Futurama announces more acts and a date shift to September, as well as day splits

Futurama, billed as a utopian festival for dystopian times has announced a tranche of new names for the bill as well as the day splits for the two day fest at Invisible Wind Factory.

Originally due to take place over Easter weekend, it was inevitable Futurama would have to shift. And so it has. The new dates for the Invisible Wind Factory are 11 and 12 September 2021.

Highlights of the new line up announcement include: A Certain Ratio, Clock DVA, Pom Poko and Sex Gang Children.

Manchester post-punk legends A Certain Ratio, played the first Futurama in Leeds in 1979 and are confirmed to play the main stage this year on the Saturday. A hugely influential band who’s funked up post punk has mesmerized people for over 40 years, the line-up still revolves around the three core members Martin Moscrop, Donald Johnson and Kez Kerr. They are currently enjoying a renaissance with their Loco album on Mute Records.

We are really looking forward to playing the Futurama again! I remember playing the Futurama 1979, it was a great line up of post punk and weirdness,” remembers Martin Moscrop. “Gutted to have missed Hawkwind though. Can’t wait for September.”

They are also joined by Clock DVA, the electronic pioneers formed by Adi Newton. Clock DVA were one of the big three Sheffield electronic bands along with Human League and Cabaret Voltaire that influenced generations of bands that came afterwards. Clock DVA played the second Futurama Festival in 1980 and they headline the Substation on the Sunday.

Heaven 17

Another highlight is Sex Gang Children. One of the most important positive punk and goth bands whose career has stretched over four decades. They’re back with a new album Oligarch and they will be re-entering the abyss when they headline the Planet X stage on 12 September. They played Futurama 4 in Deeside 1983.

The Blue Orchids also join the bill on the Sunday. Christened by John Cooper Clarke, The Blue Orchids were formed in 1979 when Martin Bramah left The Fall. They have a new album out on 25 May and are about to support The Nightingales on their up-and-coming dates.

Spear of Destiny replace Kirk Brandon’s other band Theatre of Hate. This is due to Kirk’s hectic touring schedule which meant Theatre of Hate were fine for April 2021 but not for September.

Spear of Destiny were already booked in to play the postponed ‘World Service Tour’ celebrating 35 years since the release of their most successful album.

Pom Poko, Norway’s fast rising sugar-coated noise makers also join the bill where they’ll be joined by the likes of TVAM, Joe Oxby’s cut up electronics, the striking talent of Julia Bardo, the excitement of Loose Articles from Manchester, the gothic rock of Twisted Nerve and two of the UK’s best new punk bands Grandma’s House and The Meffs.

Many of Liverpool’s newest noiseniks and far from angelic upstarts play as well, including Zee Davine’s latest project, Zee Davine & The Unholies, SPQR, Eyesore and the Jinx, Piss Kitti, Spilt, Yammerer, Bite Back and Dry Retch.

Day splits for the acts announced so far:

SATURDAY 11 SEPTEMBER
HEAVEN 17 / SPEAR OF DESTINY / A CERTAIN RATIO / WARMDUSCHER / BILLY NOMATES / BALAAM & THE ANGEL / SPIZZ ENERGI / SECTION 25 /SINK YA TEETH / TVAM
IST IST / GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS / HEAVY LUNGS / WE ARE NOT DEVO / THE DSM IV / TOKKY HORROR / POZI / WITCH FEVER /SPQR / LOOSE ARTICLES / PETE BENTHAM & THE DINNER LADIES / EXPELAIRES / FEATHER TRADE / LIBRALIBRA / SPILT / YAMMERER / DITZ / FRAUDS / GRANDMA’S HOUSE / THE GENTLE SCARS / THREE FROM ABOVE / BITE BACK / DEH-YEY / DRY RETCH

SUNDAY 12 SEPTEMBER
PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT / THE CHAMELEONS / THE BLINDERS / CLOCK DVA / THE LOVELY EGGS / SEX GANG CHILDREN /THE MEMBRANES / CHUBBY & THE GANG / JULIA BARDO BLUE ORCHIDS / POM POKO / SAINT AGNES / JOHN / BOB VYLAN / EVIL BLIZZARD / TVAM / ZEE DAVINE & THE UNHOLIES / CROWS / TV PRIEST / COURTING
DR DIABLO & THE DEVIANT SHOW / COURTING / LIINES / DREAM NAILS / EYESORE & THE JINX / CRAWLERS / GRAVVES / GENN / THE MEFFS / TWISTED NERVE / THE WEBB / KLAMP / THE PLEASURE DOME / COUGHIN’ VICARS

For more info head to: futuramafestival.com

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