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Kendal Calling 2019

This year was the 14th Kendal Calling and my 10th, I’ve always been a genuine fan of the festival, I’ve been as a punter, performer, runner, photographer and several times as a writer, and it never fails to disappoint. The atmosphere is less frenetic than other festivals, a more family friendly laid back affair with places for kids to play and enjoy music. There is still no shortage of places… Keep Reading

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Distractions Summit and Showcase 18 – 20 July 2019 

Manchester has always been a place where technology, innovation and radical thought have shaped industry, politics, music and culture. Artists and innovators see the power of technology as the ultimate enabler of new music, art, and design, it gives emerging talent the means to both produce and distribute experimental music. This is the core value of new festival Distractions, which is a brand new three-day summit in Manchester that debates… Keep Reading

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The Finest Photos From Kendal Calling To Feature In New Manchester Bar’s First-ever Exhibition

A photography celebration of one of the UK’s most vibrant music festivals is set to go on show at Manchester’s newest music bar, 33 Oldham Street. The Northern Quarter venue launches its first exhibition, featuring images by the official photographers of the award-winning Kendal Calling, with an opening party on Wednesday 15th May from 6pm. Scott M Salt and Jody Hartley who run the photography team One Eye In will… Keep Reading

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Video Premiere of Underground Pop Sensations Spray 

Spray return with their new album Failure is Inevitable – their first release on AnalogueTrash British synth band and self-styled indiepop chameleons Spray have announced their fifth studio album, Failure Is Inevitable, for 2019. Founded in 2001, Spray is comprised of Ricardo Autobahn (synthesizers) and Jenny McLaren (vocals, guitars), both formerly of The Cuban Boys, who took their chaotic technopunk to No. 1 on the Festive 50 (twice), recorded one of the… Keep Reading

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YANA You Are Not Alone Festival, March 30th At Jimmy’s/Night & Day/Whiskey Jar

Saturday afternoon and Northern Quarter was alive with people. Guitar and flight cases were lined up outside venues alongside gig goers being told to take their drinks back.  The reason was the sold out and stellar line up of YANA Festival the one dayer raising money for Manchester MIND a cause clearly close to the hearts of performers and attendees alike In the words of organiser Ben Taylor “It was down… Keep Reading

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Kendal Calling New Editions! Plus the FOTF Guide to the Dino-tastic theme……

The 2019 Kendal Calling line up continues to announce additions to its already colossal line up with festival favourites Don Brocco, Reverend And The Makers and The Pigeon Detectives being added to the bill. But the success of Kendal Calling doesn’t just lie with the savvy curation which expertly mixes of cutting edge break through acts alongside sing along nostalgia bands, its the atmosphere, the crowd, the comedy and all… Keep Reading

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You Are Not Alone Festival Preview March 30th

You Are Not Alone Festival (YANA) is a multi-venue festival taking place across three venues in Manchester, Night & Day Cafe & Jimmys (18+) & The Whiskey Jar is (14+) in aid of non-profit mental health charity Manchester Mind. The aim behind Mind is twofold. The first is provide support and advice to anyone suffering, as one in four of us will experience mental health problems at some point in… Keep Reading

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When Music Meets Politics Merthyr Rising Preview 24th – 26th of May

So here’s the first of a few articles on some of the lesser known festival gems that have been popping up over the UK over the last five and have more to offer than your average weekend dancing while plastered in wellies…. Merthyr Rising is a music, arts and ideas festival that celebrates working class culture and resistance at the birthplace of the red flag. The very nature of politics,… Keep Reading

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Kendal Calling: Ones To Watch…

My initial reaction to the 2019 Kendal Calling line up mainly revolve around the exhilaration at dancing fantastically badly in my polka dot wellies to Nile Rogers & Chic after enough fruity cider to both rot my teeth and send me into a full blown alcoholic fuelled arms in the air crescendo of “Good Times” in Lowther Park. My second reaction was to re listen to every single Doves tracks… Keep Reading

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LIVE REVIEW: Bang Bang Romeo at Retro, Manchester

The gig was sold out, which was no surprise. Things are changing in the music industry, it started with a rumbling and is working its way up to a roar on par with Anastasia “Stars” Walkers vocals. No longer is it being filled with Pop Princess with nothing to say and indie boys still believing trying to recreate Oasis’s Definitely Maybe is what the public want. Bang Bang Romeo’s first… Keep Reading

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