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2018 Off The Record Manchester Festival Review

It may not attract the huge names or the air craft hanger venues but Manchester’s Off The Record festival in mid November is a must do event for anyone into the indie scene. The marketing strap line of “discover your new favourite band” is no boast.  This year over 40 top tipped acts played in 8 of the cosiest venues in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Those … Continue reading 2018 Off The Record Manchester Festival Review

Live Review: Sheafs – York

Sheffield band Sheafs are currently in the middle of an epic, nationwide, 17-date tour bringing their protest sounds and heavy rock anthems to cities across the country. We were lucky enough to catch them in York last week and were treated to one hell of a show. The Fulford Arms in York is a fine live music venue which attracts some of the best talent but annoyingly, … Continue reading Live Review: Sheafs – York

Neighbourhood 2018 – Festival Live Review

This year’s Neighbourhood Festival was so full of attraction my eyes were on catching some of the new up and coming young acts, together with a few old favourites to keep it all interesting. A little later than planned we arrived in the upstairs room at Oxford Road Revolution to hear the last half of our first act Stockport’s Rory Wynne  HHH. We thus missed Rory … Continue reading Neighbourhood 2018 – Festival Live Review

Backspace and The Elephant Trees Live at Leeds Wardrobe: October 2018

When you look forward to a gig a little too much you risk being disappointed. Fortunately both Backspace and the Elephant Trees live at the Leeds Wardrobe in October 2018 were top notch. I’d wanted to catch young Guiseley based Backspace all summer but wasn’t in town for any of their gigs. Likewise, it has been a while since I’ve seen Manchester based The Elephant … Continue reading Backspace and The Elephant Trees Live at Leeds Wardrobe: October 2018

Manchester Neighbourhood Festival 2018 – Preview

I don’t quite know how the organisers could do this, but a goodly number of the bands I was hoping to catch at this year’s festival are all playing at around 3-4 pm. My buttered toast has landed on the floor buttered side down this year. Thank god there’s still plenty of orange juice and nutella smeared croissants to go around. 12:00 – 14:00 For … Continue reading Manchester Neighbourhood Festival 2018 – Preview

Spear of Destiny live review at The Parish Huddersfield

Music is littered with people who were once the next big thing. In the early 1980’s singer Kirk Brandon  had two strong stabs at music immortality with the bands Theatre of Hate and Spear of Destiny. Theatre of Hate were a band that became indie darlings in the early 1980’s thanks to their seminal hit Do You Believe in the Westworld. This was the era … Continue reading Spear of Destiny live review at The Parish Huddersfield

Festival Review: Bingley Music Live 2018

The finale of UK festival season as far as H2N is concerned, is always Bingley Music Live. Taking place the weekend after the manic Leeds Festival, BML offers a relaxed but vibrant end to the summer and this year’s festival was without doubt the best we’ve attended so far. With bigger headliners than ever and an undercard with international acts playing alongside Britain’s finest talent, … Continue reading Festival Review: Bingley Music Live 2018

Live Review: Goa Express + Working Men’s Club – Golden Lion

While it’s generally all about the music sometimes the venue also gladdens the heart, and while somewhat painful for me to get to via public transport I always look out to see what’s going at the wonderful Golden Lion in Todmorden. The pub is so friendly that I don’t mind going there on my own as someone will make sure you feel welcome here. This … Continue reading Live Review: Goa Express + Working Men’s Club – Golden Lion

Live Review: DZ Deathrays + Gardenback + These New South Whales – Band on the Wall

It’s not every day you have the chance to catch top Aussie band DZ Deathrays so I cut short a work leaving do to hotfoot it over to Manchester’s Band on the Wall. As I waited for the bands I spotted my future; an elderly gentleman of about 70 with full carrier bag and a tiny notebook full of incredibly closely written lettering. It turned … Continue reading Live Review: DZ Deathrays + Gardenback + These New South Whales – Band on the Wall