Flamingods – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – Flamingods are first and foremost an intriguing band. With their roots in music from around the world and their passion for unusual instruments they find on their travels, they are the sort of band you go to see in order to experience something a little different. Upon arriving at Soup Kitchen it is therefore satisfying to see a stage crammed with obscure percussion, stringed instruments I don’t... Read More

LIVE: LAURA GIBSON – 25/04/2016

Laura Gibson – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – “Now I’m lost in the belly of a cold museum /staring on the beaks on the bird-face men / Now you’re sitting in the kitchen with someone else /stacking up peels of a clementine.” The closing line of set opener ‘Damn Sure’ sets a tone for the evening. An expedition of melancholy that’s resolve is perhaps, not so bad as one might initially think. Laura Gibson’s travelling turns... Read More


Just ahead of their two performances at this year’s Primavera Sound Festival in June, legendary dream pop outfit A.R. Kane have announced they will be playing Manchester’s Soup Kitchen on Monday, May 23 (openers to be announced). If you hadn’t heard, A.R. Kane reformed for this year’s touring season, which will see dates in the UK, mainland Europe and North America. While they are working on new material for their next album,... Read More


The original Manchester Record Store Day all-dayer is here again at Soup Kitchen on Saturday 16th April from 4pm-10pm. Tickets are £4 on the door The Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear St, Manchester M1 1DF Hot Vestry – Signed to Tim Burgess’ O Genesis Recordings, the Macclesfield group deal in dark, glinting post-punk and have appearances at Kendal Calling and Blue Dot Festival lined up. Ghost Outfit – Returning for their first hometown... Read More


Sunflower Bean  – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – “Keep the music going for a second?” asks Julia Cumming of the sound man, as the rest of the Brooklyn hailing trio, seemingly consisting of a young Frank Zappa and Bob Dylan circa 1967, race to the stage of Manchester’s Soup Kitchen to perform an impromptu half-cover of Parquet Courts’ detached poster-track ‘Stoned and Starving’. The band feed in and out of the New Yorkers’ post-punk... Read More


Breaking Colts photo by Francesca Nottola – SOUP KITCHEN,  MANCHESTER – Before the gig I repeat to myself ‘Sex Swing, Sex Swing, Sex Swing’ but what the frack does it mean, ‘Sex Swing’? Sounds good though, the sex, the swing. Anyway, I don’t remember if because I was looking for the band online or if I had had a brief epiphany that sex swing might actually mean something specific, that’s when Google & Wikipedia came to... Read More

LIVE: DISAPPEARS – 24/11/2015

Disappears photo by Peter Rea – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – There’s a crazy amount of great gigs to choose from in Manchester this month. Just tonight, there are two other bands that I would’ve also liked to have seen, but my fondness for Disappears’ 2012 album Pre-Language was enough to lure me to the Soup Kitchen basement. Amongst the various forms of alternative rock that I’ve been filling my ears with of late,... Read More

LIVE: KAGOULE – 20/11/2015

Kagoule – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – Kagoule only played the Soup Kitchen a month ago as part of Carefully Planned festival and were the highlight of the entire weekend. This will come as no surprise to anyone who’s heard their recent album Urth, considering it’s probably the best debut album of the year. They kick off this return visit with the alternately chugging and writhing riffs of ‘Adjust The Way’. The meaty intro twists... Read More

LIVE: JENNY HVAL – 08/11/2015

Jenny Hval  – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – When you walk into a Jenny Hval show, you know it’s going to be weird. Last time she graced a stage in Manchester, there were pouting girls, live iPad visuals and some fun karaoke competitions. So, tonight when she walks on stage in a yoga outfit clutching a half deflated yoga ball it’s not a shock. The gabble of pouting girls are gone though. Tonight it is simply Jenny on vocals and... Read More

LIVE: SUNDARA KARMA – 24/10/2015

Sundara Karma – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – After weeks of telling people to check out Sundara Karma for them to look at me blankly and ask if that’s some sort of thai restaurant, it’s nice to see that the Berkshire-based indie rockers are finally in the spotlight. Supporting the likes of Circa Waves and the Wombats has certainly paid off as Manchester’s Soup Kitchen swells with a range of new admirers keen to see Sundara Karma embark... Read More

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