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Independent Venue Week

People tend to forget the fact that independent venues have always been that crucial stepping stone for musicians; enabling them to go on to sell out those sponsored gigs that, ironically, end up obscuring the smaller, yet essential venues. With the music industry operating a scorched earth policy—advancing through the …



Live Review: Laura Marling @ at The Lowry

She takes to the stage in what appears to be a frilly Victorian nightgown. She dissolves into the dress, white on white, the porcelain English rose – with red Converse on underneath.

The age-old truism that appearances are deceptive certainly stands true with Laura Marling. She is a fierce, dark, …



Preview: WHP 2013

Manchester super-rave, The Warehouse Project, kicked off this weekend with the first of a full three months worth of events from a lineup so extensive that if your favourite DJ hasn’t been booked, they probably shouldn’t be your favourite DJ.

The 2013 season opened with Swedish House Mafia’s Axwell …



Introducing: NO CEREMONY///

Coming from a Manchester scene that’s given us a dazzling array of diverse talents – from Stay+ to WU LYF – in recent years, you’d be hard pressed to say that Mancunian three-piece NO CEREMONY/// don’t have a tough pedigree to live up to. Fortunately though, with their self-titled debut



HAIM announce European winter tour

Everyone’s favourite new band HAIM are set to embark on a European tour this winter, including six UK dates.

Taking place over November and December, the 13-day headline tour is scheduled to take place after HAIM’s support slot dates with Phoenix. The gigs are expected to be some of the …



Introducing: SHINIES

Manchester’s finest, indie pop band SHINIES are ready to release their debut EP, ‘Tangle’ on August 12th. Produced by MJ of Hookworms, and mixed by Rory Attwell, the band are a brilliant mix of fresh talent and chilled shoegaze sounds.

2012 saw SHINIES release just two singles, but begin to …



Tramlines festival 2013 review

For the fifth July running, Sheffield was turned into a weekend long street party as revellers soaked up sunshine, beer and music from all genres and walks of life giving off a unique vibe. The inner-city festival, Tramlines, showcases the cities arts, culture and musicians who shone proving there’s



New Track: Blackstreet – No Diggity (Bondax Edit)

Despite only being in their teens years, Bondax have shown that they can create some mind-blowing tracks and remixes. With plans to depart on their ‘Bondax & Friends’ tour – with dates across Brighton, London and Ireland as well as a forthcoming gig in Manchester (date TBA) – the boys …



Live Review: Parklife 2013

Parklife Festival, haven’t you grown. I remember when you were just a wee festival newbie, situated in the heartland of Manchester’s student community, where for £25 your average cool cat could lose themselves in some Fake Blood, a Friendly Fire or get acquainted with some Magnetic Men. …



Interview: Jagwar Ma

Jagwar Ma, comprised of Gabriel Winterfield and Jono Ma, and hailing all the way from Sydney, Australia, are already turning out to be one of this year’s most interesting new bands. Their debut single ‘The Throw’ snowballed them into just about every platform of the UK’s music