Noise and art festival Fat Out returned this Easter weekend after three quieter years in a Manchester
Islington Mill looms ominously on the edge of a hill in Salford. A hill that, over this past weekend, was battered with cold winds and rain. It is an important element of Manchester’s nightlife, but is constantly threatened by (allegedly) corrupt developers and crank neighbours. The Mill provides a space for collaborations between artists and musicians who exist outside or on the edge of the mainstream across the broadest range of media imaginable. Rough redbrick walls that witnessed brutal industrial disasters give a fitting accompaniment to sounds that are in many cases perhaps not determined but informed by representing and making sense of the social and psychic influence of postindustrial Britain.
Fat Out Fest has been curated by the esoterically-inclined but fun-loving promoters Fat Out, who give their name to the Burrow (or cellar) below the Victorian Mill. Their programme of music over the last few years has been phenomenal and there was no change here, with the first night being the most high-spirited.