2016 will be the fifth year of Threadfest, the festival of independent art and music set up via University of Bradford to pull together and celebrate the city’s underground and hard to find music. Over the years it’s developed artistically and secured a strong reputation with leftfield music and arts audiences; The Guardian listed it in their best metropolitan festivals guide and The Wire are big fans mentioning it in their best UK scene’s round up of 2015.
Threadfest 2016 aims to further explore the diverse, collaborative and participatory elements of the underground with a series of events across venues in Bradford this Spring Bank Holiday May 27 - 29th.
Acts include post punk legends The Nightingales fresh from their American tour and appearances at the All Tomorrows Parties festival on the invite of comedian Stewart Lee; Legendary Kenyan Folk singer Ogoya Nengo & The Dodo Women's Group; singer Polish-born Glasgow-based ‘haunt pop’ artist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ela Orleans; other worldly one-man band and inventor ICHI, a kids gig from Devo-loving Deerhoof and 6 Music endorsed econo-popsters Cowtown, award winning composer Mariam Rezaei’s newly facilitated group No Border’s Ensemble that has worked with Bradford Scratch Orchestra group for musicians and non-musicians of all levels of experience; the Chumbawamba-affiliated ‘explicitly political’ Commoners Choir; London new wave hip-funk trio Ravioli Me Away; ecstatic pop from singer songwriter and star of The Undateables Daniel Wakeford; progressive minimalist indie from Bristol The Jelas; stand up from post-alternative comedy inventor Ted Chippington*; movement based on female textiles workers with Gujarati connections by artist Bryony Pritchard and much more.
* Ted has sadly had to cancel his appearance due to illness.
Threadfest is returning to a multi venue format in 2016 that will include Gallery II at University of Bradford, Bradford Playhouse, Delius Arts and Cultural Centre, Fuse Art Space and The 1 in 12 Club and with events in association with Bradford Literature Festival.
Threadfest will return again later in the year as part of Recon Festival in October working towards a combined event.
Threadfest 2016 is brought to you by M@BU in partnership with independent organisations, venues and promoters including Recon, Bradford Playhouse, Fuse Art Space, The 1 in 12 Club and Delius Arts and Cultural Centre. Supported by University of Bradford and Bradford Metropolitan District Council.