The Brighton Fringe hosts a number of incredible nights this May dedicated to the weird and the eerie.
The year’s Odditorium Festival, part of the Brighton Fringe, has just announced a line up that should appeal to fans of the weird… and post punk from Salford.
On Thursday May 19, writer and broadcaster John Doran host an audio visual presentation called Salford Psychic City! Speaking about the event, the Quietus editor said: “It seems like you can’t turn on BBC4 without hearing how the Sex Pistols’ appearance at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester 1976 lit the touch paper on the city’s music scene, but there is another less well known, more compelling story yet to be told.
“This story concerns the countercultural bookshop that helped birth The Fall and Joy Division and how these bands went on to predict the future we now live in. SALFORD PSYCHIC CITY! digs deep into Manchester’s music – of the post punk years to modern luminaries including Iceboy Violet, Aya, Kelly Jayne Jones, GNOD & Lonelady – unearthing hidden connections to the great witch cult of the 1960s, the ghostly White Lady of Ordsall Hall, the birth of Communism, John Dee’s conversations with angels via a black mirror, UK’s most notorious & banned publishers Savoy Books, Mark Fisher, the bombing of the Arndale Centre, DM Thomas’ The White Hotel, Sigmund Freud and the haunted, rat infested Joe Bloggs warehouse that pumped out bellbottomed flares to Stone Roses fans in 1988.
“Ultimately, SALFORD PSYCHIC CITY! hopes to start a conversation about how weird culture helps us make sense of the tumultuous times we live in now and helps us prepare for whatever comes next.”
On Wednesday May 18, the Bosco Theatre hosts Mark Farrelly’s one-man play Jarman: The Story Of Derek Jarman. And on the following Wednesday, May 25, in the Speigeltent, Whisper Of The Stones, features historian Ronald Hutton, exploring the origins of Stonehenge, archaeologist Dr. Matt Pope looks at the myths and the reality of Brighton’s own long-gone sacred stones, while Fiona Robertson presents Ten Ways To Get To Know A Stone, a guide for budding standing stone investigators and enthusiasts.
On the same night, Lally Macbeth and friend of Louder Than War, Matthew Shaw will present Living Stones, a fusion of poetry and field recordings inspired by Cornwall-based artist, author and occultist Ithell Colquhoun, while The Odditorium’s own Dr. David Bramwell will revisit cult ’70s children’s TV series Children Of The Stones.