Wednesday 21 June 2023

James / The Clause - Wolverhampton The Halls - 20th June 2023

James headed to Wolverhampton on Tuesday night as part of the series to reopen the city's biggest venue complex after a multi-million pound refit. Discarding most of the songs they played on their recent tour with an orchestra and choir they delighted their hardcore fans with a setlist of rarely played songs mixed liberally amongst many of their biggest songs. Support came from the excellent The Clause who made themselves perfectly at home on the big stage and won over a new set of fans.

Sunday 18 June 2023

Ed Cosens / Tom Bright / Oliver Pinder - Leeds Mill Hill Chapel - 17th June 2023

The intimate beautiful surroundings of Leeds' Mill Hill Chapel was the scene for the closing night of Ed Cosens' UK tour performing tracks from his debut solo album Fortunes Favour as well as some old Reverend And The Makers favourites and new songs from his work-in-progress second album. Support came from impressive sets by tour support Tom Bright as well as local lad Oliver Pinder.

Saturday 17 June 2023

David Ford / Abe Partridge - Manchester Castle Hotel - 16th June 2023

David Ford and Abe Partridge brought their two-man songwriters' circle tour to Manchester's Castle Hotel on Friday night in sweltering conditions, each playing a solo set and then an encore where they took turns in playing songs. Each told stories around the songs and their journey as songwriters as well as their obvious mutual love and respect for each other as people and musicians.

Thursday 8 June 2023

Nicole Atkins and Jim Sclavunos - Manchester Yes - 7th June 2023

Nicole Atkins and Jim Sclavunos called in at Yes in Manchester on Wednesday night as part of their tour to perform tracks from Nicole's back catalogue as well as their unreleased duets album. Accompanied by Davey Horne on keys, the trio delivered a set of songs rich in variety that showcased the range of Nicole's vocals from rock and roll to powerful ballads as well as full of between song humour.

Tuesday 6 June 2023

James - Be Opened By The Wonderful

James celebrate the fortieth anniversary of their debut single Jimone with a career spanning retrospective with a difference. Instead of the tired old Greatest Hits repackage they've collaborated with composer Joe Duddell on rearranging tracks from across their forty year existence and recorded them with the Orca 22 orchestra and the Manchester Inspirational Voices Gospel Choir. It wouldn't be James though without them not just selecting from their massive array of singles but delving deep into their albums and b-sides to complete a spectacular reimagination of some of their finest moments.

Monday 5 June 2023

Coldplay / Chvrches / Porij - Manchester Etihad Stadium - 4th June 2023

Coldplay brought to an end their series of four sold-out nights at Manchester's Etihad Stadium on Sunday night with an exhilarating live show featuring many old favourites from their back catalogue as well as significant chunks of their Music Of The Spheres album along with a guest performance from Tim Booth of James. Support came from Porij and Chrvches.