AS THE final stragglers danced their way from the Common People main stage, the filthy sounds of favourite headliner Sean Paul still ringing around the ears, it was time for the organisers to reflect on how successful this year’s festival was. 40,000 flocked to Southampton’s Common in anticipation of yet another Bank Holiday jaunt on […]
Kwabs, Gorilla, Manchester, Live
Lily Allen, Sandi Thom, Arctic Monkeys and Owl City all have social media to thank for their respective careers. MySpace, YouTube and FaceBook have played their parts in reinventing how music is consumed; for better or for probably worse. The latest out of the platform-sharing sweatshop is soul artist Kwabs. It was clear from this […]
Bipolar Sunshine, The Ritz, Manchester, Live
Bipolar Sunshine – The Ritz – Manchester – Live – 17th April 2015 Manchester’s Bipolar Sunshine – aka Adio Marchant – radiates exactly what is expected when a name of such conflicting magnitude is conjured. Set in his town confines of The Ritz, Marchant and his new band of alternative pop fashioned brothers dispatched the […]
Nathan Sykes, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live
Nathan Sykes – The Ruby Lounge – Manchester – Live – 12th April 2015 Reinvention: “take up a radically new job or way of life.” Over the years there has been a plethora of once poster, lunch-box and condom adorning pin-ups that have attempted to shift from pop outfit to solo artist. Robbie Williams negotiated […]
Clean Bandit, Apollo Theatre, Manchester, Live
Once upon a time those associated with the ballet and opera deemed their escapist endeavours as ‘high art’; something to be enjoyed only by those of royalty, power or wealth. Their noses turn against ‘those’ who indulged in ‘low art’; entertainment for the masses and people of low income. But like French director Eric Rohmer […]
Pangaea, Manchester, Live
A disconnected maze of mayhem and melodies landed within Manchester’s student union quarters as Pangaea – Europe’s biggest student run festival – landed on a cold, wintry Saturday night. ‘Space Odyssey’ was the flavour and Manchester’s roistering batch of exam-free students went to town on it. Cue tin foil antennas adorning a sea of green […]
Ghetts, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live
Born out of Bow, London in the early days of the 00’s, Grime was once as feared to middle class stiffs as soap is to a moosher. Gritty, uncompromising and liberating in its tenor, Grime was expected to dominate. The resolute sub-genre ‘grindie’ was next with the idiosyncratic fusion of Lethal Bizzle and The Rakes […]
The Wailers, The Ritz, Manchester, Live
Perceived as the most cogent utterance on the fight for Rastafarian acceptance, ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ – written by the exalted Peter Tosh and Bob Marley out of the subjugated circumstances that befitted 1973 Kingston, Jamaica – sits as an unparalleled in its willingness to revolt, conspire and ultimately challenge the negativity fused to the […]
John Newman, Apollo, Manchester, Live
Since soul singer John Newman burst onto the scene in 2012 with his intoxicating vocals searing through on Rudimental’s ‘Feel the Love’, all questions of him have been answered. Will this gruff voiced singer from Settle, North Yorkshire have the musical identity to forge a a career built on acclaim? Longevity? Sales? Two Brit Award […]
Freddie Gibbs, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live
“Turn that gangsta shit up Manchester and say ‘Fuck Police’,” barked Freddie Gibbs’ beats architect from behind his lowered decks at The Deaf Institute. It should have all become clear then really. Hoary and aggressive, Indiana raised rapper Freddie Gibbs is another wordsmith who centralised his du jour styled expressions on a love of the […]