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New Music: Saytr Play – ‘Bang Average’

Saytr Play…..not your average band Saytr Play. You will have come across them here at Flick Of The Finger, over the course of 2018. Well, now 2019 is upon us and so is a brand new song from the band. Its name? Bang Average. It’s a song about love (don’t we all like a song about love, every now and then?), but not in the conventional sense of it. A… Keep Reading

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Gig Of The Year For The Slow Readers Club?

Carefully and confidently the band have made a march on Manchesters Iconic Apollo theatre selling out 3 months in advance. As I ventured into Manchester Apollo tonight, it is just a little over 4 years, since I first had the pleasure of seeing The Slow Readers perform, over at Manchester’s Night & Day Café. For me it was clear from that initial gig, there was something special about this band….… Keep Reading

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LIVE REVIEW: DMA’s at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

DMA’s treat Manchester to something special. A spectacular night of music, with an even more spectacular atmosphere. DMA’s have come a long way in their not so long career, and the people of Manchester really know it. In 2015, they played the tiny Night and Day Cafe, and last night they played a 3,500 capacity warehouse. If that doesn’t show how much this band have grown in the past 3/4… Keep Reading

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LIVE: Sly Antics Storm The Star and Garter

Sly Antics bring the roof down on the iconic Star and Garter The band have been around a few years now, but last night was something different  Sly Antics have done quite well for themselves, their music is loved and their fans are devoted to being at the gigs and singing their hearts out as Sam, Lee and Chris played the songs the fans came for, but last night, Sly… Keep Reading

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LIVE REVIEW: PVMNTS Rebellion, Manchester

PVMNTS with merely a demo accomplished a considerable fan-base as well as a more than expected slew of critical analysis for a relatively new band. Nothing new having a bit of hyperbolic discourse in music for sure, especially as one of the band has been ‘right successful on the telly’ in a US teen series. But PVMNTS are a pop-punk band and it’s 2018. A three-chord melody and an anthemic chorus… Keep Reading

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The Killers Guitarist, Dave Keuning Comes to Manchester

Dave Keuning, founding member and guitarist from The Killers, releases “Prismism” under the moniker Keuning. The track is the title track and second to be taken from Keuning’s debut album Prismism (released January 25th on Thirty Tigers). You can hear debut single ‘Restless Legs’ via Keuning’s official YouTube channel. Burnt out from touring and wanting to spend more time with his 13-year-old son, Dave began taking musical ideas that he… Keep Reading

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LIVE REVIEW: You Me At Six Return To Manchester

Surrey based rock band, You Me At Six, return to Manchester in support of their new album, and to celebrate their first. This weekend has been predominantly You Me At Six. The five piece returned to Manchester, in a sold out Victoria Warehouse, to support their new album ‘VI’, on Friday night. They returned again on Saturday night for a much anticipated celebration of their first album, ‘Take Off Your… Keep Reading

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REVIEW: John Cooper Clarke, Toria Garbutt & Mike Garry at Bridgewater Hall

The Bard returned to Manchester. John Cooper Clarke came back home to tour ‘The Luckiest Guy Alive’ Whilst poetry may not be something that not everyone is into, it’s fair to say, JCC is one of the most important people, and highly overlooked people to come out of the Manchester scene. His poetry isn’t laced with love and fairytales, and instead is real and his collection has something in it… Keep Reading

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Black Honey at Manchester Academy 2

Black Honey bring their debut album tour to Manchester A night of great music, which really showed the power of women in music After the two support acts, Russo and Pins had warmed the crowd up with their great sets, the stage went dark to welcome Black Honey to Manchester as they tour their self-titled debut album. The set opened with the wonderful, crowd pleasing ‘I Only Hurt The Ones I… Keep Reading

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New Music – Richard Ashcroft ‘Natural Rebel’

Richard Ashcroft releases new album, ‘Natural Rebel’ Ashcroft’s fifth solo album does not disappoint.  A combination of acoustic and electric guitars, an array of strings, and Ashcroft’s distinct vocals form a truly brilliant album, with a mix of really good songs, one of which is the single, ‘Surprised By The Joy’. However, the album opens with ‘All My Dreams’, a truly fantastic tune, which you can tell right from the… Keep Reading

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Manchester Arena

A night of astonishing visuals and beautiful music. Last night, Jeff Lynne and his army of unbelievable musicians took the stage in Manchester to deliver some classic of Lynne’s lengthy career.  After a lengthy, cold wait outside of Manchester Arena, me and one other photographer were lead through a maze of corridors, and into the impressive Arena, and shown where we would be shooting from. It wasn’t long then until… Keep Reading

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Hacienda Classical, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Hacienda Classical Returns To The Stage At Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Hacienda Classical with Manchester Camerata, returned to where it’s incredible journey started out a little over two years ago for a very special celebratory concert at Manchester’s prestigious Bridgewater Hall. Going back to where it began, since those early concerts the much acclaimed Hacienda / orchestra hybrid has sold out the best venues across the UK as well as taking… Keep Reading

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Looking Ahead To Sonder Festival 2018

As Sonder Festival 2018 approaches, we pick out some of the must see bands The lineup is packed full of amazing talent, and includes some of the best up and coming bands in the UK at the moment.  Whilst Sonder Festival is still under the radar compared to some of the other festivals Manchester has to offer, it still manages to draw in some amazing talent, and the talent most… Keep Reading

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The Snug Live: Manchester’s Hidden Gem!!

Unless you have been to Atherton, a small town about 10 miles from Manchester city centre, you may not have heard of The Snug, an independent coffee shop tucked just off the main High Street. After their recent  ‘Snug Live’ event, that soon may be about to change. With a courtyard garden, a mishmash of furniture styles, music-themed pictures (many of which have been painted by customers), an obvious love… Keep Reading

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Live- Saytr Play Launch ‘Fragile’

Saytr Play Launch ‘Fragile’ in Manchester A packed venue combined with Saytr Play was always going to equal fun. Last night, Mancunian 5 piece, Saytr Play took to the stage in the Star and Garter to launch their new single, ‘Fragile’. After support from Gathering Of Strangers and The Covasettes, the fans were warmed up, and ready for what Saytr Play were about to unleash onto them. Aside from ‘Fragile’… Keep Reading

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The Gaslight Anthem, Manchester Apollo

The Gaslight Anthem returned to Manchester for a celebration To mark its 10th birthday, New Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem played The ’59 Sound in its entirety, and then some. I’ll start this by saying I am not a die-hard Gaslight fan. Don’t get me wrong I like some of their music, but they’ve never been in my top bands. With that said, this review may be a lot more objective… Keep Reading

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The Moods Live At The O2 Ritz, Manchester

The Moods took to the stage at the Ritz, as part of Stampede Festival 2018 An amazing, powerful set which left everyone wanting more The Ritz, Manchester has seen its fair share of bands, and last night, the stage was filled by Manchester based, Hip-Hop/Garage Rock 10 piece, The Moods, as part of Stampede Festival 2018, which also saw the likes of Lunar C, Lowkey and Mic Righteous to name… Keep Reading

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Manchester Post-Punks LIINES Announce Summer Dates

Announced last month, LIINES play their biggest headline gig to date at Manchester’s legendary The Deaf Institute on 21 July, with London trio BERRIES and Manchester newcomers Threads. Over half the tickets have sold – their last headline gig, at Night People in March, sold out ahead of time. Tickets for the Deaf Institute show are available via alt. tickets and more information can be found on the event page.… Keep Reading

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Cold Water Swimmers Release Double Debut Tracks

Difficult times can produce great music, as evidenced over the years by an array of brilliant politically-inspired songs, providing a much needed voice for the defiant, disheartened and forgotten. Given the economic and social climate we find ourselves in once more, it’s no surprise perhaps that Cold Water Swimmers have a few choice words of their own. When a whole country pretty much agrees  that Danny Dyer talks more political sense… Keep Reading

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Shed Seven Deliver A Nostalgic and Powerful Performance At Castlefield Bowl.

Shed Seven roll back the years with their biggest headline gig. Arriving at the venue 15 minutes before The Twang where due to open up the evenings proceedings, to find out that the band where on stage and well into their set, with very short notice all set times had been brought forward. I did get the chance to watch them perform, “Either way” and the ever so catchy “Drinking… Keep Reading

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