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THE POWER OF 10
31 July 2003 / Moses Gate, Bolton / Manchester
:: 10 Days ::
It’s like hearing nu-metal’s pre-pubescence torn out from under its feet and sent on a six-month work experience placement in the Gaza Strip.
PUMP IT UP
31 July 2003 / Mumbo Arts Centre / Manchester
:: Bilge Pump :: Mates of State ::
Not since say, Sonic Youth could you find a band so proficient with noise.
MATHS AND CHEMISTRY
30 July 2003 / The Attic / Manchester
:: Burnst :: Lapsus Linguae ::
Intermittently, refrains perplex and tantalise in complicated rhythms and difficult mathematical time signatures
31 July 2003 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Confucius Saint :: Flagsmasher :: Amplifier ::
Confucious Saints guitars fire out jagged shards of punk noise over a frantic rhythm section. The voices are sky scrapingly angelic yet wilfully savage whilst Amplifier offer up some stunning, ball shrivelling Rock n Roll.
Uninspired And Lookin Elsewhere
29 July 2003 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Lookin :: Mary Wanna Smile ::
You can’t help but wish they were onstage to entertain, not show off their knowledge of the pentatonic minor scale and their cliché riffs.
Good Shit Creek
28 July 2003 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Ian Britt :: Unthank :: Elaine Palmer :: It's Jo And Danny ::
I’ve somehow been transported into an episode of ‘Dawson’s Creek’. Suddenly I have the overwhelming urge to say ridiculously complicated words and ask the audience for a group hug.
Change For The Better
26 July 2003 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Change Nothing ::
If the virtue of a band is how well they play live, are Change Nothing a success? And the answer is of course yes. But they’re also more than this, so much more.
The Future's Shite - But The Futurists Rock
17 July 2003 / Retro Bar / Manchester
:: The Little Explorer :: This Ain't Vegas :: Paper Cut Out ::
No elitism, no conformity and certainly more than three chords.
18 July 2003 / The Met / Bury (mcr)
:: Goldblade ::
Robb's shirt lasts two songs. I don't know why he bothers with it at all to be honest.
HOPE PLAYS LAST
24 July 2003 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: Newspeak :: The Crash Band :: Soul City Exile :: Glass ::
Smooth, intense, passionate and full of perfectly formed, often noisy, slighty dark tunes. Find of the month.
WELLER ON THE WATERFRONT
16 July 2003 / King's Dock / Liverpool
:: The Bandits :: Paul Weller ::
Hopefully he won’t leave it as long as he did last time before returning to the City of Culture
100 YOUNG DARKLY CLAD YOUTHS
14 July 2003 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Fallen To :: Defenestration ::
If you want to appear as a serious and authentic metal band, it goes without saying that the Kelly Osbourne impression in looks, mannerisms and speech is a definite no-no.
MOVE FEST DAY THREE
13 July 2003 / Lancashire Cricket Club, Old Trafford / Manchester
:: Badly Drawn Boy :: John Squire :: :: REM :: Idlewild ::
I can’t imagine that REM have been any stronger and firmer than this, as they seem to have maintained their peak and sound pretty awesome.
MOVE FEST DAY TWO
12 July 2003 / Lancashire Cricket Club, Old Trafford / Manchester
:: Puressence :: Inspiral Carpets :: Feeder :: The Charlatans :: Dave Gahan :: The Bees ::
In the end. The Charlatans rocked and Move justfied it’s existence as our festival.
MOVE FEST DAY ONE
11 July 2003 / Lancashire Cricket Club, Old Trafford / Manchester
:: The Mars Volta :: The Flaming Lips :: Super Furry Animals :: Teenage Fanclub :: Manic Street Preachers ::
It's a slightly disconcerting experience to watch a pair of sizeable barnet boys freak dancing to some seriously warped punk-jazz fusion
FI-LO RADIO SINGLE LAUNCH
01 July 2003 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Moco :: Fi-Lo Radio :: Jawless :: The Fix ::
It was the best of times - it was the...best of times. A no loser bill ignites a crammed midweek Roadhouse
08 July 2003 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: The Rain Band ::
Captivating bass lines with higher harmonics; and the influence of New Order and Depeche Mode with an individual style and attitude.
04 July 2003 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Change Nothing :: 10 Days :: Bingo Jesus ::
10 Days waste no time in slamming their glowing school report down on the dinner table
06 July 2003 / Jabez Clegg / Manchester
:: For Tomorrows :: Delaney :: Amigo :: Scarlet Phere :: The Happening :: Virtuoso ::
One exposure may lead to outbursts of “Da-da-dadada-da-da-da-daa” for up to six weeks.
06 July 2003 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Yo La Tengo ::
Another thankless piece of elevator muzak clocks into seriously indulgent duration and disillusion starts sprouting like persistent weeds