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


Alvvays will head on a UK tour to promote their self-titled debut album later this summer. The Canadian indie-pop band will play Manchester’s Academy 2 as well as shows in York, Sheffield, Cardiff, Bristol, Nottingham, Brighton and Glasgow, finishing in London. The band released their self-titled debut album on Transgressive Records in July last year, which was included in the NME and the London Evening Standard’s top albums of 2014 lists.Lead... Read More


Everything Everything have shared the latest single from their new album, which will be released on June 15. The Manchester based four-piece have also released an accompanying video for the track, Distant Past, which is taken from their third album Get To Heaven, which will be released through RCA Records.The video was directed by the band’s lead singer, Jonathan Higgs. The group have also announced two shows in advance of the album’s... Read More

LIVE: GRUFF RHYS – 13/02/2015

Gruff Rhys – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – It’s probable the name John Evans means nothing to you, but he has an extraordinary story which was given a new lease of life by Gruff Rhys. Via his album American Interior with accompanying book, documentary and mobile app, the former Super Furry Animals frontman details Evans later life as an 18th Century explorer who travelled from Wales to America in search of a lost tribe of Welsh speaking Native... Read More


Hudson Taylor  – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – It’s a (Irish) family affair. The night kicks off with Dublin’s Jack Morris, whose solo acoustic performance clearly displays his main strength of being a seasoned songwriter. His ability to convey his own unique view of the world around him, teamed with strong melodies show why he is so respected by the current wave of Irish songwriters. He endorses himself with an unfamiliar audience... Read More

LIVE: KING CREOSOTE – 27/01/2015

King Creosote – ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER – King Creosote, aka Kenny Anderson, is a bit of a hero of mine. Shuffling on stage wearing a hoodie with a festival line up on (headlined by Idlewild and including himself…bet it was a good one wherever it was), he introduces his band as his seven dwarfs and gently launches into ‘Something to Believe In’, the opener from his most recent album From Scotland With Love. It’s repeated refrain... Read More


Canadian band Alvvays have announced a new Manchester date in advance of their upcoming gig at the Deaf Institute. The five-piece, who hail from Toronto, will play Academy 2 on September 10, after their Deaf Institute date on January 21. The band released their self-titled debut album on Transgressive Records in July last year, which was included in the NME and the London Evening Standard’s top albums of 2014 lists.Lead singer Molly Rankin previously... Read More

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