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Win tickets to Futuresonic 2006!

On the 20th July Manchester will become well and truly wired as we welcome the Futuresonic Festival to town. Fancy winning a pass to the entire weekend?

Published on July 6th 2006.

Win tickets to Futuresonic 2006!

Manchester is a pretty electric place most of the time anyway, even when it’s wet and grey. Which, let’s face it, is most of the time. The weekend of the 20th – 23rd July however, the city will become well and truly wired as we welcome the Futuresonic Festival to town.

For three days and nights the urban festival will celebrate cutting edge electronic music and digital art with over 100 ground breaking acts and artists from across the world.

In this, the tenth anniversary of Futuresonic, venues from all across Manchester will be running live events, with over 20 performances including the sensational Battles, live sets from the burgeoning scenes of dubstep and grime, and a rare Manchester performance by the cover star of frontier electronics Fennesz. Futuresonic Live is at the cornerstone of this year's sonic extravaganza.

Click here for the festival’s full listings.

If you would like to be there and make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the action, then a wristband is the way to go – which gives you free access to all of the Futuresonic events and the festival opening party.

Wristbands are £25 each, but we have a couple to give away to you guys, so to be in with a chance of winning them simply fill your details into the form below.

To win a wristband for the entire weekend click here!

Futuresonic opens on Thursday 20 July at the Museum of Science & Industry Manchester, launching its art exhibitions - Instrument and Off The Map - with a keynote speech from Japanese artist, Toshio Iwai. The official opening party follows at BarCa, Castlefield, from 9pm. The festival then runs through until the evening of Sunday 23 July.

For full details of this year’s Futuresonic, or to book tickets for any of the events, click here to visit their official website.

Futuresonic 2006
20th – 23rd July
Various Venues

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Futuresonic 2006 Full Music Listings

Futuresonic launches this year's festival with Zeitgeist-forming London independent label Alt Delete, featuring the filthy fun of Dandi Wind, Revl9n, Simon Bookish, The Reanimators and Nightmoves.


9.00pm, Thursday 20 July, BarÇa, Catalan Square, Castlefield
(NB. Weekender Wristband wearers only)

From the burgeoning scenes of dubstep & grime to performances by some of the most innovative acts in the world, Futuresonic Live has it all...


Music For The Beep Generation: Battles (USA) + Fennesz (Austria) + Toshio Iwai (Japan)
An evening of sonic delights featuring some of the most pioneering artists working in music today. Toshio Iwai’s state-of-art sound machine is incredible, Battles’ wrecking-ball performances legendary, Fennesz’s incandescent music breathtaking. Unmissable.
Academy 2, Oxford Road
Advance: £10 (£8 with Loyalty Wristband)
Door: £12 (£8 with Loyalty Wristband)
Free entry with Weekender Wristband

Various Production (XL) + Shy Child (Good & Evil) + Stacs of Stamina (WerkDiscs) + Actress (DJ set) + Andrew Brooks (visuals)
A heady brew of intoxicating sounds served up live at The Bierkeller. Features hotly-tipped Various Production, the pulsating performance of Shy Child and Sweden’s favourite hip hopsters Stacs of Stamina. With DJ set by Actress.
The Bierkeller, Piccadilly
10pm – 3am
Advance: £6 (£4 with Loyalty Wristband)
Door: £7 (£5 with Loyalty Wristband)
Free entry with Weekender Wristband


Cobra Killer (Berlin) + The Future (Manchester) + Union of Knives (Glasgow) + Fata Morgana (visuals)
Cobra Killer's combination of scuzzy electronic euphoria and high-octane, avant-punk trash has made them one the most exciting live acts emanating from Berlin. Manchester’s The Future give you the best dream you’ve ever had with 50 ft basslines pumped directly into your head. Union of Knives meld analogue riffs, vocals and guitar abstractions over a dirty backbeat of programmed drums. Lo fi visual mash up by Fata Morgana.
The Bierkeller, Piccadilly
Advance: £6 (£4 with Loyalty Wristband)
Door: £7 (£5 with Loyalty Wristband)
Free entry with Weekender Wristband

DMZ Showcase: Digital Mystikz + Loefah with Sgt Pokes + Kode 9 + Space Ape + Skream + The Plastician
UK music takes a leap into the future. A killer night of skanked-out, bass-driven sounds featuring all the leading lights of the exploding London dubstep scene. Keep the snare tight, keep the beat right and one day every night will sound like this…
The Music Box, Oxford Street
10pm – 3am
Advance: £8 (£6 with Loyalty Wristband)
Door: £10 (£8 with Loyalty Wristband)
Free entry with Weekender Wristband


Kro Piccadilly becomes a beacon for this year’s festival, pulsing out live sounds across the city. Featuring a formidable assembly of acts running over two consecutive nights, including special one-off sets and Dipoleman’s first ever live gig. The perfect place to start your weekend.


Cursor Miner + Beats For Beginners + Shmoo + Lal
Kro Piccadilly, Piccadilly Gardens
7pm -12am


Stazi + The Lovers + Working For A Nuclear Free City + Dipoleman (ex My Computer)
Kro Piccadilly, Piccadilly Gardens
7pm -12am


A city-wide programme of affiliated events, featuring new and ground-breaking artists from around the world. From stunning live performances, multimedia events and total immersion experiences to some of the best club line-ups in town.


Wrong Music Mobile Disco
Wrong Music Mobile Disco takes Futuresonic outside and straight to the people. During the day seek out the WrongMobile recording studio and record your own demo, perform midi karaoke, get advice about self- publishing and contribute to their electronic zine. At night check out experimental electronica, mash-ups, digi-punk and junglist-euro pop from Shitmat and the crew. A Futuresonic Competition Winner.
Museum of Science and Industry, Castlefield
Running Friday and Saturday, 12pm – 5pm, and then moving on Saturday (10pm til late) to the Waldorf, Gore Street

In The Basement
Spanning the whole festival weekend, the artist (0+0) exhibits his work as a cross artform event - all taking place in the basement of Oklahoma shop and cafe. Paintings hang layered on top of each other and across the walls while film footage is projected onto a screen... Incorporates live DJs, sounds, live drawing and more.
Oklahoma, High Street
Running Friday through to Sunday, 12pm-5pm

CDR Special
Tony Nwachukwu (Attica Blues) and Gavin Alexander present a ground-breaking afternoon of ideas and tracks in the making. CDR have developed a whole new music scene which operates outside record company structures by providing a platform for works in progress, new ideas, unreleased songs, remixes and edits. Bring along your latest work. A Futuresonic Competition Winner.
Common, Edge Street
3pm - 7pm

Real Fresh TV presents: A Concert Over Broadband
With: Dear Eskimo + The Search Map + Aristocrash + The Black Paths + Gillian Edgar
Multi-media event featuring a heady brew of live sounds to a backdrop of futuristic film freakery provided by AV/VJ extraordinaire, ChairTV.com. Real Fresh TV will be documenting the event and broadcasting it online on www.realfresh.tv
The Basement, The Rossetti Hotel, Piccadilly Square
8pm til late.
Entry on door: £6 (£4 with Loyalty Wristband or with flyer). Free entry with Weekender Wristband

Norvun Devolution
Let the venue vibrate! The Turntable Scientists juggle the best Arc-era Dub alongside UK and US conscious hip hop in an unmissable audio/visual experience. Sketch City provide live graffiti and collaborates with 3D visuals on the event screen. A Futuresonic Competition Winner.
Centro, Tib Street
8pm - 1am

Kr8z Recordings: Label Launch
An evening of heavy beats, fat flows and soulful songs launches Manchester's newest experimental hip hop label. Features performances from The Blendaholics, MC's Random Barks & The Green Pooki, the chanteuse Monika Martini and Metrodome & Jordan. The Kr8z label - an iceberg in the shipping lane of mundane music.
The Roadhouse, Newton Street
10pm - 3am
Entry on door: £4 (£3 Loyalty Wristband)
Free entry with Weekender Wristband

Monatronic’s Adventures
Monatronic recording artists One Manned Mule, Opiu and Nunatak sew together a sonic tapestry from deep Detroit house to pure minimal electronics and sound experimentation. Combine that with visually intense optical delights and you have the beginnings of a really compelling night...
Common, Edge Street
8pm til late


Drongomala and the Zeitgeist Orchestra perform electronic improvised pieces inspired by North Indian Ragas in a series of four open-air shows throughout the day in Manchester. Beautiful, uplifting and unique.
At sites across the city from dawn ‘til dusk:
Part 1. Sunrise Chorlton Water Park
Part 2. Afternoon, Castlefield
Part 3. Sunset, Northern Quarter
Part 4. Midnight, Northern Quarter

Reject Industries in association with Love Music Hate Racism present: Electroplasm
Manchester's legendary DJ Dave Haslam joins Manchester's electronic collectives (Tramp!/Clique/Chips with Everything/Contort Yourself/GratisDJ’s) for a day of food and a mini-marathon of great music in support of Love Music Hate Racism.
Kro 2, Oxford Road
3pm til late
FREE but donations encouraged

A Dull Roar
Straight, Spookhouse and Sparkles build up emotional soundscapes using a variety of processed acoustic instruments. Joined by D.O.S (Disco Operating System) and complemented by mind-bending visuals.
Odd, Thomas Street
3pm - 7pm

STFU Showcase
STFU is an online collective of electronic musicians and visual artists who use the internet as their main means of communication. This showcase features the talents of notable local laptop DJs DNCN (Hippocamp/Gastspiel/Clevermusic), Tommy Walker III (Human Shield), Peter Mangalore (Sequence/Human Shield) and many more.
Common, Edge Street
3pm - 11pm

noWax: Bringing Digital Democracy to the Dancefloor
Bring your iPod/MP3 player loaded with your favourite tunes and wait your turn to plug’n’play against other MP3-Js. Let the soundclash commence!
Vox Pop, Oldham Street
6pm - 10pm

Broadminded presents: Persona
Innovator Lee Gosnay joins DJ Neo & Rascal (scratching), Manchester School of Samba founder Tony Watt (live percussion), Mike C (freestyle percussion) and NO1S (guitar FX). All combined with live VJing from Ju-X5 for an evening of sweet sounds in Simple lounge.
Simple, Tib Street
8pm – late

Burst Couch #20
A celebration of one of the Northwest’s longest running experimental music nights featuring the best in improvisation, electronica and left field bands. Presented in association with Lotta Continua record label.
Visuals by Hollowsphere.
Briton’s Protection, Great Bridgewater Street
8pm - late
Entry on door £3 (£2 with Loyalty Wristband)
Free with Weekender Wristband

Freed from the shackles of their midweek residency, one of Manchester’s best club nights brings their electro-pop, punk-funk party to Futuresonic.
The Bierkeller, Piccadilly
11pm - 3am
£5 (£4 with Loyalty Wristband)
Free with Weekender Wristband

El Diablo’s Social Club feat. Kelvin Andrews (Soul Mekanik) + Neil Diablo + Danny Webb
The underground visits the underworld in an all-nighter for lost souls. El Diablo present a one-off party for the Futuresonic 2006 weekend. Just remember that the devil always gets the last dance…
Secret Location
11pm - 6am
£5 with invite (only obtainable from Futuresonic Festival Hub and Piccadilly Records)
Free with Weekender Wristband


An open jam session where participants bring their portable equipment, plug into the Share system, improvise on each others' signal and perform live audio and video. Audio jam: Bring your noise-maker of choice and an XLR, quarter-inch or RCA cable to join. Video jam: multi-user live video synthesis. Bring your clips, camera or laptop / amiga and VGA, S-Video, or RCA cables to join. A Futuresonic Competition Winner.
Museum of Science & Technology, Castlefield
12pm - 5pm

Pooka presents: All The Colours Of The Dark
Sean Vinylment and Joel Martin come together with film thieves Johnny Redmond (lovelockandload.com) and bit56 (Ninja Tune). Combining gritty Giallo crime scenes with library record sleeves and rare film scores, this audio/visual tag team improvises using vinyl records that control the playback of both film and audio. Joined by Darren Wall, Flytipper, Si G (Vinyl Exchange) and Benjamin Hatton. A Futuresonic Competition Winner.
Odd Bar, Thomas Street
8pm til late

Believe the buzz. Centro hosts a venomous night of honey-coloured sounds wrapped in blinding techno. An evening with a sting in its tail.
Centro, Tib Street
8pm til late

Licktronica: Modern Love Special
Feat. Andy Stott (Modern Love) + Pendle Coven (Modern Love) + Claro Intelecto (Modern Love / Ai Records).
Electronicacoustic trailblazers Licktronica present lovely music made by lovely people from Burnley to Berlin and beyond.
Common, Edge Street
8pm til late

Feat. 4-D + Poulomi Desai + Aiden Jolly and Jilah Bakhshayesh + Kooj Chuhan
An emotional drive through secrecy, denial and unreal existence by Virtual Migrants with conscious live music and interactive multimedia projection by artists from across the country.
The Late Room, Peter Street
8pm til late
Entry on door: £6 (£4 with Loyalty Wristband)
Free with Weekender Wristband


Tickets & Wristbands
0161 832 1111

Lines open Monday - Friday: 8am - 11pm / Saturday- Sunday: 9am - 9pm

Weekender Wristband
Price: £25
_Free access to over 30 Futuresonic events (see ticket details next to each event)
_Free access to Futuresonic Opening Party
_Food & drink discounts during your festival visit
For full Wristband details see: www.futuresonic.com

Loyalty Wristband
Price: £3
Discounts on all Futuresonic Live events and many affiliated EVNTS.

Limited Availability:
All wristbands were taken up before the opening of last year’s festival. Order now to avoid disappointment.
For full Wristband details see: www.futuresonic.com.

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