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Weird and Wonderful Festival

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Wharf Chambers Cooperative Club

23-25 Wharf Street

Leeds

LS2 7EQ

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Acid Hat Records presents Weird and Wonderful Festival 2018

An all day festival located at Wharf Chambers in the centre of Leeds celebrating the UK’s Math Rock, Post Rock and all that’s in between.

The festivals first edition features:

Headliner Poly Math

Heavily influenced by early pioneers of prog like King Crimson and Yes, their sound meshes the more modern sensibilities of bands like The Mars Volta, Battles and Death from Above with elements of heavier progressive bands like Mastodon and Russian Circles, to create a completely unique, densely-layered, off-kilter take on instrumental math-rock.

This is a sublimely talented group of musicians who are constantly striving to seek out new levels of complexity in their music, whilst never straying too far from a neatly arranged composition. Their mind-bending music has so far drawn praise in the media from the likes of The Independent, Guitar & Bass, PROG, Revolver, Total Guitar, Modern Drummer and many more.

In spring 2017 Boss/Roland chose Poly-Math to advertise the worldwide launch of the new MS-3 (see video links here and here) which massively increased the profile of the band and led to them subsequently being invited to play the 40th anniversary Boss showcase at the House of Vans.

Over the years the band have released a number of concept EPs, and last year released their first full-length album, Melencolia; a concept album revolving around the German artist Dürer. The band toured the album across Europe and the UK, performing at festivals such as ArcTanGent, DUNK and Strange Forms among others.

Now, in 2018, the band have created their most expansive release to date: a double concept album revolving around Baghdad's 13th Century Houses of Wisdom, and the Siege of Baghdad in 1258 - which led to their destruction - as well as being widely cited as one of the major causes of the end of the Islamic Golden Age.

The two part album was made possible through a crowd funding campaign which included the opportunity for supporters to feature on the album by submitting scripted spoken parts that have been mixed into the final release.

The album also saw an expanded roster of musicians including saxophone, organs, and even a small amount of vocals, and is the third to be produced by ASIWYFA engineer, Lee MacMahon, who is in many ways the fourth member of the band and an important contributor in the writing process for every Poly-Math album. Sessions were recorded between Brighton Electric Studios in Brighton, NWFA Studios in Pulborough and Start Together Studios in Belfast.


Co-headliner Body Hound

"If there ever was a band to turn them back on, it’s the irresistible Body Hound. This Sheffield-based instrumental math-rock outfit might feel like a bit of a strange fit for this show, but they are absolutely impossible to dislike, regardless of your usual musical leanings. Whilst the lack of vocals negates the need for a frontman as such, bassist Joseph Thorpe is very much the physical focal point, throwing out aggressive shapes, sassy bum-wiggles and everything in between whilst he and his impossibly tight band melt the crowd’s collective mind with their Don Caballero-esque song-puzzles.

"Body Hound are almost offensively good. If you’re a musician, whether it’s drums, bass or guitar, Body Hound will make you question everything you thought you knew about your chosen instrument. An outstanding performance that’s the most technically complex and musically tantalising of the weekend."

Also on the bill:

Wot Gorilla?

A Werewolf

All The Best Tapes

Trigger Thumb

Death and The Penguin

Lets Swim Get Swimming

Alldry



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