Saturday 24th February 7.30-10pm  

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To Fly Out In The Heat Of Day explores sound and movement as ways to reorientate marginalised bodies in alienating worlds. To use our dreams, stories of ancestors and performative actions as mechanisms to forge ourselves anew. The audience join Barnell in an immersive sensory universe inhabiting her 'live dream'. A wearable sound-material sculpture made using reusable thermoplastic, and breakthrough electromyography sensors, creates a body-sonic score.

As a neurodivergent artist, Barnell's voice is her natural instrument. Lou has created a wearable sound-material sculpture made using reusable thermoplastic, and breakthrough electromyography sensors, to create a body-sonic score. This wearable instrument controls vocal effects with muscle movement. This mitigates Barnell’s challenges with motor skills and draws the audience into her world of ground- breaking music.

To Fly Out In The Heat Of Day is produced in collaboration with artists and researchers Robin Foster and Courtney Reed, and Sculptor Anthony Bennett. Supported by Sound & Music UK's New Voices and Northern Lights.

“Her set was one of the most astonishing and exciting I have seen...” Demerara Records

“Fucking cool stuff…” Gazelle Twin

“Intense collages of sound” Electronic Sound Magazine

Barnell captures a diverse, exciting and colourful palette of sounds” TQ Zine


Lou Barnell : Artist / Researcher : Lead Artist, Composition, Choreography, Concept.

Robin Foster; Artist/ Researcher : Software Programming

Courtney Reed : Artist / Researcher : Hardware design

Anthony Bennet: Sculptor/ Artist / Maker : Instrument casting

Production Manager- Emma Houston

About this performance 

Age guidance: This performance is recommended for all ages

Content warning: No trigger warnings

Duration: This performance is 135 minutes long.

Interval: This performance has a 15-20 minute interval.

Pre/Post show activity: This performance has a 30 minute post show discussion.

Tickets: Tickets cost £10 and are available to purchase through Eventbrite.


We offer a quiet space for people who may be triggered by the performance or may have ASD conditions. We will provide a set of ear defenders.

If you have any specific access requirements you would like us to be aware of, please email [email protected]

Find out more about Lou Barnell

Lou Barnell is an award-winning vocalist, sound, and performance artist. She is one of Manchester Jazz festivals 2023 Hothouse artists, a Sound and Music New Voices 2022 composer, and winner of the 2021 Oram Awards. Her work gives language to her experience of being a neurodivergent woman in a synaesthetic world of sound, hyper-focus, and sensory overload. Barnell performs with shapeshifting, wearable instrument sculptures made from ice and thermoplastic.

“As a woman with a learning difficulty, the world feels alienating. To make sense of unfathomable surroundings, I use my voice as a material. My voice is a compass, or a totem, it can be sculpted, broken and reformed.”

Facebook: /LouBarnellMusic

Twitter: @LouBarnell

Instagram: /LouBarnell

Find out more about Juliana Day

Juliana is a recorder player, whistle player and vocalist specialising in folk, contemporary classical/experimental and improvised music. She studied recorders at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and has played for theatre, television and radio including the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Yorkshire Silent Film Festival. Her solo project combines ambient improvisation, folk, experimental techniques and live electronics. Much of her work is inspired by nature, and focuses on using music as a form of collective communication, expression and connection.

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