A festival in a club is coming to Sheffield

Posted by: Ashley Birch
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Catch 23 will bring live bands, DJs, theatre, talks, workshops, poetry, games, art and magic to Yellow Arch this summer

Notwork 23, the co-operative behind Festival 23, the 4-day gathering that took place outside Sheffield in the summer of 2016, is this year bringing Catch 23 to Sheffield’s Yellow Arch Studios.


CATCH 23 is a ‘is a counter-cultural’ event that will feature over 30 acts across three main rooms, plus walkabouts and pop-up performances, described by the organisers as, ‘Psychedelic Endurance - Discordian Resistance.’


The festival in a club will take place on 7 July, with headline acts Henge, Greg Wilson and Kermit Leveridge (Black Grape) raving from 2pm – 4am.


There will also be immersive theatre with a performance of Forest Sounds Theatre’s production The Church of Jim, as well as the debut performance of Lisa Lovebucket's autobiographical play, Tony Blair Walks on Water.


Speakers will include Chris Bateman, game designer and author of the books Chaos Ethics, Imaginary Games and The Mythology of Evolution; writer, editor and filmmaker Michelle Olley; and Nikki Wyrd, noted occultist, editor of Psychedelic Press UK and director of Breaking Convention, the international conference on psychedelic consciousness.


Organisers said: “If Catch 22 is the ultimate double bind, the contradiction inherent in modern life that's driving us all crazy, then  Catch 23 is the Liberation Loophole: the moment when you embrace the contradictions and leap laughing into the void. Catch 23 is a festival in a club, featuring live bands, DJs, theatre, talks, workshops, poetry, games, art and magic. We aim to inspire, empower, activate & illuminate!”


Tickets are priced at £23 in advance from Festival 23’s website, or £25 on the door. For more information and the full line-up check out the events Facebook page.

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