New Manchester music festival Fair Play Festival set to launch next month

Fair Play Festival - LA Priest

Manchester’s newest all-day music festival, Fair Play Festival, will launch next month featuring a genre spanning line up including PINS, Las Kellies and LA Priest.

Fair Play Festival will feature an eclectic group of artists all gathered at Manchester’s St Philip’s Church in March.

The line up will be headlined by LA Priest who returns after a five-year hiatus to perform at the festival.  Formerly operating under the name Sam Dust, he gained tremendous attention as the front man of Late Of The Pier before vanishing into the shadows in 2010. He then resurfaced with the critically acclaimed solo album ‘Inji’ in 2015, under the LA Priest moniker before repeating his vanishing trick. 2020 sees his return, with new album ‘GENE’, that acquires its name and focal point from the analogue drum machine Sam hand-built and used to make the record.

LA Priest heads a line-up which includes International Teachers Of Pop, delivering infectious pop tracks accompanying bedroom-esque dance routines to create a wondrous maximalist soundscape from former members of The Eccentronic Research Council and The Moonlandingz.

Fair Play Festival - Las Kellies
Fair Play Festival – Las Kellies

Amongst the first tranche of artists announced for Fair Play Festival were Northern stalwarts PINS, who return to the game in 2020 with their first LP since 2015’s ‘Wild Nights’ and the 2017 follow up EP ‘Bad Thing’.  Las Kellies who are part of the loose-knit DIY scene in Argentina, their debut album – 2016’s ‘Friends & Lovers’ – went on to become a global success and they’ll debut their new album ‘Suck This Tangerine’ – set to release on 27th March – at Fair Play Festival.  Ben Wallers of Country Teasers performs under his solo moniker The Rebel, which relays a satirical spin on the political narrative that many artists follow, by acting as the perpetrators – marking them as a mockery. Dysfunctional yet captivatingly functional, experimental noise takes no finer form than DIY collective POSA who supported the likes of Goat Girl, Hey Collosus and Black Country, New Road in 2019. Completing the unique lineup are the electronic duo YANG who recently released their debut EP ‘Patrice’ which was mastered by Jesse F Keeler of Death From Above 1979 and MSTRKRFT.

When does Fair Play Festival take place at St Philip’s Church?

Fair Play Festival takes place at St Philip’s Church, Manchester, on 28 March 2020.  Tickets are on sale priced from £15.

Mark Kelly

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