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November 23, 2019

After a four year musical hiatus, Manchester indie powerhouse Jack Hyphen launched his long-awaited EP Stops/Changes last Friday to a sold out Sacred Trinity Church.

On the same night folk and blues Co-Headliner James Stephen launched his brand new acoustic rock single 'Just Like That'.

Support came from an array of talented singer songwriters, all with complimenting different styles. First up was Moy Cohen, a 19 year old Mexico born soulful singer armed with his acoustic guitar and melancholy lyrics. His music is heartfelt and speaks of changes in his personal life.

Next up we had ForDaze, a regular on the Manchester open mic circuit, also performing shows everywher...

March 24, 2019

Released on January 18th 2019, Van Etten’s new album Remind Me Tomorrow was highly anticipated by fans who have followed her so devotedly from the beginning.

The album though shows Sharon doesn’t owe anyone anything they might expect. Her music has evolved into boisterous Patti Smith-esque 80’s underground sound with her trademark completely clean and at times ethereal vocals.

At the Albert Hall in Manchester on Friday she stayed true to her folk roots and played several tracks at the piano or alone with her guitar, harmonising with her band who moved seamlessly between real old school rock n roll through grunge and back to folk.

A cover of Sinead O’Connor’s poi...

March 3, 2019

We follow the rise of Motown stars Diana Ross and The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and more not only getting to hear the music but also learning more about their lives and how they all contributed to the legacy of Motown Records. Motown the Musical is not just reeling off hits with big dance numbers and energetic choreography though, it’s also demonstrating the huge shift in popular culture that was taking place as attitudes towards race were changing in Midwest America, and indeed the world.

May 1, 2018

Mothership bill themselves as ‘no costumes, no wigs, no nonsense: a tribute to the music of Led Zeppelin’ and that is exactly what you get. As a pretty well seasoned tribute act fan, I am never sure whether the full imitation acts with costumes and acting are any better or worse than acts that are all about paying tribute the music, but Mothership put forward an exceptional case for the more homage approach.

The stage was uncomplicated, set up as though it were a standard gig with no gimmicks or giveaway props so often seen with tribute acts. The band were professional and unassuming. The set included all the huge hits, but also some lesser known work that was a jo...

March 2, 2018

Boasting a stellar all female line up, SHE PWR includes panel discussions, live music, free cocktails and canapés, an art exhibition, craft fair, DJ's, comedy, spoken word, cabaret, visual art, glitter *and* a raffle. The event will raise money for Manchester-based charity Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST).