LIVE: Bowling For Soup Get Drunk With Manchester in Greatest Hits Show

Despite announcing their last ever UK tour back in 2013, Texan pop-punk troupe Bowling For Soup have been a common sight here in the North over the past couple of years. Frontman Jarred Reddick appeared at Gorilla just a few months ago for an intimate evening of stories and stripped back tracks and just a few months before that the full band could be found playing to a sold out crowd in Leeds’ First Direct Arena as part of 2017’s yearly alt-celebration Slam Dunk. If... Read more »

LIVE: The Front Bottoms Return to Manchester For Their Biggest Headline Show

The Front Bottoms have no time to waste. There’s a club night due to start immediately after they finished tonight’s set but instead of putting a dampner on things it’s added an intensity to proceedings that’s hard to ignore. After all, this evening’s show marks the band’s largest headline Manchester gig to date and while they can’t stop to smell the roses that doesn’t mean they’re going go quietly into the night. Hitting the Albert Hall’s stage at 8.20pm, the New Jersey folk-punk outfit jump... Read more »

LIVE: Weezer Make A Welcome Return To Manchester Apollo

If you’re a band with an extensive back catalogue of hits and a track record of not doing many Manchester shows then every moment you’re stood on stage in our city better be used wisely. LA garage geeks Weezer fit the bill perfectly and luckily for us appear to share the sentiment during their visit to the Apollo this week. As spectacled frontman Rivers Cuomo starts ripping into a trio of early hits including the blue album’s “The World Has Turned And Left Me Here”... Read more »

LIVE: Sigur Rós Conquer Manchester Apollo

Live music’s so often labeled a social act and something best enjoyed with company. Maybe that’s true - but look around Manchester’s Apollo theatre tonight and you’ll find an entire crowd silently locked into an experience that’s very personal to each one of them. Granting access to such an encounter seems to be the key skill of Iceland’s premier ethereal rock trio Sigur Rós, a band that somehow manages to stop time and provide some much needed headspace whenever they pick up their instruments. A... Read more »

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LIVE: Leeds Festival 2017

Tents, cider and what’s this... Not a rain cloud in sight! Nope, you’re not imagining it. Leeds Festival 2017 came and went this weekend with a blistering line-up and (mainly) sunny skies, offering the perfect opportunity for one final knees up before summer ends. As the one of the UK’s longest running festivals, Reading and Leeds has built up a reputation of offering the best in alternative music and this year's edition was no different. Couldn’t make it? No worries. Here’s a taster of what you... Read more »