Manchesters In The City Festival is all wrapped up now.. it has gone by in such a blur but was definitely the best I have ever been to! The relocation of the festival solely to the northern quarter was the best decision ever.. and its amazing to see how many new bars/venues have opened in just the last few years..I remember a time when there was no Soup kitchen, Noho, Moho, Umbro, Nexus, Ruby Lounge & Band on the Wall, oh and when Gullivers and The Castle certainly didn’t have stages!
Well done to everyone involved with the setting up and running of the festival, it was a great success and you should be well proud of what you delivered!
I stated previously that I wouldn’t miss the following bands:
NO AGE – D/R/U/G/S – BROWN BROGUES – SLOW MOTION SHOES – LABYRINTH EAR – FACTORY FLOOR – MAZES – MOUNT KIMBIE – HEALTH – KISSES – CRYSTAL FIGHTERS – THE NEAT – GLASSER – SPECTRALS – PORCELAIN RAFT – THE BEWITCHED HANDS
Fortunately I only missed two of them… The Neat and Crystal Fighters, both for clash reasons…. but I can confirm the rest were spot on!
I’ve only got a little time to write.. so i’ll keep it brief:
WHAT I SAW: The Kill Van Kulls – Mazes – Big Deal – Factory Floor -No Age – T3eth
HIGHLIGHTS: Mazes & Factory Floor
WHAT I SAW: Brown Brogues -Kisses – The Tapestry – Chad Valley – D/R/U/G/S – Danny Mahon – Labyrinth Ear – Mount Kimbie – Health
HIGHLIGHTS: Kisses, Brown Brogues, Chad Valley & Health
WHAT I SAW: Catfish and the Bottlemen – Black Daniel – The Bewitched Hands – Ramona – Slow Motion Shoes – Porcelain Raft – Orphan Boy – Youthless – Spectrals – Glasser – Dutch Uncles – Kisses
HIGHLIGHTS: Slow Motion Shoes, Youthless, Porcelain Raft & Spectrals
Amazing to see so many local bands playing great sets too, just a shame there weren’t a few more.. Suzuki/Method, The Black Knights, Blind Atlas and Run Toto Run really should have been there too in my view.
Having seen the local bands before took the edge off personally for me, but for those industry insiders it would be a totally different story! Honourable mentions to Dutch Uncles for playing a blazing set at the Ruby Lounge, Danny Mahon for his full band set up, Catfish and the Bottlemen for their early doors set, Orphan Boy for having a crowd singing every word back to them and Working for A Nuclear Free City and Young British Artists for packing out the Castle..
I attended a party with the latter yesterday and they played this in the basement.. check out my video, amazing!
On this weeks radio shows:
THURSDAY: I’ll be joined in the studio by Sophie and Emma from Oxjam Manchester to talk about their forthcoming charity event this weekend. In addition I’ll be chatting to Taylor from Timber Timbre about his untitled album, new single ‘Until The Night Is Over’ and more.. Plus the usual mix of new music from Peter Wolf Crier, Torgny, Sleigh Bells etc..
9pm Thursday on 94.4fm or www.salfordcityradio.org
For a taster of Timber Timbre check out:
SUNDAY: On Sundays show i’ll be joined by New York singer Rachael Sage to talk about new album Delancey Street, playing a string of shows at the Edinburgh Festival and more.. the show will also feature the best new music as always including tracks from Delorean, The Crookes, Cherry Ghost and Best Coast.
5pm Sunday on 94.4fm or www.salfordcityradio.org
You can listen again to last weeks shows:
CMJ Preview and Neon Indian:
Yep I’m off to NYC for sightseeing and CMJ, and now sleep..