On Saturday 8th October 2016 brand new Neighbourhood Festival will be taking over Manchester City Centre for a full day of incredible live music. Over 100 of the hottest bands and freshly tipped new artists from all around the world will be performing across nine of Manchester’s best and most iconic music venues for one day only.  This includes The Albert Hall, O2 Ritz, Sound Control, Dog Bowl, Deaf Institute, XOLO and Gorilla. At the helm of Neighbourhood... Read More

LIVE: U.S. GIRLS – 07/04/2016

U.S. Girls – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Half Free, Meghan Remy’s first album on 4AD, bubbled under the surface last year, never quite reaching the end-of-year lists but still capturing the attention of a new audience; including myself. This release might also go some way to explaining the packed house in the Deaf Institute, although throughout tonight’s set the fans show themselves to be as loyal to her older stuff as the cuts... Read More

LIVE: NAI HARVEST – 29/03/2016

Nai Harvest  – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – There’s a young crowd here bright and early for WEDDING, but their overly enthusiastic dancing seems chemical fuelled, almost sarcastic. It’s not a great start. The band are definitely fans of the Ronettes, but even if ‘Be My Baby’ is the best song ever written, it’s OK to write a different song. When the most interesting thing about your band is that you have... Read More


Frankie Cosmos is back with her most infectious album to date with Next Thing due out on April 1st on Bayonet Records. The album features the strongest songwriting we’ve seen yet from the project’s mastermind Greta Kline. Following an extensive US tour this spring, Frankie Cosmos and her band will be coming over to Europe for the first time in May, for a co-headline tour with Porches plus a performance at The Deaf Institute. Dates... Read More


Tatu Rönnkö, Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg – collectively known as Liima – have offered another taste from their forthcoming album ii, set for release on March 18th. ‘513’ can now be heard online via Soundcloud or belowMeaning ‘glue’ in Finnish, Liima’s debut release features songs written during four week-long artist residencies in Finland, Berlin, Istanbul and Madeira. Each place influenced... Read More

LIVE: SPRING KING – 19/02/2016

Spring King  – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Warming up the crowd tonight are two four pieces called Beach Baby and FEWS. For me, both sets are very similar but nevertheless great openers for those kings of spring. A driving rhythm section paired with swirling yet aggressive guitar playing from Beach Baby is enthralling to say the least. The four piece really get my foot tapping and my head bobbing, forgetting for almost half an hour... Read More

LIVE: WHITE DENIM – 15/02/2016

White Denim  – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – White Denim’s vocalist/guitarist James Petralli and bassist Steve Terebecki have recently posited “loud, fast-playing, rock and  roll” as their motivation to get back on the road and into the studio, having recently shed their original rhythm section.  I’ve wanted to see them live since catching their appearance on “Later” a few years ago, and the constant championing by... Read More


Jeffrey Lewis  – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Cult hero Jeffrey Lewis returns to Manchester on a bitterly cold and wet night. The disposition he brings with him from across the pond is a warm and welcoming one, just what is needed for what is a restless, majorly male orientated crowd in attendance at The Deaf this evening – a mass of array of comic book geeks and nerds alike with the odd mad, shouty lad thrown in. It is an interesting... Read More


Titus Andronicus  – THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – This is the most fun I’ve had at a gig in a long time. Titus Andronicus, the world’s greatest punk rock bar band have brought their show supporting their 92-min, 3 LP/2 CD rock opera about mental illness (yes, really) The Most Lamentable Tragedy, to Manchester’s Deaf Institute, and it’s all sorts of incredible. The packed room is full of excited fan-boys (and a smattering of... Read More


The Computers Devon band The Computers’ new EP, Want The News, Here’s The Blues will be released on 27th November.  To coincide with this, Silent Radio is giving you the chance to win two tickets to see them play The Deaf Institute on 8th December. All you have to do is let us know your favourite lyric that mentions computers! Drop them into the comments box below and we’ll contact the winner on Thursday 3rd of December.  The band released... Read More

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