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

Live Review: Natalie Merchant, Buxton

If you were around in the mid 1980’s the undisputed King and Queen of USA indie was Michael Stipe with his band R.E.M before they found the financial delights of the stadium, and his then girlfriend Natalie Merchant and the band she fronted; 10,000 Maniacs. Merchant and her band played an intelligent brand of indie folk with Merchant’s lyrics full of little insightful tales of different … Continue reading Live Review: Natalie Merchant, Buxton

Live Review: Y Not Festival 2018

Y Not Festival holds a special place on the live music circuit. Few festivals combine the talent of tomorrow with the legends of yesterday quite like them which is why, year on year the festival grows both in capacity, and in stature. Following on from the disaster that was 2017, it was incredibly unfortunate that poor weather hit the Pikehall site yet again. Despite that … Continue reading Live Review: Y Not Festival 2018

Review: Tramlines Festival 2018

Last weekend, Sheffield celebrated it’s most famous music festival’s tenth birthday as more people than ever before descended on Hillsborough Park for Tramlines 2018. Now at it’s new permanent home away from the city, the main festival site has seen itself distanced from the city centre “Fringe Festival” in a move both criticised yet applauded. Making the travel to see the fringe a bit difficult, … Continue reading Review: Tramlines Festival 2018

A Tempting Ten: Dot to Dot Manchester 2018 Festival Preview

I always know summer has finally arrived when it’s time to plan the forthcoming Dot to Dot festival in Manchester during the Spring Bank Holiday. In time honoured tradition the Dot to Dot party starts at around 3 in the afternoon with choices spread across around 20 venues. Grab your wristband, slip on your comfy but oh so stylish shoes and join me. IST IST … Continue reading A Tempting Ten: Dot to Dot Manchester 2018 Festival Preview