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Pennfest 2019

Final Line Up Now Confirmed Friday 19th July And Saturday 20th July 2019  DON’T FORGET THE INTRODUCING STAGE featuring a diverse selection of … Keep Reading

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YEASAYER AMEN & GOODBYE

Album Set For Release Through Mute On 1st April 2016. Brooklyn art rock band Yeasayer seemed to emerge fully formed in 2007, when their debut album All Hour Cymbals introduced audiences to a cosmic fusion of kraut-rock and worldbeat inspired textures. They found a broader audience with the leftfield synth-pop of their breakthrough follow up, Odd Blood and with 2012’s Fragrant World, an album of scintillating avant-garde electronica, Yeasayer completed… Keep Reading

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On This Day | 22nd March…

The Jam & Frankie Valli Go To One While It’s another Brick In The Wall For Led Zeppelin… 1965, ‘Bringing It All Back Home’, Bob Dylan’s 5th studio album was released. The album was the first of Dylan’s LPs to break into the US top 10, and it also topped the UK charts later that Spring. The lead-off track, Subterranean Homesick Blues became Dylan’s first single to chart in the… Keep Reading

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Dantevilles – Sea Of Change

Dantevilles With their rubber soles trekking Manchester’s rainwater through the corridors which lay between genres, the four-piece collective hold open the door and offer their alternative take on British guitar music. With a desire to conceive something fresh, they maintain a raw central aesthetic as they invite you round their craft. Follow on: facebook twitter Soundcoud Keep Reading

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On This Day | 21st March…

A busy day in the world of music. john Squire leaves The Stone Roses, Beatles first gig at The Cavern + more…  1956, Elvis Presley appeared at the 4,000 seated YMCA Gymnasium in Lexington, North Carolina. Also on the bill, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, featuring June Carter, Rod Brasfield, Hal and Ginger. Tickets cost $1 for general admission and $1.50 for reserved seats. 1961, The Beatles played their… Keep Reading

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Reef | Manchester Academy 17th March 2016.

Reef are an English band hailing from Glastonbury. In its self a statement worthy of an accolade or two. Who else could pass off Glastonbury festival as just another local gig? The band members include Gary Stringer on vocals, Jesse Wood on guitar, Jack Bessant on bass and Dominic Greensmith on drums. Coming on stage at an almost full Manchester Academy 2. 900+, the band seemed right at home, acknowledging… Keep Reading

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On This Day | 20th March…

1960, Elvis Presley started his first recordings since being discharged from the US Army. A 12 hour session in a Nashville recording studio produced his next No.1 single, ‘Stuck On You’. Scotty Moore and Bill Black, who had quit Presley’s touring band in 1957, were in the studio with him for the last time. 1964, The Beatles appeared live on the UK television program Ready Steady Go!, miming to ‘It… Keep Reading

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Jo Harman at Nells Jazz & Blues

I’ve seen Jo Harman perform quite a bit and every time I cry. This can be quite awkward when part of the reason for being there is to photograph the show. I don’t get tearful because I share a close personal connection with the deep sentiment that a number of her songs convey; fortunately for me, I don’t. I get moist in the eyeball because I’m moved by the spectacle… Keep Reading

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On This Day | 19th March…

1958, During his only UK tour, Buddy Holly played two shows at the Regal Cinema in Hull, Yorkshire. Also on the bill, Gary Miller, The Tanner Sisters, Des O’Connor, The Montanas, Ronnie Keene & His Orchestra. 1962, Bob Dylan’s debut album Bob Dylan was released in the Untied States. Initially poor sales led the record to be known around Columbia Records as ‘Hammond’s Folly’ (John Hammond was producer of Dylan’s… Keep Reading

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ADAM FRENCH DEBUTS BRAND NEW TRACK ‘EUTHANASIA’

ADAM FRENCH DEBUTS BRAND NEW TRACK ‘EUTHANASIA’  “Figuring out the difference between life and existence has always been a massive contributor to the way I write music.” Says, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Adam French. “My favourite lyrics are honest and personal!”  ‘Euthanasia’ is a perfect example of both this lyrical ambition and his deft touch with melody. Based around atmospheric guitars and a rolling breakbeat, the song deals with the universal… Keep Reading

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Dirty Thrills

Quickly re-writing the history books are Dirty Thrills, an exciting and charismatic rock ‘n’ roll quartet, straight out of the London grind. With the perfect musical blend of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll in their music, this group is most definitely one to watch out for. Fronted by the son of ex-Moody Blues singer Nicky James, this unique outfit are bringing back old skool rock ‘n’ roll, whilst all… Keep Reading

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SOUL OUT!!

Paul and Jacqui are embarking on their impressive SOLD OUT UK tour. All dates listed below – let us know which you are going to… ‘Wisdom, Laughter and Lines’ is the new album from Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott. This record is the second from Paul & Jacqui following the critically acclaimed ‘What Have We Become’, which saw them return together on record for the first time since the multi-million… Keep Reading

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On This Day | 18th March…

1965, The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 ($8.50) for urinating in a public place, following an incident that had taken place at a petrol station after a gig at the ABC Theatre in Romford, Essex, England. This was after the last show on their fifth UK package tour with The Hollies, The Konrads, all girl-group Goldie and the Gingerbreads and Dave Berry and the Cruisers. 1965, John Lennon gave… Keep Reading

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Buck & Evans The Half Moon Putney

Last summer I attended the inaugural Ramblin’ Man Fair hosted by Team Rock. It was an event with a very specific demographic: less than fifteen sew-on band patches on your denim jacket? You need to consider an alternative festival, sir… The main ‘Classic Rock’ stage had some very significant acts upon it, any one of which could have qualified for free bus travel had they not arrived by executive helicopter.… Keep Reading

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On This Day | 17th March…

1957, Elvis Presley bought the Graceland mansion from Mrs Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. (£60,295). The 23 room, 10,000 square foot home, on 13.8 acres of land, would be expanded to 17,552 square feet of living space before the king moved in a few weeks later. The original building had at one time been a place of worship, used by the Graceland Christian Church and was named after the builder’s daughter,… Keep Reading

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Pay For That Mutha F**ker Record…

Well – You Were All Told! Salford Has A Lot To Answer For… Dr John Cooper Clarke Is One Of Them! When it comes to lyrical masters like Alex Turner and John Cooker Clarke, the final result is never gonna be more than a gnat’s whisker away from musical perfection! As proven here in “I Wanna Be Yours”  Such a tune!… John Cooper Clarke (born 25 January 1949) is an English performance poet… Keep Reading

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Wild Rossa And The 88 – Liverpool Arts Club

March 9th 2016 found me at Liverpools’ Arts Club, upstairs in the Loft, to see Wild Rossa and the ’88. Luke Papini and guitarist Chris Mitchell met at Liverpool University and formed their first band, The Loose Hearts. They met other band members Nico Sauvenee ( drums ) and Jamie Gosling ( bass guitar ) also at Uni and the idea for Wild Rossa was formed. After being introduced to… Keep Reading

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The Japanese House Images & Music

The Japanese House supporting The 1975 at Manchester Apollo. Image taken by Mark Ferriss for Flick Of The Finger. I came across The Japanese House whist doing a review for The 1975.   Off the bat I was really impressed with their sounds! A mixture of layers, sampled and looped with some chilled beats which were accompanied by very cool ambient style vocals which were also layered and went through some kind of… Keep Reading

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The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation

Another Day At The Beach For Alex & Miles The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation from ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’ – the new album out 1st April 2016. Pre-Order on limited edition Deluxe Vinyl LP & CD: http://po.st/TLSPStore Via iTunes: http://po.st/TLSPDownload Listen to The Last Shadow Puppets on Spotify: http://po.st/EYCTESpotify http://po.st/TLSPSpotify Facebook: http://po.st/TLSPFacebook Twitter: http://po.st/TLSPTwitter Instagram: http://po.st/TLSPInstagram Keep Reading

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The 1975 Manchester Apollo

An Evening of Neon Lights, Extra Loud Screams Cool Tunes And Girls… Lots of Girls…. Being a 1975 first timer I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect in all honesty. So what did I know before the fact? 2 number 1 albums; their self titled 2013 debut album “The 1975” and their 2nd, shorter titled “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It“.… Keep Reading

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On This Day | 16th March…

1964, The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’ When pressed by American journalists in 1966 to reveal the song’s “true” meaning, Paul McCartney stated “I think you can put any interpretation you want on anything, but when someone suggests that ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ is about a prostitute, I draw the line.” 1965, The… Keep Reading

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