Tor ist Das! Festival 2015

Two full days of live music this year taking place on the 15 - 16th August at Todmorden Unitarian Church

Tor ist Das! Festival 2015

Tor Ist Das! Festival is a special one off music event that takes part in Tormorden, West Yorkshire inviting artists experimenting in psychedelic, improv., sound art, folk and even metal to play. We aim to bring artists to the town who would likely never play outside of large UK cities (and in the case of our headliner, never play anywhere ever before) and mix them with local artists on the lineup.

Festival website:

Tickets will be £20 for the weekend or £12 per day. They will be selling 30 early bird tickets for the whole weekend for only £17.


About the organisers

Tor Bookings put on shows throughout the year using a community run church and the festival celebrates the anniversary of the first event. ‘Was Ist Das?’ is a Hebden Bridge organisation that combines journalism, broadcasting, a record label and promoting. The festival is their farewell before relocating to Arizona to bring experimental music to the desert.

Confirmed line-up

The confirmed line-up so far with more to be announced in the run up to the festival.

Andrew Liles & Maniac

Andrew Liles is a prolific solo artist, producer, remixer and sometime member of Nurse With Wound and Current 93. He has been recording since the mid 1980’s and has appeared on well over 200 releases.

Andrew Liles website:

Sven-Erik ‘Maniac’ Kristiansen is a living legend on the international black-metal scene being the former vocalist of one of the genre’s most influential bands: Mayhem

Laura Cannell

Playing fiddle, overbowed fiddle, double recorders, sometimes percussion and other rarefied wind instruments, Laura is a young woman drawing on ancient transcendental and earthly musics. Her sense of space, dynamics and working with acoustics is super sensitive. Whether solo or otherwise she explores the spaces between ancient, traditional and improvised music, often utilising a fragment from a medieval theme to her own end in a manner that embraces the apparitional, historical or the otherworldly. Her seemingly wild side, in such rarefied circles makes her involved yet emotive music really bristle and connect.

Laura’s website:
Laura on Bandcamp:

Bird People

Bird People is a predominantly acoustic free drone project started by Ulrich Rois in 2010. As of 2015, Bird People operate as a fluid collective comprising between two and six players. Under his own name, Rois plays solo clawhammer banjo and various forms of minimal extended tone music.

Bird People on Bandcamp:


Lutine (Heather Minor and Emma Morton) are already establishing themselves are a mesmerising live act, combining haunting vocal harmonies with minimal, delicate instrumentation on a mixture of original songs and traditional folk songs. They translated their minimal, fragile and evocative sound onto record for the first time on their debut album White Flowers, released September 2014, from which tracks have been played by Lauren Laverne and Gideon Coe on BBC 6 Music. Their debut single Sallow Tree featured on Lauren Laverne’s music playlist, and they recently appeared live in session for BBC Introducing South.

Ashtray Navigations

Ashtray Navigations on Bandcamp:

Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura

Manchester UK guitar army Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura on Bandcamp:


CHICALOYOH is the Alice Dourlen solo project, a music between soundscape exploration and intimate contemplation.

CHICALOYOH on Bandcamp:

Isnaj Dui

Standing awkwardly between neo-impressionism and electronica, Isnaj Dui (aka Katie English) conveys a minimal yet capturing sound using flutes, home-made dulcimers and electronics. As a classically trained flautist, English has also studied electroacoustic music, alternative tunings and Balinese gamelan and has collaborated with numerous artists from electronica acts to folk bands.

Isnaj Dui on Bandcamp:

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