I’ve been excited about the 6 Music Festival since I first heard about it. That excitement further increased when I managed to get my hands on a ticket for the Saturday. An excellent lineup, sheltered from the elements and at Victoria Warehouse, close to my house. I arrive early and queue to get in to ensure I don’t miss anything.
Once I finally found Kraak Gallery, I watched the last three of the five act bill last Wednesday. Silent radio have published the things that I wanted to say about it today. Read it here http://www.silentradio.co.uk/03/02/live-gerard-and-the-watchmen-26022014/.
Gorilla this week played host to Of Montreal, I had a few words to say about it and you can read them over at silent radio now. http://www.silentradio.co.uk/02/23/live-of-montreal-19022014/
The Deaf Institute played host to Keston Cobblers Club this week, you can read what I thought of it over on silent radio. http://www.silentradio.co.uk/02/12/live-keston-cobblers-club-10022014/
It’s been a long while since I’ve been to the arena in Manchester, the last time I was here it was still the MEN arena. Now going under the name the Phones4u arena it is much the same. Frank Turner is the man who’s got me back in this enormous place and I get down early to see his tour support acts Beans On Toast and Flogging Molly.
Fresh from winning the fly awards Artist of the Year, Foals come to the Manchester Apollo for two nights of rock ‘n’ roll. I’ve seen Foals a few times before and so I’m confident I’m in for a good night. As I arrive at the venue the live music is already in full flow.
My thoughts on Little Comets and Catfish & The Bottlemen at Club Academy on Wednesday night can be seen now over at silent radio. http://www.silentradio.co.uk/02/08/live-little-comets-05022014/
My review of this gig at Fallow Cafe has been published over on silent radio. You can read it at http://www.silentradio.co.uk/02/02/live-algiers-31012014/
I’ve been enjoying Samantha Crain‘s recent album ‘Kid Face’, so I was heading to the show looking forward to seeing how the songs would translate to a live environment. En route to the Ruby Lounge I thought I was going to be watching two performances, one from Samantha and support from Cornelius Crane. Imagine my surprise when a face I was not expecting appeared on the stage shortly after my arrival. This addition to the lineup was Charlotte Hackett, a local singer-songwriter who I later learned is still only 14 years old.
Released this week on Xtra Mile Recordings, the debut record of Sheffield based duo Algiers kicks off with new single ‘Mother’. Its a track that definitely benefits from repeat listens, but with just two members making all the noise, the biggest problem I find myself having to overcome is the lack of bass – a problem that I find recurs a few times throughout the album.