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Transformer returns to the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

After a triumphant inauguration at the Victoria Warehouse in May TRANSFORMER is proud to announce their second event on 28th October. The first Transformer celebrated artists that expanded the boundaries of rock, round two features a cast that positively disregard genres altogether.

GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR, LIARS, BEN FROST, BARDO POND, OMAR SOULEYMAN, POWELL, VALGEIR SIGURDSSON, THE FIELD, DEMDIKE STARE, SCULPTURE, CAMILA FUCHS, CIVIL CIVIC.

 

It’s a line-up that not only tips its hat to the ‘sui generis’ nature of our past headliners but also raises a glass to their bastard offspring. Transformer will once again reimagine the vast space of the Victoria Warehouse into an immersive festival setting with state of the art light and sound, two different stages, a cinema, digital funfair, record stalls, food trucks and much more besides. It will be a one-stop shop for genre-spanning live music.

GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR is making their return to Manchester after a rapturous 2015 performance at the Albert Hall in support of their first album after a five years hiatus Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress. Their return comes as welcome relief that their timely re-emergence wasn’t to herald, like the horsemen, an apocalypse they’d forewarned on Dead Flag Blues twenty years ago. For anyone unlucky enough not to be unfamiliar with that particular end of days fanfare or their other doomed hymns, Godspeed combine elements of World of Skin era Swans with the fin de siècle angst of Current 93 (but without actual songs). Even that description doesn’t quite do them justice. Best to see them for yourselves…before it’s maybe too late.