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ELECTRIC CIRCUS : MASSIVE ROCK CORN !!!
19 August 2005 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Politburo :: Stranger Son :: Danny Saul ::
A barely of age youth is advised to buy some long trousers rather than the cropped skater pants he’s wearing
11 August 2005 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Politburo :: From The Wreckage ::
The equivalent of Fight Club and Joy Division’s precursor Warsaw, all wrapped up in one fearsome, bloody sound
ELECTRIC CIRCUS (QUIET VERSION)
28 August 2005 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Politburo :: Twenty Twenty Vision :: Stickboy :: Danny Saul :: Jim Noir :: Jack Cooper :: James Younger :: Then Thickens :: Emma Black ::
Unsung new wave of singers / songwriters and quieter bands cause something of a stir..
13 August 2005 / Heaton Moor / Stockport
:: Haven :: BoneBox :: Tom Hingley / Tom Hingley & The Lovers :: Badly Drawn Boy :: Howard Marks :: Easterhouse :: Pete Wylie, A Certain Ratio ::
“Turn down that (...dance music) racket in the next tent, I’ve only got an acoustic guitar”.
17 August 2005 / Trof (Fallowfield) / Manchester
:: Quiet Loner ::
Fallowfield house turned into venue allows Hill to literally play in the bedroom..
21 August 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Yeti ::
To the colossal egos of his former bandmates it’d be a bit of a comedown but standing there with a band who are clearly a bunch of his friends rather than some vanity project, The Quiet One looks happy.
TRUE TO ITS ROOTS
23 August 2005 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Emanuel :: Bad Religion ::
As lead singer Greg Griffin towers over them spouting without repent, Brett Gurewitz spirals and cuts into his guitar creating one of the most inspiring partnerships ever seen on stage.
28 August 2005 / Satan's Hollow / Manchester
:: Misty's Big Adventure ::
Misty’s Big Adventure are exactly that – a giant sprawling, deranged avalanche of bacchian joviality.
16 August 2005 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: The Polyphonic Spree ::
We’d noticed the town crier in the bar earlier, but in an age where dressing like a complete nutter just to go to a gig seems almost commonplace we didn’t give him much thought until he turned up onstage...
PILLS, THRILLS AND HEADACHES
11 August 2005 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: The Former Bullies :: The Volga Boatmen :: Hot Club de Paris :: Cohesion ::
If you find Forward Russia a bit hard to keep up with then this lot will have you screaming for aspirins.
JOCK POWER - TARTAN HEART FESTIVAL
13 August 2005 / Belladrum / near Inverness
:: The Proclaimers :: British Sea Power :: Aberfeldy :: Brakes :: The Cinematics ::
I count ten St Andrew cross flags in the crowd, a large man in a kilt is sliding down the now rather muddied terrace without spilling a drop of his pint and suddenly we feel very English, watching a celebration of national pride we can never be part of.
HAT TRICK HERO
04 August 2005 / The Britons Protection / Manchester
:: Patrick Briscoe ::
I only hope that Patrick Briscoe is going to be a household name sooner rather than later. In an overcrowded market, where singer-songwriters have a hard time standing out from the crowd, Briscoe has no trouble at all.
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
07 August 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Cinematics :: ˇForward, Russia! :: Editors ::
How many new wave Talking Head imitators does it take to fill up the charts? Who knows? But it needs to stop. Thank God then for Forward Russia, who besides the fact have been seen as ‘just sooo cool right now’ actually have some grit...
ALIVE AND KICKING
04 August 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: No Tokyo :: Alterkicks :: Jackie O ::
So there's a bit of Coral in there, a splash of 60s nostalgia, even a bit of our own Scouseophiles Oasis (The good bits though, not the blustery stadium nonsense)...
02 August 2005 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: Echo Freddy :: Rhythmic Coughing :: Failsafe :: No One Lost ::
The north west's punk community hasn't produced a band of national significance in years and until trends are led instead of followed this won't change...
06 August 2005 / Castlefield Arena / Manchester
:: Raw-T :: Blak Twang :: Broke n English :: Daywalkers :: Movement :: Alfie :: Badly Drawn Boy :: Nine Black Alps :: Stazi :: Fear Of Music ::
D:PERCUSSION festival is, as ever, full of surprises..
01 August 2005 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: Behind Green Lights :: The Organ :: The Cyclones ::
Yet again a band from across the Atlantic (Canada, in this case) have tapped into that crisp, minor-chord English winter sound and made it their own.