The 2nd instalment on the Manchester Creative Collective (MMC) saw a packed out Jimmy’s as Sittin’ Pretty take to stage with Support from Charlie Cooper and the CC’s.
As the MCC attendees start the beers flowing, mingling and exchanging business cards, Charlie Cooper and her band take to the stage. With Charlie’s forthcoming EP set to introduce her to the world she has a formidable writing talent and a vocal force to be reckoned with. Backed by a wealth of talented Manchester musicians, Charlie’s live performances are said to be extravagantly musical, rich in energy and emotion. The bands performance as a whole was great – great sound and great to watch. Typically not a style of music I would generally go see but one that I thoroughly enjoyed and would certainly recommend. Full of emotion and rich with talent.
Between bands and speakers such as Andy White from ‘Musicians Against Homelessness’ who gave a fantastic insight to the work MAH are doing and the way they are effecting change for people living on the streets across the UK, it was a great opportunity to catch up with the event organiser Wendy who said, “We have clearly met a need to offer a relaxed but structured space for not just musicians, but supporting industry to meet, given the footfall doubled from our launch event.”
I couldn’t agree more with what Wendy had to say on this. Its a fantastic opportunity anyone connected to the industry and a great way to meet like minded people. Wendy went on to say… “As a team we are excited with the plans we have going forward and the calibre of guests we have secured to offer insight into this competitive industry. The enthusiasm and support shown to this project from the likes of “From the fields”, FOTF Magazine and established names such as Clint Boon not only gives us confidence going forward but gives us validation that what we are doing at these events is of value.”
Next to take to the stage was Sittin’ Pretty. Due to appear on Flick of the Finger’s compilation album ‘Soundcheck’ which is due to drop very soon, the band hailing from Bolton, have been tipped to be the next big thing! With hints of The Doors and Zeppelin swagger and attitude of some of the Manchester greats, the bands groovy and contagious songs and lyrics keep you engaged while Lewis Grounds lead guitar will blow you away. These lads are a band which we’ll be keeping a very close eye one for sure.
The last speaker of the night was Chris Hughes from Oscillate Recordings in Manchester. Chris touched on the importance of getting the right sound though to the current state of teh music industry. Chris has over 15 years experience as an engineer, producer, songwriter, musician and also running a record label. During this time he has engineered and worked for top UK acts such The Courteeners, Peter Hook, The La Fontaines, Laura White, Lucy Spraggan, Richard Fleeshman and as a producer for BBC Outreach’s Keep It Real project in conjunction with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Watch this space for instillment Number 3 of MCC and if you’re connected to the music industry in anyway – Its something you really should have in the diary. Check out their facebook page and I’ll see you there!