Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Duke Spirit / Clever Thing - Manchester Deaf Institute - 16th August 2017


The Duke Spirit's new album Sky Is Mine is released on Friday and this Deaf Institute show, along with a London show, is an intimate preview designed to showcase new songs, of which we get four tonight. Support came from Brighton's Clever Things.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Neon Waltz - Strange Hymns


Neon Waltz's debut album Strange Hymns has been a long time coming, but has been more than worth the wait. The ten-song collection features a number of tracks they've used over the past three years to snare new fans and new ones that possess the same qualities of glorious abandon, fearless optimism and a love of timeless melodies.

The Big Peach / DUSST- Manchester Night And Day Cafe - 15th August 2017


Tuesday night saw the latest of the Night And Day's new band showcases featuring headliners The Big Peach, still able to count the number of gigs they've done on one of their hands yet making a storming first impresssion, and Liverpool troubadours DUSST who delight the audience with their feet-tapping jazz / psyche tunes.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Frank Turner - Interview


Frank Turner plays Manchester Ritz next Thursday night headlining a Street Noise charity concert for Big Issue North, an organisation dedicated to alleviating the homelessness problems of Manchester and other major towns and cities. We caught up with Frank to talk about how he got involved, his memories of Manchester and his plans for his next album.

Track Of The Day : Vukovar - The Clockwork Dance


The Clockwork Dance is the first single from Vukovar's forthcoming album Puritan, due out in October. A dark brutal record with electronic overtones, fittingly released on the Brutalist House label, it's a real statement of intent from the band.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Jordan Allen / The Strawberries - Manchester Jimmy's - 10th August 2017


Jordan Allen returned to Jimmy’s, the scene of last week’s triumphant intimate gig, for a second helping to a packed sweaty enthusiastic crowd with the knowledge that they’re witnessing the relative calm just before the storm as he goes out on his first nationwide tour in the autumn. Support came from Leeds four-piece The Strawberries.

Purple Heart Parade / My Expansive Awareness - Manchester Aatma - 9th August 2017


The twenty-sixth instalment of Astral Elevator’s psyche nights saw the return of prodigal sons Purple Heart Parade and a headline slot from Spain’s My Expansive Awareness in support of their new album Going Nowhere.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Cotton Clouds Festival (PINS / The Coral / The G-O-D / The Blinders / The Whip / TEAR / The Sundowners / Ethan And The Reformation / Darling Club / Stillia / Proletariat) - 12th August 2017


The first Cotton Clouds Festival took place on Saturday in the picturesque setting of Saddleworth Cricket Club in Greenfield. A packed line-up of great bands across three stages, from national names to local up-and-coming bands and a raft of child-friendly activities meant that there was something for almost everyone.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Natalie McCool / The Protagonists - Liverpool Loves, Derby Square - 6th August 2017


Following the cancellation of Hope And Glory Festival, we headed down to Derby Square in the city where the wonderful free event Liverpool Loves was taking place. Before the weather took hold and we went for shelter we witnessed two contrasting but equally brilliant sets from local acts The Protagonists and Natalie McCool.

Blossoms - All Night Long Premiere - Heaton Moor Savoy Cinema - 11th August 2017


All Night Long is a self-made documentary of Blossoms' US tour from front man Tom Ogden. Filmed entirely with a hand-held camera, it documents the life of the five friends in the band on the road through North America in April and May of this year and offers a revealing and often hilarious insight into life on the road. Before the film's first ever public showing, they performed a five-song acoustic set in Heaton Moor's beautiful Savoy Cinema.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Regina Spektor - Liverpool Empire - 7th August 2017


Regina Spektor charmed a packed Liverpool Empire on Monday night with a career-spanning set of songs that demonstrated the eclectic range of both her songs and her voice and confirmed her reputation as one of the most intense intimate performers of her generation.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Vida - Liverpool St George's Hall - 4th August 2017


Vida opened Hope And Glory's "secret" Friday night gig in the resplendent surroundings of Liverpool's St George's Hall. Despite being beset by technical problems and suffering with the hall's natural echo, they make a strong impression on a growing crowd with a half hour set full of the sort of songs that have seen their reputation burgeon during the festival season.

James, Razorlight, The Fratellis, The View, Embrace, Badly Drawn Boy, The Pigeon Detectives, The Membranes, Clay - Liverpool Hope And Glory Festival - 5th August 2017


Given the events that occurred at Hope And Glory on Saturday and the subsequent cancellation of Sunday's festival (documented here), the music almost feels like an aside, but despite the difficult circumstances in some areas of the site, the bands themselves manage to brave on against technical issues, stage times overrunning by up to two and a half hours and curtailed sets to deliver a show for those fans that stayed.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

25 Health And Safety Questions For The Hope And Glory Organisers And Authorities


As the dust settles on the fiasco that was the Hope And Glory Festival in Liverpool at the weekend (our view of Saturday's events can be found here) and customers seek redress for the cancellation of Sunday's events for which they had paid their hard-earned money, there are a number of major health and safety concerns that need addressing.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Here's To Hope And Glory - A Festival Goer's Experience


Saturday witnessed the opening day of the first Hope And Glory festival in the surroundings of Liverpool's St George's Hall. Billed as a family-friendly festival, the 12,000 capacity event turned into nothing of sort as social media became awash with horror stories of refused entry, limited security, appalling facilities, dangerous bottlenecks and other tales of woe.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Jordan Allen / Seven Cities / The Jade Assembly - Manchester Jimmy's - 3rd August 2017



Ahead of the announcement of a big tour to conclude his most successful year to date, Jordan Allen played the first of two intimate Manchester shows at the city's latest happening venue Jimmy's to a hot and sweaty crowd to an enthralled fan base that knew all the words to old favourites and were excited by two new songs being played for the first time.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Kiera Court - Angry Face & Boat Shoes


Kiera Court recently released her debut EP Angry Face & Boat Shoes, three songs that mark out the Essex singer-songwriter as one of the most promising and exciting emerging talents around.