Rock and respite..

They say charity begins at home, but does it really?..

In the past few months i’ve had many requests through on email, two inparticular that spring to mind are for a 24 hour squash-athon for Cancer Research from a friend who sadly lost his mum to cancer recently and also a long distance cycle ride to the North East of England for the Stroke Association, two things that are very close to my heart having lost my Geordie Grandad to a stroke back in 2007..

Whilst Charity strikes a very strong chord with us all, very rarely do charity events come in a package that is as up my street as the forthcoming Rock and Respite gig –  due to take place at Sound Control in Manchester on Sunday the 19th September between 2pm and 11pm..

Rock and Respite brings an array of up-and-coming bands from the UK together in a unique fundraiser for Manchester’s Francis House Children’s Hospice.. an institution close to organiser Ste Campbell and his daughter Elizabeth’s hearts.

Not only is there an array of amazing bands playing, but legendary Xfm and South DJ Clint Boon will be spinning some tunes and there is the most awesome auction taking place which gives you an opportunity to bid on the the stunning Love Mosaic pictured above and created by local ceramicist Amanda McCrann.

I shall be making my own token gestures for the auction in the shape of a copy of the new Love Amongst Ruin album from Placebo‘s Steve Hewitt and this lovely Divine Comedy T shirt, which is quite apt in the circumstances, well, knowing Clint it will be a bit of an indie disco..

Tickets are available for £6 in advance from HERE or £7 on the door.

In the spirit of ‘sticking at what you’re good at’ I thought I’d do a piece on some of my musical picks of the days that aren’t to be missed in my eyes:

Blind Atlas

Oh the sweet sound of Americana.. in Chorlton? really? I’ve seen Blind Atlas playing in a variety of local venues from the dark depths of The Roadhouse to the stunning surrounds of St Clements Church in Chorlton to great effect.. I aired their latest single ‘Take A While’ on my show a few months ago and it still sounds as fresh today as it did then..

Kid British

The toe tappingly uplifting sound of Kid British cannot fail to impress the masses.  The band channels Ska, funk and err..indie-pop?!.. to great effect and these guys certainly pack a punch.  Plus i’m always intrigued to see what glasses Adio is going to wear!

The Jessie Rose Trip

Not only is she one of the nicest and sassiest ladies in Manchester, she also has funky hair and immense taste in tights! Jessie ALSO has an outstanding voice and counts Clint Boons ma Marie as a huge fan too!  But for all the guys out there, a word of warning, I wouldn’t get on the wrong side of her! 😉

The Suns

If you like stepping into the 60’s.. Chesters The Suns will be right up your street.  They’ve been a feature on the local music scene for some years, I even gave them a gig review back when I used to do that kinda thing… myself and an assortment of other Salford City Radio DJ’s adore their new EP and have been playing it to death on 94.4fm! If you like the sound of intricate percussion and steel stringed guitars then make sure your down the front for these guys..

The Travelling Band

I first saw The Travelling Band in the basement of TV21 whilst enjoying a brew and one of Mrs Boons delightful cakes..and it couldn’t have been a more perfect introduction to their stunning brand of indie- folk.  I readily invested in a copy of their debut album ‘Under the Pavement’ on the spot and I’ve never looked back.  I’ve been following their progress with interest over the past couple of years and things have been going from strength to strength with two single releases on Too Pure Singles Club, appearances at Glastonbury and even Stone Roses legend Mani has given them a big thumbs up.. miss them, miss out..

I could go on for hours as there are so many great  bands that I adore on the line up but my eyes are going square.. honourable mentions go to This Morning Call and The Switch too, not to be missed, but..

Exit Calm

For the finale, the band that have created one of the most breathtaking and atmospheric debut albums of the year so far in my view, Exit Calm. I’m genuinely sitting here struggling to come up with words that do this band justice.. The intensity?  the simplicity?  or is just the soaring intricacy of Rob’s fretwork alongside Nicky’s impassioned vocals.. the level of musicianship honed by the Sheffield based band is breathtaking.  Infact, I’ve paid more on entry just to see Exit Calm than the full door price of Rock and Respite..

They will be off radar for a few months whilst settling down to write their second album, so don’t miss this opportunity to see them while you can!

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4 thoughts on “Rock and respite..

  1. Mike Nuttall

    Exit Calm aside, you have picked a totally different bunch of bands to feature than I would have. I will be there to watch an acoustic set from Oldham’s No*Tokyo, the close harmonies of Frazer King and, of course, the epic intensity of Exit Calm. It just goes to show how much quality is cammed into the day…and all for a great cause.

  2. shellzenner Post author

    Frazer King have had to pull out otherwise I would have featured them! I’ve been sent their new demo’s to check out and as always they are great. Yep all respect to the organisers of Rock and Respite who have picked a line up that appeals to a diverse population 🙂

  3. Marie Boon

    Michelle Zenner has done a brilliant job with this blog~such a clever lady who knows her music and does lots for the young up and coming musicians of Manchester and farther afield~Michelle we love you for being who you are xx


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