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A festival named after a track by Sheffield synth pioneers Cabaret Voltaire? You know you’re onto a winner with Sensoria right away. Sensoria is Sheffield's festival of film, music and digital art. Since it started out in 2008, Sensoria has projected films in places we’d never have thought would make for cinemas – The Big Blue at Hathersage lido, Threads on the hill above Sheffield station, Stop Making Sense in an industrial lot turned park. It's staged bands and installations in buildings we'd thought were beyond use. And Sensoria isn’t just skilled at location scouting; it's hosted some of the most memorable music of recent years in Sheffield, bringing to town the likes of Laurie Anderson, Bo Ningen, Michael Rother, and a roving Richard Hawley, John Grant and Bill Ryder-Jones triple bill. Now, on to the programme for its tenth festival in 2017...
In another perfect matching of venue, artist and film, Factory Floor will perform a live soundtrack to Fritz Lang sci-fi classic Metropolis in Magna, the site of a former steel mill. The festival is also bringing La La Land to a 40-foot screen at South Street Amphitheatre, overlooking our own city of stars. And going back to the early days of cinema, there'll be one of the first gothic horror films The Fall Of The House Of Usher, with a new live score from In The Nursery.
Richard Hawley will introduce Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World, a documentary on one of popular music history’s most significant omissions, looking into the impact Native Americans have had on the music we treasure today. He'll also return with another incarnation of his 3 Ring Circus, which will see Hawley, along with James Dean Bradfield and Lou Doillon, play three intimate venues, in various orders, in one evening – be quick, there are only tickets left for Trafalgar Warehouse now!
SynthFest-UK will return for a second year, bringing together synth makers and enthusiasts, showcasing rare synthesisers from Moog and Buchla, hosting talks from the likes of Heaven 17 and Human League founder Martyn Ware, as well as the Radiophonic Workshop on Delia Derbyshire's iconic Dr Who theme music, live coding performances, and tons more. Following that, there'll be a rare live performance from the pioneering Radiophonic Workshop. Other gigs in the Sensoria programme include the brilliantly otherworldly Jane Weaver in Trafalgar Warehouse, Norwegian riot-grrrl-inspired Sløtface, plus a string of gigs at industrial workshop turned music venue The Big Wow – The Cuckoo Clocks, Liam Walker and the Nevison Gang/Nick Ellis, and Universal Tree/Matic Mouth. For its closing weekend, the festival is popping up a dome on Devonshire Green for gigs from Hannah Peel, Tom Hickox, François and The Atlas Mountains, and more – all for free, though book ahead so you don't miss out.
Honey Bee Blues Club will host a night of documentary and music, with Two Trains Runnin' telling the story of a search for forgotten blues singers in Mississippi at the height of the civil rights movement, followed by a set from Benjamin Bassford. The film programme also includes a documentary on Tehran’s underground techno scene, 60s concert film Monterey Pop to mark 50 years since the so-called Summer of Love, and The Inertia Variations, an intimate documentary on enigmatic The The frontman Matt Johnson as he confronts his creative inertia and fears of failure.
Thursday night is quiz night, as quizmaster Lord Sinclair (who certain festival fans may remember from All Tomorrows Parties) brings a music and movies quiz to Picture House Social specially for Sensoria. And any budding filmmakers and musicians out there, make sure 6 October is in your diaries for SensoriaPro 2017.