The Holydrug Couple – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – The competition for ‘Who’s travelled the furthest to be here’ has a clear winner tonight; While The Holydrug Couple (Ives Sepúlveda and Manuel Parra) hail all the way from Santiago, Chile, Manchester-based Horsebeach (Ryan Kennedy) linger at the bottom of the pile being based in Manchester. Not all is lost though – I am the night’s winner of ‘First to spill their pint over themselves’. It’s... Read More


The Sacred Bones-signed Chilean hypnagogic pop duo The Holydrug Couple and Manchester heroes Horsebeach will play The Soup Kitchen July 8th Doors 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.50 – purchase them hereThe Holydrug Couple released their sophomore album Moonlust earlier this year and Horsebeach released their self-titled debut LP in 2014, which featured in Piccadilly Records’ records of the year list. The Holydrug Couple Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp Horsebeach Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter  Read More


GWENNO will embark on a co-headline tour with label-mate H. Hawkline to promote her debut solo album, Y Dydd Olaf. GWENNO, the new project of former Pipettes frontwoman Gwenno Saunders, will release the album, which means The Last Day in English, on July 24 via Heavenly Recordings. You can listen to one of the tracks from the album, Patriarchaeth, below.The album is inspired by Owain Owain’s 1976 Welsh language sci-fi novel Y Dydd Olaf, about... Read More

LIVE: FÖLLAKZOID – 02/06/2015

Dead Sea Apes – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – Hailed as the fresh face of krautrock, Chile’s Föllakzoid, signed to Sonic Cathedral records, tour on the back of their third full LP release, III. This is their first UK tour and to say they are eagerly anticipated, would be an understatement. The night kicks off in fine style with Jason Boardman spinning the tunes and providing an eclectic mix of psych and krautrock which seamlessly flows... Read More


Föllakzoid will play Manchester in support of their new LP III released via New York based Sacred Bones. They will be playing their first ever show in the city at Soup Kitchen on Tuesday June 2nd. Support on the night will be from Dead Sea Apes with a DJ set by Jason Boardman. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.50 and are available here Föllakzoid began in Santiago, Chile and is made up of childhood friends Juan Pablo (bass, vocals), Diego (drums),... Read More

LIVE: VENNART – 13/05/2015

Vennart – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – I won’t lie: I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl tonight. So giddy in fact I’m almost skipping down the stairs in the Soup Kitchen. I’m here to see Oceansize sorry, Vennart. Who are three fifths of Oceansize, Manchester’s very own progressive death indie outfit who tragically split in 2011, leaving fans utterly devastated and inconsolable. Anyway, it’s in the past and I’m completely over it. A... Read More

LIVE: SLUG – 16/04/2015

Slug – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – I arrive to a bustling crowd outside the Soup Kitchen in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Very busy, I think, for a Thursday night. It turns out that a local artist is exhibiting his work in the big windows of the bar (all of which are giant replications of album covers from local Manchester bands, one being Dutch Uncles). I realise that it’s already 9:15pm, the band I’m here to see are on in 15 minutes.... Read More

LIVE: BEN KHAN – 14/04/2015

Ben Khan – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – Not a lot is known about Ben Khan. He hasn’t done a lot of interviews, he’s not big on the ol’ social media, he’s only released one EP (the stunning 1992) with another one on the way, and rarely plays live. I can’t even (shock!) find a Wikipedia page for him. What we do know is he’s a 22 year old from London and he makes sublime slices of skewed RnB future pop with thick slabs of funk... Read More


The Lovely Eggs – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – The gig space in the Soup Kitchen looks like a catacomb and it fits the night perfectly, given that the devotion shown by fans of The Lovely Eggs shares some traits with a religious cult, and this is now the cult of the Magic Onion, as explained later. The amplification seems slightly disproportionate for the small room, it could as well be good for Foo Fighters at Wembley. As a prevention... Read More

LIVE: VESSELS – 16/03/2015

Vessels – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – Vessels’ recently released album Dilate is something of a departure from their lean, guitar-focussed Slint-via-Radiohead post-rock stylings. Previous record Helioscope is a brilliant, greyscale exercise in tension and release and where Dilate still uses similar dynamics in terms of building layers to a dramatic climax, this time it’s in glorious electronic Technicolor. It’s no coincidence... Read More

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