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I BET YOU LOOK GOOD IN THE BEER TENT
28 July 2007 / Lancashire Cricket Club, Old Trafford / Manchester
:: The Coral :: Amy Winehouse :: Arctic Monkeys :: The Parrottes :: Supergrass ::
To paraphrase a Jarvis Cocker lyric and then allow for inflation, “50,000 people standing in a field” is something that is happening today
24 July 2007 / The Phoenix / Manchester
:: St Louis Experience :: Rolo Tomassi :: Rig The Explosives ::
Alternatively all three bands could be born raving exhibitionists who just want to move, jump or indulge in some form of primeval scream therapy
30 July 2007 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: Vessels :: GNOD :: Corleone :: Making Faces ::
Echoes and delay, crashing finales and Satan drumming on the inside of your brain - Manchester's newest post-rock / experimental / progressive night hits all the right spots.
24 July 2007 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: The Courteeners ::
The comparisons with some of Manchester's biggest bands of the past are no coincidence; there seems little doubt now that we're looking at the next one.
FEIST OF FUN
19 July 2007 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Feist :: Noah And The Whale ::
Feist has a voice that you just have to listen to and one mischief maker learnt that to his cost when sternly admonished for trying to tape the entirety of this bracing set.
AND NOW, TIME FOR SOME FUNKY HIP-HOP AGIT-JAZZ….. !
23 July 2007 / Matt & Phreds / Manchester
:: Current Affairs ::
It’s not just the accepted boundaries of jazz being broken down here; governments are crumbling too…
14 July 2007 / Memorial Park / Coventry
:: The Noisettes :: The Silent League :: The Cribs :: The Enemy :: Maps :: The Ripps :: Hamara Bjemakan ::
Is this the best free city centre event this year ? - most probably and it's not in Manchester..
15 July 2007 / Salford Quays / Salford
:: The Gossip ::
Ditto puts as much guts into tonight’s performance as she did 4 years ago when she played in a dingy downstairs basement of a closed down Manchester nightclub
ONLINE ALBUM SALES, FOLKY BEATBOXING, AND OTHER NEW-FANGLED IDEAS.
19 July 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Tom Baxter :: Charlie Winston :: John Siddle ::
Once in danger of filling the skip marked ‘Nice try mate’, Tom Baxter has an awful lot riding on this tour, not least his gifted brother...
12 July 2007 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Loki :: Donna Marie :: The Search Map ::
First rate intelli-pop built on simple low-key hooks
THE HEAT IS ON
10 July 2007 / The Attic / Manchester
:: Shut Your Eyes And You'll Burst Into Flames :: iDresden :: Mr Fang : Sir Yes Sir ::
What better way to fend off the seemingly never-ending "summer" gloom than with glowsticks in abundance at the excellent PowWow!
YEAR WE GO
11 July 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Annuals ::
There’s a sense of occasion about the whole thing and you feel incredibly lucky to be seeing a band this close and in such limited company
11 July 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Pavilion ::
I’d be very surprised of they remain this unknown for long.
07 July 2007 / Jackson's Pit / Oldham
:: The Naughtys :: Maudite Dance :: George Borowski :: Hard Luck Child :: Working For A Nuclear Free City :: Danny Saul :: Greg Haines :: Chorizo And The Frantic Driver ::
Where the hell are we again? Oh yeah, Oldham on a Saturday afternoon. This is 7.7.7 - seven live acts and seven DJs playing from a musical treasure trove of seven inch singles
06 July 2007 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Tim And Sam's Tim And The Sam Band With Tim And Sam :: Maps :: Metronomy ::
"Hello, we are Maps" says James; an acknowledgment, certainly that Maps live, is so much more than the one-man studio creation you've read about
MAGIC IN NUMBERS
06 July 2007 / Apollo / Manchester
:: Wu-Tang Clan :: Hoodyman ::
Most gigs - most bands - are simply not like this. The last number says it all. 'Triumph'.
IS THIS ALL YOU CARE ABOUT ?
02 July 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Air Cav :: The Strange Death Of Liberal England :: Dave O'Dowda And Table ::
At the end a final placard stated "Thanks" precedes a trashed stage
CALMING CANDOUR CONVERGES ON THE COUNTRY CLUB
01 July 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Gillan Edgar :: Its A Buffalo :: Paddy O’Hare :: Kev Fox :: Butler-Williams :: The Travelling Band :: The Soundcarriers ::
Combating nicotine withdrawal and hangover blues, The Country Club settles into its new home with a folk-centric billing that easily blends tradition with innovation
CASTLE ROCKS CANCER CLASSIC 2007
01 July 2007 / The Castle (Oldham St) / Manchester
:: Duty Now :: The Star Fighter Pilot :: Blacklands :: Edward James Bass :: Bleeding Hands :: The Words :: Monster Island :: Colin's Godson :: Dry Riser :: Richard & The Replicants :: The Joint :: Native State ::
"Welcome to Castle Rocks Cancer" says the rather sweet young man behind the precarious looking keyboard stand