This week the programme for the always impressive Trans festival has been announced and there’s some juicy tid-bits on offer alright. For me, the most exciting show is Danananaykroyd but there’s a shed-load of other stuff happening too and once again Adam and Co. at the Waterfront have worked their heiny’s off (check out me pretending to be Jewish). Here’s a photo of me getting my “talk on” at last year’s journalism panel (or not as the case may be, since in the pic I look like I’m in a trance).
Here’s a press release below————————————————————
trans 09 has launched with what we think is our best music, arts and comedy line-up so far. Taking place from 4th to 31st July we promise to liven up your summer…
Acts announced today include Daddy G, one half of the Ivor Novello ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ winning Massive Attack, a DJ set from the acclaimed Simian Mobile Disco and electro-punker Ebony Bones will play her debut Irish date. Renowned for their incendiary live performances, Dananananaykroyd will be playing in the Waterfront Studio, not to mention performances from Brooklyn electronic duo, Telepathe, Rough Trade’s Micachu and the Shapes, Freeland, Logistics, FM Belfast, Thomas Tantrum, Super Extra Bonus Party and lots more.
As well as these fantastic international artists there are also appearances from established local heroes as trans opens this year with trans:mission, a three day festival to showcase the best of Belfast’s homegrown talent. Over 20 local bands will play throughout the three days, including And So I Watch You From Afar, Moon Unit, Panama Kings, Lowly Knights, Panda Kopanda, Desert Hearts, When Pilots Eject and Continuous Battle of Order.
Using the connections forged with international street artists over the past three years trans has partnered with street artists in Manchester to create the first ever trans Eurocultured Weekend. The street festival will take over the Cathedral Quarter for two days of live art and music entertainment.
Supporting the awesome live entertainment talked about will be trans’ signature events including the annual Belfast Lap Off, Money Back Guarantee and, new this year, is the Smalltown America VS The Richter Collective showcase. In the blue corner is the Richter Collective label from Dublin with Not Squares and The Vinny Club while in the red corner is Northern Ireland’s very own Smalltown America with Calories and LaFaro. The two indie labels will be pitting their rosters against each other in this heavyweight champion bout.
Details of the full programme are available from today at www.transbelfast.com – check out the huge range of events you can fill up your diary with.