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LIVE: Real Friends Return To Manchester

Illinois five piece Real Friends may be performing in the cosiest of Manchester Academy’s gig spaces but they’ve already got a stage presence that exceeds the room’s capacity. The post-emo pop punk band return to the heart of the North a few months later than scheduled due to lead singer Dan Lambton’s struggles with ongoing anxiety, an issue that seems to have impacted the touring schedules of a number of popular acts at the moment. With everything back on track, the band return to town... Read more »

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LIVE: Glass Animals Bring The Albert Hall To Life

Imagine a room full of people in a Wesleyan church, worshipping a crazed, chanting angel and a revolving pineapple disco ball. Does that seem odd? That was two hours of Glass Animals at the Albert Hall, Manchester last week. It was difficult to imagine how the songs from their two critically-acclaimed albums, ZABA and How to be a Human Being respectively, would translate live. Glass Animals are celebrated for their flavoursome, downright bizarre songs that don’t exactly inspire the same reaction as, say, Foo Fighters... Read more »

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NEW NOISE: Cleargreen

Just a year on from their maiden gig at Bolton’s Blind Tiger, Cleargreen have made a name for themselves by packing out some of Manchester’s best-loved venues with their fervent fan base, and with a new EP and bigger gigs in the pipeline, there are still better things to come from the band. Most recently headlining Manchester Academy 3, the four-piece from Kearsley in Bolton have quickly found their place in their neighbouring city’s local music scene, but they insist that this is just the... Read more »

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LIVE: Warpaint Light Up The Albert Hall

It has been two years since Warpaint scooped up Manchester and took everyone on an inspiriting trip, soundtracked by their stunning self titled second album. A lot has happened during that time and with the perfect setting for an eerie disco dream, the most popular LA girl gang were back to tour newest album Heads Up at the Albert Hall, armed with fresh sounds, styles and salutations, "you’re all just so beautiful" screams bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg during the long awaited suitably fairy-lit set. Warpaint start... Read more »

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LIVE: Blossoms Continue Their Rise at Manchester Academy

Blossoms. Those 5 Stockport lads with the big hair and even bigger riffs. You've definitely heard of them. And with their debut album going straight to number one, it really isn't hard to see why. All merely 20-somethings, Tom Ogden, Josh Dewhurst, Charlie Salt, Joe Donovan and Myles Kellock – came from humble beginnings. From the scrapyard practice space where I interviewed them over 2 years ago, to supporting the legendary Stone Roses to now headlining their own tours. Since their conception in 2013, they have tirelessly... Read more »