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DIY weekenders touch down in West Yorkshire

Total Inertia and Tor festivals set to take place in Leeds and Todmorden

Two DIY events presenting a swathe of underground talent from the UK and beyond are set to touch down in West Yorkshire this autumn. Total Inertia happens between 23–25 September at Wharf Chambers in Leeds, with performances from Richard Dawson, Vibracathedral Orchestra, Alan Wilkinson & Paul Hession, a Guttersnipe and Herb Diamante collab, and much more. It’s the first ever instalment of the fest, and it's put together by Leeds duo Guttersnipe and Shakeeb Abu Hamdan of Family Elan. You can find more info at their website.

Meanwhile, West Yorkshire DIY festival Tor Festival returns to the Pennine market town of Todmorden for its second edition, running from 1–3 October. Following 2015’s event, which was organised in collaboration with Was Ist Das?, Tor Press have brought together another weekend of psychedelic, folk and drone sounds, with artists for the weekend including appearances from Belgian guitarist Ignatz, Tom Carter of Charalambides, and East Coast violinist/guitarist Samara Lubelski, plus UK underground mainstays Blood Stereo, Ashtray Navigations, Harappian Night Records and Tor's own Sophie Cooper. DJs for the weekend are Neil Campbell of Vibracathedral Orchestra and Nick Mitchell of Golden Lab Records. The main event takes place on Saturday 1 October at Todmodern’s Unitarian Church, with a Friday warm-up gig and Sunday tape listening and roast dinner session both happening at the Golden Lion pub. You can find more information online here.

Frances Morgan wrote a Primer to Yorkshire Psychedelia in issue 378, featuring movers such as Ashtray Navigations, Vibracathedral Orchestra and many more – subscribers to the magazine can read it via our online archive.