LIVE: Arcade Fire Light Up Castlefield Bowl

It’s a balmy evening in Manchester as hundreds gather in Castlefield Bowl awaiting the arrival of Canadian indie-rockers Arcade Fire. Just over a month has passed since a senseless incident at the Arena shook the heart of the North but rather than pull people apart, the communal atmosphere vibing throughout the venue feels stronger than ever. Maybe it’s the humidity, maybe it’s the beer, maybe it’s both - but Manchester feels more than ready to come together and let off some steam. With that in mind, it’s... Read more »

LIVE: Yoni Wolf and Why? Return To Manchester

It’s been awhile since Yoni Wolf’s alt-rock hip-hop quartet Why? visited Manchester. Their last trip was in support of 2012’s Mumps, Etc and in the silent years that followed it looked like perhaps they’d decided to call it quits, or at least go on a temporary hiatus. That was until earlier this year when their four year silence was broken by Moh Llhean, a new record that marked a glowing return operating in the sweet spot between Wolf’s white-boy hip-hop sound and pensive lyrical prose, and... Read more »

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LIVE: Slam Dunk Festival Leeds 2017

It’s not just Manchester’s live music scene that’s stayed strong in the wake of all this chaos. The Yorkshire powerhouse that is Leeds isn’t letting anything stop them from enjoying a good knees up either. Back for its eleventh year, pop-punk cityfest Slam Dunk Festival returned this May Bank Holiday for another round of day drinking and venue hopping, once again gathering an enviable line-up of genre legends and push-to-the-front newcomers for a day long session. Centered around Millennium Square, this year’s event marked the festival’s... Read more »

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Essential Dos and Don’ts For Leeds Festival 2017

You might be eighteen and going with a group of mates to celebrate end of exams and the end of school. You might be going with your new boyfriend or girlfriend as an alternative to going abroad. You might even have finally managed to convince your mum-in-law to look after the kids while you get away with your partner for a weekend. No matter who you are, who you’re going with or how old you are, there’s something for everyone at Leeds Festival 2017. Here’s some... Read more »

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Five Acts You Can’t Miss At Parklike 2017

Heaton Park, five miles from Manchester’s city centre, is home to an 18 hole golf course, museum, and adventure playground. However, once a year, it becomes a different kind of adventure playground when it’s taken over by Parklife Festival. Formly known as the Parklife Weekender, the festival returns at the beginning of June for its seventh year, with two unmissable headliners. However, look closer at the smaller text boxes on the fabulously multi-coloured poster and website and you’ll find more performances that you won’t want... Read more »