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Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2017

Chris Horkan, Music Editor
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Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2017 at Huddersfield Town Hall, 17–26 November 2017, from £9 - Book now

Now in its 40th year, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival – the UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music – returns to theatres, halls, mills, restaurants and more around the West Yorkshire town this November.

Lou Reed’s brutal avant-garde album Metal Machine Music provides a highlight of the festival’s opening weekend, tackled on strings, horns and percussion by France’s Ensemble 2e2m and German supergroup zeitkratzer – while The Otheroom breaks down the barrier between performers and audience for its UK premiere. This ritualistic piece features electronics, brass and dancers.

Later on in the festival’s 10-day run, electronic art music pioneer Pauline Oliveros is honoured by ICE, Distractfold and her long-time collaborators Fritz Hausers, IONE and Anne Bourne. They combine to present a UK exclusive performance of Primordial/Lift, described as a ‘bizarre and surreal sound work’.

hcmf//’s final day features the Huddersfield debut by American multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon, who presents nine original compositions with the help of guest improvisers. The festival draws to a close in euphoric fashion, meanwhile, with Alexander Schubert’s homage to Berlin rave culture, Supramodal Parser.

Across approximately 50 adventurously programmed events – including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film – hcmf// 2017 also covers the likes of Kraftwerk, organ music, gender in music and even Lego.

Ticket prices start at £9, but many events are free.

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2017 at Huddersfield Town Hall

17–26 November 2017
From £9

Things to do at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2017

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Music 17 November 2017, from £17 (£14 concession/online)

Metal Machine Music at Bates Mill Blending Shed

Music 18 November 2017, from £17 (£14 concession/online)

The Otheroom at Huddersfield Town Hall

Festivals 25 November 2017, from £22 (£19 concession/online)

ICE + Distractfold + Fritz Hauser + Anne Bourne + IONE: Oliveros at Huddersfield Town Hall

Music 26 November 2017, from £17 (£14 concession/online)

Sam Amidon at the Lawrence Batley Theatre

Music 26 November 2017, from £17 (£14 concession/online)

Nikel: Alexander Schubert at Bates Mill Blending Shed