Friends Of Mine

Not only the name of one of Manchesters premier music nights but also a term to describe the way the new music scene in Manchester and Salford feels to me, after all, you see familiar faces on such a regular basis that they become friends of yours!

This posts mainly about the festival but theres a couple of other pretty nifty things that I got upto before the inagural Friends Of Mine Festival

Firstly, the only band I’ve waited longer to see than Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti is Tame Impala and I intend to rectify that en masse this month seeing them twice at Glastonbury and also in Manchester!

But, anyway back to Ariel Pinks Clogs. YEP it takes a strong man to wear clogs, and not just clogs.. clogs AND socks.. Far out man.  I adored his album ‘Before Today’ and have been patiently waiting to check him out live and last month I finally got my wish!  There were some absolute stand out tracks in the set as off the album, but it was always going to be hard to live upto the expectations of someone waiting to see them live for months..

If you haven’t heard Before Today, go purchase NOW and here is why..

If you haven’t heard me rave about Deep Sea Arcade before then you must be a new reader, hola! Welcome! But if you haven’t quite made the connection, I’ll provide this further offering..

After finally catching up with the guys at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton, they headed to to Manchester to play a gig with one of Manchesters hippest bands in support – Ghost Outfit  before they headed to Liverpool to play Soundcity Festival.  I loved every second of their show in the quaint surrounds of The Castle Hotel on Oldham Street and can’t wait for the guys to return from Australia again soon, even Zane Lowe and NME have caught on now.. so keep ’em peeled.

This months session band were the fabulous Kill Van Kulls, you can listen to their session HERE but for a quick fix, here is there forthcoming single, its aces!

The Friends of Mine night upped the ante this year with the launch of the first Friends of Mine Festival! I headed down after the Kill Van Kulls session for a dose on the saturday night..

I managed to arrive just in time for The Travelling Band and my first listen of tracks from their new album ‘Screaming Is Something’ which gave much promise.  Having seen The Buzzcocks several times previously, I had a brief listen but didn’t hang around for too long, preferring to head over to check out The Paris Riots who were playing to a packed out tent in support of their latest release.

Badly Drawn Boy was up on the lake stage next but seemed a bit phased by the sound of The Buzzcocks which appeared to be overshadowing his stage due to the fierce wind and prevailing weather conditions.  In any case, with Damon playing Rochdale’s Feelgood Festival in September, I decided that I would save his full set until then and check out The Cribs instead.

It was the first gig since Johnny Marr had announced that he was no longer part of the band.  Whilst most of the articles I’ve  read about this news appeared quite negative – whilst there is no denying Marr’s skills, I believe the move back to a three piece with re-invigorate the Jarmans.  They played a blazing set and despite the wind blowing the sound around, it sounded awesome on the night..

After the longest wait ever (over 1.5 hours late) Working For A Nuclear Free City finally took to the stage and showed the crowd what they had been missing.  Whilst they don’t move much on stage, there was no denying their musicianship and they were well worth the watch.  I still can’t quite understand why they’re not as huge in the UK as they are in Canada.  But hey ho?!

Having just returned from Glasto there is a stack of things for me to talk about in future posts, including a couple of Now Wave special events, Dot To Dot Festival and an array of gigs from bands such as The Kills, Holy Ghost, Tom Vek, The Horrors and more..

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