Polica NN

NN PICKS: Polica, Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds,

Polica, a three year old American synthpop group composed of Chris Bierden, Drew Christopherson, and Ben Ivascu and fronted by the vocals of Channy Leaneagh, already have two albums to their name: 2012’s ‘Give You the Ghost’ and 2013’s feminist-referential ‘Shulamith’. Their latest EP, entitled ‘Raw Exit’, has been announced to be available digitally worldwide 10th June, and has been billed as the ‘postscript’ to ‘Shulamith’. Composed of four tracks, ‘Baby Blue’, ‘Great Regret’, title track ‘Raw Exit’ and Lesley Gore cover ‘You Don’t Own Me’,... Read more »

Kendal Calling Northern Noise

NN PICKS: Kendal Calling 2014

Set amongst gorgeous rolling green fields, postcard-perfect lakeside views and century-old oak woodland, the not-too-big, not-too-small Kendal Calling is a desirable prospect even before you see their line-up. Then you see their line-up and desirable becomes a summer festival must. With a good mix of main stage big names and new music stage up-and-coming stars, the festival boasts an eclectic mix from its headliners all the way to its hidden woodland stages. The big names this years are iconic glam-rockers Suede, kick starting their summer... Read more »

Kult Country Northern Noise

NN PICKS: Kult Country, Eagle Inn, Salford, July 4th

Sonic boom and weighty reverb meld together the tense guitar and echoey lyrics of Manchester's Kult Country's new single 'Trembling Moon', a big, bold and brooding shoegaze pop track. It's a confident and impressively uncompromising song from a band that's still readying for the release of a debut album, and a step up in intensity from Kult Country's first single - put out close to a year ago in April 2013, the aptly titled 'Slowburn'; a moody, hypnotic and motorik driven release accompanied by b-side 'Amongst... Read more »

Leeds Festival 2014

10 Acts You Can’t Miss At Leeds Festival 2014

Leeds Festival has traditionally been a staple on the festival circuit, setting high expectations of impressive lineups every year. As it’s always important to strike a balance between seeing stadium favorites and those bands that in a year or two you can lay claim to the fact that you saw them at Leeds first, here’s ten bands featured in this year’s lineup not to be discounted... (more…)... Read more »

The cast of Avenue Q. Photo Credit Darren Bell

REVIEW: Avenue Q, Palace Theatre Manchester

Crude and colourful theatre may have become the new ‘hot ticket’ thanks to the runaway success of The Book of Mormon, but it was Avenue Q that kickstarted the craze. Both shows come from the masterful mind of Robert Lopez, the world’s youngest EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner and the musical brains behind Disney’s recent cool kiddie hit, Frozen. Everything Lopez touches may turn to award statuette gold but what happens when he takes a backseat and sends his projects out onto the road?... Read more »