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.