LIVE: LORELLE MEETS THE OBSOLETE – 29/09/2016

– NIGHT & DAY CAFE, MANCHESTER – It’s been some two and a half years since Manchester last had the pleasure of the company of Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, a Mexican psych shoegaze outfit, so their return with a new album and a mammoth string of live dates is most welcome.  In the heart of […]

LIVE: MODERAT – 28/09/2016

– THE ALBERT HALL, MANCHESTER – One thing is guaranteed when you go and see Moderat: they will bring it. Regardless of the setting, be it a festival, a club or a gig like tonight, they will not fuck about; they will put on a show and bring a sweaty, German techno basement to whatever […]

LIVE: LIVERPOOL PSYCH FEST (2nd opinion) – 23+24/09/2016

– CAMP AND FURNACE, LIVERPOOL – Headliners Super Furry Animals and The Horrors merely scratch the surface of the psychedelic universe; there’s a wide range of sub-genre’s that cross-breed and intermingle, spawning a hugely diverse array of artists and musicians that unite under a common crusade, for escapism. From minimal electro, shoegaze, kitsch pop and […]

LIVE: THE INVISIBLE – 26/09/2016

– SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – The Manchester rain is unrelenting this Monday evening. It’s as if nature has given us an unusually long summer in order to reserve all its rain for the time new students move to the city, giving them a true taste of what they’re in for. In most cities, this would […]

LIVE: LIVERPOOL PSYCH FEST – 23+24/09/2016

– CAMP AND FURNACE, LIVERPOOL –  It’s 3pm on a schoolday and the walls are cracking, the ground is fracturing, and my brain is thudding against my skull – it must be the fifth edition of the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia. Over 100 bands are assembling over two days across four stages in the […]

LIVE: GUADALUPE PLATA – 15/09/2016

– THE CASTLE HOTEL, MANCHESTER – I’m surrounded by lots of exceptionally tall men. A mix of the Irish. And a spattering of Spanish. I wonder if the Spanish and Irish have a general population filled with extremely tall people. It’s making it extremely difficult to see, anything. I couldn’t particularly tell you then exactly […]

ALBUM REVIEW: GOD DAMN – EVERYTHING EVER

Last year I was lucky enough to see the Foo Fighters perform in Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket stadium. As the venue filled in the few hours before the main event, 2 young, long haired guys walked confidently onto stage and began playing; one on drums, one on guitar and vocals. The music was unapologetic, hard […]

LIVE: FESTIVAL NO. 6

THE ULTIMATE MIDDLECLASS FUCKFEST Arriving on a gloomy Friday morning in the land of dragons, sheep and people who hiss, Festival No. 6 instantly comes across as the sort of festival I shouldn’t be at. The quirky signs welcome you in as the weight of 20 cans teases a crippling crush on my struggling wrists, […]

LIVE: DANNY AND THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD – 06/09/2016

– GULLIVERS, MANCHESTER – “I love camaraderie” asserts Danny George Wilson. Attending a live show with his fantastic band (The Champions of the World, no need to be humble at this point) is enough to prove his point. The always warm and cosy venue at Northern Quarter’s Gullivers is quite packed, mostly with a nice […]

LIVE: TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS – 10/09/2016

– ACADEMY, MANCHESTER – Ska is sadly mourning when Toots & The Maytals arrive at Manchester’s Academy. Prince Buster has just died and a vivid legend is born. What a better way to pay tribute than with a superb performance by ‘Toots’ and Co.? This is a special show for another reason too: it’s the […]