Tag archive

Manchester

The Pretenders, O2 Apollo, Manchester

in Live by

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

Citizen, The Deaf Institute, Manchester

in Live by

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

Sparks, 02 Ritz, Manchester

in Live by

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

Off The Record 2017 Conference

in News by

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

Sainte, Soup Kitchen, Manchester

in Live by

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

Blink 182, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

in Live by

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

Blossoms + The Coral, Castlefield Bowl

in Live by

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

James & The Slow Readers Club, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

in Live by

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

Arcade Fire, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

in Live by

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

Richard Ashcroft, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

in Live by

It seems more and more these days, I find myself walking away from gigs saying the same thing… “that has to be in my top 5 gigs of all time” That said there’s nothing better than going to a gig and seeing the band or artist perform like it’s their last ever show and I think it’s performances like these that make some gigs stand out over others. This was…

Keep Reading

Haçienda Classical, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

in Live by

A joyous crowd assembles to witness and fully immerse themselves in the melodic reworking of the tracks that became synonymous with Manchester’s pioneering club, The Hacienda. What began as a promising evening of sunshine and beats, became a rain-soaked typical Manchester Summer evening in Castlefield, but alas downpours of near biblical proportions failed to abate the mass Rave that was in full swing on Saturday night for the sold out…

Keep Reading

The Maccabees, O2 Apollo, Manchester

in Live by

The Maccabees brought their melodic final fling to the O2 Apollo, Manchester, for yet another sold out gig. After 14 years, 4 Albums, 3 EP’s and countless tours and festival appearances, the 5 piece London based band have decided to call it a day to create their own, individual oeuvre. As we headed into a gloriously diverse crowd, I couldn’t help but anticipate the performance we were about to witness.…

Keep Reading

Kiefer Sutherland, Gorilla, Manchester

in Live by

Kiefer Sutherland landed in Manchester, polished cowboy boot first, to deliver the live tour of his debut album; “Down in a hole”. Often when an actor makes the switch from screen to the platform of music it can generate a sense of suspicion and scorn. Will they be any good? Is this endeavour simply based on ego or self-indulgence? Are they “cashing” in? I have to confess I was full…

Keep Reading

NEW MUSIC: The Roasts ‘Havana’

in New Releases by

The Roasts are back after their Debut EP ‘A Night Of Fright Is No Delight’ New single by Manchester band, The Roasts The Roasts are back after their successful debut EP released earlier in the year with new single ‘Havana’.  A hybrid of 80’s pop, and the current indie scene, this single is a great follow-up to their EP ‘A Night Of Fright Is No Delight’, which went down a…

Keep Reading

Paramore, O2 Apollo, Manchester

in Live by

After a formidable 3 years of almost nothing from the Paramore camp, the band come back to the UK with a bang. A month since their fifth album After Laughter hit the shelves, the time had finally come for fans to cherish the new material. On the 18th June 2017, Flick of the Finger were lucky enough to catch Paramore tear down the Manchester o2 Apollo – a venue they…

Keep Reading

The FOTF Manchester Sounds of the City Top Picks

in News by

With almost all shows now sold our for this years Castlefield Bowl, this is who we’ll be looking forward to… Sounds of the City is back this summer taking over Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl in June and July 2017.  Fri 30th June – Richard Ashcroft – Get Tickets Sat 1st July Hacienda Classical – SOLD OUT Sun 2nd July – A Beautiful Day featuring The Levellers – Get Tickets Thu 6th July – Arcade Fire…

Keep Reading

Manchester Gets A Big Slice of Festival, This September

in Festivals by

Manchester’s leading Music media and event company, Slice of Nice Music and Events continue their passion and commitment to making new music and great music reach as many people across Greater Manchester as possible after securing a five year deal to host their very own music festival. “When we began four and half years ago we had a mission to deliver the full music experience to Manchester.” Says Slice of…

Keep Reading

Courteeners, Charlatans, Blossoms & Cabbage, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

in Live by

An all-star Manchester line up take to the stage at Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Ground. With a sell-out 50,000 crowd, four of Manchester’s hottest bands entertain a “united city” crowd who travelled far and wide to attend the gig of the year. With recent events terror events taking place just less than 7 days before, it’s only natural that security at such an event was stepped up. With armed police,…

Keep Reading

Maximo Park Albert Hall, Manchester

in Live by

Tonight’s support is provided by the 5 piece all girl band “Pins”, Hailing from Manchester and formed in 2011, it has been said that “Pins are more Brooklyn rather than Manchester”. There is a definite New York drawl and style that emanates from the band, more to do with the musical style of the band rather than a forced eclectic desire appeal to a wider audience. Pins are forging a…

Keep Reading

The Alarm O2 Ritz, Manchester

in Live by

The last time I saw The Alarm was in the late 1980’s at the fondly remembered International 2 on Plymouth Grove in Longsight. I remember it as a wild night with a crowd not unlike one you would have found on the football terraces of the era. Tonight over 25 years on, The Ritz is almost full for the latest line-up of what is essentially Mike Peters and The Alarm,with…

Keep Reading

1 2 3
Go to Top