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July 5, 2017

Ahead of their upcoming gig with MIF this Thursday at Castlefield Bowl, I travelled to Cologne, Germany at the start of Arcade Fire's Everything Now tour to see what these eccentric and vibrant performers have in store for Manchester.

Tanzbrunnen was a great gig venue, weirdly similar to Manchester with it's cobbles and rain shelter-like structures in middle of the bustling city. The outdoor venue choice was popular for this tour, and I always think it adds so much to a gig - all those festival summer vibes chill an audience out, or maybe there was just more room. Arcade Fire themselves are such an amazing festival band, with their upbeat, politically-fuelled, inde...

December 6, 2015

I’m going to go ahead and talk about the venue choice first, as that’s the thing on everyone’s minds. When New Order tickets went live for their two shows on home-turf it sold out in minutes and I think they still would have done even if they were playing in some smelly underground car park... Oh, right.

Except this isn’t just any smelly underground car park it’s Manchester’s finest sub-cultural club venue and original home of infamous Warehouse Project. Why would New Order not be attracted to Store Street? They could have played pretty much any venue in Manchester but the humble offering of dripping walls and seedy plastic hanging curtains made for a real throwbac...

September 11, 2015

Brand New have graced the UK with a fair amount of presence this year, Manchester being particularly lucky as they played at Gorilla back in July, as well as opening their new European tour at the Albert Hall last night. With its church-like stained glass and draughty ceilings this was a great choice for the New York band to fuel us with a set mostly dominated by The Devil and God, which was no bad thing.

We also saw several tracks from Deja Entendu of course, but the surprise opening was Soco Amaretto Lime- something I’ve never seen them do before. It was refreshing and nice to see them really pouring a lot of thought into the flow of the set, frontman Jesse Lacey...

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