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FIELD OF DREAMS
23 August 2008 / Daresbury Estate / Halton, Cheshire
:: Fat Boy Slim :: Ian Brown :: Simian Mobile Disco :: The Presets :: Hernan Catteneo ::
Creamfields is certainly full of surprises. A rising run through Roses’ classic ‘Waterfall’, is just what the nostalgic doctor ordered
LIVE SPECS SHOW
27 August 2008 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: The Christophers :: Unknown Techno Artist ::
The Christopher who wasn't really called Christopher has left The Christophers and now there's a new Christopher who probably isn't called Christopher either. Still with us?
BOYS WILL BE GIRLS
26 August 2008 / Tiger Lounge / Manchester
:: The Satellite Towns :: Sista Ray And The Jerkin Tears ::
Meet Sista Ray, Manchester's newest psychedelic funk soul diva - resplendent in miniskirt, fishnets, a sparkly boa and drop earrings. And a week's stubble and a hairy stomach...
23 August 2008 / Retro Bar / Manchester
:: Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man ::
“Buy the t-shirt and your guaranteed to get laid”
A BIT OF EVERYTHING
21 August 2008 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Winter North Atlantic :: Everything Everything :: Spokes ::
Odd unearthly squelches where the coffee-table brigade would have stuck something twinkly, a violin that sounds Icelandic and multi-dimensional shapes only maths postgrads can actually visualise - welcome to Fucked Up Thursday.
19 August 2008 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: This Is My Lawnmower :: Glyn Bailey And The Many Splendid Things :: The Razors ::
Influences from Manchester's illustrious history of epic indie rock are stuffed with electro beats and bleeps, following a shot of pacy country and tales of ageing astronauts - as eclectic unsigned mixed-bag nights go this is a fine selection.
I'M A CELEBRITY, GET ME SOME INDIE ROCK!
13 August 2008 / Hard Rock Cafe / Manchester
:: The Ambersons (The Magnificent Ambersons) :: The Tides ::
As the guitars swirl up to the euphoric chorus of "Routine Life" the strange little orange man is nodding along...
GUEST INFORMANT: HALDERN POP part 3
09 August 2008 / Festival / Haldern, Germany
:: Maximo Park :: Gravenhurst :: Okkervil River :: The National :: Jumbo Jet : Mintzkov : The Dodos : The Heavy : Jamie Lidell : Alamo Race Track : Iron & Wine : The Gutter Twins : Olafur Arnalds ::
Asking geese what they think of Editors is very unprofessional. And is that Hank Marvin dressed as a chef? Day Three, and our away team are just about hanging on to their collective sanity.
GUEST INFORMANT: HALDERN POP part 2
08 August 2008 / Festival / Haldern, Germany
:: Editors :: Loney Dear :: Guillemots :: Joan As Police Woman :: Kate Nash :: Jack Peñate :: My Brightest Diamond :: Dagons : Bernd Begemann : Killians : White Lies : Kula Shaker : Gisbert zu Knyphausen : Lykke Li : Bohren & der Club of Gore ::
Day Two and our field reporters do us proud, taking in everything from jazz doom metal to singer-songwriters, including the fantastically named Gisbert zu Knyphausen. Even Kula Shaker can't spoil the day.
GUEST INFORMANT: HALDERN POP part 1
07 August 2008 / Festival / Haldern, Germany
:: The Flaming Lips :: Foals :: Yeasayer : Finn : Norman Palm ::
In which ManchesterMusic borrows some writers from Incendiary Magazine to bring you coverage of Germany's coolest indie festival, only to find Flaming Lips want to borrow them as well and dress them as Teletubbies...
A FUCKED UP THURSDAY
07 August 2008 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: La Haine :: Hot Bone :: Go Lebanon ::
There’s a man to my right actually fully vibrating in time to the music
DIAL 999 FOR MUSIC
08 August 2008 / Moho / Manchester
:: The Shadowcops ::
The bass player headstands against the speaker stack, whilst continuing to play his bass in an almost demented fashion
13 August 2008 / The Met / Bury (mcr)
:: John Herring :: Shaughnessy :: Malc Evans :: Jimmy Docherty ::
At one point there’s a tale about a swimming session at Fitness First that saw the man himself unwittingly pitted against a former Olympian
LOST IN A FORREST
09 August 2008 / The Green Windmill (Stretford) / Manchester
:: Sam Forrest :: Selected Memory ::
“I’m in another band in Manchester,” announces Sam Forrest as the intimate assembly gets ready to cheer : “...the TingTings”
OLD HAM RIVER
09 August 2008 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Violet Youth :: Where's Strutter :: The Minions ::
It's wet, it's Oldham, it's like the Wild West after closing time..The Electric Circus provides some defibrillation..
CUTTING THE RETRO WITH KNIVES
06 August 2008 / Retro Bar / Manchester
:: Trojan Horse :: With That Knife :: Herzoga :: Who Owns Death TV ::
With the stage rammed full of band members and cables, it looks like someone’s going to drop off the plinth at any moment