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Elbow, O2 Apollo, Manchester

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Tuesday saw Elbow take to stage for the final night of a 4-day residency at The Apollo. Hailing the end of a near month length tour of the UK. Doing my best to avoid a collection of superlatives, I was fortunate enough to catch the final night. Opening proceeding’s for Elbow was C. Duncan, and whilst the Mercury prize nominated musician certainly had very tight and enjoyable melodies, after the second track the atmosphere felt a little flat and frustrated as the set, for me became a touch monotonous. Given, however the wide demographic in the audience, it would have been…

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Ten Fé Take To The Soup Kitchen Stage In Manchester

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Ten Fé take to the stage with hypnotic, looping and cool guitar effects companied with melodic electro indie vibes… With their atmospheric indie-pop songs with added electronic waves and thick vocal harmonies, the bands front men Ben and Leo take it in turns to lead the performance. It’s a pretty gentle and laid-back affair, but with lots of confidence in their ability to both perform technically and vocally. If your not familiar with the bands material, its possible, you could find yourself feeling a little lost in the bands dreamy/trancy vibes, which occasionally can a little repetitive however given a little time you’ll find…

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Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, Academy 2, Manchester

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Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes offer an unforgettable performance. Crowd surfers and mayhem were a given, but what Former Gallows and Pure Love frontman Frank Carter provides is so much more. With his band Rattlesnakes by his side they are set for unstoppable greatness as they embark on a sold-out tour. Check out photos from last night’s sold-out show at Manchester Academy 2. Joining them on tour are bands Yonaka and Strange Bones. www.andtherattlesnakes.com

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NEW MUSIC: China Lane ‘In Motion’

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China Lane release music video for their second single track ‘In Motion’ on Plastic Records. The electro-pop four-piece from Manchester, have recently announced the release of the music video for their second single track ‘In Motion’. The video was filmed on location at Big Shed Studios and directed by China Lane themselves, in conjunction with Ey3 Media. In Motion is the second single released by the Manchester group, after the successful release of their first single Marco Polo last April, which gained an impressive 122,000 streams on Spotify. Both tracks were recorded and produced by the band through Plastic Records,…

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NEW MUSIC: Dirty Saint ‘Monkey’

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Manchester’s Launch Show at Manchester Academy 3 on 31 March 2017 After a chaotic few years breaking the southern hemisphere – Dirty Saint – return to Manchester hell-bent on making their their razor-edged Rock’n’Roll a force to be reckoned with on these shores. With new single ‘Monkey’ and a live launch party in the works for this Spring, the four piece are back in the North and with business at hand. Dave Gale moved to New Zealand to travel the lush green scenery, but after impressing an independent label at an intimate Auckland show, Gale was urged to put Dirty Saint…

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Cabbage, The Shimmer band and April, Gorilla, Manchester

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Gorilla Manchester was packed on Saturday evening for three bands who going off current form are likely to feature large in the coming months. Opening the night was the young Nuneaton band April, who’s experience in opening for The Enemy and Reverend And The Makers stood them in good stead as they soon had a boisterous crowd on their side. That they list most of the 90’s Brit Pop bands as influences was pretty obvious in their sound and their lead singer George Cooke, who paced the stage in a cross between Ian Brown and Liam Gallagher. Only together for…

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Stillia Launch Party, Jimmy’s, Manchester

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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 a massive sound who filled Jimmy’s both physically and musically with their powereful guitar and trumpet driven sound. Next another Liverpool band , Bribes, a power trio of the guitar,bass…

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RedFaces, Sound Control, Manchester

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RedFaces take to the stage at Manchester Sound Control as they continue their headline UK tour. No Hot Ashes opened the night with a catchy, indie pop vibe. It was a real mix of genres with songs that wouldn’t go a miss on a 1975, Hard Fi or even an 80s synth, new romantic album and with their fresh summery vibe it worked incredibly well. The local lads, from Stockport, really knew their crowd and the bouncing fans lapped it up. Certainly a band to keep an eye on in the future.  Moving on to the headliners, RedFaces, this is…

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Alex Clare, Gorilla, Manchester

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Alex Clare, king of heartbreakingly beautiful love anthems, is back on the road The British singer-songwriter has embarked on a European tour, new album in tow. Alex Clare doesn’t mess about. Kicking off his first gig in Manchester in over three years, he launches straight into a dynamic rendition of ‘Up All Night’, the first single off his 2011 debut ‘Lateness of the Hour’. Less than a minute later, the audience is already stomping their feet and joining in the chorus. Next, he plays ‘I Will Never Let you Go’  from the 2014 LP ‘Three Hearts’, followed by his latest single ‘Tell…

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FAC 51 Hacienda Makes A Return in 2017

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Hacienda returns to Manchester’s Albert Hall Friday 24th March with another top class line up. FAC 51 The Hacienda’s next Manchester event sees it return to The Albert Hall with another top class line up on Friday 24th Marc featuring house legends Kerri Chandler and Derrick Carter. Having a brought a succession of the best American DJ’s to the venue so far including Frankie Knuckles, Danny Tenaglia, David Morales and more, March’s party is no exception with Delano Smith making it three US DJs on a bill that also features The Hacienda’s Mike Pickering and Jon Dasilva. House icon and…

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Bullet For My Valentine, Academy, Manchester

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Triple Metal Bill wit support from Killswitch Engage & Cane Road Tonight Manchester Academy is hosting three bands all of whom fit in or around the heavy metal, metalcore and nu-metal genre. The popularity of this genre is evident from the fact that all three bands are playing two nights at the venue with both dates being completely sold out. First up are relative newcomers Cane Hill from Louisianna deep in the American south. Although not a particularly big name in the heavy metal world they still drag a fair crowd away from the bars in the early evening. Next up…

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The LaFontaines, Night & Day Café, Manchester

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The LaFontaines kick off their UK tour in Manchester The Scottish powerhouse tears up Manchester’s Northern Quarter with an energetic cross-genre performance. It’s a Monday night at Night & Day Café, a low-lit bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Beer is flowing, and while the rain is pelting down outside, the venue slowly fills up with a sea of fans. Like us, they’ve braved the terrible weather and cast aside Monday sluggishness to see The LaFontaines kick off their UK tour. The evening begins with a promising half-hour set from newcomers Delphina Kings, followed by Manchester-based Artizans, who stir up the…

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The Blinders, Deaf Institute, Manchester

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Blimey. In the 6 months since I last saw them, things have moved on for The Blinders. Tonight, The Deaf Institute is heaving with anticipation as The Blinders launch their debut single, Swine.   A massive cheer goes up as frontman and guitarist Tom graces the stage, joining Charlie (bass) and Matty (Drums), and they launch straight into the heavy yet atmospheric “Brutus”. The crowd are totally into it from the offset, there’s no standing back, nonchalant gazing going on here, no pit, no barrier between band and audience. As they career through their set, playing better-known tunes such as “Murder…

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Cabbage, Ruby Lounge, Manchester

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Mayhem, madness and magic probably sum up Cabbage’s biggest headline show to date Halfway through a UK tour they returned to Manchester to play a sold out Ruby Lounge. Ticket touts outside the venue are an indication that Cabbage really have arrived. There was a palpable atmosphere of anticipation and excitement once inside as a Cabbage shows are always wonderfully unpredictable. Queen Zee and the Sasstones along with Meat Raffle were the support act and both bands were above average getting the crowds attention and support from what could have been an unresponsive audience just there for the main event.…

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The Vryll Society & Hidden Charms, Gorilla, Manchester

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“Why am I doing this to myself?”, I mutter, as I crawl along the M56 willing my car to not run out of petrol before I hit Stockport Big Tesco. Today has been a busy day and I find myself in a maelstrom of stress trying to get home to pick my daughter up and head to a gig. As I “mature” I tend not to get my knickers in a twist over getting to gigs when the odds seem to be stacked against me. I was, however, determined to get to this one. As we get in to Gorilla,…

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Farewell To The Tapestry

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Not much comes out of Tameside, so in 2010 when The Tapestry finally got their act( and lineup) together there was cause for much rejoicing in the borough. A highly talented four piece who’s highly infectious post punk dance tunes lit up all the Manchester music venues The Tapestry were surely destined for great things. Regular sold out gigs, UK tours, festival appearances and a clutch of singles that begged out fo radio play along with a massive local fan base all pointed to success.     For a while it looked like it would happen, plaudits from the likes…

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Band of Skulls, Albert Hall, Manchester

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Band of Skulls delivered a thrilling performance at the Albert Hall in Manchester. The three-piece rock band from Southampton performed at the beautiful iconic venue, having stepped out on tour after the release of their well received fourth studio album in May. Built as a Methodist Central Hall in 1910, the Neo-Baroque, Gothic architecture of the Albert Hall is visually striking, with large church-style windows, make for a stunning backdrop for the gig. The stage is set up with imagery of three church style windows that matched the venue so aptly it seems an unlikely coincidence. However, their new album…

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Dub Pistols & Kioko, Ruby Lounge, Manchester

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Another triumphant return to Manchester for Dub Pistols You just know a Dub Pistols gig is going to be great as they are probably one of the best live acts around at the moment and Manchester, one of their favourite places to play, is always a special night. Tonight its Manchester’s Ruby Lounge who have the pleasure of hosting the gig and the place is packed with a crowd clearly in a party mood. Support comes from Birmingham seven piece outfit Kioko who soon have the place dancing to their infectious blend of ska, reggae and dub rock. This young…

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Jamie T Manchester Apollo

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Jamie T returns with a powerhouse performance to a sell-out Manchester Crowd. Jamie T‘s triumphant return to Manchester shows that even if he has been away for a few years, He has the prowess and ability to successfully return along with his loyal fans to Showcase his latest album “Trick”, as well as some of his exceptional older classics. Jamie Treays AKA Jamie T (just in case you needed to know what the T stood for). Delivers a no nonsense set Starting with a brace from his latest album, “Power over Men”, and “Tescoland”, if we are to take anything…

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Exclusive Interview with DMA’s

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There’s so much more to these lad’s than the ‘Brit-pop’ pigeon hole which they generally get shoe-horned into. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with being compared to some indie’s legends of sort but these guys have their own thing going on that most certainly rivals that of their 90’s counterparts.  Meeting Johnny (Guitar) and Tommy (vocals) in a local, Manchester boozer, prior to their show, I got the chance for a quick catch up over Guinness. We discussed all things album, tour, UK, weather, Aus, inspirations and what’s next for the DMA boys…. (Interview coming soon) It’s quite a challenge to get your head around…

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Goo Goo Dolls Albert Halls Manchester

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Goo Goo Dolls Bring 20 years of Classics to Manchester,s Albert Halls For those who have not been initiated into the world of the Goo Goo Dolls. The band hail from Buffalo New York and came together in 1986. John Rzeznik (vocals, guitar) and Robby Takac (vocals, bass), have been the ever present founding members of the group. It has been a 20-year career that has brought us to the bands 11th studio album and a 20th-anniversary tour. This is a night not so much for the casual coinsure, this is for the loyal fans of the band, each of…

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Alan Merrill and the Arrows, Night and Day, Manchester

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Glam Rock star returns to Manchester Wednesday evening saw Night and Day play host to former Glam Rock star Alan Merrill Wednesday evening saw Night and Day play host to former Glam Rock star Alan Merrill a New York musician who many of you will probably have never heard of , but who co-wrote one of the most iconic rock and roll songs of the last 40 years and who’s band hosted a 28 episode music show made by Granada TV aimed at challenging Top Of The Pops. The Arrows was the name of the band and TV series ,with…

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Neighbourhood Festival 2016, Manchester

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A sunny Saturday afternoon saw the start of the first Manchester Neighbourhood Festival when eleven different venues hosted ninety one different acts. Running from mid-day until late in the evening there was a wonderful vibe at all the venues as people criss– crossed the city to the different venues. Whether it was Liam Fray, Blossoms and White Lies or young upcoming bands such as The Blinders and Cabbage that you wanted to see, they all played a short set during the day. At one point I counted 15 transit van loading or unloading equipment on the street at the side…

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BILLY BIBBY & THE WRY SMILES (Night And Day Manchester 26th August 2016)

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Grabbing the metal: When Billy Bibby suddenly left Catfish and the Bottlemen after 7 years as lead guitarist and co writer, by his own admission he had no idea what he was going to do. After a brief spell as a solo acoustic performer and a debut single “Waitin For You” he grabbed the metal so to speak, recruited a young highly talented group of musicians and hit the road with The Wry Smiles. Tonight, Night and Day in Manchester is home to the 2nd date of the current UK tour, and as a testement to Billy’s growing popularity, there…

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The Winachi Tribe Live at Gorilla, Manchester

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The Winachi Family Gathering: Things have been good for The Winachi Tribe so far this year. With sell out shows in Scotland, a double header with the Sugar Hill Gang, plus a recent trip to La La Land for a video shoot to accompany a new single out  later this year, its been non stop.  20/08/16: Tonight’s gig is at Gorilla in Manchester. Its a great venue and it has played host to a number of Manchester bands recently. I catch the boys early in the day, during sound-check. They sound better than ever.  Liam and the boys look like…

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Bad Mood, Night & Day, Manchester

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Making a short trip down the M62 from Liverpool for their first gig away from home, Bad Mood are not the typical young indie/guitar band of which there are so many. For a start they are not young, having been around the music scene and in different bands for a while. Secondly, their music is much more confrontational, aimed at making an impact and breaking down barriers rather than being just dance floor fodder. Cousins Tom Carroll (ex Pete Wylie cohort) and Liam Devall were joined by friends Ian Wilson and David McCann in 2015 to form Bad Mood and…

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The Railway Children, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

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    The Railway Children | © Steve Hampton | For FOTF

Formed originally in 1984 in Wigan by Gary Newby, Brian Bateman, Guy Keegan and Stephen Hull, The Railway Children with their dreamy, jangly,melodic indie pop seemed destined for great things. Signed to Factory Records, regulars on the John Peel Show and touring the world supporting REM and The Smiths success seemed assured but despite releasing some great records which topped the indie charts, they failed to achieve mainstream chart hits with only Every Beat Of The Heart managing to break into the top 40. A change of record label to Virgin didn’t help and in 1992 when the company dropped them they…

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The Last Shadow Puppets & Johnny Marr, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

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How do you make an entrance at a gig in Manchester and know it’s going to work? Well if you take into consideration that most of the audience here are well clued up on Manchester’s musical heritage it shouldn’t be too hard. However I wasn’t quite expecting this. It seems like the Turner/Kane super group has just gained another member. Johnny Marr has just plugged his guitar in as the band launch into ‘Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me’ by The Smiths. It’s a stunning performance that instantly wins over the young Manchester crowd. Alex Turner is no…

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Stereophonics, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

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Stereophonics grace Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl with support from the hilarious Clean Cut Kid and Walking On Cars. “What about an outdoor gig in Manchester” someone once suggested. Then, amazingly someone else said – “yeah ok – seems like a good idea” The dark clouds and sodden streets of Manchester are no secret. Whilst things always seem nicer when the sun is shining, it didn’t stop 8,000 people cramming in to Castlefield Bowl to watch the headlining Welsh lads ‘perform‘ some new material with a ‘cocktail‘ of crowd pleasing classics and as soon as the gig was underway, the weather made no difference…

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Bruce Springsteen, Etihad, Manchester

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Not many performers have fans queuing up 48 hours before the gates open to ensure they get the best possible spot for one of the world’s most enduring artist, the boss Bruce Springsteen has always had a bond an infinite contact with his fans. The rain has been coming down all day, no one is complaining, after all we are in Manchester. We have our own brand of sunshine here, you might call it drizzle. As the Boss appears on stage he addresses the crowd “hello Manchester, back again”. Springsteen has had a long love affair with Manchester that has seen…

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The Blinders, Sound Control, Manchester

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You know when you go to see a band more out of loyalty to a friend than because you really want to go? That was me, yesterday. I don’t take my children to many gigs, especially those at city centre venues. But last night, I was determined to stick to my word and go to see a band I have barely heard, because I didn’t want to let someone down. So, I arrived at Sound Control, children in tow, to see and to photograph The Blinders – 3 young men from Doncaster.  There really should have been that sign on…

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