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Test Dept: DS30 Film Screening

Test Dept emerged in the 1980s as one of the most influential early industrial music acts. Marking 30 years since the 1984–5 miners’ strike, they present DS30, a political collage of sound and image featuring footage from mining communities and Test Dept’s own archive. This is followed by a Q&A with group members.

Test Dept formed in the decaying docklands of South London in 1981. The group made raw, visceral music out of re-purposed scrap metal and machinery from industrial waste ground and derelict factories; a percussive sound with a political edge performed live against monumental slide and film projections in recently abandoned industrial spaces. Drilling, pounding, grinding, metal bashing – a Constructivist/Futurist-inspired soundtrack to the death throes of industrial Britain.

Curated by AV Festival and presented by the Bluecoat in partnership with Liverpool Radical Film Festival. 

www.testdeptds30.co.uk

Tickets: £6/£4

The screening is followed by:
Test Dept: Book Launch at 8.30pm

Join Test Dept DJs in the bar to celebrate the Liverpool launch of Total State Machine, a major historical document of Test Dept (pub. PC–Press).
Free, just come along.

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