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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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Future Islands, Manchester Apollo 24th November 2017

When you trek out to the Manchester Apollo on a cold miserable night you hope the journey is going to be worth the effort. In the case of Future Islands on Friday evening every frozen bone was worth it. The band, originally from Greenville North Carolina but now based in Baltimore Maryland, are being called one of the best live acts around, and in front man Samuel T Herring they… Keep Reading

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ALBUM REVIEW: Morrissey ‘ Low In High School ‘

Since his last album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business in 2014, Morrissey has been without a record label, has toured endlessly, been rumoured to be seriously ill and has allegedly made some dubious comments to the media. Now on November 17th the results of that three year hiatus are released in the form of a new album Low At High School, a classic Morrissey record as good as… Keep Reading

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Alice Cooper, Manchester Arena

You would have thought that as his 70th birthday approached Alice Cooper would be starting to take it easy and tone things down a bit but tonight’s show at The Manchester Arena was a full on performance lasting almost 2 hours, covering 14 0f Alice’s 27 studio albums including the latest one, Paranormal. As the pa booms out “you have been chosen to spend a night with Alice Cooper” the… Keep Reading

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The Jade Assembly ‘Got My Star’ Single Launch

Bolton’s Jade Assembly, with their massive loyal following have been a fixture of the Manchester music scene since 2008. Led by their charismatic front-man John (Foz) Foster with Gareth Smedley on guitar, Danny Hayes on bass and Andy Watson on drums, the band have produced a series of well received lyrically intelligent, pounding rock songs along with a classic anthem to Bolton Wanderers, Walking Down The Manny Road, which is… Keep Reading

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Sparks, 02 Ritz, Manchester

Its 33 years since I was woken up by my radio alarm clock to the sound of This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us, at the time a completely different sound to anything else around and, coupled with seeing the duo on Top Of The Pops, pretty mind blowing. Tonight Sparks are at the Ritz in Manchester touring what is their 23rd studio album Hippopotamus, looking not… Keep Reading

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Rec Rock Festival 2017, Buxworth, Peak District

A festival on top of a hill in the Peak District, mid September after four days of rain and severe storm warnings sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, but this years Rec Rock Festival turned out to be one of the best festivals of the season. A purely for charity event, this 3 day festival saw some of the best upcoming bands from the UK playing across three stages,… Keep Reading

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Cotton Clouds Festival 2017, Saddleworth

With the problems seen at a couple of festivals recently it was great to see a new one day event, Cotton Clouds Festival, pull off an outstanding day. Arriving at the site, Saddleworth Cricket Club, just up the road from Mossley (Cabbage country) there was a certain amount of trepidation as it was raining and having played cricket there in my youth, I knew that the ground could be wet.… Keep Reading

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Blackthorn Music Festival 2017

As the summer get under way and all the bands prepare for their trek around the festival circuit, once again Blackthorn Festival provides the perfect springboard for the smaller bands on their way up the music ladder. Set in the beautiful Cheshire countryside Blackthorn is a smallish very friendly festival where band, fans and music business types all mingle and chat together with no real backstage areas. The four stages… Keep Reading

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Manchester North Of England, 1977-1993

Very occasionally a compilation record comes around which you feel might have been specially for you. Manchester North Of England is just such a record, as Cherry Red Records with the help of Manchester District Music Alliance have produced a set of 7 CD’S covering the Manchester music scene between 1977 and 1993 which in one fell swoop replaces most of my singles collection from that period and gives the… Keep Reading

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A Beautiful Day Out feat. The Levellers , The Water Boys & Billy Bragg at Catslefield Bowl

Unlike the previous night when the rain poured down on the Hacienda Classical gig, today was a hot summer afternoon for the third in the series of Beautiful Day Out concerts at the Castlefield Bowl. The first band I caught were South London’s electro dub outfit Dreadzone who’s pulsating beats soon had the crowd dancing party style in the afternoon sunshine even being brought back for an encore. Billy Bragg… Keep Reading

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Little Steven And The Disciples Of Soul, Manchester Academy

On a night so hot that Stevie Van Zandt might easily have thought he was back playing in New Jersey rather than Manchester, the man who has been Bruce Springsteen’s second in command on and off since 1966 brought his spectacular show to the Academy. The tour which is in support of Van Zandt’s first new album in 18 years, Soulfire, is visiting Manchester as the only UK date and… Keep Reading

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Simple Minds Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Alive and Kicking! Less than 24 hours after the horrific terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena, Simple Minds took the stage at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall for the latest date on their acoustic tour. A lot of people entering the hall had come straight from the hurriedly arranged vigil in nearby Albert Square, so there was naturally a subdued atmosphere as people took their seats. The concert was advertised as sold… Keep Reading

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The Alarm O2 Ritz, Manchester

The last time I saw The Alarm was in the late 1980’s at the fondly remembered International 2 on Plymouth Grove in Longsight. I remember it as a wild night with a crowd not unlike one you would have found on the football terraces of the era. Tonight over 25 years on, The Ritz is almost full for the latest line-up of what is essentially Mike Peters and The Alarm,with… Keep Reading

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Membranes & Friends The 02 Ritz, Manchester

Membranes front man John Robb chose Saturday evening to showcase the bands album Dark Matter/Dark Energy with the help of Manchester BIMM Choir and no less than six supporting bands. The Ritz was filling up nicely when first act up Manchester’s The Empty Page kicked the evening off at 5pm with a thundering grungy sound not unlike the Smashing Pumpkins. With an album already under their belt the powerful trio… Keep Reading

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Kasabian & Cabbage Smash, Llandudno

It’s 6 o’clock on Tuesday evening and I’m sitting at home in Disley feeling pissed off having been turned down for a photo pass for the Kasabian/Cabbage gig in Wales, the first of a short UK tour of smaller venues. Suddenly a text message from Eoghan guitarist in Cabbage………GOT YOU 2 GUEST LIST PLACES… Cue a mad dash down the M56/A55 to arrive at the venue in Llandudno just after… Keep Reading

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Louis Berry, Soundcontrol, Manchester

Its over two years since Liverpool’s Louis Berry first broke on to the music scene after famously securing a record deal after just two gigs and attracting nationwide attention following an incendiary BBC Introducing performance in 2015. Since then we’ve been treated to a handful of EP and single releases although an album recorded in Nashville in 2016 is set for release later this year. Live is where Louis Berry… Keep Reading

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Marc Almond Buxton Opera House 27/3/17

Marc Almond has had a rich and varied career, first, as half of Soft Cell, the New Wave synth pop duo of the 1980’s then on to Marc and the Mambos an experimental collective embracing the avant garde art scene of the period before becoming a respected solo artist releasing over 20 albums many to critical acclaim. More recently he has become a regular on the 80’s Rewind Festival scene… Keep Reading

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Blossoms Klub Stodola, Warsaw, Poland

Over the past few years I’ve seen Blossoms many times, from the tiny Edgeley Labour Club “Bungalow” to headlining The Albert Hall and I was beginning to think it was time to move on until they started touring new material. However when the chance to photograph them on tour in Poland came up I couldn’t resist, which is how I came to be at an Academy sized club in an… Keep Reading

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Stillia Launch Party, Jimmy’s, Manchester

Under the umbrella of This Feeling, Saturday night saw the launch of Stillia’s debut single Let Me In. The basement of a relatively new Northern Quarter bar, Jimmy’s, was sold out for this performance by St Helen’s finest and though curfew restraints meant it was a short set, the crowd was literally left shouting for more. Opening act for the evening was Liverpool’s Red RumClub a six piece band with… Keep Reading

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The Tapestry, Witchwood Ashton-u-Lyne 26th December 2016

The Farewell Gig! It seems somewhat fitting that Tameside band The Tapestry whose early gigs were at The Witchwood in Ashton should return almost six years later to play their final farewell gig before finally calling it a day. Much has been written about why The Tapestry failed to make the impact and get the recognition they deserved but tonight the sell out crowds focus is on the gig and… Keep Reading

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