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Substance Live: The Future of the North Music Festival

Substance Live: The Future of the North Music Festival

Substance Live is a music festival celebrating the future of the north through the music of some of the most innovative and forward-thinking artists, representing a state of the nation in terms of the best northern sounds of now. The evening is hosted by BBC 6 Music’s and Radio 3’s Elizabeth Alker on Saturday 9th December at Hull City Hall from 5.30pm.

The festival includes the politically charged post-punk of Nadine Shah, the psychedelic dream pop of Jane Weaver, an electronic/brass band intergalactic odyssey courtesy of Hannah Peel, the performance art punk of Lone Taxidermist, four piece PINS, sister doom duo CHAMBERS and the homegrown freak folk of The Dyr Sister.

Jane Weaver Abusing, evading and obliterating 20 years of whimsical pop trends, Jane Weaver’s experience as a truly independent and resilient female songwriter/ sound carrier commands respect and inspiration on equal measure.

Nadine Shah Armed with a uniquely rich and soulful voice, paired with her effortlessly eloquent and arresting lyrics, Nadine Shah has earned a reputation as a rising, uncompromising talent.

Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia (Hannah Peel) Electronic artist, arranger and composer Hannah Peel’s work combines the tremendously deep, rich power of traditional brass with the uplifting arpeggiated patterns and unearthly sound textures of analogue synthesizers.

PINS are at the vanguard of the New Wave of British guitar Rock and Roll firing out noisy, textured pop, a heady mix of Hole, Jesus and Mary Chain and Beach House. The all-female five piece were formed in Manchester in 2011 and signed to the iconic Bella Union label. They are a melodic northern powerhouse!

CHAMBERS are a two piece sister doom band from Hull and Leeds. The name in itself is a reflection of their desire to peek inside Pandora’s Box. When you think of a chamber it makes you wonder: What’s inside? What does it look like? What’s it for? They’re signed to Nottingham based label I’m Not From London Records. The duo have been named a ‘a hard hitting, unforgiving duo” by Radio 1, whilst Alt Press describe their sound as “a noise-rock sensibility where Girls Against Boys, Deap Vally and Placebo are protecting their favourite bar from horders of hipster vermin and gentrified scum”.

Lone Taxidermist Fresh from the twisted machinations and fertile imagination of Cumbrian-born, London-dwelling artist and seer Natalie Sharp has created Lone Taxidermist. A chaotic realm of poisonous cocktails, thwarted lust. 6am dancehalls and a cast of characters standing on the verge of epiphany.

The Dyr Sister Hailing from the City of Hull, England, Sally Currie AKA The Dyr Sister is a multi-instrumental cervine beat mistress who conjures up surreal tales with the aid of viola, synth, her voice and an array of DIY samples.

Elizabeth Alker is a broadcast journalist at the BBC, based in Manchester she is best known for presenting the Music News on Radcliffe and Maconie’s afternoon show and now presents the weekend additions of Radio 3 Breakfast. She also regularly pops up talking about the arts and music on radio 2, 5 Live, Radio 4 and the BBC News Channel and has thrust a microphone in front of everyone from Paul McCartney to Steve Reich.

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