James Bay, Albert Hall, Manchester, Live
James Bay – Albert Hall – Manchester – 11th April 2015 Under the glow of the Albert Hall, Manchester saluted the latest in Britain’s ceasless conveyor belt of internationally acclaimed troubadours. Ed Sheeran. Ben Howard. Hozier. The perpetual ecstacy – habitually shaded with seeds of wretched satisfaction – crafted by British artists at present is […]
Sam Smith, Apollo Theatre, Manchester, Live
Exuding a blues soaked range more allied with that of Nina Simone, a reluctant extravagance that heightens his attachment to his throng of supporters and a spine of compositions that would make any vintage 40s collection, his foreseeable rise as Adele’s only successor to her blue-eyed soul throne of Britain has become one of the […]
Billy Lockett, The Ruby Lounge, Interview
You’re on to a winner when you state: “Manchester is my favourite place to play”. But unlike most this is a foreseeable reality for Northampton’s freshest artist Billy Lockett as he prepares himself for another cavort in our city; only this time he’s taking on the beatnik basement of The Ruby Lounge. Glass Animals, Foxes […]
Ben Howard, Apollo Theatre, Manchester, Live
To the many beguiled Ben Howard adherents infiltrating the senescent grounds of Manchester’s Apollo Theatre, there was a sense of muted anticipation fluctuating throughout as they queued coldly to enter. Astoundingly two and a half hours later, some left crestfallen. Bear in mind how Howard’s stock has risen so dramatically since his debut album ‘Every […]
Chas & Dave, The Ritz, Manchester, Live
“They need educating,” chief boogie woogie pianist and part brain of infamous 70’s duo Chas & Dave, Chas Hodges declares. “I’m always asked do you go down North of the border because of our brand of music. We go down well wherever. We played Glasgow recently and we had two thousand Glaswegians singing along to […]
Jamie T, Guildhall, Southampton, Live
Back after five years Jamie T remains as slick as he is rough around the edges. Boasting a somehow calmer and progressed confidence he – with his newly appointed ‘Pacemakers’ behind him –  bombarded the glowing south coast audience with fresh tracks ‘Limits Lie’ and ‘Don’t You Find’ cementing a compelling aura of mature, soulful […]
Art Garfunkel, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Live
“I know, I’m supposed to more hair aren’t I,” posed New York born singer Art Garfunkel to the maturing audience filled within the dramatic surroundings of Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Friday 5 September. Certainly as iconic hairstyles within musical circles go, they didn’t come any more eccentric than Art’s. Frizzing and blond like the love […]
dj snoopadelic, gorilla, manchester, live
When Snoop Dogg announced he was to perform a surprise gig at Manchester’s Albert Hall, the local press organisations within the city were awash with ‘Snoop Returns’ headlines. Social media sites exploded as the buzz around his newly designed DJ Snoopadelic hit full peak in the run up to the show. Strange then it moved […]
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 […]