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


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

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