LIVE: GERARD AND THE WATCHMEN – 26/02/2014

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, bass, drums... Read More

NEWS: TWISTED WHEEL – THE KRAAK SESSIONS

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

NEWS: A CAREFULLY PLANNED FESTIVAL NO.3 – 120+ ACTS LIVE IN MANCHESTER’S NORTHERN QUARTER

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 ‘Yacht... 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 slow paced... Read More

Kraak

VENUE NAME: KRAAK ADDRESS: 11 Stevenson Sq Manchester M1 1DB CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER: 07855 939 129 CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS: kraakspace@gmail.com WEBSITE: http://www.kraak.co/home/ FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/KraakManchester TWITTER: http://twitter.com/kraakspace 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 is as loud... Read More

LIVE: GHXST – 21/06/2012

Photos: Peter Rea - KRAAK, MANCHESTER - One of my favourite scene’s in cinema history: Fight Club – Tyler and Co. walk through the bar down to the hidden, dark and dingy basement where grown men choose to punch each other for fun… Tom Waits ‘Goin’ Out West’ is on the jukebox. Entering Kraak when a rock band are playing, reminds me of this. Factory Acts are the first of two supports tonight, the projected imagery... Read More

LIVE: ODONIS ODONIS – 18/04/2012

- KRAAK GALLERY, MANCHESTER - I discovered Odonis Odonis by accident last autumn when a stray link unexpectedly took me to a download of their debut album (all above board). I thought I’d give it a go… 10 seconds into the title track ‘Hollandaze’, I was hooked. Shimmering, reverb laden guitar chords pulsed and cascaded like ‘Misirlou’, evoking scenes from Pulp Fiction – oozing cool. The gig begins in the... Read More

TICKET GIVE-AWAY: ODONIS ODONIS – DOWNLOAD ‘BUSTED UP’ SINGLE FREE + UK LIVE DATES

Taken from the debut album ‘Hollandaze’ – a grimy, gum-splattered ménage of surf-gaze, punk and lo-fi – ‘Busted Lip’ becomes the latest single from Odonis Odonis on 21st May. ‘Busted Lip’ was actually OO’s debut ultra-limited edition 7″ single on Canadian label We Are Busy Bodies prior to signing to FatCat last year. Originally a solo project for prolific songwriter/ bandleader Dean Tzenos, Odonis Odonis has in the... Read More

NEWS: ODONIS ODONIS – NEW SINGLE STREAMED IN FULL + FIRST UK TOUR DATES

Taken from the debut album ‘Hollandaze’ – a grimy, gum-splattered ménage of surf-gaze, punk and lo-fi – ‘Busted Lip’ becomes the latest single from Odonis Odonis on 21st May. ‘Busted Lip’ was actually OO’s debut ultra-limited edition 7″ single on Canadian label We Are Busy Bodies prior to signing to FatCat last year. Originally a solo project for prolific songwriter/ bandleader Dean Tzenos, Odonis Odonis has in the... Read More

NEWS: STILL CORNERS – DEBUT ALBUM DETAILS + TOUR DATES

Many bands lay claim to the adjective “cinematic.” But how many can claim a truly cinema-worthy moment as part of their inception? It was a dark and foggy night when Still Corners songwriter Greg Hughes first laid eyes on vocalist Tessa Murray. “It sounds stupid but it’s completely true,” he recounts. “I was on a train that was going to London Bridge. But for some reason it went to this other stop. And I got out, and this other person... Read More