Monday, 23 May 2022

Proletariat - Manchester Gorilla - 21st May 2022

Proletariat played their biggest headline show to date at Manchester Gorilla on Saturday night. Following on from last year's successful sold-out comeback at the Deaf Institute and a stream of singles that have shown their development as a band.

Sunday, 22 May 2022

John Bramwell And The Full Harmonic Convergence - Castleton Peak Cavern (The Devil's Arse) - 20th May 2022

John Bramwell brought his Full Harmonic Convergence to the picturesque and unique setting of the Devil’s Arse Peak Cavern in Castleton for an exceptionally special long-delayed two hour set primarily featuring songs from their upcoming album The Light Fantastic interspersed with tracks from his Leave Alone The Empty Spaces solo album and his I Am Kloot back catalogue.

Friday, 20 May 2022

Ryley Walker / Simon Joyner - Manchester Yes - 19th May 2022

Ryley Walker made a long-awaited return to Manchester for the first time in five years on Thursday night in the Pink Room at Yes. With tracks from his last album Course In Fables as well as old favourites from his now substantial songbook delivered with an improvisational spirit and scant regard for the structures of the recorded versions, he held an enthralled and besotted audience rapt over the course of ninety minutes.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Travis / Ben Ottewell - Manchester Albert Hall - 17th May 2022

Travis brought their Invisible Band tour to Manchester's Albert Hall on Tuesday night where they performed one of their classic albums in full followed by a mini greatest hits set in a sweltering hot room. Support came from Ben Ottewell with a solo acoustic set of Gomez favourites.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Momma - Manchester Yes Basement - 14th May 2022

Momma are about to release their third album Household Name on July 1st and this Manchester show, as part of the ongoing Mood Swings events, is the final stop on a whistlestop tour that coincided with The Great Escape in Brighton and the release of Speeding 72, the third single to be taken from the album.

Friday, 6 May 2022

Ist Ist - Huddersfield Parish - 5th May 2022

 Ist Ist's short UK tour made a stop off at the impressive Parish in Huddersfield on Thursday night for a set that spanned their two albums Architecture and The Art Of Lying and previewed three tracks from their third album.

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Blossoms - Stockport Plaza - 3rd May 2022

With their fourth album Ribbon Around The Bomb sitting at number one in the midweek charts, Blossoms continued their tradition of playing a special hometown show at the Plaza in Stockport to celebrate its release. Playing the album in full accompanied by a string section followed by a short set of some of their biggest singles to date they preceded the show with a special film soundtracked by the record and with some added drama of a fire evacuation to boot.

Sunday, 1 May 2022

Blossoms - Manchester Band On The Wall - 30th April 2022

To celebrate the release of their fourth studio album Ribbon Around The Bomb Blossoms played two intimate shows at Manchester’s Band On The Wall on Saturday debuting songs from the album as well as running through old favourites from their first three records to an adoring crowd.

Saturday, 30 April 2022

Molly Nilsson - Manchester Soup - 29th April 2022

To celebrate the release of her ninth album Extreme, Molly Nilsson performed a rare live show in the basement of Soup starting with most of the album followed by a short selection of tracks from her impressive back catalogue.

Friday, 29 April 2022

Blossoms - Ribbon Around The Bomb

Blossoms today release their fourth studio album Ribbon Around The Bomb. Our friends over at the Blossoms' fan account At Most One Tour kindly agreed to share their first thoughts on the record with us.

Kristin Hersh Electric Trio - Manchester Band On The Wall - 28th April 2022

Kristin Hersh made a long-awaited return to Manchester on Thursday night as part of the first half of her UK tour performing with long-term Throwing Muses collaborator Fred Abong and 50 Foot Wave drummer Rob Ahlers.

Saturday, 23 April 2022

James / The Slow Readers Club / Surma - Lisbon Campo Pequeno - 22nd April 2022

James completed their short two-date tour of Portugal with an ecstatic sold-out show at Lisbon's Campo Pequeno, more accustomed to bull fights than music concerts, supported by The Slow Readers Club and Surma.

Friday, 22 April 2022

James / The Slow Readers Club / Surma - Porto Superbock Arena - 21st April 2022

James played the first of two Portuguese shows that were COVID-delayed from December on Thursday night at a sold-out ecstatic Superbock Arena in Porto with a career-spanning set of old favourites as well as a significant chunk of last year's All The Colours Of You album supported by The Slow Readers Club making their Portuguese debut and local artist Surma.

Sunday, 17 April 2022

The Silver Bars / Civic Green / First Lady - Manchester Retro - 16th April 2022

The basement of Retro played host to three out-of-town bands on Saturday night hosted by promoters In Your Ears. Barrow's The Silver Bars headlined the night which also saw South Yorkshire's Civic Green and Glasgow's First Lady play impressive sets.

Saturday, 16 April 2022

The Mission / Ist Ist / The Rose Of Avalanche - Manchester Ritz - 14th April 2022

The Mission's Déjà Vu finally rolled into Manchester on Thursday night, two years after the original date for a career-spanning set to an adoring audience of old and young, supported by contemporaries The Rose Of Avalanche and Manchester's own Ist Ist.

Saturday, 9 April 2022

Crows / Splint - Manchester Yes - 8th April 2022

Crows brought their second album Beware Believers to the Pink Room of Yes in Manchester on Friday night for a scintillating performance that focused heavily on the new record with a few old favourites thrown in for good measure. Support came from last minute local stand-ins, the mysterious Splint.

Friday, 8 April 2022

Folly Group / Qlowski - Manchester Gullivers - 7th April 2022

London post-punk four piece Folly Group's debut headline tour in support of their new EP Human And Kind rolled into the ballroom above Gullivers in the Northern Quarter of Manchester on Thursday night supported by the equally impressive Qlowski.

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Tom Hingley - Edinburgh Old Dr Bell’s Baths - 3rd April 2022

Tom Hingley brought his solo show to the east coast of Scotland this week. Stuart Ralston went to Leith for a stunning career spanning set, not only celebrating his past but also celebrating his future with a clutch of brand new songs.  Although there was a stage with a PA, Tom took the decision to body swerve it and pull up a chair in front of the audience, delivering a more personal, revealing and intimate show.

Sunday, 3 April 2022

Fair Play Festival (YAANG / Global Charming / Ditz) - Manchester Northern Quarter - 2nd April 2022

Fair Play Festival took place across five venues in the Northern Quarter of Manchester on Saturday. The sold out festival rekindled the spirit of the sadly departed A Carefully Planned Festival by mixing artists operating at the fringes of the local scene that fall under the radar of most festival organisers with touring bands from the UK and further afield. Dipping in and out around other commitments we caught three very different acts in locals YAANG, Amsterdam's Global Charming and Brighton's Ditz.

Friday, 1 April 2022

Shed Seven / The Lottery Winners - Manchester Academy - 31st March 2022

Shed Seven's rearranged date at Manchester Academy from Christmas last year finally took place on Thursday night at a packed out Academy 1 mixing together songs from across their career in front of a devoted audience and supported by local heroes The Lottery Winners.

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

October Drift / China Bears / BÖHMEN - Manchester Deaf Institute - 29th March 2022

October Drift headed to Manchester for the latest show on their rearranged UK tour on Tuesday night accompanied by a depleted in numbers China Bears and new kids on the block BÖHMEN for a high quality evening of three bands at different stages in their evolution as bands but who each win over the packed out crowd.

Monday, 28 March 2022

As The Cro Cro Flies (Loose Articles / Queen Cult / Bugeye / The Red Stains / I, Doris) - Manchester Retro - 27th March 2022

Cro Cro Land, the London-based festival, headed North on Sunday for what was billed as "a day of explosive punk, rock and indie bands celebrating female and non-binary musicians" under the As The Cro Cro Flies banner in the basement of Retro. Headlined by Loose Articles, the line-up also featured a mix of local and out-of-town bands - I, Doris and Bugeye making their Manchester debuts as well as Macclesfield's Queen Cult and Manchester's adopted The Red Stains.

Sunday, 27 March 2022

The Be Positives / The Big Peach - Salford Kings Arms - 26th March 2022

The Be Positives and The Big Peach brought the second night of their combined tour to the intimate upstairs theatre of the Kings Arms in Salford on Saturday night for a sold-out show.

Saturday, 26 March 2022

Dream Wife / Lucia And The Best Boys / Chemtrails - Manchester Gorilla - 25th March 2022

Dream Wife made a long-awaited return to Manchester on Friday night with a sold-out show at Gorilla supported by Lucia And The Best Boys and Chemtrails. A high-energy hour-long set saw them draw from both their albums and reveal some impressive new material whilst spreading their empowering message and having the time of their lives at the same time.

Thursday, 24 March 2022

talker - In Awe Of Insignificance EP

In Awe Of Insignificance, talker's third EP, is more a mini-album than an EP as the Los Angeles-based artist spreads her wings and delivers a series of songs that deal with the pressures of modern day living and its impact on mental health. Raw and revelatory in lyrical content, it explores a number of musical styles from the dancefloor to a simpler stripped down approach.

Sunday, 20 March 2022

Yumi Zouma / Freak Slug - Manchester Yes - 19th March 2022

With their fourth album Present Tense being released on Friday, New Zealand four-piece Yumi Zouma brought the album and its predecessor Truth Or Consequences to Manchester for the first time and turned the night into a communal celebration of a band that's sailed under most radars for far too long. Support came from Manchester's own Freak Slug.

Saturday, 19 March 2022

Madame Claude / 25th Hour / Stone Mile - Manchester Gullivers - 18th March 2022

Without having a release to their name Madame Claude are causing a bit of a stir in Manchester with their own unique reggae-influenced songs that have had crowds dancing and singing along. We caught their first headline show at a sold-out Gullivers on Friday night supported by the contrasting styles of 25th Hour and Stone Mile.

Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Nilüfer Yanya / Léa Sen - Manchester Band On The Wall - 14th March 2022

Nilüfer Yanya brought her recently released second album Painless to a sold-out Band On The Wall on Monday night supported by Léa Sen.

Monday, 14 March 2022

Gang Of Youths / Charlie Collins / Tom A Smith - Manchester Albert Hall - 13th March 2022

Gang Of Youths concluded their UK tour to promote their top ten album Angel In Realtime with a sold-out show in front of an ecstatic audience at Manchester's Albert Hall with two excellent support slots from Tom A Smith and fellow Aussie Charlie Collins. 

Saturday, 12 March 2022

White Lies / VLURE - Manchester Academy - 11th March 2022

White Lies brought their extensive As I Try Not To Fall Apart tour of the UK and Europe to a full Manchester Academy on Friday night to showcase their new album as well as deliver some old favourites supported by VLURE.

Friday, 11 March 2022

LIINES / The Short Causeway - Hebden Bridge Trades Club - 10th March 2022

LIINES headed out of town on Thursday night for their postponed Independent Venue Week show at Hebden Bridge Trades Club, a venue perfectly suited to their sound and ethos to play their longest ever set today including tracks from their in-progress second album. Support came from Hebden Bridge's own The Short Causeway.

Thursday, 10 March 2022

Working Men's Club - Manchester Yes Basement - 9th March 2022

Ahead of their US trip for SXSW Working Men's Club returned to their roots with a hot and sweaty warm-up show in the basement of Yes in Manchester revealing a new line-up and new material.

Wednesday, 9 March 2022

David Ford / Annie Dressner - Manchester Gullivers - 8th March 2022

David Ford and Annie Dressner performed the second of two shows in Manchester on Tuesday night at a sold-out show at Gullivers, across the road from the previous night's more intimate set at The Castle. With both artists only performing one song on both nights and with David bringing along his full kit and looping set-up, it was a very different but not less enthralling evening of entertainment.

Tuesday, 8 March 2022

David Ford / Annie Dressner - Manchester Castle Hotel - 7th March 2022

David Ford's tour in support of his forthcoming album May You Live In Interesting Times and his impromptu 48 Hours With mini album that he recorded with support act Annie Dressner hit Manchester's Castle Hotel for the first of two nights in the city. Veering away from his tour set and with a stripped down kit he delighted a crowd of devotees with a career-spanning set and plenty of witty anecdotes.

Monday, 7 March 2022

Silverbacks / Pale Blue Eyes - Manchester Yes Basement - 6th March 2022

Silverbacks opened their short tour of England and Ireland in support of their recently-released second album Archive Material with a Sunday night show in the basement of Yes in Manchester to an enthusiastic crowd supported by Pale Blue Eyes who gave a performance worthy of headliners themselves.

Sunday, 6 March 2022

You Are Not Alone Festival (Proletariat / Déjà Vega / Hey Bulldog / The Notion / James Holt / Cold Water Swimmers / Double Good Company / This Summit Fever / Spin Klass / Freeda) - Manchester Northern Quarter - 5th March 2022

After many postponements Manchester's You Are Not Alone Festival finally took place on Saturday around eight venues in the Northern Quarter with a full line-up of artists from the local scene and further afield, often playing in venues much smaller than you'd traditionally find them. We got out our Clashfinder and spent eleven hours in the company of ten acts, some familiar and some new to us, on one of the best-run urban festivals we've ever attended.

Friday, 4 March 2022

Wolf Alice / Lucia And The Best Boys - Manchester Apollo - 3rd March 2022

Wolf Alice's triumphant belated tour of the nation to celebrate the success of their first number one album Blue Weekend rolled into Manchester on Thursday night for the first of two sold out nights in front of an adoring audience from the barrier right to the back of the room hanging on every word and note with a band blossoming in front of our eyes.

Sunday, 27 February 2022

Liam Frost / Ederlezi / Demi Marriner - Manchester Halle St Michael's - 25th/26th February 2022

One of Manchester's most-loved yet underappreciated songwriters made his comeback with two intimate shows at Halle St Michael's on Friday and Saturday night, reminding us of the brilliance of his back catalogue of three albums whilst tantalising us with new material which he promises will be released "soon". Support came from Ederlezi on Friday and Demi Marriner on Saturday.

Friday, 25 February 2022

Sprints / DEAFDEAFDEAF - Manchester Yes Basement - 24th February 2022

Sprints played their first date of 2022 in the smoky basement of Manchester's Yes on Thursday night, the opening show on their UK and Irish tour in support of their forthcoming second EP A Modern Job. An enthusiastic crowd were drawn in by the infectious energy emanating from the stage as Sprints' no holds barred approach to their art continued their seemingly unstoppable rise.

Thursday, 24 February 2022

TRACK OF THE DAY : Just Mustard - Still

Just Mustard have revealed Still, the first track to be taken from their forthcoming second album Heart Under that is released on May 27th. The song features intoxicating vocals from Katie Ball wrapped around a gloriously intense soundtrack.

Saturday, 19 February 2022

VLURE - Glasgow King Tut's Wah Wah Hut - 18th February 2022

Delayed from December, VLURE's triumphant end-of-tour homecoming at Glasgow's King Tut's Wah Wah Hut was the hottest ticket in town on Friday night. Coming home with the release of their debut EP Euphoria in their back pocket and about to embark on a tour across bigger halls supporting White Lies, this was a celebration amongst friends of a band that's destined for greatness.

Friday, 18 February 2022

TRACK OF THE DAY : The False Peak - The Dreamer

The Dreamer is the debut single from The False Peak, a Leeds-based trio and the song very much lives up to their stated aim of "writing catchy songs with an evocative message" as they look back at childhood memories wrapped up in music that has a warm and endearing feel to it.

Sunday, 13 February 2022

Smoke Fairies / Samana - Manchester Deaf Institute - 12th February 2022

Smoke Fairies brought their first tour in two years to Manchester's Deaf Institute on Saturday night with a set leaning heavily on 2020's Darkness Brings The Wonders Home album. Support came from a stripped-down Samana.

Friday, 11 February 2022

Sugarfungus - Interview

Vancouver's Sugarfungus formed during lockdown and recently released their debut EP Letting Go, Moving Still, six songs of addictive glorious electronic dream-pop tinged with a hint of melancholy. We caught up with them for a chat to find out more about them, the songs on the EP and their plans.

Thursday, 10 February 2022

The Snuts / Heidi Curtis - Manchester Blues Kitchen - 9th February 2022

Wednesday night saw Jack from The Snuts perform a much-rescheduled set of songs from their number one debut album accompanied by a cellist in front of packed and vocal Manchester crowd at The Blues Kitchen. Support came from Newcastle solo artist Heidi Curtis.

Wednesday, 9 February 2022

TRACK OF THE DAY : Balancing Act - Cold

Cold is the debut single from Balancing Act, a duo featuring Kai Roberts, formerly front man of Carnival Club, and Jackson Couzens of Anteros. Now relocated to London from Manchester where they met, they've got together to produce this first single with the promise of more to come.

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Déjà Vega - Glasgow Nice N Sleazy - 6th February 2022

Déjà Vega are on a roll. The night after their biggest ever headline show at Manchester Gorilla, the band make their way north to play their inaugural Scottish show. Stuart Ralston went home for the evening and, like the rest of the audience, was blown away.

Monday, 7 February 2022

Cherry Ghost / Liam Frost - Hebden Bridge Trades Club - 6th February 2022

Postponed almost two years from its original date in April 2020, Sunday night finally saw Cherry Ghost play an extremely rare live show at Hebden Bridge Trades Club with a set spanning their three albums to date to an awe-struck reverent audience. Support came from a solo set from Liam Frost making his Trades Club debut.

Sunday, 6 February 2022

Déjà Vega / The Zangwills - Manchester Gorilla - 5th February 2022

Déjà Vega's much-delayed tour to support the much-delayed release of their second album Personal Hell called in at Manchester Gorilla on Saturday night for a triumphant sort-of-homecoming show in front of a fevered crowd drawn in by the cathartic majesty of a band that had always been seen as an underdog but who are now filling venues across the country.

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Ist Ist - Manchester 33 Oldham Street - 1st February 2022

Ist Ist played the first of two extremely intimate Independent Venue Week shows at Manchester's 33 Oldham Street venue on Tuesday night. Tickets sold out in seconds for both shows when they were put on sale so there was a real sense of anticipation for a band playing to a tenth of the audience of their recent Manchester headline shows and they didn't disappoint with a twenty-song set that went all the way back to their debut single and forward to an unreleased track they're working on for their third album.