White Fence – KRAAK GALLERY, MANCHESTER – One-man psychedelic troubadour Tim Presley aka White Fence arrives with band in tow including the surprise addition of Cate Le Bon to a sold out Kraak Gallery. This much-anticipated gig holds extra interest for many of the tonight’s crowd with lip-smacking prospect of Ultimate Paintings in support. Ultimate Paintings comprising both Jack Cooper from Mazes and James Hoare of Veronica Falls/Proper... Read More


Goodtime Boys – KRAAK, MANCHESTER – I’m back for another gig at Kraak Gallery tonight. My new spiritual home of sorts. Although tonight is a four band bill, I regretfully make it to the venue half way through, but I must admit it is the final two bands that I’m most eager to see, in particular tonight’s headliners Goodtime Boys. I saw this Cardiff based outfit opening up for math-core wizards Rolo Tomassi at The Deaf Institute... Read More

LIVE: BIG UPS – 06/05/2014

Big Ups – KRAAK, MANCHESTER – I’ve been to Kraak Gallery quite a lot recently, and I’m really pleased this is the case as it’s one of Manchester’s finer small venues and it’s great that more bands are stopping by to play here! Tonight we have quite a diverse line up on our hands but the focus is on headliners Big Ups, a US based quartet who are currently on their second UK tour this year in support of their... Read More


Photo by Nigel Lupton – KRAAK GALLERY, MANCHESTER – Hidden away almost as though it’s meant to be a secret, Kraak Gallery is a strange little venue, but it has a level of charm. The bill for this evening has 5 acts, unfortunately my arrival is delayed and I only catch the last three of these. The first of the three is Stephen Hudson & The Fiat Pandas. Hailing from Lancaster they produce an enjoyable set. In amongst the guitar,... Read More


Twisted Wheel are hell bent on selling out Kraak for five days straight next month, and with all tickets now gone for all but the first night, it seems like they’re well on their way to achieving their goal. From Wednesday 5th February to Sunday 9th February, Twisted Wheel will take over the city’s Kraak Gallery, bringing a different support act each night (including The Velveteen Saints, Bonehead & Alex Lipinski, The Backhanders and... Read More


Carrying on from where other urban festivals such as In The City left off, A Carefully Planned Festival is back to bring more than 100 national and international acts to Manchester’s musical hub, the Northern Quarter, for a weekend of live music, art, spoken word, and partying – all for the princely sum of £12.50 for a weekend wristband. Spread over six venues encompassing Manchester’s best-loved to the surprisingly intimate, the event... Read More

LIVE: LOS PORCOS – 13/09/2013

– KRAAK GALLERY, MANCHESTER – “Welcome To Pork City” written on a newspaper stand ahead  of the dark back alley where Kraak Gallery is situated is about as ambiguous a notice as the band’s online surfacing, which carried with it a similar secretive obscurity. Signing to Caledonian records, the same label as upcoming Blaenovon, the band first posted songs on their Soundcloud with no description apart from the words... Read More

LIVE: LUKE ABBOTT – 30/11/2012

– KRAAK, MANCHESTER – Occupying Manchester’s rapiest looking venue tonight is Border Community signee Luke Abbott. After maneuvering through a dirty ginnel and up a set of grimy looking stairs, a battered wooden door opens up to a warm and relatively lush room filled with hulking rhythms pounded out by Manchester locals, Ghosting Season. With plenty of space in front of the stage, the minimal yet commandeering Techno tinged sounds are... Read More


VENUE NAME: KRAAK ADDRESS: 11 Stevenson Sq Manchester M1 1DB CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER: 07855 939 129 CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS: WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: TWITTER: ESTABLISHED/HISTORY: KRAAK is two multi-purpose and low-cost spaces for art, music, exhibitions and photography. CAPACITY: 150 PEAK TIMES OF THE YEAR: BEERS AVAILABLE: Brew dog, Goose... Read More

LIVE: EASTER – 22/06/2012

Photos: Peter Rea – KRAAK, MANCHESTER – This is my second night in succession at Kraak, the schedule here this month isn’t all that busy but quality seems guaranteed. Hey! Manchester have put together tonight’s lineup to celebrate the launch  of Easter‘s debut album ‘Innocence Man’, which was released a few weeks ago through White Box recordings. Gladly, it’s already pretty busy in here and the sound... Read More

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