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Upcoming shows: System Exclusive... Rachel Sermanni... Erland Cooper & Ensemble... Josh Rouse... Cinder Well... Tiny Ruins... Gratis: Amy May Ellis... Guadalupe Plata... Will Samson... Ben P Williams with Shimna... Kathryn Williams & Polly Paulusma... Jean-Michel Blais... Kristin Hersh... Gratis: Simeon Walker... Martin Kohlstedt... The Sonics... Lande Hekt... Someone... An Evening with Honeyblood... The Breath... Hania Rani... Ye Vagabonds... Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay... Thomas Truax... Gratis: Wesley Gonzalez... Wreckless Eric... The David Tattersall Group... One Little Atlas... His Lordship... OFF!... BC Camplight... Julie Byrne... Freya Beer... Edwin R. Stevens... Peter Brewis... Smoke Fairies... Lambert... Withered Hand & Darren Hayman... Holy Moly & The Crackers... The Rural Alberta Advantage... The Unthanks in Winter... John Craigie... John Francis Flynn... Junior Brother... Beans on Toast...

When: 8pm on Saturday 13 April 2019
Where: Partisan Collective, 19 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M4 4FY

We’re delighted to be working with Irma Vep again – this time, at Partisan Collective, with a quadruple bill!

Irma Vep is a loner, a joker, a roamer, a ribald construct riddled with both earnest anxiety and mercurial songwriting talent birthed by a young Edwin Stevens in Llanfairfechan, North Wales. Having since fully grown into Irma Vep and now residing in Glasgow, Stevens’ discography has expanded to document every aspect of his music, from ecstatically free group experiments to bare, sparse songwriting that cuts to the quick, shorn of ornament or pretence.

Stevens moonlights in several other groups (Sex Hands, Klaus Kinski, Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura, Yerba Mansa…), bringing with him an instantly recognisable guitar language. However, it’s in Irma Vep that his most life-affirming, troubling and thrilling music is made. Much Irma Vep feels like what ‘classic’ music should feel like if it weren’t so Classic. Each record, each song and each performance exists as an evolving drama.

‘A wiry, minimalist piece of guitar pop, the surreal word play lends an outsider feel, a true dose of weird-pop that thrills at every turn’ – Clash

Support comes from The Birthmarks – a rock band featuring people who are or have been involved with Sex Hands, Irma Vep, Klaus Kinski, Aldous RH, Egyptian Hip Hip, Human Hair, Sydney, lovvers, TDA, Wait Loss and many more. Dylan and Edwin have recruited a keyboard player, Henry Withers out of Lovvers and Human Hair and that, and while eating a fry up at Fuel they recruited the chef Billy Tebb to play bass guitar after Oliver left to travel the world and become a chef himself.

Also on the bill are bunny hoova – avant garde high-grade weirdo pop with sharp transfixing melodies.

Completing the bill is Handel (aka Handle) – a three-piece band who make post minimal pre sloppy latin functional proto samba trash. For this show, they will be playing a set of deconstructed Handel scores.

This show is a co-promotion with Partisan Collective and Comfortable On A Tightrope. This is a Partisan fundraiser, with all proceeds going to the space. Note: this event is happening in Partisan’s upstairs area. It is on the same day as the Partisan All Day Party ! #7 but is a separate event. Please enter through the basement entrance and head up the stairs.

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All shows are 18+ unless otherwise stated.