Pop Mutations: the festival announces its first in-person program in two years
AFTER two years online, Pop Mutations has announced that its first in-person festival will be held in October.
A four-day weekend, the inaugural IRL extravaganza will be held at four of Glasgow’s most beloved venues and vegan bars and kitchens. The Flying Duck, Stereo, The Old Hairdressers and Mono will all host an array of local and international talent representing the best in cutting-edge music.
Pop Mutations kicks off October 14 at The Flying Duck when Rhode Island’s Container brings their own brand of punk-tinged techno to the subterranean basement alongside Glasgow DJ and visual artist DIJA, Manchester-based club CITS and resident NTS Hesska and Glasgow art-punk duo live Comfort.
Manchester’s Iceboy Violet, Leeds rock duo Guttersnipe, Scottish rap and post-rock duo HousePlants and Glasgow-based selector and producer Gynoid 74 are also in attendance, along with audiovisual artist and a quarterback from The Ninth Wave , K.Yalo.
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The day after the festival, the party moves a 10-minute walk down Renfield Lane, to Stereo and its neighbor The Old Hairdressers. Throughout the day, SAY Award 2021 nominee AiiTee, GABO (Glasgow African Balafon Orchestra), singer, rapper, actress and model Clarissa Woods and many more will perform, with the day headlined by the post-punk quartet Kaputt and Aberdonian Grime Champion Ransom FA.
That night, longtime collaborators Mina and Bryte join the bill. Influenced by a shared love for global club culture, the two are renowned for their unstoppable live energy, bringing a vibrant fusion of Afrobeat, rap and experimental club sounds to Stereo Club.
Moixmma, the initiators of Scotland’s QTIBPOC party, and some of the city’s most formidable coaches and performers. including Honeychild also featured. Upstairs in the Stereo bar, Glasgow Southside’s Radio Buena Vida will take over from 8pm to 4am with a host of local DJs.
Manchester post-punk champions Handle will headline Old Hairdressers on Saturday.
Mono takes over for the final day of the festival with a vibrant lineup featuring former Scottish Album of the Year winners Sacred Paws, well known and loved for their life-affirming guitar pop. They will share the stage with a host of local names, including new wave pop-political group Current Affairs and alchemy supergroup Nightshift.
Although the main festival kicks off on October 14, Pop Mutations will be hosting a pre-festival warm-up in Finnieston’s The 78 on October 13 featuring some of Glasgow’s top DJs.
Pop Mutations promoter Chris Amos said, “The idea to hold this festival was born in 2019, so it’s so exciting to finally be able to hold an actual Pop Mutations festival.
“We are delighted with the artists we have planned for the weekend.
“It’s a diverse lineup with loads of local talent, a really refreshing push towards artist diversity, and a real handful of genre days.”
Tickets, including early bird weekend passes, are available now – for more information, click HERE.