Nick Mulvey, Albert Hall, Manchester, Live
Born in London, raised in Cuba; it’s a diverse backstory for any musician. Fusing the rich heritage our capital has in producing soul-crushing folk with the quaking, Salsa lit rumbles exuding from the Latin American island, Mercury Award nominated Nick Mulvey incarnates this soothing union. Apologising for last year’s Cathedral performance – “so hungover, thanks […]
Billy Lockett, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live
  There are two sides to the aptitude of alternative pop singer Billy Lockett. Manchester’s Ruby Lounge saw both. Kindling alliances to indie pop outfit Bastille, Lockett’s approach is bonded by a novel lust of capturing liberating piano progressions fused by vehement drum rhythmns and Lockett’s compelling, characteristic vocal delivery. ‘I Don’t Think I Can’ […]
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 […]
Peace, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live
Worcester born outfit Peace shouldn’t be performing in venues as small as Manchester’s Deaf Institute. Fact. Their insatiable lust for a spirit heightening motif has all but secured their status as one of the country’s primary hook generators. Add to this their undying fusion of psychedelic coloured indie rock – the countless progressions that repeatedly […]
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 […]
Glass Animals, Gorilla, Manchester, Live
They are rapidly becoming one of Britain’s most evocative of group. They already sell-out venues across the world and have a ardent following in Australia and Belgium. They are even produced by Adele hit-maker Paul Epworth. So what makes Oxford’s Glass Animals so damned appealing? There is a lustrous, youthful appeal that fluctuates throughout the nucleus […]
The Cribs, The Ritz, Manchester, Live
It says a lot about the regard held for a group when lanky rockers, steroid abusing former athletes, prom queens and shy students all come together to bask in the beauty of individuality. No other place on earth would a squad of admiring humans connect. But for all the fervid followers of Britain’s most brutal […]
Kate Tempest, Gorilla, Manchester, Live
“’Now, have you thought about retail?’ ‘Yes, fine with me’ ‘Oh and I can see here that have a degree’ ‘Yes,’ says Pete, ‘in International Relations.’ ‘Great, let’s see if Primark has space for a placement,” intransigently outlined the character imbuing with Manchester’s Gorilla bar whilst Brockley balladeer Kate Tempest unified her anti-Daily Mail adorners. […]
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 […]