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Sensoria Festival adds Drenge, Rolo Tomassi to line-up

Cutting-edge festival in Sheffield returns with performances, film screenings, industry events and more

Robbie Thomson harnesses the sonic capabilities of the Tesla coil in his XRFMR visual performance

October 6th sees SynthFest UK, hosted by Sound On Sound, return to Sheffield as part of this year’s Sensoria Festival. Sensoria itself promises a packed programme of live music, outdoor cinema, immersive events and film screenings across Sheffield. Taking place from 27 September - 6 October, the festival has expanded to 10 days in its 10th year and covers the theme ‘Senses Working Overtime’.

The event will see live sets (many for the first time in Sheffield) from BEAK>, Ex-Easter Island Head, The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble (Goldfrapp), Drenge, Rolo Tomassi, Fvnerals, Textasy, International Teachers of Pop (The Moonlandingz), and The Everly Pregnant Brothers’ Dare performance, plus Glasgow-based artist Robbie Thomson who harnesses the sonic capabilities of the Tesla coil in his XRFMR visual performance (pictured), as well as Indiana-based electronic producer, Jlin.

Latest additions include The 3 Ring Circus Feat. Richard Hawley + special guests. A special event where each artist acts as the opener in a different venue then jumps into a waiting car which will speed them to the next location, with each artist becoming the opener, middle act and headline in different locations. The order of which is a complete mystery to the audience.

Industry events include SensoriaPro, Composing for Film - Masterclass with Ilan Eshkeri, the popular Scoring Contest and more. Sheffield Robotics will also be on-hand to demo teleoperations of robots.

You can also expect a special screening of Desolation Center, a documentary about the now-legendary series of Reagan-era guerrilla punk/industrial desert happenings in Southern California. Feat. interviews and unseen footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans, Einstürzende Neubauten and more.

Dawn Shadforth Q&A: A retrospective of one of music video’s most quietly prolific auteurs, focussing on videos made for Kylie Minogue, Sugababes, Björk, Oasis, Moloko, All Seeing I, The Moonlandingz and more.

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