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Bellowhead at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Bellowhead: a decade of decadence

April 25, 2014 Comments Off on Bellowhead: a decade of decadence

A few weeks ago, Spiers & Boden played at the Royal Northern College of Music as part of their final tour as a duo.

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Gary Barlow at Phone 4u Arena, Manchester

Gary Barlow: the Frodsham frontman comes home

April 20, 2014 Comments Off on Gary Barlow: the Frodsham frontman comes home

Last week’s Manchester Arena gig by Gary Barlow was a first for me.

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Guy Garvey of Elbow at Phones 4u Arena Manchester

Elbow: soaring to new heights

April 11, 2014 Comments Off on Elbow: soaring to new heights

Elbow played Manchester’s Phones 4u Arena on Wednesday night to a crowd of almost 20,000 and pulled off a spectacular trick. They made it feel like an intimate gig.

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Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg wows Manchester

February 26, 2014 Comments Off on Jake Bugg wows Manchester

The crowd here at Manchester’s Ritz is a right old mix – there are your 17-year-old girls obviously (and no shortage of 17-year-old boys, I have to say) but also folk old enough to be Jake Bugg‘s grandparents.

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Bobby Gillespie-Chris Payne

Primal Scream

December 22, 2013 Comments Off on Primal Scream

In the mid to late 90s I must’ve seen just about every indie band going, but for some unknown reason I had never managed to catch Primal Scream live.

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Harp and a Monkey

Northern Soul meets Harp and a Monkey

November 24, 2013 Comments Off on Northern Soul meets Harp and a Monkey

They have been described as ‘Elbow for seafarers and ramblers’ and have made a name for themselves as electro-folk storytellers.

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Happy_Mondays_Bez by Chris Payne

Call the cops: Happy Mondays are back in town

November 21, 2013 Comments Off on Call the cops: Happy Mondays are back in town

From the darkness appears a shaman anointing the air with his beaded rattle, his trancelike state allowing him access to the spirit worlds where he channels the crowds’ energies into his own ritualistic ecstasy. He shakes his feathered staff.

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Eddi Reader by Chris Payne

It’s got to be…the Perfect Eddi Reader

November 13, 2013 Comments Off on It’s got to be…the Perfect Eddi Reader

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

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Everything Everything photo

Everything Everything

October 22, 2013 Comments Off on Everything Everything

This was a homecoming gig (of sorts) for Manchester-based Everything Everything. They gave their all – and it showed.

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Tim Burgess by Chris Payne

Hey Country Boy

September 30, 2013 Comments Off on Hey Country Boy

I noted the Stone Roses (Mani), Oasis (Bonehead) and New Order (Stephen Morris) among the bands with representatives at Tim Burgess‘s solo gig at Band on the Wall – all supporting an old mate in an intimate setting, with a generous card of young bands (not sure I can remember the last time I went to a gig where there were three supports on the bill). 

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