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 Americans,... 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 by explaining... 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 of ‘I promised... 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


King Creosote will play a Manchester date as part of a UK tour in support of his latest album, From Scotland with Love. King Creosote, aka Kenny Anderson, released the album as a soundtrack to a documentary film by Victoria Heath, which was commissioned for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.He will play Manchester’s Academy 2 on Tuesday, January 27, with support coming from Sorren Maclean. The album was produced in Glasgow by David McAulay,... Read More


Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott I’m heading down Oxford Road and feeling festive. Students abound in Christmas jumpers, work do’s are spilling out of Kro and Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott are playing a charity* gig at Academy 2. Not even Scrooge himself could turn down a mince pie. The Beautiful South duo reunited this year for the underrated ‘What Have We Become’, which Heaton says is an extension of his solo work rather than a new Beautiful... Read More

LIVE: DRY THE RIVER – 04/10/2014

Dry The River - ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER - After an extended organ drone intro, Dry The River arrive on stage looking more like The Eagles than ever – all hair and plaid. Lead singer Peter Liddle is clad head-to-toe in white and looks like Gareth from The Office playing Jesus. They crack on with the title track of their recently released second album Alarms In The Heart. Highlight track ‘New Ceremony’ from their debut album Shallow... Read More

LIVE: QUILT – 28/05/2014

- ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER - When Quilt accepted a support slot with fellow Americans The War On Drugs, it is unlikely they expected this to become the hottest show in town. Tickets were trading outside the venue for almost treble face value and demand has forced The War On Drugs to add a show at The Ritz later this year. This interest has translated well for Quilt as they benefit from the venue bustling with people long before the headliners take to... Read More

LIVE: THE WAR ON DRUGS – 28/05/2014

- ACADEMY 2, MANCHESTER - I have something to confess to you, Dear Reader. Please don’t judge me for it, but it’s true: I do not like Bruce Springsteen. I know, I know, it’s kind of sacrilege, but I just don’t get him, all his music sound boring to me, and his voice really annoys me. In far, his whole image annoys me, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe it’s the sleeveless tops, maybe it’s the slightly-too-tight-for... Read More

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