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Futuresonic 2008 - Advance Programme Announcement & Advance Ticket Release

Futuresonic 2008
Urban Festival of Art, Music and Ideas
1 - 5 May Bank Holiday
Manchester, United Kingdom

Transforming Manchester into a space of experimentation, making it come alive

Occupying the orbits of both digital culture and music, Futuresonic returns for May
Bank Holiday with its largest and most ambitious international programme yet. This
year's festival features a cross-section of art, music, events, exhibitions and live
performances in over 30 venues across the city. Advance Weekender Wristbands and
individual event tickets now on sale.

Further info and tickets at: http://www.futuresonic.com


Futuresonic Music

"A glimpse of tomorrow's music today" BBC


The RZA - the genius behind Wu-Tang Clan and producer of soundtracks for Kill Bill
and Ghost Dog - headlines as Bobby Digital in a showcase of leftfield hip-hop,
celebrating the creative spirit behind contemporary experimentation in the genre.
Plus Venetian Snares, Luke Vibert, Flying Lotus, Chrome Hoof, Rustie, Rolo Tomassi,
Zombie Zombie, The Chap, MIT and many more in a full-on programme of international
mavericks, risk-takers, boundary-breakers and radical music-makers at over 30 venues

Music Highlights

This year's music and club highlights include:

Bobby Digital (The RZA)
Venetian Snares
Luke Vibert
Chrome Hoof
Flying Lotus
Dirty Projectors
Rolo Tomassi
Claro Intellecto
The Chap
Gay Against You
Agaskodo Teliverek
Felix Kubin
Bogdan Raczynski
Tim Exile
Computer Controlled
Mike Paradinas
Skeletons and The Kings of All Cities

And many more to follow - For more info and to buy tickets visit:

Buy Weekender Wristbands and advance tickets now at: http://www.futuresonic.com


Futuresonic Art

Freeing urban space, making it come alive

The Social Networking Unplugged
exhibition features new commissioned artworks and many world firsts from an array of
international artists across the city. Futuresonic plans to pull out the plug in
order to take the new social spaces apart, see how they work, and put them together
in new ways. The exhibition will give a sideways glance at the world of web 2.0,
create spaces for social interaction, and explore the seam between open source
culture and the public sphere in the city. Including the winner of the £5000
Futuresonic Art Award Commission supported by Piccadilly Partnership, Grennan &
SperandioÕs Rubbing Shoulders, and many, many more. The ART strand will be presented
at various venues across the city, both expected and unexpected.

This year's artists, exhibitions and art events include:

plan b
Grennan & Sperandio
Thomson & Craighead
Simon Yuill
Rajni Shah
Improv Everywhere
David Merrit and Julian Priest
picadae/christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud
Last.fm Lounge
Pub Safari

And many more!

For more info and to buy advance tickets now visit: http://www.futuresonic.com


Futuresonic Ideas

Futuresonic Conference: The Social Technologies Summit

Contact Theatre, Manchester
1 Ð 2 May with supporting events 30 April & 3

Online, Mobile and Unplugged Social Networking explored by leading figures
developing the next generation of social software alongside Richard Stallman founder
of the Free Software movement and Gerd Leonhard on the future of music, plus
keynotes, critical debates, demos, experiences and open sessions on mobile social
software, freeing space in the augmented city, how game design can revolutionise
social software, OpenID and who is keeping an eye on the kids. Reflecting the
'social' theme, the conference will combine keynotes, critical debates, demos and
experiences with open and participatory sessions, promising a fun and engaging
number of days.

This year's conference speakers include:

Gerd Leonhard, Media Futurist, Author, CEO
Richard Stallman, Founder, Free Software Foundation
Jonas Woost, Co-founder & Head
Of Music, Last.fm
Scott Cohen, Founder, The Orchard
Matt Locke, Channel 4
Adrian Woolard, BBC
Drew Hemment, Artistic Director, Futuresonic and Associate Director,
Ravikant Shama, Sarai, India
Paul Coulton, Nokia Innovation Network
Tapio Makela
Matt Fuller, Reader in Media Design, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam
Jonas Woost, Last.fm

Many more speakers to be announced. For more information on Futuresonic Conference
and to buy a Delegate Pass please visit: http://www.futuresonic.com


Futuresonic EVNTS

FuturesonicÕs Art and Music Strands are also supported by EVNTS Ð an open or wiki
strand of the festival which enables artists groups and event organisers to present
autonomous events. Since its introduction in 2005, EVNTS has grown into a community
of people who each year return to give the festival an extra edge. Full EVNTS
programme announced soon!


For more info and to buy advance tickets now visit: http://www.futuresonic.com

Futuresonic is supported by Arts Council England, Manchester City Council,
Piccadilly Partnership, Lancaster University, Imagination Lancaster, Art Attack and

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