Excuse us while we regain our composure for a second. Excitement at Source Towers is brimming over into a frenzy as we find ourselves counting the seconds until we will be down the front bathed in the filthy degenerate beauty of possibly the greatest rock’n’roll band this writer has seen since the Stooges. We have loved them since the chaos of their first Great Escape shows at which we helped soon-to-be 6 Music DJ Huw Stephens to stop a fight between the drummer and a seafront club bouncer, and at least one tub of marmite was smeared all over the frontman. Yes Ladies and Gentlemen: the Fat White Family are coming back to town.
While the Fat Whites may be the undisputed highlight of Mutations Festival, which has been lovingly curated by the team at FORM, they will be joined by a veritable smorgasbord of acts across four days at nine of this fair city’s most awesome venues. The Staves, Public Service Broadcasting and Django Django are also headlining a line-up that features a really interesting mix of bands.
Other highlights include the Marychainy vibes of Bar Italia, the Leonard Cohen crooning of The Golden Dregs, the feisty all-girl party that is Cumgirl8, the queens of Welsh punk Panic Shack, the righteous grooves of the former Beta Band man Mr Steve Mason, the queer dancehall bangers of Grove, the wry outsider pop of Sheffield’s Acid Klaus, the ‘hang on a minute couldn’t he sell out the Dome in his own right’ weirdness of Gruff Rhys, the dirty blues of Speedy Wunderground supergroup Miss Tiny, the angular melodies of Legss, and the Slint-like hypnotism of Deathcrash.
SOURCE is also delighted to see the range of local bands including DITZ, Porridge Radio, Dream Wife, Cubzoa, Plantoid, Keg, Flip Top Head and our new favourite band; the truly astonishing The New Eves.
Day tickets are available, but we’ll be in it for the long haul. Resident Records will have an exclusive pre-sale from 10am on the 6th, via the shop and telephone.
FORM presents: Mutations Festival
Various Venues, 2nd-5th November 2023
Tickets will be available here