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30 August 2012 / Soup Kitchen / Manchester
:: Moses Gold ::
Where do you look when there's a man right in front
of you uttering words about his failings as tiny
shards of glitter flake onto his shoulders?
FAT OUT FESTIVAL 2012
25 August 2012 / Islington Mill / Salford
:: Mugstar :: Alexander Tucker :: Go Lebanon :: Lydia Lunch :: Charles Hayward :: Bitches :: Heroin Diet :: Super Luxury :: Like Rome :: Klaus Kinski :: Alex Macarte :: Esoteric Youth :: Queer'd Science :: Tombed Visions :: Sheets Of Easter :: Atrocity Exhibit :: A.P.A.t.t. :: Black Octagon ::
As the great British summer throws everything it's
got at various field-based musical events, there's
only one place to be this August bank holiday
weekend: indoors. Doesn't mean you can't go to a
16 August 2012 / The Bull & Gate, Kentish Town / London
:: Lonesound ::
In this day and age your favourite new band doesn't have to be local; they could be from anywhere in the world. So here's one our London correspondent found in a pub down there.
A HOTCH POTCH OF CREATIVITY
18 August 2012 / The Attic / Manchester
:: Factory Acts :: Weather ::
In terms of having a band name that makes it almost impossible to find you online, California's Weather gives Money a run for their, um, money...
FESTIVALS 2012: BEACONS - SUNDAY
19 August 2012 / Heslaker Lane / Skipton
:: That Fucking Tank :: Lanterns On The Lake :: Frankie & The Heartstrings :: Hawk Eyes :: Nope :: Double Muscle :: B>E>A>K> :: Willis Earl Beal :: Hookworms :: ::
Day three and the weather is back, but who cares
when the people booking one of the tents seem to
like all the same bands we do?
FESTIVALS 2012: BEACONS - SATURDAY
18 August 2012 / Heslaker Lane / Skipton
:: Stalking Horse :: Stay+ :: 2:54 :: IMP :: Japandroids :: Kwes :: PLANK! :: Future Of The Left :: Juffage :: Still Corners :: Eagulls :: Frank Chickens :: Wild Beasts :: Jacuzzi Boys ::
Day two and the sun is shining, let's go and see
loads of bands!
FESTIVALS 2012: BEACONS - FRIDAY
17 August 2012 / Heslaker Lane / Skipton
:: D/R/U/G/S :: Factory Floor :: Savages :: PINS :: Submotion Orchestra :: Visions Of Trees :: Fun Adults :: Pale Seas :: Peace :: ::
After last year's washout, this friendly little
festival gets underway with a storming line-up
across three days - this is day one.
FESTIVALS 2012: HALDERN POP DAY THREE
10 August 2012 / Pyramid Arts Centre / Warrington
:: Wilco :: Tune-Yards :: The British Expeditionary Force :: The Maccabees :: Damien Jurado :: Guillemots :: Patrick Watson :: Honig :: Team Me :: Grant Lee Buffalo :: Megafaun :: Boy And Bear :: Afghan Whigs ::
“You drink this and then we fill it with the vodka.
No, we don’t know what the vodka is either. It comes
from Berlin, with no labels. Try. It makes everyone
FESTIVALS 2012: HALDERN POP DAY TWO
09 August 2012 / Festival / Haldern, Germany
:: Wye Oak :: Diagrams :: Two Door Cinema Club :: Other Lives :: Steve Smyth :: White Rabbits :: Dan Mangan :: Daughter :: Ben Howard :: Wendy McNeill :: Jaga Jazzist ::
There’s a guy in a bowler hat, (seemingly straight
from the City of London) tee shirt and shorts - not
in the first flush of youth - he looks like a bigger
version of It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’s Don Estelle.
FESTIVALS 2012: HALDERN POP DAY ONE
08 August 2012 / Festival / Haldern, Germany
:: Iceage :: Apparat :: Kraftclub :: Willis Earl Beal :: Emanuel and the Fear :: Jamie N Commons :: Charles Bradley :: The War On Drugs ::
It's our annual report from our furthest flung
contributors - once again, Haldern Pop comes up
A DECLARATION OF WHAT?
12 August 2012 / Sound Control / Manchester
:: Morain :: Algiers :: Stations ::
New names but some familiar faces, as we take a late afternoon dip into Sound Control's all dayer.
MELTDOWN 2012: SONGS OF THE SIREN
07 August 2012 / Royal Festival Hall / London
:: Elizabeth Fraser ::
In the second part of her exclusive Meltdown coverage, our woman in London enjoys a rare audience with an elusive legend.
MELTDOWN 2012: THE REAL AVANT GARDE
01 August 2012 / Royal Festival Hall / London
:: Diamanda Galas ::
In the first of two exclusive reports from Antony Hegarty's Meltdown, our London correspondent Liz Tray surmises that while words like "avant garde" and "experimental" are rather over-used, when you find the real thing it's something special.
FUCK BIG POWER!
12 August 2012 / Travelling Man comic shop / Manchester
:: A Page Of Punk :: Well Wisher ::
Two strips of sticky tape are being laid down on the
floor, dividing the makeshift venue roughly in two,
by a tiny grinning young Japanese kid in a battered
Clash T-shirt. "This is... our road..." he explains.
If you say so...
A TRIP OUT
10 August 2012 / Trades Club / Hebden Bridge
:: GNOD :: Ashtray Navigations :: Roman Nose ::
We venture out into the hills to check out a night
called Was Ist Das. The answer is "das ist sehr
03 August 2012 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Jasmine Bee ::
With a languid, fluid style that would seem suited
to a more intimate venue this emerging talent still
manages to win the crowd.
A JOURNEY INTO SOUND
02 August 2012 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Ensemble Economique :: Michael Flower & Neil Campbell :: Purple Pilgrims :: Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura ::
The reinvention of Night & Day as Manchester's new
home for all things experimental continues with this
tri-continental celebration of surging digi-beats,
dreamy psychedelic-pop and motorik rhythms.