The Babe Rainbow photo by Peter Rea – FALLOW CAFE, MANCHESTER – Trips to this small converted terraced house in the heart of Studentsville are becoming quite a regular occurrence for me. They continue to host a production line of talented and fresh new bands, a lot of whom are locally based. It’s a cold and dark foggy night, like one you’d see in old adaptations of Sherlock Holmes novels. Australian psychedelic 60’s... Read More

LIVE: OUGHT – 02/09/2015

Ought – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Well summer’s over, the tent is packed away and the sun cream remains unused. Don’t shed a tear though, because dark nights drawing near ushers in months of fantastic gigs. Two days into September and we’re already under way, another stellar line up from prolific promoters Now Wave. Headliners Ought formed in the thriving DIY arts community of Montreal. Despite signing to Constellations –... Read More

LIVE: DAN DEACON – 17/06/2015

Dan Deacon – FAT OUT’S BURROW, SALFORD – This is not your average Wednesday night. A grown man stands above us, wearing khaki shorts, a schoolboy-like shirt and red socks pulled up to his knees. Soon, this man would hold a level of control over us. He would direct us, manipulate us and frankly embarrass us. His name is Dan Deacon and his live show is like no other. The sound is deafening, the lights blinding and the body odour stomach-curdling.... Read More


Promoters Fat Out Til You Pass Out have announced the line-up for the start of their two year residency at Islington Mill. A week long calendar of events in June to mark the promoters’ has been announced to showcase the direction they want to take during their tenure. The opening night will feature James Blackshaw, with performances also coming from Dan Deacon, Sly & The Family Drone, Cut Hands,  Gesamtkunstwerk and Muto.Taking inspiration... Read More

LIVE: TOPS – 13/05/2015

Tops – GULLIVERS, MANCHESTER – Its 10 to 11. The curfew for most Manchester venues is merely minutes away. Yet, as most bands are packing up to the sound of roars from the audience, there is one band that is just coming on stage. The band is Tops and this is not due to any lateness, but the fact that Now Wave has decided to put on an awesome line up tonight, which even saw Bill Ryder-Jones play a set of as yet unheard songs. Such a late... Read More


SFTOC – VARIOUS VENUES, SALFORD – With 13 stages and over 100 acts playing during 12 chaotic hours along Salford’s Chapel Street, each reveller is likely to have a very different experience on this bank holiday weekend. All music genre’s are covered, including dance, rock, classical… there’s comedy and art on display, a variety of food to sample, and a whole bunch of random drunk people are wandering about. Maybe... Read More

LIVE: MOON DUO – 08/04/2015

Moon Duo – ISLINGTON MILL, SALFORD – Moon Duo would most likely fill a larger venue, which makes tonight’s album launch even more special – those lucky enough to gain entry to this sold-out show get to experience the band in this intimate space, with it’s low ceiling and incredibly loud and clear sound system. Whatever comes at us through those speakers is bound to blow our socks off. Horrid support – the... Read More

LIVE: DUTCH UNCLES – 27/03/2015

Dutch Uncles – THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – “Hello Ritz, we’ve gone too fast and need a breather” beams Duncan Wallis, frontman of Stockport’s finest Dutch Uncles. He’s not the only one. Just three songs into their biggest headline show to date and the energy in the room is electric. While a moment of respite gives an adoring audience a moment to gulp on one of many after work drinks, the band have a few seconds to take it all in.... Read More


NISENNENMONDAI – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER –  This is my 100th Silent Radio review, and I’ve still no idea what I’m doing. It’s only appropriate that I’m, typically, at an intimate gig for a band that I’d not heard of 2 weeks ago, until recommended by editor Simon Poole. Soup Kitchen is filling up nicely, as you’d expect from a Now Wave doo. The Northern Quarter urban decay basement is a very fitting... Read More

LIVE: ADULT JAZZ – 12/11/2014

Adult Jazz – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Adult Jazz have made one of the best debut albums of the year in ‘Gist Is’ (if not one of the best albums of the year full stop) and despite it being somewhat overlooked compared to terrible British bands like Alt-J this year, the Deaf Institute is pretty busy to see them play the majority of their magnificent LP in full tonight. I mention Alt-J because they seem to get a unreasonable... Read More

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