CUTE OWL Festival

  • The Maze, Nottingham
  • 7:00PM - Fri 19th Jan
  • Alt Rock, Indie, Rock, Acoustic, World, Electronica
  • from £4.00
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Unusual Electronica/Multi-Instrumentalism festival!

Cute Owl Promotions are excited to bring to Nottingham a brand new intimate festival of live electronic music with a variety unusual musical instruments. The line-up has been very carefully put together, and now you have the opportunity to see some of the most innovative, unique and stunning acts from all over the UK who utilize a plethora of musical instruments, effect combinations and musical disciplines and have already proved themselves to be audience favourites!

CUTE OWL Festival began in Manchester in January 2017 and was so successful that it was repeated in London and twice in Manchester in that year. Now Cute Owl is flying to Nottingham!

'Please do not miss the event of the year. This Saturday at The Troubadour we are hosting the Line-Up on our stage that will make you take pause....' - THE TROUBADOUR LONDON

'I found Cute owl to be an amazing mix of musical artists, poets and expressive talent. From unbelievably quirky deep dance vibes to stripped bare guitar and divine soul-searching vocals.'

'What do you want from a music festival? Is it the tried and tested staple that you might get at a Donnington metal event. Or how about a dip and see smorgasbord, such as Glastonbury, where you’re not quite sure what’s about to enter your ears, but you’re open to it?' - NOW THEN MANCHESTER

Featured in THE SKINNY

Radium 88

Nottingham based Radium88 have been creating an evocative blend of artful electronica with neo-classical piano and futuristic dream-pop since the mid 90s, with a bevvy of releases on their own Lotek Recordings.

“Paranoid lullabies and throbbing beats overlaid with transcendent vocals. Lush, complex and truly astounding” - THE SILVERFISH MAGAZINE

Pretty…quirky…fascinating…excellent classically inspired string and piano…sombre ambient melodic washes…the beats are strong… - NEO-ZINE

“I have no idea why this lot aren’t ruling the world” - SANDMAN MAGAZINE


Fierce yet tender vocals, honest and personal political lyrics, the huge many faceted sound of the hurdy-gurdy played with unparalleled virtuosity, mesmerizing whistles, massive drone bass, field recordings, loops, and big electronic dance beats all come together in brilliant compositions which utterly captivate you in an image evoking, emotionally intense, healing and unforgettable live experience that is tAngerinecAt.

Drawing from a vast range of influences, this hard to define act have been labelled with various genres from music theatre to electronic rock, industrial, techno and psychedelic drone punk. Formed by London based multi-instrumentalists Eugene and Paul in 2008 in Ukraine they have released four albums to date and have performed hundreds of shows.

'...this is some of the most powerful music I have heard in a long time, and holds a message too... difficult to believe there were only two musicians on stage. They manage a real art; creating sound which people enjoy' - LOUDER THAN WAR

'Tangerinecat started with a super-loud electronic bass loop. They did four or five songs, long droning pieces based on loops with flute, hurdy-gurdy and vocals on top. It worked. Eugene’s a fantastic singer... as abrasive noise went, I liked them a whole lot.'

'Always a pleasure to have these guys back.. if you haven't already seen them, you need to!'
- Nicholas Quirk, Entertainment/Venue Manager at Hope and Anchor London, Managing Director at Gestalt Productions, A&R and Showcases manager at X Phonics Music, Former Freelance Journalist at Owner/Founder The Skinny Magazine

'Tangerinecat exploded into my world and I'm a happier man for it! Awesome energy and multidisciplinary. Myself and the team at New Art Exchange really appreciated your work.'
- Jason Pollitt‎, NEW ART EXCHANGE

The Dyr Sister

Hailing from the City of Hull, Sally Currie AKA The Dyr Sister is a multi-instrumental cervine beat mistress who conjures up surreal tales with the aid of viola, synth, mandolin, her voice and an array of DIY samples. Performing her catalogue of haunting, ethereal, modern day folk songs as a one-woman band she paints a fascinating canvas of sound.

Her original and innovative pieces are influenced by a wide range of genres from jungle and dubstep through trip hop and hip hop and ending somewhere deep amongst the many varieties of traditional folk music from around the world.

'Hulls own contemporary folk forerunner' - The Quietus

“In the often homogenous world of underground music scenes, thank goodness for The Dyr Sister. The perfect blend of avant-garde, melodicism and out-thereness” - Mr Douglas Anderson – broadcaster, writer and filmmaker.

“The Dyr Sister is a rare artistic gem of contemporary folk talent!” - Jon Vyner – Tidal Concerts/The Camden Underworld

“The Dyr Sister sounds like some wonderful collaboration between Thom Yorke and Shirley Collins” – Fred Perry Subculture

Experimental Sonic Machines + Ernie, Experimental Sonic Machines' robot drummer

Experimental Sonic Machines is a one-person & a robot sci-fi music act with home-made instruments & costumes which began in 2010, based at Lincoln. There's a set of original songs, but it can tangent off into improvisation - no gig is the same.

Franklin music

Nottingham based singer/songwriter who’s voice has been described as soulful, transporting and addictive. Franklin music combines blues, punk, folk and industrial with humorous, sexual and political themes, big beats and wailing guitar to form a live experience like no other.


What happens when wonky baile funk beats meet maximalist sound design, and get lost together in a labyrinthine maze spanning trap, dub, hip-hop, and more.

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