Archive for October, 2012

Orbit- A show in 7 parts

Salford-based music spectacular, Sounds From The Other City, is unafraid of scale or diversity, hosting more than 100 bands, artists and performers every May in venues up and down Chapel Street. Inspired by this feted mélange of sound and art, Orbit is a one-off co-production between The Volkov Commanders performance group and SFTOC.

Playing with the structure of a festival, the event aims to create a unified, shared experience for Orbit voyagers. Instead of going off and doing your own thing as you would do at a normal festival, the audience is put into a collective ‘orbit’ through space and time from the start.

Taking in music, art and performance along the way, historic spaces on the orbital path include St Philips Church, Islington Mill and the Old Pint Pot – with live events and performances to bring the spaces between to vivid life in this procession and performance in one.

An extremely rare appearance by cult musician, artist, dj and Boltonian, Planningtorock is a highlight. After being hand picked to appear at Antony Hegarty’s Meltdown Festival on the Southbank (London), this DFA records favourite curates Sweden’s Curious Festival with the Knife ahead of her session at Orbit. Long-time collaborator with The Knife, Bjork-faves the Soft Pink Truth, and cult porn director, Bruce LaBruce, check her LPs on DFA, including 2011’s acclaimed W (10/10 Vice, 5/5 Attitude, 4/5 The Sun) for a taste of what to expect.

According to the Vice magazine, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat are “one of the most engaging artists of our generation.” Wild performance and unexpected sounds are guaranteed with elements of old-school TV performances (yes, dry ice) and Perspex cubes integrated into the act. Check out Jazz Mind on Load/Upset the Rhythm for a flavour of what to expect.

Also on the bill, SFTOC is thrilled to present the Manchester debut of Guardian faves, Yola Fatoush. Serving up a feast “reconstructed RnB”, Orbit re-de-re-constructs their sound, hosting the two band members in separate spaces, re-connected in time and space by streaming technology. The Yola Fatoush EP is out on Parlour now. Check the Guardian profile for more:

In the pilot’s seat, The Volkov Commanders are the conductors of Orbit. Comprised of artists Anna Beam, Mariel Osborn and Aliyah Hussain, they have worked with SFTOC, Manchester International Festival, and cult performance artists like Marina Abramovich (MIF), Trixie Carr & Jeremy Bailey (Abandon Normal Devices Festival). For each mission, they develop bespoke costumes, moves and concepts; they will be Islington Mill’s artists in residence in the month leading up to the show.

The Volkov Commanders describe their living installations as “bombarding people with absurdity, using props to break down inhibitions and help the audience feel entitled to act with wild abandon and have as much fun as we do on stage”. For this special show, they wanted to united audience and performer in a cohesive ‘narrative’, the aim being for everyone to leave having the same memories and sensations.

This transformative voyage includes Manchester band, Gnod, whose techno soundscapes reveal a transformed band from over a year of constant European touring throughout Europe, plus sets from the rising talents N-Racker and Queer’d Science. Boomkat records fave, N-Racker, is mooted to be a big name producer working under a pseudonym, while new project Queer’d Science offers headline material with intense punk-infused disco-

Like real life, Orbit is about the journey and each time festival goers leave one venue they will interact with Orbit characters before being led on to the next venue. Guests will explore the stars and planets through wild costumes, ballroom dancing, mysterious choirs, ancient rituals, hypnotising sounds, glittering trophies and automated drones.

Kidsuke – Kidkanevil & Daisuke Tanabe – Live!

UK meets Japan in this exciting new collaboration between Kidkanevil and Daisuke Tanabe, with their amazing debut album dropping this month on Project Mooncircle. We are extremely excited to present the Manchester date of the UK tour, where copies of the coloured vinyl album will be available, and make sure you keep an eye out for exclusive mixes, interviews and downloads from in the lead up to the event.


















Support from Jealous Guy, Laurent Fintoni, Danny Drive Thru, Jonny Dub and MOF Residents. Reach!

Mind on Fire Sunday Sessions featuring CHUNKY

Massive thanks to everyone who has come down to celebrate our birthday weekend so far! Tonight we keep the party going with what is no doubt going to be an interesting and exciting instalment of our monthly Nook Sessions. As well as the birthday shenanigans we bring in a very special guest- none other than the big man Chunky, who comes down with his inimitable charm and a bag full o’ wax for your ears!


Sunday Sessions at The Nook

Sunday Sessions at The Nook




Mouth Musick #1

Check out the new video series Mouth Musick, a great concept and platform for both budding MCs and veterans of the scene.

In their own words…

An innovative series bringing the focus back to content over glamour. MouthMusick invites you to explore the beauty of oratory, sound and musicality without distraction. Presented to you in many forms, this series includes lyricism, beatboxing, spoken word poetry and more. We will not reveal the identities of any of the artists featured leaving it open for you to appreciate new and established talent without bias. If you like it, search them out for yourself, it won’t be difficult trust us. To find out more and how to get involved in Mouth Musick, email:

Mind on Fire is 8

Happy birthday to us. Mind on Fire has reached the ripe old age of 8, to celebrate this we will be taking over Kraak gallery tomorrow night for an all out party. Expect to hear sounds spanning the decades along with upcoming label stuff and MOF classics as the Mind on Fire selectors hold it down throughout the night.

We will have a fully stocked merch desk with all the previous MOF releases, select cuts from other local labels, t-shirts, and signed A2 prints of the birthday poster, designed by Dan Birkbeck.

Kraak Gallery
Free before 12, £2 after

Black Sound Series at Contact tonight!

Tonight sees a very special show hit Contact in Manchester, who have worked with local promoters BPM and the Afro Vibes Festival to present Black Sound Series. If you’re interested to hear what a 25 piece orchestra sounds like playing classic grime and garage tunes, aswell as some underground Manchester anthems, you’d be daft to miss it. Very few tickets left now so get on it!

Black Sound Series

Black Sound Series

Mind on Fire @ UnConvention Hulme

On 10/11/2012 Mind on Fire DJs make an appearance at the Junction for UnConvention hulme.

Un-Convention is a not for profit global grassroots and independent creative membership organisation. It’s crowd sources from it’s community for ideas that will help independent music makers, producers and communities. Starting off as a homegrown Manchester organisation it has since branched out holding events as far afield as Colombia, Spain, Venezuela, Uganda, Brazil, Germany and India.

Un-Convention 10.11.12 will explore Moss Side and Hulme’s rhyme, punk, rave, party, reggae and dance culture that ultimately influenced the world. 10.11.12 will feature the most diverse performers, musicians and DJs from Manchester’s exciting past and present. Through a magical journey of unpredictable encounters, parties, exhibitions, projections and talks, we will unravel the secrets of the cultural melting pot of Manchester, Moss Side and Hulme.

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26/10/2012- Mind on Fire is 8!!!

Its that time of year again. To celebrate us turning another year old we’re heading down to the basement of Kraak gallery for a resident jam to beat all resident jams. All the MOF Dj’s will be representing, holding it down for 30 minutes each throughout the night. Free entry before 12 and a mere £2 after, as usual its set to be all kinds of madness.

26/10/2012- Mind on Fire is 8!!

Its that time of year again. To celebrate us turning another year old we’re heading down to the basement of Kraak gallery for a resident jam to beat all resident jams. All the MOF Dj’s will be representing, holding it down for 30 minutes each throughout the night. Free entry before 12 and a mere £2 after, as usual its set to be all kinds of madness.

Competition: Synkro and Illum Sphere on Wednesday

So, it’s competition time. We have three sets of 4 tickets to see Synkro and Illum Sphere as well as a whole host of local djs at South on Wednesday as part of DJ Mag and Intel’s Power Up sessions. To enter, simply email with ‘Giv Us Dem Tickets Yo’ in the subject line and we’ll pick the winners on wednesday morning.

Synkro / Illum Sphere