UCLan are holding a 24 hour festival of improvisation

Posted on - 15th March, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, University campus, What's On in Preston

UCLan will be holding The 25 Hour Day, in which musicians will be playing a wide variety of instruments in a 24 hour improvisation.


Taking place at UCLan Media Fatory on Saturday 25 March, music staff from UClan will be teaming up with the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival’s Fringe event, Preston Jam, to put on the festival.

Musician’s will play a wide variety of styles to create a unique musical narrative.

The event will start a 6.30pm with Electroacoustic improvisation group, Third City, who will be performing.

They will be followed by The Wodwide Sama Drummers and Preston Sambsa Dancers who will be performing in line with Greenpeace Earth Hour at 8.30pm, and progressing into a parade.

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Cold Bath Street will be cranking up the volume from 10-11pm, and then will have a more subdued performance which is planned for the early hours.

Performances taking place in the early hours of Sunday include Hyberus at 3.30am, followed by Fat Jack’s Garage, Mr Bass, Mysterons, Sean O’Hara, Ryan Dixon and Fire Tower Four who will be performing operatic post rock at 3.30pm along with many more.

UCLan will be opening up most of the 24 hours for other musicians to turn up and play their instuments.

A live audience is also welcome to drop by at any time during the festival.

Jon Aveyard, organiser of the event, said:

“The schedule for The 25 Hour Day is shaping very well indeed.  Across the 24 hours we look set to have everything from quiet acoustic moments to full-on freak-outs via jazz, electroacoustic improvisation, percussion ensembles, rapping, soundscape sampling, and rock jams.”

“Alongside the prepared material that groups are bringing, I very much look forward to hearing the unexpected moments as musicians just turn up and take to the stage with people they may never have met before in order to join in the jam.”

If you are a musician and would like to take part in The 25 Hour Day, please contact Jon Aveyard via email.

Are you a musician? Will you be joining in with UCLan’s 24 hour festival of improvisation? Let us know in the comments below

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