2016 is set to be another exciting year for Islington Mill. The Salford venue’s ever-ambitious events programme has been a consistently shining light at the cutting edge of the region’s cultural calendar. Looking forward to the next few months, their high-quality benchmark remains in the reliably progressive creative mits of the twin promoters, Fat Out and Samarbeta. Here we glance towards some of their standouts.

Ex-Easter Island Head
The unconventional Scouse guitar percussionist trio return for a second dose of Samarbeta, the fortnight-long musician residency programme (8-21 Feb) which brings together innovators in sound to produce original material ahead of a special group performance under the moniker of the Large Electric Ensemble.
Sat 20 Feb, £6, www.islingtonmill.com

Gang of Four
Through the years they’ve been a gang of many more than four, but the Leeds rebel rousers’ latest outing sees them politicising through punk rock power chords almost 40 years since their first incarnation set Marxist hearts ablaze.
Sun 28 Feb, £15, www.islingtonmill.com

Lydia Lunch’s Retrovirus (pictured)
A favourite of Fat Out and Islington Mill, Lydia Lunch’s artistic repertoire spans as far as the imagination can see, this time attaching her voice to the sonic output of a Weasel Walter, Tim Dahl and Bob Bert, all well-versed in the dark arts of improv. See image.
Mon 7 Mar, £8, www.islingtonmill.com

Sat 20 Feb – Mon 7 Mar, Islington Mill, 1 James Street, Salford, M3 5HW, www.islingtonmill.com

Sat 20 Feb - Mon 7 Mar
Ian Pennington
Published on:
Sun 6 Mar 2016