Now Wave can today announce two gigs as part of this May’s FutureEverything festival in Manchester and Salford. The annual event, which combines a technology conference with evening art and music events, will be taking place between the 16th and 19th of May. Now Wave will be presenting two exciting events as part of the festival: Tim Hecker and Forest Swords at St Phillip’s Church, Salford and a ‘New Sounds of the North‘ showcase in an abandoned space in Quay House, Spinningfields, headlined by alt-J and Money.
Tim Hecker will play a rare set at FutureEverything, in a unique setup that combines computers, synthesizers, guitar pedals and the St Phillips pipe organ. An approach developed during the recording of 2011 album ‘Ravedeath, 1972’, it promises to create a distinct and strange hybrid of digital and material. Based in Canada, Hecker has produced ambient electronic music with otherworldly influences for the likes of Kranky and Alien8 since 1996 and last year’s ‘Ravedeath, 1972′ arguably marks his recorded output at a highpoint, with Pitchfork, Uncut and The Quietus all celebrating it as an Album of the Year.
Performing alongside Hecker, Wirral-based Forest Swords will be bringing his cinematic, nature-inspired electronica to Manchester for the first time. Recalling the sprawling likes of Panda Bear, Forest Swords’ bristling R ‘n’ B-influenced beats have been released to widespread critical acclaim, with Pitchfork commenting on 2010’s ‘Dagger Paths’ EP’s ‘blurrily evocative and vividly pictorial’ nature.
Meanwhile on Friday 18th May, will curate a showcase of the best in new Northern talent. Headlined by Alt-J and Money, and featuring the debut show from New Ceremony, the event will take place in an abandoned office space in Spinningfields’ Quay House building.
From the jaw-dropping vocals and spliced rhythms of alt-J to the expansive and vital proclamations of Money through to the ethereal synth textures of No Ceremony, the line up aims to showcase the pool of inventive songwriting talent present in the North. Now Wave favourites Great Waves, as well as Red Deer Club’s Stealing Sheep and exciting Manchester prospect Pins complete the line-up.
Tickets for Tim Hecker and Forest Swords can be purchased here while tickets for ‘New Sounds of the North’ featuring alt-J and Money can be found here. More information of FutureEverything can be found here.