The Roadhouse, in Newton Street. Image courtesy of Google Maps Iconic Manchester venue The Roadhouse is set to close, it has been announced. The Newton Street venue, which has been open for 22 years, is set to close its doors for the final time on June 1. The venue will hold a series of special one off gigs and club nights, before the final show will be held on May 31. The venue has played host to the great and the good of rock over its more than... Read More


Ritchie Young His music is featured heavily on the Boxtrolls soundtrack, and he fronts the Decemberists’ favourite group – “dream pop” act Loch Lomond. Hailing from Portland, Ritchie Young is used to being surrounded by a dazzling array of instruments onstage. But the 39-year-old has opted to strip that away for a more laid back UK solo tour. I caught up with him at Manchester’s Roadhouse. Your band’s named after a very famous Scottish... Read More


Future of the Left - THE ROADHOUSE, MANCHESTER - Andrew ‘Falco’ Falkous is an angry man. The Future of the Left singer is not only responsible for some of the best straight up rock music this country has produced in the last decade, but also a misanthropic outpouring that could make Charlie Brooker blush. Tonight the welsh band hit The Roadhouse, and while it’s a little bigger than their last outing at Soup Kitchen it’s nowhere near the following... Read More

LIVE: DUM DUM GIRLS / PINS – 03/05/2014

PINS - THE ROADHOUSE, MANCHESTER - “Are you waiting for us? I didn’t get the memo.”  The opening words as PINS begin their co-headline show with Dum Dum Girls at the Roadhouse.  The room is packed, so much so that it is difficult to see the band on stage from only a few rows back. The opening song of the set is a new one, it’s called ‘Curse These Dreams’ and despite its lyrics claiming “I hear a silence,... Read More

LIVE: ARCANE ROOTS – 09/04/2014

- THE ROADHOUSE, MANCHESTER - Arcane Roots are no strangers to the road, in fact this is about their third visit to Manchester in the past year. The Kingston-based trio have been working hard on the live circuit which is not a bad thing at all, but with the Manchester shows having been modestly attended, I’m hoping that our city steps things up to tonight and gives this excellent band a full room. Luckily, they do, and what is even nicer is... Read More

LIVE: ROYAL BLOOD – 17/10/2013

- THE ROADHOUSE, MANCHESTER - I’m not sure whether its because I’ve really submersed myself in it this year, but 2013 sure has been a great year for new music, particularly bands coming out of the UK. There has been a slow rise in the amount of two piece bands too, proving that you don’t need a stage full of people and equipment to make the most noise. Royal Blood very much back up that point. The Brighton-based duo have only... Read More

LIVE: DRENGE – 15/10/2013

- THE ROADHOUSE,  MANCHESTER - Let’s not ‘fuckabout’…Drenge totally, completely, 100 percent rule tonight. The Loveless brothers (amazing name) from Castleton tear through their debut album, imaginatively titled Drenge, with all the exuberance that youth brings at The Roadhouse, a fitting venue for their down and dirty music. The room is packed to the rafters, and with good reason; it’s so refreshing to see two kids just going at it with... Read More

LIVE: JUNGLE – 10/10/2013

- THE ROADHOUSE, MANCHESTER - During the opening dramatic instrumental which shakes yet innocently chimes around The Roadhouse, it is clear what the audience are thinking; “Any minute now those green-tracksuit clad, roller-skating guys are going to dash enthusiastically on stage.” A thought which takes on deeper significance when ‘The Heat’ begins to jive around the somewhat confused audience, the video of which completely focuses... Read More


In Guanajuato, Mexico, nine girls bail out of two 4x4s and immediately start their freaky dancing. Each wearing a different animal mask, what starts off as debauched, playful film soon descends into something a lot darker and sinister. Under the watchful eye of a lone cockerel – this one not in hot pants – the girls / animals engage in ritualistic violence, offset by the gleeful paranoia of ‘Bye Bye Land’. The video was co-Directed... Read More

LIVE: BEACH FOSSILS – 15/05/2013

 – THE ROADHOUSE, MANCHESTER –  In the past few years there has been a rise in bands, in particular American bands, making guitar driven pop music that’s heavy on the reverb and dreamy in its delivery. Brooklyn-born outfit Beach Fossils seem to have been there from the start of this lo-fi invasion, as frontman Dustin Payseur started Beach Fossils all on his own back in 2009. Since then Beach Fossils have become a fully fled band,... Read More


 - THE ROADHOUSE, MANCHESTER - In recent years there seems to be something exciting happening with the punk pop world. Having it taken somewhat of a back seat in the mid to late noughties as the UK were under an indie invasion, it seems that punk pop is back on top with an abundance of exciting new bands taking the scene by storm, adding a new spin and new energy to the genre. New Jersey based outfit The Front Bottoms most certainly fit into that... Read More


It’s fair to say that 2012 was a massive year for the hell-raising duo Wet Nuns. Having taken home the gong for Video Of The Year at the Artrocker Awards, Wet Nuns can look back on acclaimed performances at the Reading & Leeds Festivals, Bestival, Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape, and two riotous headline UK tours. Now those purveyors of death-blues are set to charge into 2013 with a UK headline tour, two huge support shows with Blood... Read More


- THE ROADHOUSE, MANCHESTER - After a one-minute walk from the tram stop, I’m out of the cold, foggy night, down a flight of stairs and into the relative warmth of The Roadhouse. A hand stamp from the friendly door staff and the purchase of an Irish stout later, and I’m all set for the evening’s two bands. Tonight is part of the acclaimed Underachievers Please Try Harder series of club/gig nights, and first up on stage is local... Read More

LIVE: NOW NOW – 30/09/2012

- THE ROADHOUSE, MANCHESTER - It’s the typical Mancunian night. The rain is unremitting and miserly, the drains are kicking up a stink outside One Piccadilly, and to make matters worse, we’re off to The Roadhouse. It’s slipped down the pecking order of the city’s gig venues, and thanks to the rise of the Ruby Lounge and Soup Kitchen, it can’t even claim to be the best subterranean one any more. But what’s this?... Read More

Venue Review – The Roadhouse

Whenever I venture through the Roadhouse’s doors I always seem to get a twinge of excitement, similar to that feeling you get before meeting a first date. A bit over the top some might say, but there’s something about the place that just works perfectly with me. As soon as you step through its enclosed corner side entrance, it’s like the world takes a step down in size. Down the flight of stairs and past the till booth, through its double doors... Read More

LIVE: JAY REATARD – 12/11/2009

- THE ROADHOUSE, MANCHESTER - BY ANTHONY THORPE So then, what to say about Memphis born singer songwriter Jay Lindsay, otherwise known as Jay Reatard? Well the first thing is, his set tonight started way too early! Being onstage at 7.45pm until 8.30, when advertised for an 8 o’clock start is not preferred for starters! There are only around 25 people in attendance tonight, which is a shame, as Mr. Reatard deserves a much bigger audience. You dearest... Read More


- THE ROADHOUSE, MANCHESTER - With only 10 minutes to go before Underground Railroad take to the stage, there are possibly no more than 20 people populating The Roadhouse. Which is unfortunate, not necessarily for the Parisian trio that are providing the support tonight, but mainly for anyone that missed out on this chance to see a truly amazing band. The art-rock, leftfield-punk sound they powerfully create would not be out of place with many of... Read More

LIVE REVIEW: La Roux – 07/02/2009

- THE ROADHOUSE, MANCHESTER - The boys behind Manchester’s bi-weekly Contort Yourself night at The Roadhouse managed to pull a rabbit from the hat tonight. The decks this evening are adorned by Rachel Barton (BBC Radio 1), Emma Chibuku and Natalie Esquire (Murkage). If for one moment you think this all-girl line-up could not be topped, then think again, as everyone in this tiny 200 capacity venue are to receive a treat with a live set from La Roux. Unless... Read More