Following a 2016 that saw their debut LP Channel The Spirits gain a Mercury Prize nomination, Leaf Label signings The Comet Is Coming are returning to Manchester at The Soup Kitchen on Friday, May 5th. The bands influences are said to include Sun Ra, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix and the BBC Radiophonic Workshops from which the band’s name emerged. Tickets here The Comet Is Coming are: Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet, Melt Yourself Down), Danalogue... Read More


Three Trapped Tigers – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – Many of my nearest and dearest would tell you that, when it comes to music I like to throw around the word ‘favourite’ a lot. But I can honestly say, hand on heart, that the latest LP from Three Trapped Tigers is my favourite release of the year. These London based wiz kids have been playing their mind-bending blend of prog, math and electronica for a good 6 plus years now... Read More


Horsebeach (Ryan Kennedy) – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – I’m all about that DIY aesthetic. I really care about the bands that work hard and go about things with little outside help. Horsebeach and False Advertising that I musically admire for different reasons but with a similar attitude have become two of Manchester’s finest exports and therefore I am delighted to see them co-headline at Soup Kitchen this evening! The supporting... Read More

LIVE: OFF THE RECORD – 04/11/2016

Off The Record – The Northern Quarter, Manchester 04/11/2016 – The Pearl Harts (All photos by Peter Rea).   GIGS: Influencers in the music industry have been brought together in Manchester’s Northern Quarter today to share their knowledge and instill confidence in a new generation, with advice on how to attain your dream job, start your own label, or get your band noticed. Champions of fresh talent from the BBC, and other reputable... Read More


Off The Record Brand new emerging multi-venue music event and conference Off The Record have revealed the until now under wraps line-up of new artists performing across 6 venues in Manchester’s Northern Quarter on 4th November. Below is the full line-up of emerging artists listed by performance venue and set times, detailing which curator chose them to perform at Off The Record Live. The line up times for the daytime conference have now been released... Read More

LIVE: AMBER ARCADES – 30/10/2016

Amber Arcades by Nick Helderman – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – “We don’t really celebrate Halloween in the Netherlands, but tonight we’ve come as people dressed in glitter,” states Utrecht’s Annelotte De Graaf  aka Amber Arcades, clearly misunderstanding the dress code. Glitter though is a good representation of the dream pop made by Amber Arcades, which, while feather light, manages to achieve a devastating amount of directness... Read More

LIVE: JESSY LANZA – 26/10/2016

Jessy Lanza – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – Like many I suspect, my first introduction to Jessy Lanza was via her guest appearance on Caribou’s Our Love album track ‘Second Chance’. Her cooly detached vocal fitted in perfectly with Caribou’s slinky dance music, and I was smitten. Now, with two might fine solo albums under her belt, I’m finally getting to see her after a mate had been telling me ‘you really should see Jessy Lanza’... Read More


– EVERYTHING EVERYTHING, DAVE HASLAM, SILENT RADIO & BRIAN CANNON AMONGST PANEL SPEAKERS CONFIRMED AT OFF THE RECORD – Off The Record Brand new emerging artist multi-venue music event and conference, Off The Record confirms Mercury Music Prize nominees, Everything Everything, as its special keynote speaker as part of the conference element of the event held in Manchester on 4th November. Everything Everything’s Jonathan Higgs and... Read More

LIVE: JENNY HVAL – 18/10/2016

Jenny Hval – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – ‘Music isn’t normal’ quipped Norwegian songwriter, Jenny Hval just hours ahead of her performance in Manchester’s Soup Kitchen. This poignant statement is certainly true in the case of Hval, yet by her standards, Blood Bitch, her most recent record, is possibly her most ‘normal’ record yet. Despite its themes of vampires and menstruation, her new synth-led direction present in lead singles... Read More

LIVE: ULRIKA SPACEK – 13/10/2016

Ulrika Spacek – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – When the history books have been written and the BBC4 documentaries made about the world of alternative music in 2016, there will need to be entire sections dedicated to the ubiquity of psych rock. A movement that revolves around reinterpreting the music of the original wave of hallucinogenic, distorted underground guitar bands in various Western cities in the 1960s, there are now more bands plying... Read More

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