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December Gig Guide

There’s never any shortage of gigs, great or otherwise, going on in the bustling city of Manchester so, especially around this busy Christmas time, it can be hard to know where to invest your time! Here’s our round up of the hottest, loudest, most intriguing and most unexpected gigs to hit Manchester this December. (more…)... Read more »

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Top 5 Hangover Breakfast Spots In Manchester

The hundreds of Manchester watering holes are far from secret to even the most fringent of visitors; but where do you go when the soles of your patent leather brogues are still sticky from the night before and your weeping stomach is in dying need of those luscious greasy calories and carbs? Listed below are five of the most perfectly prepared places to tend to that aching liver and soothe those post-party blues with the comfort of a cup of damn fine coffee and a... Read more »

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NN PICKS: Banks @ The Ritz, 25th Nov

With a slow burning build to the release of her debut album 'Goddess,' California's own Jillian Banks cuts a large shadow among this strange and revival of dark ethereal brooding pop tunes. Head to toe in black and with a colossal voice that spits eloquent tales of forlorn love and aching lust, Banks towers above the other pale clad imitators and has released an album of gigantic proportions to follow.  Still here are the strong refrains, accessible melodies and sparse electronic productions we have become... Read more »

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INTERVIEW: Hamilton Leithauser

It's been just over a week since The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser brought his solo-sounds to Manchester's Night & Day Café for one of November's most anticipated live shows. The man was in town promoting his first full length solo effort Black Hours, a raw and intimate record that was bound to feel right at home at one of the Northern Quarter's cosiest venues. We were so excited to check out Hamilton's Mancunian stint that we rounded up a list of his best tracks, giving you... Read more »

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INTERVIEW: Augustines

Later this month Brooklyn indie trio Augustines head out on a European jaunt that'll see them arrive at the atmospheric Manchester Cathedral on December 1st. Returning to ears this year with their quietly confident self-titled second album, the band seem poised for big things - and they're sharing the love. Throughout this UK tour, they'll give one lucky trombone, trumpet or saxaphone player the chance to join them on tour, all expenses paid. Not too shabby. We caught up with Rob and Bill to discuss the... Read more »