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THAT FINAL SPARK
14 July 2011 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Bright Eyes ::
Conor Oberst is something of Dorian Gray type
figure; eternally ageless yet haunted by his
FESTIVALS 2011: KENDAL CALLING PULLS IT OFF AGAIN
29 July 2011 / Lowther Deer Park / Penrith
:: The Charlatans :: The Cribs :: The Lucid Dream :: Echo & The Bunnymen :: Mount Fabric :: Blondie :: The Levellers :: Chase And Status :: Hugh Cornwell :: Jadres Por Fuera :: Easy Star All Stars ::The Japanese Popstars :: Mr Scruff, Awale, Vintage Trouble ::
The little festival that could, and duly did. In the
modern world of perpetual head scratching as to how
mainstream festivals with mediocre bills are somehow
failing, this one sold out months ago: David Edwards
finds out what they're doing right.
ON THE RIGHT TRACKS: TRAMLINES 2011
23 July 2011 / City Centre / Sheffield
:: Milk Maid :: Drenge :: Hymns :: The Wynells :: The Silents :: Jack And The Beanstalks :: Oblong :: Love At Death Beach :: Silent Film Project ::
With high profile headliners from Pixie Lott to Ash,
plus a dazzling array of up-and-coming bands playing
anywhere in the city you can squeeze a PA in, a
wristband would cost you maybe £30-£50 in most
cities. Here it's all free.
QUIET AND LOUD
27 July 2011 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Minion TV :: The Detour :: Puzzles ::
"An evening of post-rock and electronics" promises
the blackboard outside. No complaints on that count
- nor indeed about the quality of music within.
THE FINAL PULL
26 July 2011 / The Castle (Oldham St) / Manchester
:: Moustache Of Insanity :: Math And Physics Club :: Very Truly Yours :: Sweet Nothings ::
Pull Yourself Together are packing up their fanzines and sweets and shiny things and leaving Manchester - but before they go, one last session of what they do best: fun pop.
WHEN THE BOAT COMES IN
25 July 2011 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: YACHT :: Love Bites ::
"For those curious about Triangles and their
significance, we urge you to download our simple
pamphlet." On paper, the most annoying hipster band
ever - but live YACHT are a revelation...
FESTIVALS 2011: SONISPHERE
10 July 2011 / Knebworth House / Hertfordshire
:: Pulled Apart By Horses :: Mojo Fury :: The Sisters Of Mercy :: Metallica :: The Mars Volta :: Weezer :: Motorhead :: Slayer :: Diamond Head :: Anthrax :: Megadeth :: Killing Joke :: Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine :: House Of Pain :: In Flames :: Slipknot :: Bat Sabbath (AKA Cancer Bats) ::
There comes a time in every man's life when he has
to experience the rite of passage that is a Metal
festival. David Edwards arrives at Knebworth a mild-
mannered Radiohead fan; three days later he's biting
the heads off bats. Well almost.
MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2011: TUNNEL VISION
16 July 2011 / Tunnel, Great Bridgewater St / Manchester
:: WU LYF :: Gwilym Gold :: Dirty Beaches :: Hot Bone ::
Tomorrow traffic will rush through the tunnel again,
obliterating any stray plastic bottles that missed
the clean-up; any shreds of posters remaining will
wither, like this never happened at all.
ATHLETE'S VICTORY LAP
13 July 2011 / The Lowry Theatre / Salford
:: Athlete :: My First Tooth ::
Judging by tonight's audience, Athlete are one of
those bands who are made for long family car
journeys: Dad wants Springsteen, Mum wants Bublé,
daughter wants Beyoncé and son wants a thick ear,
but the only band they can agree on is Athlete.
KRAFTWERK MEETS TRUMPTON
15 July 2011 / Royal Exchange Theatre / Manchester
:: Starbase 109 ::
The stage is festooned with a strange crank-and-
pulley set-up, some delightfully vintage synths and
a piece of industrial tubing with lights on it; the
theatre website says simply "think Kraftwerk and
BUTTER BRIDGE IS HAPPENING
09 July 2011 / Kraak / Manchester
:: Proud Proud People :: Steph Grant :: The Animals Of Butter Bridge ::
Chalk lines on the pavement, human chains, fiery
hula hoops, scribbling on walls, a dodgy pretend
Frenchman, really nice fudge... yeah, there was the
odd bit of music, too, but this day-long festival
inside KRAAK was much more than that...
TIME TO MOVE ON
09 July 2011 / Gullivers / Manchester
:: Cowtown :: New Hips :: Victories at Sea ::
Another chapter closes for Underachievers as they
bow out of Gulliver's - don't worry though, they'll
be back in their new home just around the corner in
MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2011: ORIGINAL PIRATE MATERIAL
10 July 2011 / Bridgewater Hall / Manchester
:: Rickie Lee Jones ::
The American singer-songwriter revisits a thirty-
year-old album for Manchester International Festival
- once she's warmed up, that is.
08 July 2011 / Gullivers / Manchester
:: Bad Taste Barbies :: Laser Dream Eyes ::
This is not part of Manchester International
Festival, it's not even part of the "Not Part Of"
fringe. It's just what goes on under the surface of
Manchester and always has done and always will do,
and we're very glad it does.
MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2011: TRUE FAITH PART 2
06 July 2011 / Manchester International Festival Pavilion / Manchester
:: LoneLady :: Air Cav :: Silverclub ::
So much of the publicity for the festival has been based around the well-known big hitters – the Bjorks, Albarns, Snoops of this world. But for a few nights, the smaller, upcoming acts spring from the sidelines to take their bow and applause.
MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2011: IN WITH THE NEW
05 July 2011 / Manchester International Festival Pavilion / Manchester
:: PLANK! :: Egyptian Hip Hop :: XXXY ::
Over three nights, Dave Haslam and members of Everything Everything have selected nine acts to represent up-and-coming Manchester at the International Festival - these are the first three...
04 July 2011 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: S.C.U.M. :: Replicas :: The Narrows ::
In another of Ruby Lounge's quite brilliantly
assembled bills, where up-and-coming locals are
expertly matched to the touring bands, tonight is...
Gothic Synth Melodrama Night.
05 July 2011 / Band On The Wall / Manchester
:: Vetiver :: Marques Toliver ::
Some changes can be almost imperceptible, so slight
that at first it passes you by. But it's only on a
closer look that the differences become apparent.
KINGS OF THE CASTLE
04 July 2011 / The Castle (Oldham St) / Manchester
:: The Kill Van Kulls :: Swansong ::
Recently playlisted by MTV Rocks, The Kill Van Kulls won't be playing dark, sticky little back rooms like this for much longer.
FESTIVALS 2011: CHESTER ROCKS
03 July 2011 / Chester Racecourse / Cheshire
:: Iggy And The Stooges :: I Am Kloot :: Shaun Ryder :: The Suzukis :: The Australian Pink Floyd Show :: Feeder ::
Following our Jodrell Bank adventure, MM ventures deeper into Cheshire to check out a new and rather strange festival whose improbable name does eventually come true, thanks to a band with a combined age of 300...
02 July 2011 / Jodrell Bank Observatory / Cheshire
:: British Sea Power :: The Flaming Lips :: OKGO :: Alice Gold ::
In which we learn that pulsars sound a bit like
minimal techno, a bear dances with a robot and the
scarecrow from The Wizard Of Oz proposes to Dorothy.
Just your average summer festival then...
THE ELECTRIFICATION OF SALFORD
02 July 2011 / Kings Arms / Salford
:: Monster Island :: Womb :: Ghost Outfit ::
When it comes to an end, like all good gigs, it’s
seems like it’s barely started