Salford Sonic Fusion Festival

Thursday 19 February - Sunday 22 February 2015.

University of Salford, MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses

“One of Europe’s most engaging celebrations of electronic music and sound” – The Quietus (2013)

Salford Sonic Fusion Festival returns in February 2015 to celebrate cutting-edge international explorations in contemporary music from across the globe; blurring the boundaries between avant-garde classical, experimental electronic popular and improvised music.

This exciting contemporary music festival, which crosses all genres in the exploration of innovation, will present 4 days of a wide variety of sonic experiences: from immersive sound-art; to audio-visual and interactive live works with live performers and audience interaction as well as many traditional recitals including UK and world premieres. 

Typical of the Salford Sonic Fusion Festival, the geographic reach of the work and artists it features is world-wide, from Australia to USA, from Korea to Mexico, from Canada to France, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Russia, Germany and so on.

The symposium theme for the festival is Zoomusicology and Bio-acoustics - the interplay between animal, insect and human musics.  It is open to interested members of the public and will feature many notable international speakers.  

The first two days of the festival are based at our MCUK campus and will feature a Metanast curated concert of electroacoustic and sound art; Patchwork Rattlebag (a Salford-based indie-electronic band); the wonderfully talented pianist Xenia Pestova; the extraordinary percussive imagination of Evaristo Aguilar; as well as an evening of innovative digital performance, including a live streamed trans-Atlantic performance between electronic musicians from the University of Salford and Columbia College Chicago, the mesmerizing interactive table performance by Insook Choi, and the dazzling virtuosity of Collect/Project from Chicago, founded by the flautist Shanna Gutierrez.

The final two days of the festival are located in venues in the more historic area of Salford along the Crescent, and will feature performances from the John Bailey Quintet, the violinist Darragh Morgan, continuing with world premiere performances from composers Marc Yeats and Christine McCombe featuring the Manchester Camerata.

The festival will close in the University's Peel Hall, with the bill being shared by the University of Salford's Brass Band, the Adelphi Contemporary Music Group, International Nothing, plus DJ sets William Baldry, Freya Mitchell and Steve Hellier.  The climax of the evening will be a set from Zufallig (the latest indie/dance venture from ex-Death in Vegas founding member, Steve Hellier.)

Don't forget to also follow the festival on Twitter for the latest updates - @SonicFusionFest.



All events are free to attend for University of Salford students on presentation of a valid student ID card.


All events are free to attend for University of Salford staff on presentation of a valid staff ID card, however places are limited. Please contact Richard Rock at to request tickets.

General Public

For members of the public, full festival passes are priced at £40 for all four days or single day passes are available for £15 via our online store.

Tickets for individual events can be purchased on the door (subject to availability). Prices for individual events are listed on the programme below.

Programme of Events

Thursday 19th February

Friday 20th February

Saturday 21st February

Sunday 22nd February