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Sensoria Festival announce first wave of events for 2018 edition

Sheffield’s annual festival of film and music returns (now in a 10-day-long format) this September, and the first acts are up. 

The first gig tickets to go on sale are for BEAK> October 4 at The Foundry, whose sound is described as ‘intelligent krautrock with driving motorik beats’. If you’re a Sensoria regular you’ll probably know what that means, if not, listen to them here. If they look familiar, that might be because the band is made up of Geoff Barrow of Portishead and the duo Billy Fuller and William Young, also known as Moon Gangs. Providing support will be Ex-Easter Island Head, playing percussive pieces on horizontally laid electric guitars, definitely not something you see every day.

This year’s theme will be ‘Senses Working Overtime’ and all the events in the programme will explore touch, taste and smell (alongside the senses you’d expect in a festival: sight and sound).

For those unfamiliar with the festival, Sensoria showcases live performances, film screenings, exhibitions and special events on the film industry across eclectic city venues (previous years included drive-ins and swimming pool screenings). Now in its 10th year, the festival has featured names like Jarvis Cocker, Bill Drummond, Richard Hawley, Laurie Anderson, Paddy Considine, Christopher Eccleston and John Grant.

Alongside the main festival runs SynthFestUK, this year taking over the Octagon again on 6 October. Created by Sound on Sound magazine, this is one for musicians who love to check out the latest kit, with manufacturers bringing their synth products to present in a Showcase Village, plus a ‘Modular Meet Camp’ and Q&A sessions.

For those already in the music and film industry, Sensoria Pro might be up your street, Trafalgar Warehouse will become a space for composers, film makers and anyone involved in sound and film to mingle and discuss new developments on 5 October.

Sensoria Festival runs from September 27  to October 6. Tickets and more information will be available from from

Tickets for BEAK> will be available from 1pm 20 April, you can buy them after this time via this link or you  in person from the Sheffield University Student’s Union box office.

The rest of the programme will be announced over the next few months. 

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