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Preview: Threadfest 2014

· Joseph Sheerin · Music

Black Moth

Bradford is set to be taken over this May with a feast of independent music and art as Threadfest returns to the city.

As arts and music festivals go, Threadfest is quite possibly the best chance you have of experiencing something you might never have had the luck to come across before – and best of all, it’s absolutely free.

Once the weather heats up, many city festivals are beset with what the charts proffer as quality, but Threadfest will not stray from its course – one which promises the best in independent and experimental music and arts.

Across the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend, 23rd to 25th May 2014, Bradford will be awash with extreme talent, from the city and further afield, and this year, the Yorkshire festival has been given an artistic boost thanks to funding from Arts Council England and Bradford Council.

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This means that alongside the diverse musical line-up, there’s a plentiful art programme at Threadfest 2014 that will show of the best underground and independent talent. Art in Unusual Spaces will be running the programme, called ‘Dark Matter Institute’ which will take the form of a temporary gallery showcasing ‘the hidden mass of informal creativity that emerges both within and outside of the mainstream; the bleed between the amateur and the professional; work and play; the tensions between making a living and loving what you do; and the precarious conditions, temporary contracts, enforced flexibility, economic recession and strategies of austerity that background this.’

And it’s not just the traditional art you’d expect in a ‘gallery’ as Dark Matter attempts to transcend cultural boundaries across music, theatre, performance, film and print – staying true to the Threadfest ethos. Those taking part include film and music collaborators Polymitas, Black Dogs, a DIY art collective, illustrator and poet Matt the Horse and local Bradfordian theatre company Northern Lines.

If you’re looking a for a new band or two to follow, then there’s no need to panic, with a diverse array of musical talent featuring some highlights borne out of the Yorkshire region. Leeds rock’n’roll noisemakers Black Moth join riffed up Castleford five-piece Allusondrugs, who’ll be taking to the stage alongside Semimentalists, Cantaloupe, Grey Hairs, Rattle, Negative Panda, Cleft and Marry Another amongst others.

However, in keeping with the artistically collaborative nature of Threadfest, the one performance to watch out for will be the Sunday programme put together by Fuse Art Space and Golden Cabinet. It will promote international relations with the cross-atlantic talents of Robert Millis, Phillip Jeck, Female Band, Basic House and Dean McPhee coming to the fore to help close out the weekend.

A festival such as Threadfest in Bradford will quite probably fly under the radar for most, but a chance to uncover talented artists pushing, and possibly breaking, accepted boundaries of art is a Bank Holiday weekend in Yorkshire to take advantage of.

Threadfest 2014 takes place across Bradford on 23rd to 25th May 2014. Free entry.