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In rather uncharacteristic fashion, Leeds-based noise merchants Hookworms have been a bit quiet recently, but all that is about to change in the most explosive way possible. Brace yourself for The Lost Weekend.

To be exact, it has been nearly half a year since the five-piece have illuminated fans by taking to the live stage, instead choosing to get their heads down to work on the follow-up to what was the most sonically thrilling record of last year in the shape of their debut Pearl Mystic.

But fear not, because this weekend (May 30th & 31st), Hookworms will make the short trip across the Pennines to Salford, where they will take over Manchester’s little brother’s most unique and intriguing space – Islington Mill.

Still reeling from Far Out’s visit during Sounds from the Other City festival earlier this month, the venue is a converted industrial space, a short distance from Salford’s Chapel Street. Away from the populist venues of Manchester, it is a multi-faceted home for the arts that is something of a mecca for many of those in the know. However, Hookworms’ Lost Weekend will see it faced with a different animal (or rather parasitic nematode) entirely.

The band will headline both nights of the event and have promised a pair of sets that will be extra special – incorporating tracks they haven’t played live for years, as well as the intrigue of a never-before-showcased cover. Both will be late night shows, with Hookworms not taking to the stage until 11pm – a factor that will surely only enhance the festival atmosphere.

Added to that is a support bill that is unique to each day and was curated by Hookworms themselves. There’s local representation from Mazes and Sex Hands, both of which ply their trade in Manchester, as well as a smattering of indie rock from from more southerly reaches thanks to Novella and Cold Pumas.

Also joining the party to fly the flag for reverb and distortion will be Sealings, an outfit that have setting venues up and down the country alight since the release of their debut EP earlier this year.

As if that wasn’t enough, they’ll be performances from Omi Palone, Vision Fortune and Moon Gangs, surrounded by a host of other weird and wonderful goings on that promise to kick off the Mancunian summer in true style.

Read below to see a breakdown of both days’ entertainment including stage times:

Friday May 30th (Doors 8pm)

Hookworms – 11pm / Novella – 10pm / Omi Palone – 9.15pm / Sex Hands – 8.30pm

Saturday May 31st (Doors 5pm)

Hookworms – 11pm / Cold Pumas – 10pm / Vision Fortune – 9pm / Mazes – 8pm / Sealings – 7pm / Moon Gangs – 6pm

Patrick Davies