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Slam Dunk Festival 2017: Essential Playlist

This year’s Slam Dunk North Festival is just around the corner. The annual event which takes over Leeds, Birmingham, and Hatfield at the end of May celebrates all kinds of music and sports bands from a wide range of genres. This year’s line-up is no exception, from alternative-hardcore headliners Enter Shikari, pop-punk titans Neck Deep, and punk stars Against Me!, the weekend is guaranteed to be a rowdy mess of moshpits and crowdsurfers. Check out our Essential Playlist below or listen along on Spotify. Sorority Noise... Read more »

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 »

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 »