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SOLD OUT
31 August 2007 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Plain White T’s ::
Despondent kids , all of a school age, wait outside in the vain hope that some melodic pop/punk fairy godmother will fall from the sky and hand out tickets for this sold out show

VEGETARIAN ASS
31 August 2007 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Julian Donkey-Boy :: Onions ::
All it takes is three unlikely lads from Withington to shine a light on our dreary lives

BLISTERING GUITAR MAJESTY AND A CHORUS OF SWAMP FROGS
29 August 2007 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: Laymar :: Codes In The Clouds :: Library Tapes ::
Wotgodforgot introduces post-rock to a new recruit, even finding space for ambient electronica and Elvis...

KINGS AND QUEENS OF THE CASTLE: KATH BASH 2007
26 August 2007 / The Castle (Oldham St) / Manchester
:: (hooker) :: Samuel Sharp :: Mr Lizard :: The Vanguard (mcr) :: The Fucking Kings :: The Man Amp ::
Highlights from The Castle's four day charity live event, including a one man electropop genius in a flat cap, a "female Chameleons", discordant post-rock with a spontaneous karaoke invasion and three men in shiny capes who are in love with a witch...

NEW RAVE MEETS OLD RAVE: CREAMFIELDS 2007
25 August 2007 / Daresbury Estate / Halton, Cheshire
:: Mark Ronson :: Ladytron :: The Chemical Brothers :: The Whip :: New Young Pony Club :: Kelis :: Marco V :: Groove Armada :: Pendulum ::
Whilst the line-up was not as strong as previous years, those who purchased tickets due to Daft Punk’s inclusion in the line-up didn’t seem too despondent that they couldn’t make it.

CIRCUS WITHOUT ROCK - OK JUST A LITTLE BIT THEN
26 August 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Waverton Collective :: Danny Mahon :: Danny Saul :: Dorne :: My Side Of The Mountain :: Alexis McLean :: Greg Haines :: Kev Fox ::
Don't believe the M.E.N and the Shitty Lies supplement - This is free entry - always has been always will be - and it's not just folk music either - eight essential acts defy the terrorist press threat.

MULLETING IT OVER
15 August 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The People Involved :: Headway ::
Such impeccable live abilities may be over-shadowed by an alarming array of mullets

STANDIN’ ON THEIR OWN TWO FEET, AND RINGIN’ ON THEIR OWN BELLS
23 August 2007 / Odd Bar / Manchester
:: Kathryn Edwards :: Black Napkins :: Becky Higg ::
Three silken-voiced sirens beckoned the crowds, but were sadly drowned in pseudo-hippie showing off...

OUT OF THE ASHES...
24 August 2007 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Juno Ashes :: Waiger :: The Tides ::
This is a band who are unafraid to be heard, nor are they afraid to wear their musical prowess with pride.

BOUZOUKI NIGHTS
22 August 2007 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Devotchka :: Lazybones ::
They've got a a bouzouki, a theremin and something that looks like half a gas turbine decorated with light-up plastic flowers. Yet they get tagged as "Gogol Bordello meets Arcade Fire", which misses the other 3,756 influences in this deranged melting pot.

TWISTED STRATEGIES
17 August 2007 / Café Saki, Rusholme / Manchester
:: Youthmovies :: Tigers ::
This week's trip to the parallel universe that is Cafe Saki involves tiger-print shorts and a trumpet, as the wonderfully off-centre UBiKnight opens for business...

BLUE BEXTOR
16 August 2007 / Parr Hall / Warrington
:: Sophie Ellis-Bextor ::
Bextor shows that she has retained her catchy touch

WELCOME TO OUR VETIVERSE…
14 August 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Vetiver :: Starless And Bible Black ::
Innovative nu-folk, ethereal soundscapes, and a Beyoncé dance too. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Vetiver…

SUNDAY SUNNY SUNDAY
12 August 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Stars Of Track And Field :: I Say Marvin :: The Ghost Frequency ::
I can't imagine that going onstage at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon is an enviable task. Nor, indeed, is the M6 on the hottest weekend of the year so far..

TRAMPS, GAS & WINE
14 August 2007 / The Met / Bury (mcr)
:: Tom Kerswill :: Patrick Briscoe :: Fallen Leaves :: Rachael Wright ::
This is truly an oasis – candlelit tables, an impeccable, gentle, finely tuned sound and four acts who enjoy the undivided attention of the audience

SWEET MARDER
09 August 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Sugars :: El Policia :: The Marder ::
"Perestroika!" shouts a voice from the back of the room. A request for a song, possibly, or just a random statement?

WHAT WOULD JESUS DO
08 August 2007 / Café Saki, Rusholme / Manchester
:: The Levenshulme Bicycle Orchestra :: Veee Deee :: Toxic Pijin :: Tom Cool :: Tim Holehouse ::
In the hands of Wotgodforgot, Cafe Saki hosts a showcase of sounds so off the radar they make their Star & Garter space trips look like Club NME

A FOOTBALLER, A VICAR AND A MONKEY WALK INTO A BAR…
05 August 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Contact Mo :: Bluebird Kid Clark :: Reverend Coyote :: Belle Of Les Bois :: Monkey Swallowed The Universe :: Ivan Campo :: Rupert Hill :: Paris Riots ::
Following the hedonism of Dpercussion, The Country Club soothed weary bodies and recuperating brain cells with Sunday’s chill-out haven

TIDES IN - DOGS OUT
02 August 2007 / Jabez Clegg / Manchester
:: The Tides :: Cat The Dog :: Kick Me In The ::
"A rockier version of the Kooks" - not exactly a thrilling prospect, that, for the visiting major label headliners. Luckily our friendly local angel-voiced indie rockers and bouncy funksters are here to save the day.

DPERCUSSION 2007 - Is This The End ?
04 August 2007 / Castlefield Arena / Manchester
:: The Ting Tings ::
Hear our prayers for outdoor stages in 2008....

DPERCUSSION 2007 - Part 3
04 August 2007 / Castlefield Arena / Manchester
:: The Naughtys :: Nomad Jones :: This Et Al :: Headlines :: City Royals :: Phi Life Cypher :: Verbal Kent :: Tor :: Broke N English ::
Here’s hoping for a smooth baton change and a new breed of promoters/enthusiasts to do something with this excellent template.

DPERCUSSION 2007 - Part 2
04 August 2007 / Castlefield Arena / Manchester
:: Fear Of Music :: The Whip :: The Courteeners :: BoneBox :: The Sunshine Underground :: The Mekkits :: Cohesion :: Elektrons :: Maps :: Twisted Wheel :: The Lead Balloons :: La Gran Descarga :: Lo-Fi Fnk :: Polytechnic ::
Pulsing beats shortcut straight into the nervous system as behind the stage the imposing Victorian ironwork looms black against the evening sky. This is sensory overload. Or it could just be me.

DPERCUSSION 2007 - Part 1
04 August 2007 / Castlefield Arena / Manchester
:: Band(ism) :: Air Cav :: The Answering Machine :: The Real Dolls :: The Courteeners :: Lucy & The Caterpillar :: Its A Buffalo :: Nomad Jones :: The Deadbeats :: Badly Drawn Boy :: The Republic Of Swing Batteria :: To Sophia ::
“Welcome to Waynestock!” shout AIR CAV, with tongues firmly in cheek

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