NN Picks: Beacons Festival 2014

Probably the best kept secret of the UK festival season, the almighty Beacons Festival returns for its third year running. Having been plagued by bad weather in its first year (in which excessive rain meant the whole thing was called off) and bad luck in its second (when proceedings were held up by a phony bomb scare), Beacons has ironed its kinks out, doubled down on what it does best and is back this year bigger than ever. What sets Beacons apart from the pack is... Read more »


INTERVIEW: Andy Hull – Manchester Orchestra

Atlanta prog-rockers Manchester Orchestra arrive in their namesake city tonight for a teeny show at one of Manchester Academy's smallest rooms. The trip comes hot off the release of their powerhouse fourth record Cope, a relentless wall-of-sound effort that still manages to evoke emotions and catch you off guard with some hard-hitting sentimentality and raw emotion. We caught up with front man Andy Hull shortly before he unleashed his band's new stuff on the world to discuss a decade of being in a band, recording... Read more »

Dance Savage Live

Why You Should Care About #7: Dance Savage

You may recognise Dance Savage (or Daniel Savage as he's known when the guitar's at home) as the awesome host of many of our Northern Noise Live events. Tired of being in such close proximity to the wealth of talent on offer in Manchester's music scene, he decided to head into the studio and do it himself. The finished result is new EP The Place I Started From, a polished effort that perfectly showcases his uniquely homegrown range of talents. We invited staff writer Dante... Read more »


NEWS: Trof to host Ghost Outfit & Temples Songs for Record Store Day

Saturday 19th April will see the seventh Record Store Day in the UK – a day for music lovers and bands to celebrate independent music. Nationally there’ll be limited edition vinyl releases and special performances from acts who’re giving something back and reminding us why grass roots music is so important. Trof, the people that bring you venue favourites The Deaf Institute, Gorilla and the Albert Hall, are commemorating the occasion by collating a bill that includes some of the best emerging bands in Manchester for... Read more »


LIVE REVIEW: Bombay Bicycle Club, The Albert Hall, Manchester 20/03/2014

On record, intricate indie lads Bombay Bicycle Club are quite composed. Notes are strategically placed, every pause in their musical pulse detailed and deliberate and most recently each synth-blip thoughtfully positioned. However, tonight all that's gone straight out of The Albert Hall’s beautifully designed stained glass windows. Maybe it’s because they’re in a newly refurbished chapel hall and feel a little possesed or perhaps they’re just cutting loose in celebration of ending their UK tour in our fine city. Either way, part one of their... Read more »