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Pen:Chant

Toiling down the art mines, Pen:Chant digs up the best local, national and international acts from the seams of spoken word, comedy, live music, contemporary performance and everything in between and presents them to you, confident they’ll set your hearts and minds alight.

Hosted by award-winning writer and performer Ben Mellor, past acts have included Soweto Kinch, Bellatrix, Marcel Lucont, Eggs Collective, Julie Gordon, Harry Baker, Jason Singh, Jackie Hagan and Rob Auton.

For this special event at PUSH 2017, Pen:Chant presents a local line-up – the best emerging and emergent artists that Greater Manchester has to offer, across any genre. We’ve put together a brilliant all-local line-up for our event on the 19th, featuring BBC3 Verb New Voices winner Louise Fazackerley, rising comedy star Stephen Bailey and Manchester’s freshest new hip hop, soul and jazz trio, Foreign Interlood.

Read their full bios below:

Stephen Bailey

‘Guilty Pleasure’ (Daily Record), Stephen Bailey is a comedian who’s gossipy humour has made him one of the most sought after acts on the UK comedy circuit today. This rising star supported Katherine Ryan on her UK tour and has appeared on Safeword (ITV2), It’s Not Me, It’s You (C5) and Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (C5) to name a few. ‘He’s an arch-bitch with a winning smile. Everyone’s favourite gay best friend, Bailey’s confident, funny, and suitably rude’ – The Reviews Hub.

Foreign Interlood

Foreign Interlood is a fresh trio of Manchester-based musicians. They are Hip-Hop infused with Jazz and Soul reminiscent of Hawk House and Age of Luna. Foreign Interlood is comprised of singer Miss Indigo and two rappers Lupin and Hitch-hiker.

Louise Fazackerley

Writer-performer extraordinaire. Making magic from the everyday; hand-me-down Dads, maps of trodden chewing gum and wings to fly away. Featured on BBC Radio 3 The Verb/ BBC Radio 4/ The Guardian Northerner. Released by spoken word record label Nymphs & Thugs. Books coming out soon: Bird St. (Ignite Press Dec 2016) Nightclubs in a Nothing Town (Burning Eye July 2017).

“Pen:Chant makes for an exciting night of different artforms and, while undeniably there is no guarantee that you’ll love it all, there is something for everyone to discover and enjoy.” – The Reviews Hub