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New Music – Johnny Marr & Maxine Peake – The Priest

  Johnny Marr releases new song ahead of album release, A synth story. Johnny Marr has released the first song off of his upcoming album, The song features actress Maxine Peake, who tells the story of a homeless girl living life in Manchester The story is backed by numerous synths and Johnny’s famous guitar tone reaps throughout the song, and although Marr’s guitar is used less than other instruments and quiet… 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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Tom Clarke of the Enemy, 02 Ritz, Manchester

Tom Clarke delivers “We’ll live and die in these towns” at the 02Ritz Manchester. Tom Clarke of the Enemy, celebrates 10 years of the Album “We live and die in these towns”. Having last year finally calling time on the Enemy, Tom Returns to the )2 Ritz in Manchester to play the entire album acoustically. Support for the evening is front man of Starsailor, James Walsh, also providing an acoustic… Keep Reading

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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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Johnny Marr announces new album

Johnny Marr teases 3rd solo album. The upcoming album has been recorded in Manchester’s Crazy Face Factory studio. In a recent interview with Q Magazine, Johnny Marr has announced details of his long awaited third solo album. The album has been recorded at Manchester’s Crazy Face Factory, and features the songs ‘Day In Day Out, Rise, Hi Hello, Walk Into The Sea, Hey Angel and Bug’. Should the album follow… 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

Gigs

Celebrating 26 Years At Manchester’s Night & Day

The Night & Day Birthday Week! 26 Years at Number 26 Mon 20th: generation 1st birthday party featuring the bright black + ink + Chris Kelly + Thea Brooks // 7:30pm doors // £3 adv. Tue 21st: classical evolution genre fluid open-mic chamber music // 8pm doors // free entry Wed 22nd: Ian Felice [The Felice Brothers] + special guests Gil Landry [old crow medicine show] // 8pm doors //… Keep Reading

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REVIEW: Sly Antics at The Burgess, Manchester

  One small venue, one giant set. After wonderful support, Sly Antics ended the night on an almighty high. Want some Sly Antics Merch? read on for more details… Sly Antics absolutely blew the roof off The Burgess with a short, but absolutely brilliant set, featuring covers of Kanye West and The Chemical Brothers, and some new material, which went down a treat with the screaming fans. The band kicked… Keep Reading

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Reverend and the Makers, Manchester Academy

Rev and his makers closed their UK tour for their new album “Death of a king” with a triumphant show at the Manchester Academy on November 4th. The 5 piece Sheffield indie royalty graced the stage with a pungent flare and raw excitement which was greeted with several pints being flung in the air (like they didn’t cost 5 quid a go) and an electrifying crowd, one that I have… Keep Reading

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James Announce One Off Manchester Show for 2018

James are proud to announce an intimate and special one-off charity show in Manchester for 2018 An intimate evening with James and special guests will raise money for the “We Love Manchester Emergency Found”, an aid set up to help support people in the wake of the Manchester terror attack this summer. Special guests will be announced in the coming weeks for this unique and intimate show. The band said:… Keep Reading

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London Grammar, O2 Apollo, Manchester

Haunting vocals and flawless performances; London Grammar stunned the Apollo for the second night. Friday saw the second of a two-night stint at Manchester’s O2 Apollo, for the ethereal London-based trio, London Grammar. Formed at Nottingham University in 2012, London Grammar – Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dominic Major – have quickly cemented themselves as one of the UK’s most beloved bands. Their debut album ‘If You Wait’, released in… Keep Reading

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The Pretenders, O2 Apollo, Manchester

Chrissie Hynde and her latest crop of Pretenders rock a Manchester stage. It has been 14 years since The Pretenders played Manchester and John Hayhurst went along to review for Flick of the Finger to see if Chrissie Hynde still packs a post punk punch. I have a history with the Pretenders. It appears that every time I see them live something untoward happens, in the eighties at Newcastle I… Keep Reading

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Citizen, The Deaf Institute, Manchester

Bands like Citizen don’t come around often anymore! From the grit in Mat Kerekes’ uniquely haunting voice to the booming fuzzed up bass tone of Eric Hamm. The emo quintet have consistently delivered massive choruses crafted with lyrics as angst-filled and hopeless as they are eerily relatable. Now, returning to the UK for a short run of shows its safe to say that the gang of Michigan’s finest brought Manchester’s… 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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Off The Record 2017 Conference

Following its debut sold out year in 2016, Manchester’s multi-venue live music event and conference, Off The Record, has announced it will be back this year on 10th November 2017 in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Off The Record, launched by three of the UK’s premiere independent music festivals, Kendal Calling, Sound City and Bluedot, and music site Louder Than War, is all about innovative ideas, new music and emerging artists. By… Keep Reading

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Sainte, Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Technical glitches, unrehearsed conversation with the crowd, and everyone having a fucking great time: exactly what an intimate show should be. This week saw the eagerly awaited debut show of SAINTE, a musical project from We Are The In Crowd’s (WATIC) Taylor Jardine, Mike Ferri and Cameron Hurley. The three, along with two touring musicians, descended upon Northern Quarter’s sold-out, quirky basement venue, Soup Kitchen, to prove that the two… Keep Reading

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Blink 182, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

Blink 182 and Castlefield Bowl were an unlikely match thrown together by the tragic events of Monday the 22nd of May at the cities arena. Due to the arenas subsequent closure the stadium sized three piece left fans hanging as to whether there would be a gig in the city for several days causing intense worry, however they would eventually announce there would be a gig and Castlefield Bowl would… Keep Reading

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Blossoms + The Coral, Castlefield Bowl

Blossoms come of age with what will become a pivotal moment in the bands career. Tonight’s host have been on a journey, one that over the last few years seen them go from strength to strength, although the journey has been a long on, one that has seen them on a never-ending treadmill of live music. It’s a journey that has shaped them, no one can knock them for their… Keep Reading

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James & The Slow Readers Club, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

The Slow Readers Club Join James at Castlefield Bowl for a night of total absorption. Having Played the Castlefield only 3 years ago, it was somewhat a coming home for tonight’s host James. Judging by the buzz that has been emanating from the Manchester music scene over the last few weeks for this gig, even the dark grey skies and the threat of rain are not going to stop the… Keep Reading

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Arcade Fire, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

Arcade Fire Entertain a sell out Gig at Castlefield Bowl It had been six years since the last venture into Manchester, by tonight’s Canadian hosts, Arcade Fire. Taking to the stage 30 minutes earlier than official stage times seemed to catch a few fans out, although by that time the Bowl was full. The band where relaxed and at ease from the opening song, “Everything Goes”. Arcade Fires, Win Butler… Keep Reading

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