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· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Sounds Like THIS Festival is back with a bang.

Sounds Like This Gold Berg Werk

Sounds Like THIS is an innovative music festival from Leeds College of Music. Expect cutting edge music, emerging talent and incredible audio-visual installations from Monday 9th to Friday 20th March 2020. Find out more...

Electronica, opera and hip-hop – Sounds Like THIS brings a wonderfully eclectic programme of live music to Leeds this March.

Sounds Like THIS is back with a stellar line-up of cutting edge music this month. The festival promises a genre-defying programme of incredible shows. From a Kim Kardashian take on a classic opera to hip-hop stars, electronic pioneers and classical legends, this is a festival of groundbreaking music with something for everyone so don’t hang around, get your tickets now.

Vie de merde & Ancient Infinity Orchestra

Vie de merde take inspiration from all corners of the musical world to create their sometimes delicate, sometimes bruising soundscapes. They defy genres, but the combination of bass saxophone, electronics and drums creates a feast of noise that will take you from the sublime to the challenging in an instant. They’ll be joined by Ancient Infinity Orchestra, an ensemble that flit between improvised and conducted orchestration to take you on a cosmic journey into the unknown – it may sound crazy, but trust us, it’ll blow you away!

Vie De Merde & Ancient Infinity Orchestra play Leeds College of Music on Tuesday 10th March 2020.

Gold.Berg.Werk & Griet Beyaert

Sounds Like This Gold Berg Werk

Gold.Berg.Werk is a collaboration between pianist Xenia Pestova Bennett and electronic artist Karlheinz Essl. They’ve joined forces to reimagine J.S. Bach’s iconic work, Goldberg Variations. It’s never been heard before in the UK and no two performances are ever the same. The pair bring together the baroque and modern musical worlds to transcend the original work and create a piece of art in its own right. They’ll be supported by a performance of Delayed Conversations by Griet Beyaert, who creates unique soundscapes using her own powdered glass sculptures.

Gold.Berg.Werk & Griet Beyaert play Leeds College of Music on Wednesday 11th March 2020.

Ligeti Quartet

Sounds Like This

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Ligeti Quartet will kick off their 10th anniversary tour at Sounds Like THIS Festival with a one-off show at Belgrave Music Hall. The group have been at the forefront of contemporary classical music since 2010. They’re one of the UK’s leading ensembles and you can see them play works by some of the most exciting, genre-defying composers in the world today. Expect pieces by the likes of Anna Meredith, Tanya Tagaq and Ben Gaunt. They’ll be supported on the night by This Is Not Jazz, Alex Mackay and Electroni-Kongo.

Ligeti Quartet play Belgrave Music Hall on Thursday 12th March 2020.


Sounds Like This Plaid

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Plaid is one of the most important, pioneering acts in the evolution of modern electronic music. Formed in 1991, they were central to the ‘Artificial Intelligence’ movement of the early-mid 1990s and continue to be influential today. They’re performing a one-off audio-visual show at the Brudenell Social Club that will blend their warm, rhythmic beats with an equally impressive visual extravaganza. The fun starts before they even hit the stage as Catenation will take you on an electronic journey through life and Jack Breeze will blur the lines between electronica and classical music.

Plaid play Brudenell Social Club on Friday 13th March 2020.

Territorial Gobbing

You’ve never seen a producer quite like Territorial Gobbing before. The Leeds native dons unusual headwear during his performances. He makes the most of charity shop tapes, broken FX pedals and slurping vocal improvisations to create music that can only be described as otherworldly. To get this evening of curious music started, the show kicks off with the improvised glitchiness of Jonathan Higgins, the flute-tinged electronica of Naomi Perera and the experimental video and sounds of Psychiceyeclix.

Territorial Gobbing comes to Leeds College of Music on Saturday 14th March 2020.


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AWATE is an Eritrean born in Saudi Arabia and raised in London who’s become one of the most exciting hip-hop artists in the UK. His heritage has richly influenced his music and he’ll showcase the music he made as the British Library Artist-in-Residence, which explores the subject of diaspora and human migration. He’ll also take you through some of his most famous works like ‘Guillotine’ and ‘Out Here’. Before he takes to the stage, the night starts with a performance from Otis Mensah, a young rap-poet who blurs the line between alternative hip-hop and spoken word.

AWATE plays Leeds College of Music on Monday 16th March 2020.

Leo & Hyde: The Marriage of Kim K & Oberon White: Winegod

Sounds Like This Marriage of Kim K

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The worlds of opera and pop culture collide in Leo & Hyde’s award-winning show, The Marriage of Kim K. Mike and Amanda argue about what to watch on TV the night before their anniversary weekend – Mozart’s classic opera The Marriage of Figaro or the 72-day union of Kim Kardashian to Kris Humphries in Keeping Up With the Kardashians. You’ll see the three marriages entwine and unravel on stage set to an eclectic feast of pop, electronic and classical music. Another mind-bending performance will start the evening as Oberon White’s ritualistic Winegod traces the ancientness of queer identity.

Leo & Hyde: The Marriage of Kim K & Oberon White: Winegod comes to Leeds College of Music on Tuesday 17th March 2020.

Cover image credit: Cath du Puy