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The Wire hits its 400th issue

The June edition of The Wire will be the magazine’s 400th issue. To mark this landmark occasion we'll be co-presenting a series of events taking place at various venues from London to Shenzhen. We'll also be hosting Wire 400 content online, and of course, producing a special 400th edition of the 'zine!

Coming next month, the June edition of The Wire will be the magazine’s 400th issue. To celebrate, we’re getting together with a few friendly venues, promoters and festivals to co-present a series of live events under the Wire 400 banner.

In May these will include shows by The Necks, Matana Roberts and Hailu Mergia at London’s Jazz Cafe; Einstürzende Neubauten at Newcastle’s Boiler Shop; the trio of Keiji Haino, Merzbow and Balázs Pándi at Berlin’s St Elisabethkirche; the Syn/Cussion Festival For Percussion & Electronics, also in Berlin; the 4th Tomorrow Festival in Shenzhen, China; two evenings at London’s Iklectik Art Lab, with Electric Indigo and CRU magazine; and the Trip Metal Fest RVA! at Strange Matter in Richmond, Virginia. June shows under the Wire 400 banner include Baba Yaga’s Hut presentations of Melt-Banana at The Garage, and Zu, Tomaga and Pierre Bastien at London Fields Brewhouse; Saturnalia Festival at Milan's Macao; a one-off performance by Diamanda Galás at London’s Barbican; 33 33’s Aki Onda performance at South London Gallery; an all-day block party hosted by the High Focus label in Bristol; and the Terraforma Festival in Milan. More Wire 400 shows will be announced as they are confirmed between now and the end of June.

You can keep up to date about new additions to our 400th issue celebrations, from online features to special editions of our weekly radio show on Resonance FM, via our newsletters, and/or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Mixcloud.

The 400th issue of The Wire will be on sale from 11 May.

Thanks to all the above festivals, promoters, venues and musicians for helping The Wire mark its 400th issue. All events produced by organisations above – contact venues and promoters directly for ticket details.