Foster the people, The Ritz, Manchester, Live Review
With festival fever engulfing farmland, beaches and tiny islands just off the coastline of Southampton, annual memories are being made by thousands of camping music followers across the country. And with the hundreds of performers who are readying themselves for the spotlight and the chance to demonstrate to a packed crowd of intoxicated punters how […]
Glass Animals, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live Review
As a musical shelters go, Manchester’s The Ruby Lounge is perhaps the last intimate arena many emerging musicians need to negotiate and fill before the bright lights of the UK’s bigger venues come a knocking. Get it right here and the world will soon be your oyster. So as the year’s Summer Solstice came to […]
Edwyn Collins, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live Review
At 54 years of age, the majority of our ‘aging’ generation welcome evenings sat in and around the television supping on milky brews laced with the subtlest hint of sugar, whilst flicking swiftly through the Freeview channels designed to ensure all viewers are stocked up on old repeats of ‘The Professionals’ and ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’, counting […]
nick mulvey, gorilla, manchester, live review,
Under the Railway Tracks in one of Manchester’s voguish venues, Gorilla, what better way to start the week than to be standing amongst the thriving young cream of society – after the hottest weekend of the year so far – to observe Nick Mulvey, the epitome of sun and musicality. The humble man’s approach onto […]
UB40, Manchester Academy, Live Review
Italian playwright Dario Fo once suggested: “A theatre, a literature, an artistic expression that does not speak for its own time has no relevance.” In order to maintain relevance, then the philosophies which manifest within a particular artists work should be such that it relates directly to the public listening, understanding or appreciating. So, in […]
Manchester Orchestra, Club Academy, Manchester, Live Review
Within the fringes of Britain’s most geographically culture city, there are few places more suited to American rock band Manchester Orchestra than Manchester’s Club Academy. Darkly lit and hidden below the confines of the city’s prized university, Club Academy is well known for its unique layout – considering the enormity of its sister venues Academy […]
Skutch Manos, Matt & Phreds, Manchester, Live Review
Experience. Oppose the CD scratches and compacted waves of a download. Just experience. This theory could not be more severely examined than on Manchester’s emerging trio Skutch Manos. Unlike many whose fresh faces which deteriorate after releasing their debut, the complex energy surrounding Skutch Manos is genuinely materialising. Moving North into the latter hours of […]
Band of Skulls, The Ritz, Manchester, Live Review
Southampton has always been conceived as a bit of an underachieving place. For every Matt Le Tisser that waltzed through its cobbled streets, there was Carlton Palmer. And for every Radio 1 disc jockey Scott Mills, they were blessed with Craig David. A pattern emerges. However this curve is beginning to see a number of […]
Twisted Wheel, Kraak Gallery, Manchester, Live Review
“Is it a bar, a gallery, a club…?” is the quizzical slogan of Manchester’s hidden dingy music venue Kraak Gallery, and a question even Stephen Fry would struggle to answer. Stuck just inside the iconic streets of the Northern Quarter, Kraak Gallery hosted one of Manchester’s most notorious indie pop outfits Twisted Wheel on Saturday […]
The Ruby’s, Sell The Sun At Once & Silhouettes, Recorded
Nigel Carter revisits The Ruby’s Summer of 2013… Looking back on 2012′s successful album, ‘Limelight Parasite’, and the subsequent single, ‘Shake You Free’, I am reminded on The Ruby’s and their superlative singles that carried on the theme of the twisted and contrived love theme that still sees them as musically and lyrically one of […]