Monday, 25 October 2021
Neon Waltz head to Manchester tonight as part of their first tour since 2019 showcasing songs from their second album that they've just completed as well as reminding us of the brilliance of their debut Strange Hymns. We caught up with them in the van as they hit the road.
Saturday, 23 October 2021
Friday, 22 October 2021
John Bramwell And The Full Harmonic Convergence / India Electric Co / Ellie Gowers - Manchester Ritz - 21st October 2021
On a bitterly cold Wednesday evening in the North East of England we were left to the highly impressive Humanist to warm the cockles of our hearts with a performance way beyond our already huge expectations.
Thursday, 21 October 2021
VLURE have today released Heartbeat, their second single in quick succession to be taken from their Euphoria EP due in January. Another live favourite, the song is very much aimed at the dancefloor, both in terms of the music and its lyrical content.
Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Monday, 18 October 2021
Friday, 15 October 2021
Extreme Greed is the second single to be taken from Ist Ist's forthcoming second album The Art Of Lying. Released digitally and on a limited 7" single that also features a demo version of the song, the track has already become a live favourite with its driving verse and chorus, retaining everything that's made Ist Ist a real underground success story over the past few years but with an added radio-friendlier sound that demands to be heard.
Thursday, 14 October 2021
Egyptian Blue return with a new single Salt, their first since last year's Body Of Itch EP, and the first taster from their debut album that's scheduled for release in 2022 as they embark on their first tour for eighteen months.
Wednesday night saw a packed out Music Room of The Castle Hotel in Manchester reverberate to the sound of The Lounge Society, a band at the vanguard of a second wave of bands from the Calder Valley following in the footsteps of Working Men's Club in their own way and fellow Speedy Wunderground signings Honeyglaze.
Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Friday, 8 October 2021
John Bramwell continued his never-ending tour of the UK with his first show in Edinburgh for four years at the splendid Old Dr Bells Baths at the foot of Leith Walk performing a set of I Am Kloot classics interspersed with tracks taken from his Full Harmonic Convergence's upcoming The Light Fantastic album, accompanied and supported by Dave Fidler.
Thousand Yard Stare continue one of the most unlikely nineties reunions with their new single Upping Sticks, their first new material since last year's comeback album The Panglossian Momentum.
Thursday, 7 October 2021
Wednesday, 6 October 2021
Tuesday, 5 October 2021
Monday, 4 October 2021
Sunday, 3 October 2021
Liverpool Sound City (The Murder Capital / Courting / Stone / Alright (Okay) / The Lottery Winners / Holly Macve / Jekyll / King No-One) - 2nd October 2021
Saturday, 2 October 2021
Friday, 1 October 2021
Thursday, 30 September 2021
Wednesday, 29 September 2021
Tuesday, 28 September 2021
The Slow Readers Club's long-delayed tour continued with a show at Liverpool's O2 Academy on Monday night supported by Sheffield's Sheafs and Wigan's Stanleys.
Saturday, 25 September 2021
Friday, 24 September 2021
Two songs in and Paul Heaton thanks us for a number of things, being careful, being patient after the multiple reschedulings of this show, for giving him and Jacqui their first number one in twenty three years with the appropriately titled Manchester Calling and telling us that we deserve "a good night out." With the most endearing duo around that was pretty much guaranteed as they ran through a mammoth twenty-five song set calling in at The Housemartins, The Beautiful South, Biscuit Boy and the growing Heaton / Abbott catalogue.
Thursday, 23 September 2021
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
John Bramwell made the short trip across the Pennines to the historic Leadmill venue in Sheffield for the latest in his series of shows to preview his forthcoming The Light Fantastic album as well as delight the audience with a series of old I Am Kloot classics accompanied by Dave Fidler and Harriet Bradshaw. Support came from Howarth.
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Monday, 20 September 2021
A Monday night in Manchester is often a sedate affair, but heading down to the basement of Yes for the Liverpool double-header of Stone and Courting there's no chance of a quiet night watching bands as the audience throw themselves around the room to two bands that trade on their ferocious live shows.
Wainsgate Chapel sits on top of the hills overlooking Hebden Bridge and each year runs a small programme of live music to audiences of up to a hundred and fifty. Due to access being via narrow roads and up steep hills (we know, we walked up), the events take place in daytime with the audience sat in the church pews and on the balcony giving it a really unique feel and creating an intimate space for some very special concerts and Little Sparrow's two-hour two-set performance of tracks from her debut Wishing Tree and forthcoming second album was no exception.
Sunday, 19 September 2021
Eighteen months late, Blossoms make their triumphant first headline appearance at a sold out Manchester Arena with a set covering and celebrating their three albums to date and all the crowd favourites that have seen fans of all ages take them to their hearts. Support came from The Lathums and The Magic Gang.
Friday, 17 September 2021
Hey Bulldog today release The People That You Know, their most instant single to date, a song about celebrating the people that you go out with, who make you feel part of a scene and the person that you are. It's accompanied by a video made of Manchester gig footage from the Mancmusic Youtube channel of our mutual friend John Hall. It serves as a perfect reminder of the joy of live music and being in a crowd of like-minded people, an embodiment of what the song is about and as a tribute to our departed friend.
James / Zuzu / Beth Macari / Cruel Hearts Club / The Voluntears - Newcastle Exhibition Park - 16th September 2021
James' summer of festival shows moved on to Newcastle Exhibition Park where they headlined an event For The NHS supported across two stages by Zuzu, Beth Macari, Cruel Hearts Club and The Voluntears.
Tuesday, 14 September 2021
It's two years since Italian-born Julia Bardo, then of Working Men's Club still, announced herself to the world with the stunning debut single Desire, a world away from the band that had broken into daytime 6 Music with their own debut Bad Blood. By the time the Phase EP had come out the following year, just prior to lockdown, Julia was out on her own, newly-signed record deal in hand and already making her mark. A year and a half on, Bauhaus, L'Appartamento, a brand new set of songs prefaced by a few appetiser singles, is out in the world, is a statement of intent yet also a revealing honest laying bare of all the uncertainties of loving and living far from home.
Monday, 13 September 2021
A wet dreary Sunday night with the promise of a long week at work was brightened up by the presence of SKIES, all the way from Kent, with a seven-song set that felt more appropriate for a big festival stage than it did a dark Manchester basement.
Sunday, 12 September 2021
Saturday, 11 September 2021
Friday, 10 September 2021
The Slow Readers Club return with Tell No Lies, a brand new single to follow up the top 10 album The Joy Of The Return and 91 Days In Isolation, both released during lockdown ahead of their UK tour that kicks off at Hebden Bridge Trades Club next week. An upbeat stomper of a track, it's accompanied by a video featuring Line Of Duty's Craig Parkinson.
Tuesday, 7 September 2021
VLURE return with their second single, and their first since signing to So Young Records, with live favourite and call-to-arms Show Me How To Live Again. It's set to the thrilling wall of synth and guitar sounds that the band create and anyone that has witnessed their few live outings to date will well recognise.