Competition: WIN tickets to all of FutureEverything Festival’s live events & parties

Stevie Mackenzie-Smith

It did a stint in Singapore – now FutureEverything Festival returns to Manchester, and you can win a bundle of tickets.

FutureEverything returns to Manchester 30 March – 2 April, with a weekend of interactive art and installations, gigs, parties and a conference. As ever, FutureEverything sets out to explore the big questions facing society – both as a nation, and a global community – through art, music and technology. It’s a festival that continues to push boundaries, definitions of genre, and never fails to introduce us to something new, unexpected and often ‘odd’ in a refreshing way, whether that’s a musical act or a new way of thinking about climate change.

To celebrate FutureEverything’s return, we’re giving away a festival pack that includes a pair of tickets for all of the live events and parties taking place throughout the festival. That’s five different picks from the programme – and here they are.

Tickets to five different picks from the programme – including Gazelle Twin

First up is a choice between Gazelle Twin’s Kingdom Come at Manchester Art Gallery (Thur 31 March, 7.30-8.30pm) and Peter Brotzmann and Heather Leigh at Islington Mill (Thur 31 March, 7.30pm-11pm). You could even watch the premiere of Gazelle Twin’s new audio visual performance – which takes place on treadmills against a manic, illusory landscape and features a brand new soundtrack from Gazelle Twin – before legging it over to Islington Mill for a collaboration that mixes Brotzmann’s European free jazz with Leigh’s pedal-steel guitar-flavoured alt-rock (watch their performance at Edinburgh’s Tectonics Festival 2015 here).

You’ll also have passes to both major parties during the festival, starting with the Friday Night Party at Islington Mill (Fri 1 April, 9pm-6am), which brings together hotly-tipped new producers; Nidia Minaj (not that Minaj), a Bordeaux-based bedroom producer, has been creating high-octane Afro-electronic dance music since she was a teenager, while Nkisi is a regular at London’s Endless club night and plays music ranging from west African club music to doomcore.

This will be followed by the chance to catch dark, minimalist techno from Sweden’s Abdulla Rashim and Varg at the Saturday Night Party at Soup Kitchen (Sat 2 April, 10pm-4am). It’s a choice between this and Babble on the same night – if you’re feeling ambitious, you could even drop into both. The Babble performance and after party is at Islington Mill (Sat 2 April, 7pm-1am), and is an experimental event series that mixes electronic music, live coding, voice and live visuals to create a night of playful and intimate performance.

Unless you’re particularly au-fait with what that overlap between music, art and technology actually sounds like, lots of these artists probably won’t register with you. But that’s the beauty of FutureEverything – you go along, and you get something wildly new and totally unexpected. It’s a festival that’s introduced us to producers, DJs and promoters we might not otherwise have encountered. What’s to lose?

So, to win a pair of tickets to all of the FutureEverything events above, all you have to do is enter your details into the form below. The competition closes at 4pm on Thursday 24 March – good luck!



Terms and Conditions: The winner will be the first correct entry selected at random from all correct entries received. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative given. Employees of Creative Tourist, Quarantine or associated companies are not eligible to enter. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be notified via e-mail as soon as possible after the closing date. Only one entry per person. We apologise for the fact we are unable to post prizes outside of the UK. Entrants will automatically be added to the Creative Tourist mailing list – don’t worry, we never share data and we promise not to bombard you with endless emails. The offer is for a pair of tickets to five events (as listed above) as part of FutureEverything 2016. Closing date: 4pm Thursday 24 March.

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