Festival preview: Recon 2015

Hookworms. Picture: Steve Gullick
Hookworms. Picture: Steve Gullick
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Performances by Plaid, Mumdance and Hookworms are among the highlights of this year’s Recon festival in Leeds and Bradford.

Now in its third year, Recon is a celebration of pioneering music, art, film and performance. This year’s multinational technology-focused line-up includes electronic group Plaid, Mumdance, Karen Gwyer, Container (USA), Hookworms with

Richard Formby, The Space Lady (USA), Helm, Tomaga, Ichi (Japan), Raquel Myers (Sweden), Wanda Group, Neil Campbell, Shona Macnaughton, Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho (Korea), Mika Taanila (Finland) and more.

This year’s edition celebrates artists who work playfully, creatively and sometimes naughtily with technology ranging from Warp records electronica pioneers Plaid, to techno grime envelope-pusher Mumdance, to sound artist Luke Younger’s electronic music project Helm, to Spacemen 3 producer Richard Formby teaming up with psych quintet Hookworms for some modular synth worship, to an exhibition about utopian and dystopian visions of the tech-future by artist collective Black Dogs, and a day of ‘out-there sounds for all the family’ with legendary San Francisco street musician The Space Lady, Japanese artist/inventor Ichi and Hookworms playing a one-off kids gig and workshop.

Festival co-director Andy Abbott explains: “We’re in our third year with Recon and whilst we’re concentrating on commissioning and developing new work and collaborations year-round we still like a party. We’re lucky in Leeds and Bradford to have so many quality acts willing to play, as well as new and exciting spaces available that add an extra level to the experience.

“Whether they’re collaborating with innovators or repurposing tools for things they were never intended, artists push the boundaries of how we relate to technology – often revealing a humanistic and soulful side to the purely functional. I think with the line-up this year we’ll experience a diverse range of approaches from musicians, artists, filmmakers doing just that.”

Events included in the festival ticket:

October 15: ‘Notes from Technotopia’ exhibition launch at Gallery II, University of Bradford, Bradford

Oct 15: Plaid + Galaxians + Golden Meat at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds.

October 16: Clark + Mumdance + Helm + Wanda Group + DJ Souki Esterhazy at Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds.

October 17: Hookworms with Richard Formby + Container + Karen Gwyer + XAM + Game Program + Neil Campbell + Moon Gangs + More at Headrow House, Leeds.

October 18: Out-There Sounds For All The Family Matinee Gig w/ The Space Lady + Hookworms (Kids Gig) + Ichi + Tomaga + Mia La Metta + Eric Boros + Survival Skills + Bongoleeros + More at Bradford Playhouse, Bradford.

For further details visit http://www.reconfest.co.uk/

Jesca Hoop at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds. Picture: Gary Brightbart

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