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That my first ever gig was The Who at Belle Vue which shows how long I've been going to gigs. However despite always being interested in photography it's only in the last few years I've been fortunate enough to shoot gigs.
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The Who, Kings Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester 6th October 1975

Life was much simpler in 1975. NME was a decent music paper featuring quality writers, gig tickets were obtained by either sending a cheque with a stamped addressed envelope to the promoter or queueing up outside the venue, and beer was about 25p a pint. The summer of ’75 had seen the music papers full of stories about The Who and the tensions within the band, full on fist fights… Keep Reading

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The Rolling Stones, Old Trafford, Manchester

ITS ONLY ROCK AND ROLL BUT I LIKE IT ! I’ve seen The Rolling Stones twice before, in 1976 at Bingley Hall Stafford when they were good and again in 1990 at Manchester City’s old ground Maine Road when they were pretty average. Today I could to photograph one of my hero’s Patti Smith who’s career has been heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones, in particular Keith Richard OR I… Keep Reading

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LIVE REVIEW: Monster Magnet, Gorilla, Manchester

It was 23 degrees on the streets of Manchester this evening, but inside Gorilla it feels like 123 degrees as the venue is packed to the rafters for American rock band Monster Magnet. Originally hailing from New Jersey Monster Magnet have been around in various forms since 1989 when they were formed by Dave Waldorf and, since then the band have had varying amounts of success with both singles and… Keep Reading

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Wilko Johnson, Manchester Academy

I first saw Wilko Johnson playing with Dr Feelgood in a marquee at the Uppermill Festival back in the late seventies. Then again with his group The Solid Senders at the now famous Mayflower Club in Belle Vue Manchester. He then disappeared off my radar somewhat until his much publicised cancer and then almost Lazarus like recovery. A highly successful album with Roger Daltrey followed, “Going Back Home”, and then… Keep Reading

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No Hot Ashes, The Venue Derby

Stockport’s No Hot Ashes, having already sold out Academys Two and Three in Manchester with their incredible local support are now on tour, seeing if their high energy funky sound can have the same effect on the rest of the UK. Tonight its Derby and there’s a good turn out to see what NHA can offer. Its ten o’clock before the band get on stage and its clear that some… Keep Reading

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NEW MUSIC: URF ‘For The Ride’

URF are a five piece Manchester band that at the moment are flying under the radar (well my radar anyway), but this is all set to change with the release of their debut EP For The Ride on May 4th followed by a headline show at Night People in Manchester. If you’re getting bored with constant post punk sound that so many bands have adopted then maybe URF are the… Keep Reading

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The Empty Room Live at Night People, Manchester

The last couple of months have seen the big summer gigs, festivals and tours announced, The Stones at Old Trafford, The Killers in Bolton and an Arctic Monkeys tour to name just a few.  Before you spend a fortune on a ticket, have a look at whats on in your local area because the big bands of the future are probably playing in one of the many clubs that put… Keep Reading

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QUEEN ZEE, The Castle, Manchester

Mondays aren’t the greatest nights for gigs especially after a heavy weekend, but in The Castle this evening there is palpable excitement in anticipation of Queen Zee’s imminent performance. Following a lengthy spell touring the country as a support band, notably on the Cabbage tour, Queen Zee are now heading out on a lengthy headline tour across the UK, partly in support of their EP “Eat My Sass” but also… Keep Reading

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Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, The Twisted Wheel Manchester

Saturday 31st March saw the 50th anniversary of Geno Washington playing the legendary Manchester club The Twisted Wheel, so what better way to celebrate than by bringing the great man back. The Twisted Wheel now has a new home in the Night People club on Princess Street and tonight its packed out, with many of the crowd having danced at the original club. With top Northern Soul DJ Pete Roberts… Keep Reading

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Afghan Sand Gang, The Eagle, Salford

Mossley is not a place that immediately springs to mind in the annals of rock and roll, but from being a virtual music desert, Mossley has suddenly become a post punk oasis with Cabbage’s spectacular success being followed up the likes of Proletariat and Freeda. The latest band to come from this Mossley “ scene” is the three piece Afghan Sand Gang whose electronic krautrock music style is beginning to… Keep Reading

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YES 50th Anniversary Tour, Bridgewater Hall Manchester

On the 29th April 1975 at the age of sixteen I went to see Yes at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, it was definitely the “prog” rock era because around this time I also remember seeing Pink Floyd and Genesis. Yes were at the top of their game with a series of hit albums, with art work provided by the legendary Roger Dean. Close The Edge was the one that… Keep Reading

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The Black Dahlia Murder and Cannibal Corpse, O2 Ritz, Manchester

Death metal and its various derivatives is big news and on Wednesday evening two of the genres most popular bands played Manchester Ritz. The bands popularity was evident by the hugh queues along Whitworth Street as the venue opened its doors to a sell out crowd. First up were The Black Dahlia Murder (BDM) from Michigan USA whose music has been described as more melodic death metal, Straight from the… Keep Reading

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Atmosphere Music Festival, 26th May 2018

Rather like Kevin Costner in Field Of Dreams, Dave Hume is a man with a mission. Along with his brother Harry growing up in Mossley, he has always had a dream to bring a real music festival to his home town, and with the Atmosphere Festival on May 26th at Mossley Football Club he has achieved that ambition. With his company Ginger Pigeon Promotions Dave has cut his promoting teeth… Keep Reading

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Atmosphere Festival 2018 Seel Park,Mossley 26th May

Rather like Kevin Costner in Field Of Dreams, Dave Hume is a man with a mission. Along with his brother Harry growing up in Mossley, he has always had a dream to bring a real music festival to his home town, and with the Atmosphere Festival on May 26th at Mossley Football Club he has achieved that ambition. With his company Ginger Pigeon Promotions Dave has cut his promoting teeth… Keep Reading

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Morrissey, Leeds First Direct Arena

Every time I see Morrissey play I think it will be the last time, and yet after twenty five plus concerts here I am again finding myself excited at seeing this legend on stage ….. maybe Morrissey’s only happy when he’s up on the stage? Waiting in the cramped, narrow pit in front of the stage watching the obligatory thirty minute film bombarding the audience with iconic cultural images from… Keep Reading

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Scarlet Fever, Seven Miles Out Arts Centre, Stockport

I first saw Scarlet Fever as a support act at Night and Day. Their short set that night, made enough of an impression to drag me out to Stockport on a cold, snowy, Friday night to catch their headline set at Seven Miles Out Arts Centre. Formed just two years ago by school friends Louis Clark, Ellis Ferrington and Oli Mitchell and soon to be joined by Lee Campbell the… Keep Reading

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No Hot Ashes, Club Academy, Manchester

I’ve seen No Hot Ashes many times over the past couple of years, as a support band,at festivals and as head liners in their own right, but tonight its different. Manchester’s Club Academy is completely sold out and has been for weeks, Twitter and Facebook have been awash with desperate requests for tickets. Arriving in the foyer its like I’ve walked into a school trip, as hundreds of teenagers dressed… Keep Reading

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Deltasonic Record Releases

From its years as a joint venture with Sony, to its recent emergence as a maverick genius, Liverpool’s Deltasonic Records, with a roster of some of the best new bands around has become one of the most important independent labels in the UK. Already boasting the likes of The Coral, The Zutons and The Vryll Society the label constantly strives to bring new talent to the fore and its two… Keep Reading

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The Blinders, Rock City, Nottingham.

A cold bleak Wednesday and a long drive down to Nottingham, like the trips to lower division mid-week football fixtures I used to make many years ago Tonight however is definitely a winner as its the opening night of The Charlatans UK tour, but as great as the band are its the support act thats dragged me down to the East Midlands. The magnificent Blinders from Doncaster, fresh from touring… Keep Reading

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Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Apollo, Manchester

There are not many true rock and roll legends left in the world but Wednesday night saw one of the greatest grace the stage at Manchester Apollo. Robert Plant once lead singer of Led Zeppelin, often cited as the greatest band in the world, played a two hour set to a packed theatre which considering ticlet prices were as much as £75 is no mean feat. Touring his latest album… Keep Reading

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