Sunday 21 August 2016, 8pm

Sacred Tapes present: A.R.C. Soundtracks + Aliyah Hussain + Swaggerjack

No Longer Available

*Please note that unfortunately Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides will no longer be able to perform at this event.*

Pleased to welcome back Manchester's fantastic Sacred Tapes cassette label, which over the past couple of years has documented a broad array of the city's vibrant noise and electronic music scenes.


Swaggerjack is the duo of label head Callum Higgins and John Powell-Jones. With two albums to date both released on Sacred Tapes, Swaggerjack are currently the second act to be taking part in the Samarbeta music residency series. For this residency the duo spent a week in isolation writing and recording a new album from scratch of which only one copy is being made and will be archived in the British Library Sound Archive.

Both members of Swaggerjack record and perform as solo acts, Higgins as Yes Blythe and John Powell-Jones under his own name. The crossover set was originally conceived for an event at an exhibition of Powell-Jones Illustration work and encompasses a seamless progression from one act to the other. A version of this set was then recorded and featured on the Wire website:

A.R.C. Soundtracks

A.R.C. Soundtracks have always been an immensely interesting band, although band is maybe not the right word to describe them. As a project they blur the lines between video, installation and sound, something which was evident in their 3 month long residency in Islington Mill's attic space in 2014.

Following on from the residency itself A.R.C. Soundtracks were asked to put together a collection of recordings for a release, the result of which is 'From a Shattered Beam', half an hour of slow-moving, opiated music that follows a loose narrative about the erosion of human constructions.

Aliyah Hussain

As a multi-disciplinary artist, Hussain has worked in performance art ( with collective Volkov Commanders), visual art and music (as a member of Horrid) having performed in numerous countries and venues including and having shown work in New York, Venice and Barcelona.

Her debut release, Sultana’s Dream, was created using contact mics, keyboards, pedals and vocals. The album is based on the 1905 short story of the same name by author Rokheya Shekhawat Hossein in which women are the ruling gender and have created a world of peace whilst harbouring scientific advances to control the power of the sun and the rain.

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