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Upcoming shows: Liam Frost... The Wave Pictures... Haley Bonar... White Lung... The Delines... Cavan Moran... Ben Frost... Luke Daniels... Simone Felice... SLUG... Allo Darlin’... BIRD... Tokolosh... The Rural Alberta Advantage... Beans on Toast... Samaris... Gravenhurst Plays Flashlight Seasons... Sweet Baboo & The Pictish Trail... Frozen By Sight... Ólafur Arnalds... The Unthanks... Public Service Broadcasting...

When: 7.30pm on Friday 24 October 2014
Where: First Chop Brewing Arm, Unit 3 Trinity Row, Trinity Way, Salford M3 5EN

We’re delighted to be working with Liam Frost for the first time!

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Described by Elbow’s Guy Garvey as ‘the UK’s answer to Bright Eyes‘ and heralded in some quarters of the British music press as a Mancunian Bruce Springsteen, singer-songwriter Liam Frost has developed, across two critically acclaimed solo albums, into a well-cherished artist whose distinctive voice, songwriting and sincerity really set him apart.

Following his recent Tokolosh collaboration with members of The Earlies and The Whip, Liam returns for these special performances showcasing songs from The Wild Places EP and his as yet untitled third album.

Support comes from Bird to Beast. Armed with infectious songs full of love and wonder, new pysch-folk duo Bird to Beast spin magic from the sounds of yesteryear to create something fresh and unique. Their timeless melodies and soaring harmonies tip a hat to the pop nous of greats like The Beach Boys, Kate Bush and The Beatles as well as contemporary singer-songwriters like Rufus Wainwright and James Mercer. Their self-titled debut album was released on MUK Records last year and scooped MEN Album of the Year 2013.

First Chop Brewing Arm is an industrial brewing unit situated in a railway arch off Trinity Way, a 10-minute walk from Deansgate. The brewery is fully licensed and will be offering a selection of its own ales on the night, as well as other refreshments. Read more about our partnership with First Chop here.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 25 October 2014
Where: First Chop Brewing Arm, Unit 3 Trinity Row, Trinity Way, Salford M3 5EN

We’re delighted to be bringing Hey! Manchester favourites The Wave Pictures to First Chop Brewing Arm.

As big fans of Daniel Johnston, The Wave Pictures are happy to announce that they have recorded a tour-only album, The Wave Pictures Play Artistic Vice By Daniel Johnston, and will be playing songs from this release during a UK tour in October.

In 2009 The Wave Pictures acted as Daniel Johnston’s backing band on a UK tour, during which time they played songs from throughout his career. And more recently in 2013 they played two songs at a tribute night at which Daniel Johnston headlined himself.

‘… full of big sky riffs and lyrics about an America only a stranger can see… a postcard from another time and place: you’ll wish you were there’ – The Big Issue

‘… starts brilliantly with the ragged Nick Cave-ness of All My Friends… Red Cloud Road (Part Two) would fit in well on Paul Simon’s Graceland’ – NME

Support comes from Schwervon!, a two piece American rock band. Nan plays drums. Matt plays guitar. They both sing. Their band name is taken from the bastardisation of an urban slang, meaning ‘to do something well in one’s own way or in a unique manner, usually involving members of the opposite sex’. Their music is an expression of imperfect love through jagged rock minimalism. Their latest album, entitled Courage, was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee with Doug Easley (Cat Power, Pavement, Breeders). Schwervon! have toured the world performing with Belle & Sebastian, The Vaselines, The Wedding Present, Kimya Dawson, The Thermals, Jeffrey Lewis, Speedy Ortiz, R. Ring, Wussy and other luminaries.

First Chop Brewing Arm is an industrial brewing unit situated in a railway arch off Trinity Way, a 10-minute walk from Deansgate. The brewery is fully licensed and will be offering a selection of its own ales on the night, as well as other refreshments. Read more about our partnership with First Chop here.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 30 October 2014
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be presenting Haley Bonar’s Manchester debut.

Haley Bonar releases her debut UK album Last War on 29 September via Memphis Industries – a nine-track collection as relentlessly catchy on the surface as it is alluringly complex underneath. Haley Bonar was first discovered by Low’s Alan Sparhawk who spotted her at a local open mic club in Duluth, Minnesota and was so impressed he immediately invited her to join them on tour. Which is how, a week later, 19-year-old Haley Bonar was transformed from college student to ambitious dropout, crammed into a Honda Civic with a guitar and a drummer for company, touring the US opening for Low.

But there is more to this story. In the decade since Haley has released a succession of recordings, each of which have garnered more praise the last, and has seen her collaborate with the likes of Andrew Bird (with whom Haley occasionally plays live) and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon (who features on the new album). That’s not to mention the company she keeps in a rotating cast of premium band members including Jeremy Hanson (Tapes ‘n’ Tapes), Luke Anderson (Rogue Valley), Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird, Alpha Consumer) and Mike Lewis (Bon Iver, Alpha Consumer). Now, with her new album Last War, Haley looks set to find a wider audience.

Much of the joy of Bonar’s songwriting is in the tension between her sparkling melodic sensibility and her deeply ambivalent lyrics. Album opener Kill the Fun positively crackles with traces of the Bangles and the Cure at their most pop, as Bonar chronicles her travels with a lover, taking some moments to reveal the nature of the relationship: ‘You’ll be here till morning / You will get back on the plane / Go back to work / where you never knew my name.’ On No Sensitive Man (which features the most Clem Burke drums outside of a Blondie record), she claims ‘I don’t want no sensitive man / I don’t want to talk.’ While on the captivating Heaven’s Made For Two Bonar’s daydreaming vocal drifts ethereally as the instrumentation builds from stripped-back beginnings into a country-meets-shoegaze wall of sound crescendo.

On Last War, the complexities hit as hard as the hooks, a smart, careful balance achieved through equal doses of mystery and charm.

Main support comes from Decoration. The John Peel Festive 50 favourites are gearing up to launch the first single from their third album, Put me back on my bike.

Opening the show is Actual Wolf – aka. Nashville-based Eric Pollard, who also plays in Haley’s band.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 5 November 2014
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be working with White Lung for the first time.

Resilient and hard hitting rock ‘n’ roll outfit White Lung release their third album, Deep Fantasy, via Domino this summer. The band is every bit as confrontational as before, but they’ve managed to open their sound up just enough to draw listeners in before kicking them in the face (in a good way).

After a year plus of near constant touring behind Sorry – which won raves from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Interview – White Lung slimmed to a trio in the studio: vocalist Mish Way, drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou and guitarist Kenneth William. Deep Fantasy was made primarily in Vancouver with producer Jesse Gander (who did both Sorry and their 2010 debut It’s The Evil) in just two ten-day-long sessions at the end of last year and the start of this one. William handled bass duties on Fantasy while Wax Idols’ Hether Fortune will take up bass and backing vocal duties on tour for the foreseeable future.

Way is more provocative and melodic than ever on Fantasy, lyrically surveying addiction (Drown With the Monster), body dysmorphia (Snake Jaw) and sexual dynamics (Down It Goes), among other dinner table topics. Kenneth, a devotee of Johnny Marr, ‘plays with the speed of an 80s hardcore dude’ whirled in Vassiliou’s relentless and seemingly effortless approach to drumming.

‘Deep Fantasy is definitely savvy, ensuring its staunch ideals are delivered by a riveting, relatable frontwoman and 22 minutes of vicious, compact musicianship and addictive melody. It’s an uncompromising feminist punk record that can be grasped by anyone who finds themselves compelled by kickass rock music and basic human decency’ – Pitchfork

Tour support comes from Tweens. Bridget Battle’s last band might have been a high school choir, but the 21-year-old singer for Cincinnati’s Tweens is no goody two shoes. Look no further for proof than their forthcoming self-titled LP, the punk-tinged debut from the trash-pop trio that showcases a melodic, driven and exceedingly catchy sound that’s anything but well behaved. Tweens only formed in 2012, but have already made a name for themselves among fans - including The Breeders, who invited the band to open for them on a recent US tour, and Black Lips who they have also toured with.

This show is a co-promotion with Wotgodforgot.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 7 November 2014
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to be working with The Delines for the first time!

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The new country soul group The Delines, featuring Willy Vlautin, are heading back out on tour this November after filling venues across the UK this June. Armed with their album Colfax, which has already been cited as album of the year by many – plus some covers and new material – the band are ready to take the UK by storm. Uncut has given the album 9/10, Line of Best Fit 8.5/10 and Q has called singer Amy Boone ‘a damaged Dusty Springfield’ in a 4-star review.

The Delines are led by vocalist Amy Boone (The Damnations TX), alongside the keyboard work of Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists) as well as fellow Portlanders Sean Oldham and songwriter/novelist Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine) and on keyboards, Cory Gray (The Dandy Wharhols).

Vlautin is no stranger to critical acclaim in the UK, enjoying cult success and stellar reviews. He is currently promoting his fourth novel, The Free, for Faber and Faber, which has seen the best reactions yet from fellow authors and musicians alike – Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood is a huge fan and even named his newest track after one of Willy’s characters.

‘Richmond Fontaine’s Willy Vlautin is back with a new band, a female singer and a rich collection of songs’ – Uncut

Tour support comes from Fernando Viciconte. Argentina-born Fernando came of age musically in LAm fronting the popular hard rock band Monkey Paw. He moved to Portland, OR, in 1994 were he Co-founded Cravedog Records. Fernando has released seven critically lauded independent albums and currently runs his own label, Domingo Records.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 14 November 2014
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with Cavan Moran once more!

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For Manchester’s Cavan Moran the term ‘troubadour’ is clearly more a way of life than just a convenient Facebook description. The former frontman of Manchester folkies These Eyes Are Cameras, Moran quit that band in order to fulfil a sort of spiritual odyssey across Europe then returning to Manchester to assume his mantle as the city’s next great acoustic cipher. To his credit, though, that finely-wrought back story is neatly reflected in his music, a sort of John Bramwell meets Fionn Regan confection full of romantic yearning, pretty melodies and late night, smoky dive-bar ambience.

Thankfully all this heavy-hearted emoting does not come at the expense of the finer musical details. Listeners have already been struck with the beauty and the subtlety of his arrangements on debut EP Five Simple Crimes, the judicious sprinklings of harmonica, cello and female backing vocals all adding to the heart string-tugging effect. Cavan released his double A-sided follow-up - Lonely Rival b/w Pricked To A Pattern on seven inch vinyl in May. The single enhances this even further and places the album, that will inevitably follow, into the category marked ‘hugely anticipated’.

‘Cavan Moran: a man rewriting the troubadour rulebook with stunning results’ – Manchester Evening News

‘Lonely Rival is an anthem that could be heard in a living room or a large stadium. A universal sound that speaks volumes and if more industry folks had a clue, they would embellish artists like Cavan Moran more often’ – Hit Makers Music

Support comes from Matthew Whitaker. Originally trained as a classical guitarist, Matthew Whitaker‘s lasting love affair with song writing lead him to spend six years as singer/guitarist/songwriter with cult Manchester party band Whiskycats. After the group disbanded in early 2010, he started work on a new solo project. Returning to his classical guitar roots while taking influences from early 1970s British folk and the quiet vocal style of singers like Chet Baker, he developed a crop of new songs that reflected the inevitable comedown from the riotous Whiskycats era with a new musical direction.

A limited number of early bird tickets are available – book now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7pm on Friday 14 November 2014
Where: Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5WW

We’re excited to be presenting Ben Frost’s first Manchester show in over four years.

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Born in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Ben Frost relocated to Reykjavík, Iceland in 2005 and, working together with close friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, formed the Bedroom Community record label/collective. His albums – including Steel Wound (2003), Theory of Machines (2007) and BY THE THROAT (2009) – fuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical electronic music, shape-shifting physical power with immersive melody, concentrated minimalism with fierce, rupturing dark metal.

In 2010 he was chosen by Brian Eno as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé programme for a year of collaboration. One of the outcomes of which was Sólaris; a re-scoring of the Tarkovsky classic for Poland’s Sinfonietta Cracovia. The pair continue to work together on a range of projects. Frost regularly collaborates with other musicians and artists; in the production of albums such as Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath 1972 and Virgins, Swans‘ The Seer, Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare and on various Bedroom Community releases.

On the stage Frost has produced scores for choreographers including Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Akram Khan, Gideon Obarzanek/Chunky Move and German director Falk Richter, while in film, he composed the score for the Palme d’Or-nominated Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh and Djúpið by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (with Daníel Bjarnason). And in the visual arts, where, with artist Richard Mosse, Frost travelled deep beyond the frontlines of war-torn Eastern Congo to produce The Enclave; a multi-channel video and sound installation that premiered at the Venice Biennale in 2013.

Last year also marked Frost’s debut as a director with the premiere of his first opera, based on Iain Bank‘s infamous 1984 novel The Wasp Factory. These various collaborations and alliances underline Frost’s continuing fascination with finding ways of juxtaposing music, rhythm, technology, the body, performance, text, art – beauty and violence – combining and coalescing the roles and procedures of various artistic disciplines in one place.

A U R O R A, Frost’s highly anticipated fifth solo release and first since BY THE THROAT in 2009, was released earlier this year. Released by Mute in collaboration with Bedroom Community, the album has once again gained universal praise.

‘Nothing Frost’s released before this has resonated with such life, such energy and desire for breaching an invisible barrier separating the extraordinary from the wholly otherworldly’ – Clash

‘The heaviest and most combustive electronic album of the year’ – Stereogum

Main support comes from Hey! Manchester favourite Denis Jones. Denis Jones has, over the last three years, developed a show-stopping live performance based around the core of his exceptional and unique guitar-playing style and rich, soulful voice. Utilising a loop station and all manner of samplers and effects, he creates vast, complex orchestrations of beat-box rhythms, multi-layered vocals and other-wordly sounds, which veer from subtle heart-wrenching folk and blues to heavy bass-driven electronica.

Opening the show is Druss, a founding member of Salford-based band Gnod and the Tesla Tapes/Ono Tesla labels, whose solo productions cross into dark electronic territory with a caustic atmosphere. Usually partnered up with fellow Gnod bod Dwellings, for this show he will go solo armed with analogue synths and trusted battered sax.

This show is a co-promotion with DHP.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar, Common (both no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 15 November 2014
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re excited to be working with Luke Daniels for the first time.

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Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Luke Daniels is proud to announce the release of his new album What’s Here, What’s Gone. Immaculate acoustic guitar playing and insightful, honest lyrics exploring love, life, doubt and faith and the idea that happiness and hope spring from what we have in common, rather than what we can acquire as individuals.

Daniels is one of the UK’s most gifted and inventive musicians and, having found a new voice as a song-writer and folk vigilante, is excited to be taking his contemporary acoustic folk in a new direction. What’s Here, What’s Gone is an album full of memorable and uplifting melodies, blending folk, blues and gospel alongside Luke’s outstanding, warm, honey-coated, yet attention-grabbing vocals.

Over the course of a twenty-year career, Daniels has already earned his place on the UK folk scene as a virtuoso melodeon player with the likes of Riverdance, De Dannan and Ian Anderson. While performing with his own band at the London Jazz Festival, the Royal Festival Hall and festivals in the UK and internationally. Luke also worked alongside Howard Shore and the London Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist on the movie soundtracks for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and is currently a regular member of the Cara Dillon Band.

‘A Dylan-esque quality to his music’ – Scottish Metro

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 18 November 2014
Where: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY

We’re delighted to be working with Simone Felice once again – this time performing as a duo.

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Celebrated Catskill Mountain songwriter Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Duke & The King) returns for a special string of intimate, acoustic dates accompanied by the stellar Anna Mitchell on harmonium, piano and vocal harmony.

Expect mesmerising renditions of songs from the recent highly acclaimed Strangers LP, plus a wealth of Simone’s beloved back catalogue.

‘With two critically acclaimed novellas to his name, Felice has an unabashedly literary sensibility, and a particular knack for taking intimate personal narratives and widening them so they hint at the musical equivalent of the great American novel’ – The Telegraph, 5*

‘Felice gravitates between often fearless songwriting and meandering melodies that wouldn’t be out of place on Astral Weeks. Yep – that good’ – Irish Times, 4*

Support comes from Dan Whitehouse, whose new album, Raw State, features some of the songwriter’s best material – head and heart music, rooted in the human condition. Produced by Danny George Wilson and Chris Clarke (from Danny and the Champions of the World), the collection also a significant collaboration with pedal steel legend BJ Cole.

This show takes place at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, a charity that encourages and supports public and scholarly interest in all aspects of the life and work of Anthony Burgess, the late novelist (best known for A Clockwork Orange), poet, playwright, composer, linguist, translator and critic. The foundation, situated just off Oxford Road, features a fully licensed cafe-bar and an engine room, which will host this concert.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are also available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 18 November 2014
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

We’re delighted to be working with SLUG for the first time.

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SLUG is Ian Black, a former member of Field Music and a merrily disruptive influence on North East music for more than a decade. The album Ripe was co-produced with Peter and David Brewis of Field Music at their studio in Sunderland, with the brothers adding occasional drums, synths and percussion to Ian’s elaborate home-brewed constructions.

David has described the album as the most ambitious he’s ever worked on. Ian appears to have consumed and spat out film music (proggy Italian horror, Lynchian twanging), Erik Satie, Zeppelin-esque knotty riffing, snippets of synth-heavy disco, post-punk’s more dub-centric excursions and even a smattering of Hall & Oates‘ new wave blue-eyed soul. The vocals vary from high and sweet four-part harmonies to sinister whispers to a spiteful rasp which wouldn’t seem out of place on a particularly grumpy Roger Waters demo. It also manages to be very funny, partly due to the surreal, imagistic lyrics and partly from the unexpected moments of musical audacity.

That this all hangs together is testimony to Ian’s unselfconscious voracity and a unique and eccentric musical imagination. It helps too that the record is incredibly catchy. They might not happen in a conventional way but the songs a packed with off-kilter hooks. And if there’s one element Ian has taken from his time with Field Music, it’s the sense of not hanging around unnecessarily. The songs are concise. Myriad ideas fight for their time in the sun and then blow themselves out in a flash, or perhaps a scream of echoing, cackling feedback.

The SLUG band will feature Ian along with Peter and David and fellow Field Music alumnus Andrew Lowther.

Support comes from Jet Setter. The Dublin band are following up their debut single Not Yet with another two minutes full of hooks and great guitars called Dippin’ Toes. The four-piece, signed to Dublin’s Any Other City label (Girl Band, Villagers), have received praise from both sides of the Atlantic for Not Yet and its flipside Cut Shorts.

The Eagle Inn is an excellent traditional pub from the team behind the Castle Hotel, the Parlour and Gullivers. It’s just off Trinity Way, an eight-minute walk from Manchester Cathedral on Deansgate.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 20 November 2014
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to welcome Allo Darlin’ back to the Deaf Institute!

Allo Darlin’ are a fan’s band, with a DIY ethos. They are close friends who found each other and the music they make in London. Elizabeth and Bill are from Australia, Mike and Paul are from Kent.

Their self-titled debut was released on Fortuna Pop in June 2010 to widespread critical acclaim. Their second album, Europe, was Rough Trade’s best-selling record of 2012 and was highly placed in many best of the year polls, including Rolling Stone, Emusic and Rough Trade.

The band’s third album, We Come From The Same Place, will be released by Fortuna Pop and Slumberland in autumn 2014.

‘Staggeringly intelligent and breathtakingly emotive, it’s pop music at its finest, contained not by genre or demographic boundaries. Morris has joined the likes of Jens Lekman, Stephin Merritt and Jonathan Richman in alternative pop music’s great storytellers that deserve better than the constraints of the indie-pop tag’ – Music OMH

Main support comes from Oslo’s Making Marks. In 2012, Making Marks arose from the ashes of Norwegian indie pop band mylittlepony/My Little Pony. They have toured Italy, Scandinavia, UK, Germany, France and the US. Their debut single, Ticket Machine/Like Spinning, was released on 7″ by London-based Fika Recordings in October 2012, with the follow up, Barcodes, in July 2013. December 2013 saw the release of Norwegian language single Uten en tråd on Snertingdal Records. The debut album, A Thousand Half Truths, was released on vinyl, CD and digital in February 2014.

Opening the show are E Numbers. Although originally from Cumbria, Berkshire, Lancashire and Aberdeenshire, the members of E Numbers all now live in Manchester. And it is for this reason that Manchester is where the band is based. A Manchester band with a sound that does not align neatly with most people’s perceptions; neither lad rock or the uber-trendy, without swagger or pretence, E Numbers place authenticity and fun highest on their agenda. It is the sound of five individuals, who each do not prescribe wholly to any sub-cultural coding, striving instead for openness and optimism.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 21 November 2014
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

We’re delighted to be working with Liverpool’s BIRD again – plus guests Beverly and Hartheim.

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After releasing two EPs (one of which was produced by composer and ex The Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones) and continually touring the UK, BIRD have gained a large loyal following and garnered praise from all corners, including BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 6music – and have even been personally invited to play sessions for Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins/Bella Union). The Guardian, Metro, NYLON, NME and Channel 4 have all featured the band.

Support slots with the likes of Wild Beasts, Soley, King Charles, PINS, Poltergeist (Echo and The Bunnymen) and Stealing Sheep have cemented BIRD as a formidable live presence, and they were invited in 2013 to play at Festival Number 6, The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City.

Now with new Liverpool label Baltic Records, launched in 2013 under ADA, and working closely with Seymour Stein (Warner), BIRD have been working with producer Darren Jones to create their debut album, titled My Fear and Me.

Retaining the atmosphere and dark heart of their early EPs, and combining this with melodic hooks, stark lyrical imagery and intensely-layered soundscapes, the band used instruments such as harp and theremin to add to their unique sound. With instruments recorded in a church and vocals recorded in darkness, BIRD have carefully honed this collection of songs to tell stories of the soul through the sounds within.

Local support comes from Hartheim. Having met through a mutual disappointment with a lack of sincerity in previous projects, Hartheim began as a five-piece in summer 2013. Hailing from Manchester, they recorded their harrowing seven-minute debut Yellow within the dereliction of the notorious Sways Records Bunker – a release having surfaced in January this year.

Support also comes from Brooklyn trio Beverly, who released their debut album Careers this summer on Kanine Records (Braids, Grizzly Bear, The Blow).

An opener will be announced.

The Eagle Inn is an excellent traditional pub from the team behind the Castle Hotel, the Parlour and Gullivers. It’s just off Trinity Way, an eight-minute walk from Manchester Cathedral on Deansgate.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 22 November 2014
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

We’re delighted to be helping Tokolosh launch their debut album, Stay Strong.

A product of Manchester’s collaborative music scene, Tokolosh are a five-piece collective featuring members of The Whip and The Earlies alongside solo artist Liam Frost.

Named after a mischievous Zulu water sprite, the band blend aggressive drumming with darkly sexual lyrics, creating a unique and addictive sound that is complemented by artwork from Vaughan Oliver and Marc Atkins, known for their work with the 4AD label.

Featured in The Guardian and Clash Music, and championed by 6 Music’s Marc Riley and Gideon Coe, plus XFM’s John Kennedy, the album promises to cause a ripple in their native north west of England.

Tokolosh have supported the likes of I am Kloot and will be announcing some tour dates later in the summer when they return from various projects, and re-unite once more in Manchester to play their debut album in full – including this launch show at the Eagle Inn. Stay Strong will be released on Monday 4 August on Jack to Phono Records. It features the singles Bloodlines, Shapeshifter and A Great Wave.

‘Laced with Liam’s distinctive vocals and evocative lyricism, the band’s darkly magical sound combines soul, R&B and tribal rhythms underscored by Nathan’s driving bass’ – Skiddle

Support comes from Liverpool five-piece Veyu and Manchester’s own Coves & Caves.

The Eagle Inn is an excellent traditional pub from the team behind the Castle Hotel, the Parlour and Gullivers. It’s just off Trinity Way, an eight-minute walk from Manchester Cathedral on Deansgate.

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 25 November 2014
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be working with The Rural Alberta Advantage for the first time – with support from PS I Love You!

In 2006 singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought two full-length albums (2008’s Hometowns and 2011’s Departing), widespread critical praise, two Juno Award nominations (Best New Group, Video of the Year), a Long List Nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, and a hard earned reputation as one of the most impressive live bands you’ll ever see. It was through all of this that The RAA’s latest album, Mended With Gold, took shape.

The twelve songs found on the album have been filtered through these experiences and achievements, pushing them to heights previously unreached by the band. While maintaining the heartfelt lyrics, fetching melodies, and explosive percussion that won the band a loyal following worldwide and one the highest-selling eMusic selects album to date with their debut, Mended With Gold makes it clear that The RAA have reached the next level. From the first moments of album opener Our Love, it becomes unmistakable that these collective experiences has helped the band compose the most fully-realised work of their career.

Two key elements that led to this leap was the band’s road warrior status and the chance to take full advantage of their time in the studio this time around. The trio spent months shaping the songs, sometimes first on keyboard, then guitar (and vice versa), and taking others on the road to workshop live.

The RAA’s long-time live sound engineer, Matt Lederman (Hayden, !!!, Besnard Lakes) was brought into the studio this time around as a key piece towards capturing the live energy of the band for these songs – something the group was intent on reflecting on this album. Teaming up with co-producer Leon Taheny (Owen Pallett, Austra, F*cked Up), the two settled into Candle Recording in Toronto to record the album.

The ideas and moods created in these songs tie back to the album title Mended With Gold, embracing the idea that the breakage and repair of an object becomes part of its unique history and ultimately makes it more valuable instead of a blemish to disguise. The Rural Alberta Advantage have taken all of their successes, losses, adventures, and heartbreaks over the past few years, and forged them together into an unforgettably powerful work of beauty.

Special guests are PS I Love You, aka. Kingston, Ontario’s Paul Saulnier and Benjamin Nelson. For Those Who Stay is the new single, taken from this two-piece rock ‘n’ roll act’s third album of the same name.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 27 November 2014
Where: The Ruby Lounge, 28-34 High Street, Manchester M4 1QB

We’re delighted to be welcoming back Beans on Toast.

Drunk folk singer, barefoot troubadour and cult legend Beans on Toast has been around the block more times than he cares to remember. Thankfully though, with his unique blend of simple songs and no holds barred quick wit, he is an act that is anything but tired.

With a fresh spring in his step after an incredible start to the year, which saw him conquer his first American headline tour, play a series of shows with Flogging Molly in the US and perform to over 100,000 people in just one week whilst opening Frank Turner’s UK stadium tour in February, Beans On Toast will be heading back onto the UK live circuit for 16 dates across the country ending with his biggest headline show to date at Electric Ballroom.

Marking the release of his sixth studio album with Xtra Mile Recordings, as is tradition on his 1 December birthday, The Next Album Tour 2014 will be an unforgettable experience as the singer, storyteller and guitar player’s self-deprecating nature goes a long way to break down the barriers between musician and audience, creating a real sense of equality.

With digital single Keep You added to the XFM Evening Playlist at the start of the year, a Best of Toast Pressed on Vinyl flying off the shelves for Independent Record Store Day and his busiest upcoming festival season yet, anything is now possible for this unmissable performer.

Tour support comes from Will Varley, whose new album As The Crow Flies is available now.

Opening the show is Manchester’s own Emma Hallows.

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When: 8pm on Saturday 6 December 2014
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re excited to be working with Iceland’s Samaris for the first time.

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Combining disparate elements of electronics (Þórður Kári Steinþórsson, aka ‘Doddi’), clarinet (Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir) and Jófríður Ákadóttir’s enchanting voice, Samaris mix glacial electronica and pulse-like beats with haunting chanted vocals – the lyrics culled from 19th Century Icelandic poems. ‘You could say the words have been delicately sewn together and in a way they already have their song, their own melody when you read them,’ suggests Áslaug. The overall effect is simultaneously ancient and modern – a sensual sound filled with dark spaces and alien atmosphere.

Within months of forming in Reykjavik in 2011, Samaris had won both the Icelandic Músíktilraunir and Kraumur Award, before the international release last summer of their two Icelandic EPs as the eponymous ‘Samaris’ further expanded horizons. ‘We want people to experience something they haven’t experienced before,’ they told a curious Dazed & Confused while glowing reviews of the album appeared everywhere from the NME to the FT.

A brand new full-length album followed in spring 2014 in the form of the haunting and ethereal Silkidrangar.

Very quickly the original aspiration of ‘just wearing funny costumes and thinking maybe we could get a gig in a bar in Reykjavik’ seemed distant as Samaris moved into the international scene, playing European festivals like Sonar, Roskilde, Green Man and All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland, and touring with John Grant.

Now they return for their debut headline show in Manchester in support of Tíbrá, the third single from Silkidrangar.

‘Samaris specialise in gorgeous, haunting nocturnes’ – Drowned In Sound

‘An entirely other-worldly experience… quite possibly one of the strongest albums this year’ - So So Gay

This show is a co-promotion with Now Wave.

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When: 7.30pm on Monday 8 December 2014
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be helping Gravenhurst celebrate 10 years since the release of Flashlight Seasons.

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This year Gravenhurst celebrates a decade of work on Warp Records with the reissue of two classic albums, Flashlight Seasons and Black Holes In The Sand, and an additional new album: Offerings: Lost Songs 2000 – 2004, a compilation of unreleased material from that period.

The first release with Warp, 2004′s Flashlight Seasons quickly earned Gravenhurst a devoted fan base, consistently strong support from the music press, and cemented Nick Talbot’s reputation as a unique talent, and one of the most original British singer-songwriters and producers of his generation. Flashlight Seasons was quickly followed the same year by Black Holes In The Sand. A mini-album half an hour in length and comprised of six songs, Nick regarded it as a set of clues to the sound of future Gravenhurst records. A noisier and more overtly lo-fi record of dark pastoral psychedelia, Black Holes In The Sand firmly established an enduring Gravenhurst aesthetic: enigmatic lyrics, ghostly vocals and virtuoso finger-picked guitars against a backdrop of cinematic, shape-shifting, semi-conscious textures; subliminal transmissions from the surrounding landscape. For the last decade the title track has frequently featured as the show closer, with its sprawling second half ending the performance amidst a wall of quaking feedback, electronic pulsations and pounding ceremonial drums; a sonic evocation of the forces of nature.

These two records established Gravenhurst as a place; a place of revenants. Plotting a journey from the unquiet graves of the unjustly accused, through the dark temptations of the city to the ancient rituals of the forest, Gravenhurst is a musical treasure map of sigils and codes, where the earth itself has a message to convey.

The surprise new release, Offerings: Lost Songs 2000 – 2004, is a collection of previously unheard recordings which resulted from an archival search for extra material to accompany the reissues as digital downloads. The unexpected discoveries were however quickly deemed worthy of an exclusive release. Comprised of two early demos that differ from album versions in intriguing ways and eight previously unheard songs, the result is a carefully selected and coherent collection. ‘The Citizen’ contrasts a lyric of urban alienation with an early demonstration of Nick’s mastery of acoustic minimalism, while the strong narrative arc of the title track Offerings contains the earliest incarnation of a recurring Gravenhurst theme: the indifference of nature and the folly of the human urge to seek spiritual communion with its destructive power. One of four diverse instrumental tracks, Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm? provides a hypnotic soundtrack to one of England’s most unnerving unsolved crimes. Unable to recall recording some of these tracks, Nick describes the collection as a musical Mary Celeste; a vessel found captain-less and crew-less, with its cargo fully preserved after many years adrift.

The three albums will be pressed on vinyl accompanied with digital download codes, essays by Nick reflecting on this early material after a decade of progress, and a limited run of hand-made and signed lino-cut prints which will be made available to the first 200 customers who buy all three albums on vinyl through Bleep.com. A triple CD release will comprise all three albums.

The release will be supported by extensive touring of the UK and Europe, to be billed as ‘Gravenhurst Plays Flashlight Seasons – Ten Year Anniversary Tour’ where the Gravenhurst Ensemble (Nick Talbot, Claire Adams and Rachel Lancaster) will perform the album in its entirety followed by material picked from the other albums. Honing their sound over two years of touring and promoting The Ghost In Daylight, with their emphasis on three part vocal harmonies and subtle dynamics, the Gravenhurst Ensemble offer the opportunity to hear Flashlight Seasons for the first time performed in a manner truly befitting its unique production and haunting atmosphere.

Over the last decade Nick has released five Gravenhurst albums on Warp Records, each different to the last, and each met with huge critical acclaim. 2012′s The Ghost In Daylight was supported by over a year of touring the UK and Europe with festival appearances including a headline slot at End Of The Road. 2013 saw Nick collaborate with Mike Paradinas, providing lyrics and vocals for four songs on Love & Devotion, the debut album from the electronica producer’s new project Heterotic. Amidst continuing live performances and starting work on a new Gravenhurst album planned for release next year, 2013 also saw Nick begin regular journalistic contributions to the online music and arts site The Quietus, with highlights including exclusive interviews with the philosopher John Gray and the comic book legend Alan Moore.

Praise for original release of Flashlight Seasons:

‘An album of ghostly modern folk beauty’ – Mojo, 5*

‘Absolutely brilliant’ – NME, 9/10

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 11 December 2014
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re excited to be promoting the Manchester leg of Sweet Baboo and The Pictish Trail’s joint headline tour.

Two sonic stallions from the Moshi Moshi stable canter around the counties, for a seasonal co-headline tour.

Lyrical singer-songshapers Stephen Black and Johnny Lynch (Sweet Baboo and The Pictish Trail, respectively) both know the power of collaboration.

Something of a fixture within the burgeoning Welsh psyche-pop scene, you’ll recognise Black not only from his prolific solo output, but as a frequent musical cohort to Euros Childs, Cate Le Bon and Gruff Rhys among many, many others. Across four albums, and even more EPs, Sweet Baboo’s dry wit and melodic flair have seen him become a firm favourite with BBC’s Marc Riley (who has had him in session more than any other artist), and deservedly recognised as one of the country’s finest performers.

Meanwhile, from a static caravan up on the remote isle of Eigg, tucked away within the inner Hebrides of Scotland, Lynch runs DIY label and collective Lost Map (formerly Fence Records). As well as producing countless mini-albums, EPs and assorted LPs of self-professed ‘wonky-pop’ material under his Pictish Trail moniker, he’s collaborated with a plethora of the greatest songsmiths across these fair lands, including James Yorkston, Malcolm Middleton, King Creosote, KT Tunstall and Adem.  With the latter, he formed electro-pop powerhouse Silver Columns, proving his chops both as a versatile song-writer and as a wet-spandex leotard model.

Lynch invited Black up to the island to help him record his latest Pictish opus, Secret Soundz Vol.2 - which was very recently given a full nationwide release, alongside Vol.1, by London taste-makers Moshi Moshi. For this special advent tour, the pair are reunited for a fortnight of song-swapping, thigh-slapping and local-ale gargling; expect folk-tinged winter hymns, lo-fi audio wizardry and sweet Eigg-nog kisses under the casio.

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When: 8pm on Thursday 18 December 2014
Where: Band on the Wall, 26 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ

We’re delighted to be presenting a special perform of Paul Smith and Peter Brewis’ Frozen By Sight collaboration.

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Paul Smith (Maximo Park) and Peter Brewis (Field Music) have just announced three performances of their collaborative composition, Frozen By Sight.

Based around text from Paul Smith’s travel writing, and Peter Brewis’ chamber-band arrangements, Frozen By Sight evolved from a commission for the performance of a new musical work at the Festival Of The North East, at Sage Gateshead, in late 2013. These December shows will be the first performances since that inaugural show.

The nine-piece live band includes David Brewis (drums and vocals), John Pope (acoustic bass), Andrew Lowther (tuned percussion) and will feature a string quartet of Ed Cross (Violin), Josephine Montgomery (violin), Chrissie Slater (viola) and Ele Leckie (cello).

This show is a co-promotion with Now Wave.

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When: 8.30pm on Thursday 26 February 2015
Where: Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

We’re delighted to be bringing Ólafur Arnalds back to Manchester.

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Born in 1986, Icelandic composer/performer Ólafur Arnalds has always enjoyed pushing boundaries with both his studio work and live shows. Since the release of his debut album Eulogy for Evolution in 2007 he has built up a dedicated international following and is well established for his genre-crossing compositions blending classical, pop and ambient/electronica influences to a unique musical language.

Starting out as drummer for a metal band, Ólafur was asked to write instrumental intros and outros for German metal band Heaven Shall Burn. This led to more work in the field of neo-classical strings and piano based music, and ultimately to the release of Eulogy for Evolution.

In 2009 he started a week-long project of composing one track by day, making it immediately available online to his fans. The collection was later officially released under the title Found Songs. He repeated the same experiment in 2011 under the title Living Room Songs. Also in 2009 the ballet Dyad 1909 premiered with a score composed by Ólafur. In April 2010 Ólafur released his second full-length album entitled …And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness, which was backed up with an extensive world tour.

His third album, For Now I Am Winter, is released in February 2013. Expanding on his previous work the new album features a full orchestra and – for the first time – introduce vocals to his soundworld. Icelandic singer Arnór Dan is heard on four tracks of the album.

More recently Ólafur has been venturing into the world of films, writing Hollywood film scores to Another Happy Day (starring Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore) and Gimme Shelter (starring Vanessa Hudgens and Brendan Fraser). He also had music in the hit films Hunger Games and 300 – Rise Of An Empire, and has been featured several times on popular american television show So You Think You Can Dance.

For 2013 his scores include the music to ITV thriller series Broadchurch, which won a few BAFTA awards, including a personal one for him for Best Music. In October 2014 he released the debut album of his critically acclaimed techno side project KIASMOS. Further on he has recorded a collaboration album with Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott (to be released in May 2015). Currently he is finishing the score for Broadchurch, season two. It will be televised in January on ITV again and accompanied by soundtrack release on Mercury Classics, followed by a selected number of headline shows through out England, Scotland and Ireland.

This show, which is part of FutureEverything 2015, will take place in the RNCM’s newly refurbished Concert Hall.

Tickets are available from RNCM.ac.uk, Seetickets.com and Ticketline.co.uk. You can also buy in person at the RNCM’s box office or by phone on 0161 907 5200.

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When: 7pm on Wednesday 11 March 2015
Where: The Ritz, Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5NQ

We’re delighted to be welcoming back The Unthanks – their first Manchester show in three years.

Nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and the only British folk representation in the Guardian and Uncut’s best albums of last decade, The Unthanks have an army of notable fans – Martin Freeman, Elvis Costello, Colin Firth, Robert Wyatt, Ben Folds, Ryan Adams, Rosanne Cash, Dawn French, Paul Morley, Ewan McGregor and Nick Hornby, to name but a few.

The Unthanks is a family affair for Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, with Rachel married to pianist, producer, arranger and composer Adrian McNally. Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point, the influence of Steve Reich, Miles Davis, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, King Crimson and Tom Waits can be heard in the band’s seven albums to date.

Since releasing three project albums in one year back in 2012, The Unthanks have been hiding away in Northumberland, quietly working away on an ambitious follow-up to 2011’s Last. Who knows how rich, imaginative and groundbreaking their new album will be, released to coincide with this tour, and to be brought to life on stage with a talented 10-piece band.

It’s anyone’s guess. Those project albums – the orchestral ambition of a brass band collaboration, a reimagining of the work of Robert Wyatt and Antony Hegarty, and a soundtrack to a film about the shipbuilding industry – give little clue, while work since then with Orbital, Sting, Adrian Utley (Portishead), Martin Green (Lau), Martin Hayes, The Voice Squad, Charles Hazlewood, The Moulettes and German composer Werner Cee is so disparate that making predictions is impossible.

Definable only by their restless, peerless eccentricity, The Unthanks see folk music less as a style of music and more as a oral history that offers perspective on our own time. Their unique approach to storytelling straddles the complex relationship between modernism and learning from the past. Staunch traditionalism and sonic adventure may seem like polar opposites, yet they are easy bedfellows in the gentle hands of The Unthanks.

‘The Unthanks seem to regard folk music the same way Miles Davis regarded jazz: as a launch pad for exploring the wider possibilities’ – Uncut

‘There really is no better folk band in the land’ – Q Magazine

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When: 7pm on Wednesday 29 April 2015
Where: The Ritz, Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5NQ

We’re delighted to be welcoming back Public Service Broadcasting - this time, at the Ritz.

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Following the release of a tantalising and atmospheric trailer earlier this month, which quoted John F Kennedy’s famous Rice Stadium address of 1962, Public Service Broadcasting are now excited to reveal full details of The Race For Space LP (out 23 February 2015 via Test Card Recordings) – as well as their biggest UK tour to date.

Tickets for the duo’s return at two unique album launch shows at The National Space Centre sold out in under 24 hours, and the band now have their sights set on their biggest tour yet as they jet around the UK and Ireland in April and May 2015. At Public Service Broadcasting’s uniquely spell-binding live AV ‘Transmissions’, the audience will witness the band weave samples from archive footage around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics as they teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future – beaming our past back at us through vintage TV sets and state of the art modern video projection devices. Granted unique access to historically important films from the BFI, PSB will go back in time and explore the period when the USA and USSR fought to gain the upper hand in a new frontier – space.

Public Service Broadcasting have quickly developed a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in the country, wowing audiences over the past two festival seasons with major appearances at Glastonbury, Bestival, Green Man and a whole host of others. Support slots with The Rolling Stones and Arcade Fire at Hyde Park plus touring with the Manic Street Preachers across Europe and an upcoming arena tour with the Kaiser Chiefs scheduled for early next year point to a band at the top of their game.

The Race For Space follows Inform – Educate – Entertain, Public Service Broadcasting’s debut album, which reached #21 in the UK album charts and was nominated for Best Independent Album at the AIM Awards 2013, as well as being the Guardian’s Album of the Week and one of BBC 6 Music’s Top 10 albums of 2013.

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