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The Wire to host a series of pub based events at Safe As Milk

We'll be hosting a programme of events at the festival's on-site drinking haunt with guests including Richard Dawson, Jeff Mills and more

The Wire will hosts a series of talks at Safe As Milk festival in Pontins, Prestatyn in April. The programme includes Editor Derek Walmsley putting Richard Dawson to the test with a selection of surprise tracks in a live version of our Invisible Jukebox column. Deputy Editor Joseph Stannard will be talking to Jeff Mills about the Detroit techno pioneer's favourite comic books, and Wire contributor Robert Barry will be discussing his new publication The Music Of The Future, described by the author as “a history of failures, mapping 200 years of attempts by composers, performers and critics to imagine a future for music”. As a bonus to their main performance, we'll be joined by Circle who will perform a cosmic/acoustic set, and the takeover will also feature The Wire quiz and the usual DJ team spinning some tunes.

The Quietus and Bleep will also be hosting takeovers. The Quietus will be doing their You Are Mark E Smith! Fall karaoke. Plus they'll be talking to Princess Nokia and Michael Rother. And Mark Pilkington of Strange Attractor will present a screening of his documentary Mirage Men.

Bleep say they've got some “tricks up their sleeves” for their takeover, but so far they have only confirmed Bleep DJs and a Polytik Modular Synths workshop led by John Richard and Hans Lo, who will also deliver a full-on AV presentation.

Safe as Milk will take place in North Wales from 21–23 April. Artists confirmed so far include Actress, Michael Rother, Anna Meredith, Ata Kak, Princess Nokia, Gaika, Carla dal Forno, Circle, Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force, Moor Mother, Ulver, Shirley Collins, The Residents, This Is Not This Heat, Dopplereffekt, Hieroglyphic Being, Nurse With Wound, Grouper and others. Tickets are on sale now from £199.00 including accommodation.