The Salford Music Festival isn't just called the Salford Music Festival. It's titled the Salford Music Festival Yerrrrr!!! – five rrrrrr's, three exclamation marks!!!
That says everything you need to know about the event set up in 2010 and run by Salford people whose big ideas, big gobs and attitude has musically shaken the city up, giving unknown local bands the chance to play a Festival, and Salfordians the chance to see zillions of bands for nowt.
Now, despite the Festival's sudden emergence as this year's Big Thing (even Salford Council is promoting it) that attitude hasn't changed. And its three founders, Ed Blaney, Paul Ashton and Greyso are still charging round Salford and Facebook all day banging up posters, getting the word out and getting the bands in.
"Yeah, we've made it happen by calling in favours, blagging it and turning the water into wine so to speak" says Ed "We've got a few volunteers this year but it's just us again that are doing it. We've persevered, and we've got 200 bands this year, with The Fall playing three nights and every single postcode in Salford covered."
There's so many bands playing that even Ed and Grayso, sat in the Langworthy Cornerstone, are scratching their heads trying to remember the actual names of them all…
"We've got a band coming over from LA…don't know what they're called but their agent got in touch so we're going to find them a slot" he explains "Nearly all the bands in Salford are involved, or have had the opportunity to be involved, and we're still adding some even though we're full. Got bands from Plymouth to Edinburgh…we've got some brilliant ones – I'd like to name them all but…"
He tails off. And we talk about the headline stuff; a big all dayer for only seven quid at The Lowry next Saturday with a special Salford guest headlining (could be Ryder…could be Hooky…could be Mark E…might be Albert Finney on his harmonica); plus The Fall doing two nights at The Lowry, and, incredibly, one at Lower Kersal Social Club, off Littleton Road…
"Mark said he didn't want people coming to The Lowry and can't get in, so we've done a third night and we're going to ram it" says Ed "I put a notice on the Fall's forum saying `Here's your chance to buy tickets' because we don't want spivs to get them, and the response was great. Mark's going to get down to the Lower Kersal Social Club for about 11:30pm. The excitement this year is really good."
The excitement is at bursting point. As well as The Fall doing three nights, and that Lowry all-dayer on Saturday 22nd featuring everyone from Salford Star faves Briggzy and The Misfits, to Girl Peculiar, John Mackie and AAAK, there's the well popular Karima Francis playing the 21st at The Lowry.
There's an acoustic night at The Ship in Irlam, rock and metal spectaculars at Wangies in Eccles and the DUB 57 Live Electronic Jam at the White Horse in Irlam, featuring Class Actions, Screwmaster G and Ellie Shuttleton amongst others. Meanwhile, the Deli Lama café bar hosts an International Music Night on the 20th, and the Blue Bell in Monton sees the return of the wicked-before-it-was-trendy-to-be-wicked Dislocation Dance. Something for everyone. And more…
"We don't judge the bands" Ed explains "We just did a map on the floor, chucked them all up in the air and wherever they landed that's where they're playing. And it's worked out."
The Salford Star isn't judging the bands either, so we've just flicked our mouse on the band section of the Festival website and here's a very small random-ish selection of what's on…
FrAmed – on at The Ship in Irlam 9pm 22nd September. A Salford rock band who write their own stuff. We like their look, the singer's voice and the video clips on the SMF website. Instantly accessible and well worth checking.
Bethia Beadman – on at the New Oxford 9pm 21st Sept and The Lowry 7:30pm 22nd. From Bath, she's toured with Courtney Love's band Hole and supported Pete Doherty amongst a million other things. Bethia has also got a top line in haunting tunes somewhere down one of the less fuzzy back pockets of Mazzy Starr.
Shinny – on at Lime Bar 8pm 21st. The SMF wouldn't have its Yerrrrr!!! without Hanky Park's Shinny doing a set. Check out the video of Cocaine linked via the SMF site – interesting…Yerrrrrr!!!
Anarchic Rap Outfit – on at the White Horse in Irlam 23rd. This lot are so anarchic there's no info on them at all. Assume the best – anarchic rap? Must be worth checking out!
Hot Vestry – on at Lower Kersal Social Club 9pm 21st. Described as an `experimental indie rock band' from Macclesfield, who have supported Badly Drawn Boy, New Order's DJ set and others, their sounds are fast and nicely furious. Be interesting to see what Lower Kersal, home of the `Massive', make of them…
Any Color Black - on at Wangies 6pm 23rd. Meaty electro rock dance band from Glasgow with a sound that can only be described as `throbbing'. Paul Oakenfold is well into them. Salford awaits…
Tammy Davis – on at The Park, Monton 8pm 22nd. Singer songwriter from Staffordshire, her acoustic folky songs of lost love and starry found romance
will go down well with a few pints.
The Black Widows – on at the Ashley Brook in Langworthy 7pm 22nd. They perform `tales of love and lust, loss and theft, despair and hope' it says here. Check out the sound they put it into, via the SMF site and then the Ashley Brook
The Madding Crowd – on at The Crescent 8pm 23rd. We love the statement on their Soundcloud… "We are from Manchester and we strive to make music that is different, music with feeling, with passion, with a voice, with something to say. Music that is art. It is our opinion that the world of music has become a stale and sad place, governed by money and careerism (as most things are nowadays), a place in which no one is any longer willing to take risks and talk about life and humanity as it is in the 21st century. No one is real now and everything is motivated by financial gain, everyone is afraid to say things of any substance, music is festering with charlatans and liars, people who patronise and appoint themselves as icons when that is not for them to decide. But there is nothing fake here, we are as genuine, as human, as chaotic and beautiful and glamorous as it gets…" Well they must be worth a check after that surely? Hopefully they encapsulate the spirit of the Salford Music Festival 2012 Yerrrrr!!!
For zillions more bands and details check out the ace Salford Music Festival website – click here
Salford Music Festival 2012 Yerrrrr!!!
Thursday 20th- Sunday 23rd September
Various venues. 95% of the gigs are free. And any paid gigs are kept to an absolute minimum ticket price.