LIVE: THE SUBWAYS – 24/03/2015

The Subways - ACADEMY 3, MANCHESTER - The house lights come down and 3 revolving police lights come on, two blue and one red. The room fills with dramatic introduction music and voices greet us in many different languages. It’s not long before The Subways walk out into the flashing light. They receive an enthusiastic welcome and get straight on with ‘We Don’t Need Money To Have A Good Time’. The excitement has been building... Read More

LIVE: JAWS – 06/03/2015

JAWS- ACADEMY 3, MANCHESTER - I don’t know if they’ve put something in the water down there, but there seems to have recently been a big influx of exciting new indie bands coming out of Birmingham and smashing it. From big tours to big record deals, big riffs to big hooks, it’s all been going on. Young quartet Jaws are one of these bands that the kids can’t get enough of at the moment, particularly with tonight’s show... Read More

LIVE: TURIN BRAKES – 08/11/2014

T.E. Yates - ACADEMY 3, MANCHESTER - When my gig buddy and I arrive at the Academy, we are welcomed by a metal storm produced by the SikTh + Idiom gig happening in Academy 2. Like Dante in his Divine Comedy, we ascend to the upper floor, hoping for the heavenly experience normally guaranteed by a Turin Brakes live set. I am struck by the merch desk of T.E. Yates – the second support band for tonight – studded with timely Poppy Appeal-related paraphernalia... Read More

LIVE: THE HOLD STEADY – 07/05/2014

The Hold Steady - ACADEMY 3, MANCHESTER - The Hold Steady, a five-piece band based in Brooklyn, has brought its rock and roll show to Academy 3 tonight. When tickets first went on sale, I decided to head down to the student union the next working day to pick some up. Mistake. The gig was sold out by then. Having seen the band before in considerably larger venues like Academy 2 and Koko in London, I really should have foreseen that tonight’s gig,... Read More

LIVE: TEXAS IS THE REASON – 03/08/2013 (MANCHESTER) & 04/08/2013 (LONDON)

Journey – An act of travelling from one place to another. The past weekend has been that journey. One that has spanned nearly two decades of waiting, one that has been filled with emotion and one that ended with sheer beauty and happiness. Texas Is The Reason released one album, one EP and two split singles in the mid /late 90s then went their separate ways. Not many people in the venues had the chance to see them before and even more thought... Read More

LIVE: TURBONEGRO – 22/11/2012

- ACADEMY 3, MANCHESTER - Turbonegro must (never) be destroyed! The Turbojunged are out in force this evening in Manchester. The classic Denim jacket emblazoned with the leather cap and the area of fan base below. On the stairs up to Academy three there are Jungeds from Aberdeen, Stoke, Lisbon, Oslo, Lemmington, Madrid and of course Bolton. The main (and only) support comes from Daniel P Carter. An odd choice as a support act as he basically just... Read More

LIVE: TWO GALLANTS / THE HICKEY UNDERWORLD – 31/10/2012

- ACADEMY 3, MANCHESTER - It’s All Hallows’ Evening and folk/blues rock duo, the Two Gallants are in town. There’s a spooky atmosphere in the air tonight, as hoards of young ‘uns line the streets, screeching and clutching each other from the freezing cold. Girls with thick make-up prance around in short, ripped skirts and devil horns. The boys have blood stained shirts, dark eyes and ghoulish stares. Yeah, just another normal, night... Read More

LIVE: DOG IS DEAD – 23/10/2012

- ACADEMY 3, MANCHESTER - Since their formation back in 2008, Nottingham based outfit Dog Is Dead have certainly put the time in with several single/EP releases and a large amount of gigs under their belts. It seems that all of their hard work is paying off though, as the quintet are now signed to Atlantic records and have finally gotten round to creating their much anticipated debut album, ‘All Of Our Favourite Stories’ which was released at... Read More

LIVE: NADA SURF – 14/10/2012

- ACADEMY 3, MANCHESTER - It’s a mostly 30+ crowd in for the opening night of Nada Surf’s European tour, but old habits die hard, and half the early birds are still sat splayed across the Academy 3’s tacky floor by time Ezra Furman makes an appearance. He stands alone at 45º to the mic with just an acoustic guitar at his disposal and face-filling sunglasses protecting his bleary eyes after a marathon 13-hour flight from LA. His... Read More

LIVE: OF MONSTERS AND MEN – 11/07/2012

- ACADEMY 3, MANCHESTER - There are few more cherished moments in a band’s career – the breakthrough song has found a handle on a niche audience, the underground buzz has begun to filter out, the debut album will drop in less than a month. The band rock into town, and play upstairs in the attic of the Student Union to a gaggle of early enthusiasts. The occasion doesn’t disappoint. A somewhat forgettable support set underlines niggling... Read More

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