings cutting edge music in all its forms to Bradford; a hub to find out about and promote music opportunities accessible to students and staff; small-scale rehearsal and practice facilities; and a base for workshops and facilitated opportunities for music-making.
The Tasmin Little Music Centre is a great place to drop in to find out about what's going on musically on campus and in the local area. It is also used as a practice space for members, and plays host to performances, workshops and various open groups and ensembles.
The programme of events is delivered by 'Fellow In Music' Andy Abbott.