Fat Out have been going from strength to strength, curating a unique music and sound experience in Manchester for some time. Kelly speaks to Verity, who works with Emma and David at FO HQ.
What were the bands in Milton Keynes? What is Milton Keynes like for experimental music? How did the move to Manchester happen?
The bands in Milton Keynes were a great source of social interaction and cemented our friendship group which came from different pockets of the area but joined in our mutual interest of music and partying. The bands and label from Bletchley, Fortissimo, was of great inspiration and introduced us (Fat Out) to a whole new ethos and the authentic DIY scene. When Emma came to University in Manchester we visited regularly and there was a lot more happening here, plus we saw the benefits of living in a large, northern city (job opportunities, culture, gig circuit) and so four of us (David and myself included) relocated. Since then many friends have moved here and possibly more to come with many many more visiting regularly. The MK / Bletchley/ Manchester contingency is pretty strong.
Did you feel that the kind of experimental music promotion you do was lacking in Manchester? Do you ever collaborate with other promoters? What kind of venues do you use and why?
It always been organic and our promotion demonstrates how we are growing and experimenting ourselves. There’s plenty of really good, experimental promoters in Manchester, you just have to know where to look!
We collaborate regularly and think it’s important to share ideas, learn other people’s modus operandi, share networks and audiences etc. We have co-pro’d with a range of Manchester promoters and it’s (almost) always beneficial and fun to do so.
We like to use venues with great sound and staff (it makes such a big difference), somewhere that is run properly and makes you feel welcome and comfortable; also somewhere that you can temporarily transform. Of course it depends on who we are booking in terms of size and specs, but our favourites are Islington Mill, Kraak, Sacred Trinity church and Gullivers.
Would be good to get insight into diversity in terms of ratio of men / women players too, does that cross your minds? Do you think it’s important to think about it?
We are aware of male / female players ratio although it’s not the first thing we consider when making bookings. We aim to promote a solid cross section of artists, which includes all minority and majority groups. Our festival in 2012 promoted two incredible headliners: Jarbo and Lydia Lunch which was wonderful for women and men alike.
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