Live Review: Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott – Edgeley Park

I’d been to Edgeley Park once before.  My cousin James took me to watch Stockport play Maidstone United in the fourth round of the FA Trophy.  My abiding memory of the day was the quality of the catering. Excellent and abundant chilli and rice at a reasonable price.  The game finished 1 – 1.  In attendance were 2,585 souls. There were considerably more people packed … Continue reading Live Review: Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott – Edgeley Park

Live Review: Sheafs + Narrow Margins, Manchester

While being older certainly has its comforts and benefits, I can often define the bands I see live on 3 levels; whether they don’t move me, whether they make me wish I was young or whether they actually do make me younger. With the line up of Narrow Margin, Matter of Mind, and SHEAFS at Manchester Jimmys, I drank more than a drop of the … Continue reading Live Review: Sheafs + Narrow Margins, Manchester

Live Review: The Rah’s – Liverpool

If you come out of Liverpool Central Station and fight your way through the hordes of stag and hen do’s (literally on some occasions), make a couple of turns, and you’ll find yourself at Zanzibar.  If you are unprepared enough to not check stage times with the venue, you’ll also find yourself turning up three hours early for the band you’ve come to see.  Seriously, … Continue reading Live Review: The Rah’s – Liverpool

Live Review: The Real People + The Cheap Thrills – Liverpool

The Rooftop of the Shankly Hotel has breath-taking views of the picturesque skyline of Liverpool.  It is best known as a venue for weddings.  Over the last twelve months or so it has established itself as a venue for live music. Under the stewardship of Keith Mullin, guitarist from The Farm, the ‘Signature Live Sessions’ are becoming ‘must see’ events combining new local bands with … Continue reading Live Review: The Real People + The Cheap Thrills – Liverpool

Festival Review: Hit The North 2019

May is one of my favourite months for a number of reasons. Two bank holidays, the climax to football season and so many different festivals up and down the country. Following a bumper day at Live at Leeds on Saturday 4th, it was Newcastle’s turn to host Hit The North. A festival that has grown significantly in its three years of running, this year’s lineup … Continue reading Festival Review: Hit The North 2019

Festival Review: Live at Leeds 2019 – Take 2

I’ve been envious of editor Adam’s certain and confident plans for his 2019 Live at Leeds schedule; I made a couple of festival school boy errors namely being strangely (for me) indecisive about who I wanted to see, and wishing the schedule and the band clashes were something different to what they actually were. Thus until I chilled into the day, I’d worked out a … Continue reading Festival Review: Live at Leeds 2019 – Take 2

Live Review: Able’s Army + Twist Helix, FADS – Huddersfield

Huddersfield has its music moments, but it can’t really be described to be packed full of top gig experiences (as wonderfully grungy and varied as the Parish bar is). I was thus excited to hear that not only was I scheduled to see our very own local guys Able’s Army launch their lively new EP God Won’t Let Me Stop, Newcastle’s image weavers Twist Helix … Continue reading Live Review: Able’s Army + Twist Helix, FADS – Huddersfield

Live Review: Red Rum Club – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

It’s difficult to understate the vitality that those Liverpool trumpet muffins Red Rum Club gave to the room on a dank March evening. I don’t think there was a soul in the place missing a loping easy grin by the end of the band’s tight and punchy performance. Earlier, lead singer Francis Doran had explained the band’s nerves at playing the Brudenall while organising the … Continue reading Live Review: Red Rum Club – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Live Review: The Clause and Callow Youth – Jimmy’s, Manchester

There’s been a lot of buzz about Birmingham based The Clause, and when I found they were playing Manchester Jimmy’s with Callow Youth it had to be done. However their future career may turn out, The Clause will rightly be hugely proud to have completed a full sell out tour while aged just 19/20; all the more remarkable because it is just the guys of … Continue reading Live Review: The Clause and Callow Youth – Jimmy’s, Manchester