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Initially seeking an antidote to a perceived over earnestness amongst the Leeds post-hardcore scene they called home; and formed out of a desire to fill LS6 residential basements with party starting punk rock, Cowtown have outlasted those early peers and sweaty basement hangouts to spend a decade as one of the strongest pulses to circulate the city’s DIY community’s beating heart. Simply getting better with age, the ebullient trio return following three cult full-lengths — most recently 2013’s Dudes vs Bad Dudes on Sheffield DIY label Audacious Art Experiment — with a 7” on the Too Pure Singles Club ft. “Castleman/Castle Greyscale” and a new album PARANORMAL ROMANCE slated for a summer release.

Watch the new video Castle Greyscale.

Greg Wilson

Greg began DJing in 1975 and is regarded as one of the most important figures on the UK dance scene. He enjoyed hugely popular residencies in the early eighties at Wigan Pier and Manchester’s majorly influential Legend, having originally started out in his hometown of New Brighton. He was a pioneer of mixing in the UK and in 1983 he became the first ‘dance music’ specialist hired for a regular weekly session at Manchester’s now legendary Haçienda club. Greg was instrumental in breaking the new electronic, post-disco records coming out of New York, a sound he has dubbed ‘Electro-Funk’.

Not only is Greg bringing his Super Weird Substance collaboration with Kermit Leveridge to Festival 23, he’ll also be DJing for us on Saturday night on the Main Stage. Not to be missed.

Cosmic Trigger Cabaret

We are so Very Freakin’ Happy that the very people who inspired and stirred up our 12 years of comfortable Discordianism by putting on a Play and Conferestival in November 2014 will be a High Light at our festival!

Cast and crew from the ‘Cosmic Trigger Play’ and ‘Find the Others Conferestival’ will be holding space on Sunday evening, to bring you a cosmic cabaret that will seriously fuck some minds. They will be delivering a medley of snippets from the play, poetry, cabaret acts and music, to whet the appetite of any true Discordian. Get ready to put some rainbow knickers on your heads to greet Eris: she’s already been invited!

More information to come soon, with individual biogs and all, but for now.. get excited… get VERY excited!

Horton Jupiter

Horton Jupiter is a British DJ / Collector of records of broad range, predominantly disco / dance music in its all forms, with psychedelic spectacles.

He has been making mixtapes since age 9, and did his first tape edit (of The Human League) 2 yrs later, 30 years before he’d even HEARD of DJ Harvey or Tom Moulton!

After 10 years as a techno DJ (sort of, his penchant for dropping The Stooges at 3am aside), 4 years as one of the original Club Kosmische residents and 11 years as front idiot of Erisian pop outfit They Came From The Stars I Saw Them, he is currently involved in several different hues of discotheque, including London’s freakiest and funnest dance party PUWABA, and has several new solo records coming out in the near future on Kinfolk, Bahnsteig 23 and Puwaba itself.

Horton will be teaming up with LISA LOVEBUCKET, and not for the 1st time back in the nineties they ran the Legendary Hail Discordia parties, to bring the incredible, not to be missed, Chapel Perilous experience… more on that next week.

Not content with all that, Horton will be playing with his Brighton Cosmic Disco fiends 3EYE at a special TBA Spaaaaace related shindig.

Dr Bramwell

Dr. Bramwell is a man who likes to keep busy. A magpie by nature, he is a Sony-award winning presenter for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, host of Brighton’s Catalyst Club, author of the No9 Bus to Utopia, creator of the successful Cheeky Guide series and singer-songwriter in the band Oddfellow’s Casino.

As a performer he has toured several solo shows, won awards for ‘Best Comedy’ and Outstanding Theatre’ at Brighton Fringe Festival and, together with fellow musician Eliza Skelton, entertained festival and cinema audiences with “Sing-along-a-Wickerman”. He also co-hosts a popular fortnightly podcast, The Odditorium, with fellow performer, Dave Mounfield which has run as a spoken word tent at Wilderness, Secret Garden Party and Brighton Fringe Festival.

More recently Dr Bramwell has become known for his entertaining lectures and has spoken on such themes as ghost villages, the trickster, utopia, the community of Damanhur and postal pranks at TEDx, The School of Life, 5X15, Idler Academy, Hay Literary Festival, Wilderness, Sunday Assembly and the Lowry Theatre. He is however, just as happy performing in the back room of a pub.

It is worth noting that David is a medical man by rumour only; approach with extreme caution, particularly if he offers to whip out your tonsils in exchange for a packet of biscuits.


Fronted by Barry Dobbin, formerly of the brilliant and critically acclaimed Clor, Barringtone will be bringing their crisp off-kilter electro pop to our main stage on Friday night.

“If Frank Zappa had ever bothered – deigned, stooped – to write a hit single, it might have sounded a bit like this darting, careening slither of melodic madness… Barringtone make unhinged but accessible, deranged but irresistible experimental pop with a sensibility informed by a love of Eno, Moroder, Devo and, yes, Todd Rundgren, pop’s greatest ever wizard and should-have-been true star.” Paul Lester in The Guardian

Jimmy Cauty: The Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP)

Who doesn’t know Jimmy Cauty, right? (Or as we’re Discordians, maybe that should be left..)

A profound activist using his art work as magic to change consciousness at will. A man driven by the sheer ludicrous nature of the world in which we live and using it against itself to create art through challenge and humour. His earliest work was one of the most popular representations of Lord of the Rings ever (yes, THAT one), but he’s best known for teaming up with Bill Drummond and founding the JAMS and the KLF. Since then, he has produced work in a wide range of mediums and he is bringing his most recent piece to Festival 23.

Housed in a 40 ft shipping container, The Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP) is a monumental post-riot landscape in miniature. This dystopian model village is set somewhere in Bedfordshire, where only the police and media teams remain in an otherwise deserted, wrecked and dislocated land – all in 1:87 scale and viewed through peepholes in the side of the container. It started life back in 2011 as a “riot in a jam jar” and grew, and grew, first appearing in its current form at Banksy’s Dismaland, and this year touring riot sites across the UK

We are so happy that he doesn’t think it’s too Grim up North to visit the festival for the weekend, we have some very special things planned around it to shock and delight, make you shudder and think, and most of all to inspire you…
Review of the ADP in The Independent

Richard Norris

Where to start with the diverse talents of Richard Norris? So intricately woven into the last 36 years of music – from bands to music journalism, production to DJ-ing, it seems there’s nothing Mr Norris has not expertly added as strings to his bow, or that he can’t pull out of his Wizards Sleeve, so to speak.

His major musical projects include early 90’s electronic act The Grid, his current collaboration with Erol AlkanBeyond the Wizards Sleeve, his new collaboration with Martin Dubka – Circle Sky
and Richard’s previous psychedelic solo project – The Time and Space Machine.

But what does 23 mean to him? Richard told us: “It was around 1987, I was first aware of the 23 enigma by leafing through William Burroughs and Robert Anton Wilson books I found in Compendium bookshop in Camden, followed by a more hands on approach when working with Genesis P.Orridge, specifically co producing the ‘Jack The Tab’ album.”

Richard will be delighting our ears and minds and giving us ample chance to jack to his beats at Festival 23. See you on the dance floor…


G I B L E T are a four piece conceptual rock band who mostly manifest their art in and around the city of Londinium.

Here are some thoughts on their debut album ‘Holding The Egg’:

“… if you twisted my arm for a quote, I’d describe it as “Gentle Giant and Current 93 having a threesome with Van Der Graff Generator”. Which worked for me.”
Ian ‘Cat’ Vincent – Fortean Journalist

“Giblet’s CD ‘Holding the Egg’ is everything I love about rock music: progressive, daring, eccentric, heavy, inventive, uncompromising, bat shit crazy and utterly fearless.”
Nick Stephenson – Song writer and singer
See also Twitchey Spleen..