Blur: A Picturebook Journey
I used to laugh at my dad when he’d glowingly regale me with tales of Beatlemania like it was only last week. His refusal to stray beyond the 1960’s befuddled me. With so much interesting music on offer since then, why would you stay put? Then Blur return with The Magic Whip. The twelve-year absence […]
Xpress campaign: Master and the Pupil
Ken Garland is one of the most respected and important British designers in over the last fifty years and a hero of mine. Everyone we’ve spoken to so far has been wonderful, but when you talk about Ken Garland, you’re talking about a free spirit, someone who understood the balance of paying your way in […]
The Real Danny Dyer
Everyone has preconceptions of famous people in an age of celebrity obsession, when lives are lived so publicly, but I wanted to see what Danny Dyer was like, off screen, for myself. Quenched Music’s Xpress campaign is about creativity empowering individuals and Mr.Dyer’s own story had to be one worth hearing, right? We meet Danny […]
East India Youth, Kraak Gallery, Manchester, Live Review
Hidden down a back alley in the depths of the Northern Quarter in the former squat know to many as Kraak Gallery I stood with a crowd of merely 20 people waiting patiently to see East India Youth aka William Doyle...
Twisted Wheel, Academy 2, Manchester, Live Review
Twisted Wheel are back on the road and touring material from their 2009 and 2012 albums in the run up to the summer festivals...
Stephen Merchant: The Xpress Interview
It is hard to keep track of Stephen Merchant’s fast pace of creative output. His prolific work in film, television, writing, broadcasting and comedy have been wildly successful. Perhaps best known for his work on British comedy classic The Office and Extras alongside friend and co-writer Ricky Gervais, his recent stand-up comedy tour, Hello Ladies, […]
Jon McClure: Reverend and the Makers, Interview
Sheffield’s Reverend and The Makers' third studio album is the first to be named after a band’s Twitter handle - @Reverend_Makers – which recently reached number 16 in the UK charts...
Dirty North, Down In The Game, Album Review
Perhaps more well known for its rugged landscapes and colourful residents, which have graced our television screens in shows such as Shameless and the self serving documentary by Sarah Ferguson, Wythenshawe has finally found a voice...
Splashh, Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live Review
It has certainly been a big 12 months for Splashh. The Hackney foursome have spent a lot of time on the road in the midst of releasing singles, all culminating in their album, Comfort, finally being released in June of this year. The buzz around them...
Ghost Poet, Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live Review
With this year's annual Mercury awards drawing ever closer, and the list of abstract artists beginning to count down the days to the inevitable soar in their occasionally unheard of album sales, two years ago this reality was being acted out by London laureate Ghostpoet...