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

Festival Review: Hit The North 2018

The organisers of this years’ Hit The North Festival did not leave themselves an easy task of making the main festival the stand out day. With three incredible opening parties and a truly brilliant Meet The North you’d be forgiven for expecting the main festival to not live up to expectations. What is for sure though, is that with a combination of stunning weather and … Continue reading Festival Review: Hit The North 2018

Hit The North: Live Review, Circa Waves + Sunset Sons

Hit the North festival is taking part over this bank holiday weekend in venues across Newcastle. Last night, there were three incredible opening parties for weekend ticket holders to access including Jungle at the Boiler Shop and Drenge on their big comeback tour at Riverside. Being huge fans of Circa Waves though, it was a no brainer for us that we head to the O2 Academy to kick off our weekend. … Continue reading Hit The North: Live Review, Circa Waves + Sunset Sons

Shame forces Manchester Gorilla to go bananas

I could almost see the bouncer rolling his eyes each time lead singer Charlie Steen got up close and personal to crowd surf amongst his rapt audience. That said the bouncer did have to frantically ensure the mike cable wasn’t accidently being tightly wound around someone’s neck as it bobbed and weaved amongst the audience. What a way to go. Say what you like about … Continue reading Shame forces Manchester Gorilla to go bananas