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Rowf! Rowf! Rowf!
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of August 2009. Islington Mill

The wild, the weird and the sonically wacky arrive in Salford this weekend for an indoor fest with a difference…


Spontaneous, creative, hard to define; these are some of the phrases used to describe the fifth Rowf! Rowf! Rowf! Music Festival to be held over the Bank Holiday weekend at Salford’s Islington Mill.
 
This is the second time the Festival has come to the Mill, which some have described as the ‘saviour’ of local music. Tickets for the event are £15, which gives you access to an extremely full weekend line up of avant-garde acts such as Gnod and Part Wildhorses Mane on Both Sides.
 
Gnod are a Manchester band that played their first gig a couple of years ago at the Rowf! Rowf! Rowf! in Withington. They are a collective with three core members and they specialise in - quote - ‘weird shit’.
 
Promoter Nick Mitchell, who also plays in Hathor Duo and Beach Fuzz, says the festival is a combination of noise bands and those inspired by folk influences.
 
Many of the artistes are extremely versatile.  As well as being in a band, Step Ludowski is also a dub dj.
 
Organisers say the `scene’ is linked to the Singing Knives label in Sheffield and the network extends from city to city and into Europe and America. It is self-sustaining without any big labels or big money. And the people involved thoroughly enjoy themselves…
 
The Festival is all about soundscapes and free improvisation. It certainly isn’t ‘trendy’ unknown bands. It’s about people who are into sound making and sound creation. And the Mill is certainly a good venue for this with its rough and ready space, old mill pipes and vaulted ceilings.
 
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of August 2009. Islington Mill, James Street Salford, M3 5HW. Weekend tickets are £15, day tickets £10 from www.ticketline.co.uk .

Words by Liam Starkey

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