Spring King – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – My back is up against the wall, adjacent to the bouncer, at a Friday night showcase of Spring King. I’d guess the modal age here is a good five years younger than myself as I cast my eyes towards opener Get Inuit. The crowd is tightly bunched towards the front, and there’s already some sitting on shoulders (god knows it’s only a bit gone 8). Early into the set, our lead vocalist earnestly... Read More


– ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – 285 Kent-by-way-of-Texas pseudo-slackers Parquet Courts have been consuming culture at an unnatural rate and spitting it back out just as fast since 2011 in an endless effort to move beyond prescriptive expectation and reflect the great distances between humanity and the claustrophobia of the concrete world, but according to bassist Sean Yeaton as the band take to the stage of Manchester’s Academy 2, they’re... Read More


This October Spring King will take to the road for their biggest headline tour to date – including a show at Manchester’s Academy 2. Kicking off in Edinburgh on Monday 10th October pre-sale tickets will go on sale from 10am on Wednesday 8th June and on general sale from 10am on Friday 10th June. The news follows on from the band making their TV debut on Later…with Jools Holland, their current single ‘The Summer’ being on both... Read More

LIVE: BAD MANNERS – 07/05/2016

Bad Manners – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – “You Fat Bastard!” Bad Manners’ war-cry will be constantly chorused all the gig long, both by the crowd and the larger-than-life, charismatic frontman Buster Bloodvessel. After struggling a little bit so as to get in the venue, by the time I’m in, support band Max Splodge is filling the thick air with punk-fuelled tunes that the audience sing along to. Let’s get the party started, then. I... Read More


Frightened Rabbit photo by Sarah Starkey  – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – It’s been over 2 years since Frightened Rabbit toured. Their last studio album Pedestrian Verse was released back in 2013 and received both critical and mainstream success,  reaching number 9 in the UK album charts and finding the band stepping onto the radar of a wider number of music fans. Since then, fans of this Scottish five piece have been patiently waiting... Read More

LIVE: LAPSLEY – 05/03/2016

Lapsley  – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – Just last year, Holly Lapsley Fletcher was studying for her A-Levels in Southport. Unlike many people her age, she knew exactly what she wanted to do – study Geography at Bristol and go onto work for the National Geographic. She still vows that she may do this. However, at just 17, the electronic artist uploaded a song called ‘Station’ to Soundcloud and it soon got the record labels calling. Lapsley... Read More


The Temperance Movement  – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – Great and wild Phil Campbell has this voice, so manly, so pleasantly throaty, that one could be watching his performance for countless hours. Even if he’s just singing a prosaic “Yeah-yeaaah-Naah-Na-ah-ah!”, in a hypnotic loop. Manchester’s Academy 2 is packed with fans of all range, from kids to those who were kids some time ago. That’s the magic of the classic formula of blues... Read More

LIVE: THE FRATELLIS – 16/11/2015

The Fratellis  – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – It’s a typical damp and rainy evening in Manchester and Scottish rockers The Fratellis are in town. It’s my first time at the Academy 2 and it’s an incredibly weird venue. To me, it seems like an old library from the outside and then once you venture up the stairs and into the actual venue it has the feel of a primary school sports hall. I’m stood patiently waiting for the Scottish trio... Read More

LIVE: THE MEMBRANES – 15/05/2015

The Membranes photo by (C)SDPhotography – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – Sleaford Mods made an inspired choice with asking The Membranes to support them in Manchester. Their brash muscular punk will appeal to enough in the room, but is the right side of obnoxious to thoroughly piss off any non-believers, thus ensuring everyone is fired up by the time the headliners take to the stage. A Friday night support slot is not the most forgiving place... Read More

LIVE: SLEAFORD MODS – 15/05/2015

Sleaford Mods – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – It’s just on a week since the Tories secured an unanticipated majority and with apathy and anger found in equal measure on social media, where better to be in the flesh than amongst the rabid fury of Sleaford Mods? Taking cues from Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Sleaford Mods is, on the surface, a relatively straight-forward entity. Andrew Fearn crafts rudimentary electronic beats on a laptop and... Read More

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