Queens of the Electronic Underground

Curated by Mary Anne Hobbs

Sat 20 July, 2019

  • About the show
  • Reviews

Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC Radio 6 Music) brought together five of the most exciting electronic artists on the planet for an evening of pioneering sound and breathtaking visuals. An immersive journey into the future of electronic music, featuring exclusive sets from:

Jlin - The firebrand musician-producer, fresh from working with Wayne McGregor on Autobiography

Holly Herndon - Mining the edges of electronic and avant-garde pop – and back with a new show for MIF19

Aïsha Devi ft. MFO - The radical alchemist teams up with the Berlin-based visual artist

Klara Lewis - The Swedish musician-composer brings her ‘theatre for the ear’ to the city

Katie Gately - LA-based musician, sound designer and architect of beautiful abstract pop

Afrodeutsche - DJ set - Dark electro, breaks, footwork, ghetto tech and more from the brilliant Manchester-based producer.

Mary Anne Hobbs - DJ set

Songs of the Lost was created for MIF19 by award-winning Canadian games designer Paloma Dawkins and a team of international collaborators – with a pulsing, shape-shifting soundtrack by electronic composer-producer Jlin.

Produced by Manchester International Festival.

Image Credit: Aisha Devi by Emile Barret, Jlin by Mahdumita Nandi, Holly Herndon by Bennet Perez, Mary Anne Hobbs by Tarnish Vision, Katie Gately by Jasmine Safaeian, Klara Lewis by Hampus Högberg


Image Credit: Gemma Parker

The visuals get a neon makeover and the sound is completely spellbinding. These kinds of nights are what make MIF magical; thought provoking, challenging, artistic, and overwhelmingly joyous.

Manchester Evening News

As with all the MIF productions that I saw the organisers should be congratulated for the insight and vision which served up something truly different and special.

God is in the TV

On an experiential level, though, it is an essential experience for fans of experimental music, something that can be said of this festival event in general. In this age of reckoning for gender balance in festival booking, MIF has shown itself to be once again setting the agenda, rather than catching up with it.


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