INNOVATION IN SOUND
Each year, Sound City’s on-going partnership with EDGE HILL UNIVERSITY brings new creative content to the festival. While festival-goers enjoy these additions to the line-up, students working behind the scenes are given career-enhancing opportunities and connections. With such a competitive job market, this experience is invaluable for students hoping to make it in the creative sector.
After the success of last year’s programme, Edge Hill University present another line-up that spans music, dance and theatre. With a whole host of people involved in the productions, from Edge Hill students and young people to surreal pop trio STEALING SHEEP, this year’s programme looks set to be the best yet. We’ve compiled a list of all their events so head down for a chance to discover some new music and support the wealth of creativity that is being brought by Edge Hill’s buzzing student population.
STEALING SHEEP SUFFRAGETTE TRIBUTE
After a five-day artist residency run by Stealing Sheep, women percussionists and design, AV and production students will perform a tribute to the Suffragette movement at Sound City. The performance will showcase brand new music inspired by women’s empowerment, and will feature students from Edge Hill’s Student Opportunity programme. It is being presented as part of Edge Hill University’s Wonder Women: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, which is a year-long programme of free events designed to celebrate women who have shaped our democracy over the last century. The tribute has been co-commissioned by Manchester-based creative music charity Brighter Sound.
Blade Factory – 05/05 – 06/05 – 8pm
THE LABEL RECORDINGS SHOWCASE
The university’s innovative indie imprint THE LABEL RECORDINGS is taking over 24 Kitchen Street on both days of the festival. The Label Recordings is the only industry-led University record label in the UK, and it prides itself on promoting new music in the city and offering students hands-on experience in the music industry. Since they began in 2013, they’ve helped launch the careers of luminaries like Hooton Tennis Club. Saturday will see indie/electronic trio FOXTRAP, new wave trio ORANJ SON, hip hop artist CEEMAX and indie-pop project AZTEX take the stage. SEATBELTS, who are one half of Hooton Tennis Club will play on Sunday. They’ll be joined by VAIN MALE, ALI HORN (pictured) and BILL NICKSON.
24 Kitchen Street – 05/05 – 3-5.45pm and 06/05 – 5.15-8pm
IN SEARCH OF THE PHOENIX
IN SEARCH OF THE PHOENIX is a musical theatre work composed by Professor Stephen Davismoon (Edge Hill University) and directed by Sadie Smith (Chatsworth High School and Community College, Salford). The story is based on the Russian folk hero Sadko and aims to promote ideas about love and choice for young people with special educational needs. The performance will involve a mixed-ability group of students aged between 11 and 19, who will tell the story of a young musician’s search for happiness through dance, drama, music and technology. The piece was commissioned by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and involves musicians from the Edge Hill University Big Band.
Camp and Furnace – 06/05 – 2.15pm
Animation still by Anthony Jay
DANCE: RADICAL DAUGHTERS and SO LOVE…
RADICAL DAUGHTERS is a dance piece choreographed by THICK AND TIGHT. It takes inspiration from the photography and artwork of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, who challenged the binaries of gender through their artwork. The beautifully-mad choreography is matched by a rock-and-roll East German soundtrack. SO LOVE… is choreographed by MATHIU GEFFRE and explores our generation’s tendency to look towards the future. The piece involves a cast of eight young women and explores themes of authenticity, empowerment and expectation.
Radical Daughters: Constellations main room – 05/06 – 3.45pm
So Love: Constellations main room – 06/06 – 2.15pm