Sound City NN

REVIEW: Liverpool Sound City, 1-3rd May 2014

Liverpool Sound City brought another class lineup to stages across the city this year, and despite its metropolitan location and not exactly summery temperatures, Sound City had all the good vibes of a festival surrounded by people who really were all there for the music.  Arrived with a mapped out schedule of bands to see over the three days of the festival, it soon became clear that many of the highlights of the festival came from the most unexpected moments. Liverpool’s Kazimier tops the list of... Read more »

Dot-to-Dot NN

NN PICKS: Dot-To-Dot Festival 2014, Manchester

Dot to Dot Festival, originally based solely in Nottingham, now returns for its ninth year for three days across venues in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham the weekend of the 23rd, 24th and 25th this May. Past performers at the festival include now household names Ellie Goulding, Foals and the Naked & the Famous, among many other impressive acts. The Manchester date, which takes place on Friday the 23rd, sees bands play at well established music venues such as the Ritz, the Deaf Institute and Sound... Read more »

Parklife Weekender 2014

10 Acts You Can’t Afford To Miss At Parklife Festival 2014

Now in its fifth year, Parklife will return to Heaton Park, Manchester, for two days of cutting edge music (plus a few old favourites) on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June. Once again, it’s sure to make for a frenzied - and hopefully sun-soaked - weekend of fun. But with so many darn fine acts to choose from, you’re probably struggling to decide who to see, and who you’ll favour when the inevitable set time clashes arise. Well, don’t worry, we’re here to help. FRIDAY Snoop Dogg Okay, so... Read more »

Girl Friend Band

NN PICKS: Girl Friend + BÊTE, Kraak Gallery, Manchester 8/5/2014

On Thursday, 8th May Kraak Gallery brings two of Manchester’s up and coming indie acts, Girl Friend and BÊTE, to the venue. Support band Bete is composed of a quartet of Manchester Metropolitan and Salford University students, two of which, Jonah Baldwin and James Crosley, have known each other since they were fourteen. Having all spent time playing previously in other bands, the group eventually decided to take their music in a new direction, and as a current unit have been playing together for just over... Read more »

Beat-Herder Festival 2014

NN PICKS: Beat Herder Festival 2014

One of the last truly independent festivals of the North, Beat Herder grew out of the Northern underground party scene and ritually shuns corporate funding and sponsorship – it also forgoes heavy advertisings, keeping the festival a well-kept secret that rose up mostly through word of mouth. Tucked into the Lancashire Ribble Valley, Beat-Herder festival promises “three days of beats and barminess”. This year sees the line-up staying strong to its party origins with house, electro and drum ‘n bass music all on high demand... Read more »