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29 June 2007 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Blacklands :: This Is My Lawnmower ::
Blacklands are both a danger and beauty, both of which are present in the bands slow motion, emotional wrestles on “Watership Down”.
CASTLE ROCKS AGAINST CANCER - MORE
30 June 2007 / The Castle (Oldham St) / Manchester
:: Amida :: Harrington :: Tin Pot Dictator ::
More coverage of some other bands who braved the weather and provided one of Manchester's most talked about gigs of the year..
IN THE KNOWSLEY
23 June 2007 / Knowsley Hall / Liverpool
:: The View :: The Coral :: The Who :: Shack :: The Delta Fiasco ::
Knowsley commences, with a few inevitable glitches, an event that could be the focus of the North West’s musical calendar in years to come.
NOT AS GRIM AS IT SEEMS
27 June 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Glass :: The Grim Northern Social :: The Shores ::
Ewan MacFarlane mutates into a violent swirl of limbs, bouncing to each boundary of the stage.
A MARDER AT THE CASTLE
28 June 2007 / The Castle / Oldham
:: The Marder :: Bluebird Kid Clark :: Dorne ::
Theirs is a vision of 1984 set in black and white and despair and the guitarist has his guitar hitched up so high that it’s literally being sucked into his armpit
21 June 2007 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Kaywan Emini :: Serge Tebu & Band :: BB & The CC :: Hohodza ::
A triumph, where the universal language of music ultimately wins.
20 June 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Performance :: Daggers (aka / formerly Bureau) ::
Top notch live electropop shot through with the power of a full-blooded rock band
21 June 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Working For A Nuclear Free City :: Fujiya & Miyagi ::
An almighty blast of noise sends those down the front reeling.
SONG OF SINGAPORE
15 June 2007 / The Octagon / Bolton (mcr)
Never Pay A Musician What He’s Worth, is food for thought for anyone who does play an instrument and in today's modern live circuit, it seems somewhat of an anthem for promoters everywhere.
AN ÜBER-POP VERSION OF IRON MAIDEN
15 June 2007 / Royal Oak, Chorlton / Manchester
:: The Lightshines :: Neil Burrell :: The Beep Seals :: Baxter Trappe ::
The BBC would have you believe time travel causes nothing but trouble, but in Chorlton, where audiences witnessed what could have been lost classics from the Whistle Test archives, good vibes abound
18 June 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Nine Black Alps ::
Nine Black Alps warm up for album number two..
SAVE A PRAYER
16 June 2007 / The Met / Bury (mcr)
:: The Cardinals :: Black Jackson :: Spencer ::
The Cardinals look like they own the place. And with a salvo of energetic and passionate songs packed with air-punching hooks they have every right to
12 June 2007 / Tiger Lounge / Manchester
:: Beat Girl :: Mr International And The Getaway Gang :: Duty Now :: Blacklands :: Strozsek ::
Easily worth the four or five quid you can pay for unsigned nights elsewhere, and all the more astonishing for still costing nothing at all to get in.
14 June 2007 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: Modernaire :: Julian Donkey-Boy :: Lucky Star ::
As well as pinning together a rather wonderfully crafted website Fugitive Motel fling open the doors to the Star & Garter
13 June 2007 / Club Academy (Academy 4) / Manchester
:: Underground Heroes :: Masbo ::
A trip that eventually sends the dripping thong, home and happy
WHO ARE YOU, AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH THE DEADBEATS?
09 June 2007 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: The Vox :: The Deadbeats :: The Virgin Marys ::
“Do rock’n’roll frontiers have to be forged in order for fun to be had? Who cares...over here with that beach ball!”
ROOTSY FOLK TO INDIE-PUNK IN SEVEN EASY STEPS
08 June 2007 / The Green Room / Manchester
:: Edward James Bass :: Nomad Jones :: The Deadbeats :: Stephen Evans And The Planets :: My Name Is Cody :: Conal McIntyre :: Robert John ::
Performers may have outnumbered audience, but each of these seven acts was granted sightings of an elusive species, the Lesser-Spotted Polite And Attentive Audience...
CHIPS AND WIRES
07 June 2007 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Corleone :: Contact Mo ::
Carved from the sound of Monkeyland, where 65daysofstatic live in a mess of noise and technology
10 June 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Dragons :: Belladonna :: Dead Fluffy Duck ::
Black-clad and draped in smoke machines and single-colour spotlights to look at them you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stepped back in time to the heyday of Goth
EXCERPTS FROM THE GREEN
09 June 2007 / The Green Room / Manchester
:: Flynn :: Aidan Smith :: Kamal Arafa ::
The welcome summer heat generates a laid back, lets-take-it-more-leisurely feeling at Green Bohemia
05 June 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Boy Majors :: Carlis Star :: Federal Drugs Administration :: Giddy ::
Checklist: Frontman with rough-edged charm, boy-band cheekbones and confident Ian Brown moves.
SOUL IN INSULATION
08 June 2007 / Islington Mill / Salford
:: Warm Widow :: The Thermals :: LoneLady :: Sir Yes Sir ::
He's a dead ringer for Low's Alan Sparhawk but favours the fractured yelps of Salford's favourite son Mark E Smith
OUT OF TIME
06 June 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Dirty Soul Club :: The Nuns :: CarJack Mallone ::
Lets get the bad stuff out of the way first....
TWO PARTS HIGH SPIRITS TO ONE PART HEARTBREAK
03 June 2007 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Karima Francis :: Gideon Conn :: Gillan Edgar ::
This may be the equivalent of be being beaten around the face with a salmon - but I definitely like it
BURNT TO THE GROUND - DALE ST. FIRE DAMAGE EVENT
03 June 2007 / Stevenson Square / Manchester
:: Polytechnic ::
This time though, there's a better reason behind why the streets round Stevenson Square were sealed off