Taking a journey into a whole new world

Thomas Truax on the bill for the Other World Festival
Thomas Truax on the bill for the Other World Festival
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A new festival of experimental music and sound art is to be staged in Blackpool this spring.

The Other Worlds Festival has been announced for the weekend Friday to Sunday, April 10 to 12, promising a programme ‘packed full of live performance sound artists from around the globe’.

Local record label Must Die Records is behind the scheme, with funding from arts body LeftCoast, which recently took charge of the commissioning for Showzam! circus festival.

As well as performances through the weekend, there will be chances to learn about using sound creatively in workshops and lectures – plus an evening of cinema exploring sound art and experimental music.

Already confirmed to perform as part of the festival are Thomas Traux, a left-field troubadour from New York famed for creating homemade instruments; ICHI, an enigmatic Japanese one-man band; and John Sterckx, a world music percussionist working with live looping.

Other Worlds Festival is the brain child of Carlito Juanito and Rick Thompson, founders of Music Die Records and artists in their own right.

To date they have more than 30 releases from local and international artists on vinyl, CD and cassette.

Rick said: “With the support of LeftCoast, Other Worlds Festival is a small multi-venue festival that aims to provide a platform for both emerging and established performers.

“Our hope is to encourage artists to have the freedom to experiment and push boundaries in new directions within a supportive environment.

“It’s really exciting to be able to bring this kind of event to Blackpool and we’re thrilled to be able to be hosting some amazing international artists who are renowned in their fields.”

Weekend tickets are available at £25 per person from www.otherworldsfestival.co.uk, and day tickets will be available soon.For more details and to take advantage of a 20per cent discount for local residents, visit www.otherworldsfestival .co.uk.

More information can also be found at facebook.com/otherworldsfest and Twitter @OtherWorldsFest.