Monday, January 16, 2017

Caveat emptor

If Safe As Milk has an ATP-esque line-up, then the same can most certainly be said of Transformer. The one-day festival, due to take place on 28th May, already boasts a strong bill including The Fall, Royal Trux, Swans and This Is Not This Heat, all for the bargain cost of not much more than £20.

However, the fact that the venue is Victoria Warehouse in Manchester might cause wariness among punters. Not only was it the focus of severe criticism in the wake of the John Carpenter show in October, blasted for everything from being too full to the sound quality and the bar arrangements, but it doesn't even have the details of this festival on its own website.

Drowned In Sound messageboard posters have suggested that Barry Hogan is behind the bash, alleging that he's currently working at the Victoria Warehouse to pay off debts incurred by the collapse of the Drive Like Jehu weekender that dealt the fatal blow to ATP. Idle speculation and tittle-tattle? Perhaps - but caution is probably prudent and the line-up and ticket price do seem a bit too good to be true.

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