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23.11.2019

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 sou...

24.03.2019

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 tr...

01.05.2018

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,...

02.03.2018

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).

03.12.2017

It was a beautiful and emotive performance and I hope that Zola Jesus and her band gain traction more and more as their music evolves from soundscapes and experiments into these more developed songs like those on Okovi.

25.11.2017

It makes sense that the crowd might be at least a little extrovert, when you've seen Herring's own moves. This is a man who performs with his entire body, through dance and movement as much as with his voice. His range is impressive but his tones too range from beautifully clear falsettos to deep gravely screams that wouldn't be out of place in a metal band. The effect is mesmerising. He is a frontman in all senses of the w...

22.11.2017

The incredible energy level stays on high throughout and the effect is almost like a rave. The music is verging on drum and bass but is more talented than that, it's all about creativity and living in the moment... it's jazz. The wealth of musical practice these musicians must have to pull from is evidently immense and I already can't wait until they are next in the UK.

25.10.2017

"One time I was playing solo on the subway platform and this old lady came up to me and shoved her umbrella down my saxophone bell and was like ‘You're driving me fucking insane, you're driving me fucking crazy you playing the same thing over and over and over again it’s horrible’ then she left the umbrella in my horn and walked away."

30.09.2017

Well, it makes me feel old but this NFG tour was called ‘20 Years of Pop Punk’. The band formed in 2007 and are celebrating 20 years of making reliably cheery yet angsty pop punk sounds together and also celebrating the release of their 9th studio album ‘Makes Me Sick’.

After support from Roam who are also celebrating an album release in the next fortnight (available to pre-order here) NFG opened with a funfair edition of a ‘Happy Anniv...

27.09.2017

It’s been seven months since Bon Iver cancelled his tour earlier this year due to poor health. A long wait later and finally the Opera House in Blackpool is full of mostly bearded 30-year-olds in beanies.

The support from Mikaela Davis was a lovely way for us all to settle in to the beautiful old theatre and get used to having to sit down at a gig.

Justin Vernon arrived on stage with two other overly talented multi-instrument-playing mem...

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