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Upcoming shows: Tropical Fuck Storm... The Wave Pictures... Hania Rani... Aoife O’Donovan... The Lovely Eggs... Pet Deaths... The Courettes... Ríoghnach Connolly & Honeyfeet... Darren Hayman... Vetiver... La Luz... Francis Lung... John Francis Flynn... Jenny Hval... Ben Caplan... Advance Base + Karima Walker... Jeffrey Martin & Anna Tivel... Xenia Rubinos... Lael Neale... The Handsome Family... Rory Butler... Dana Gavanski... Charles Watson... Penguin Cafe... Ólafur Arnalds... Polly Paulusma... Tommy Alexander... The Dears... The Sheepdogs... The Burning Hell... Angel Olsen... John Craigie... Dustin O’Halloran... Plastic Mermaids... Dan Mangan... Josh Rouse... Julie Odell... Heartless Bastards... Alice Boman... Jesca Hoop... Stars... Rachel Baiman...

When: 7.30pm on Monday 30 May 2022
Where: YES (Pink Room), 38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB

PLEASE NOTE: This show has sold out! Watch this space for future TFS shows in Manchester.

We’re delighted to be welcoming Tropical Fuck Storm (TFS) back to Manchester!

Australian post-apocalyptic acid punk disco scuzzheads Tropical Fuck Storm (TFS) are coming to the UK and Europe for the first time since 2019. For the last two years they’ve been holed up in a bush bunker pursuing their sonic experiments which have produced 2021’s Deep States album, and feature film Goody Goody Gumdrops.

Tropical Fuck Storm members Gareth Liddiard, Fiona Kitschin Erica Dunn and Lauren Hammel will be bringing their wild, destructive and unstoppable chaos to the Northern Hemisphere stages, performing songs from A Laughing Death In Meatspace (2018), Braindrops (2019) and Deep States (2021).

‘A Tropical Fuck Storm gig is like putting your brain in a blender for an hour straight’ – Beat Magazine

‘Beyond such vivid, often thrilling caricatures, however, the acrid smoulder of The Donkey, the mysterious haunt of Legal Ghost and the nuanced pop of New Romeo Agent prove that Tropical Fuck Storm have yet to succumb to glib nihilism, and that tenderness and poetry are still within their grasp’ – Mojo

Tour support comes from DEADLETTER. Hailing from Yorkshire, now South London rooted, DEADLETTER channel the droll fury of The Fall and the lopsided rhythms of LCD Soundsystem into a strain of vehement post-punk, exploring the darker side of existence through a lens of narrative-driven levity. With members being firm friends from birth, there is an instinctive understanding of movement and danceability to their music worth its’ weight in gold, whilst never cheapening the nuance and grit of their sound.. With four singles now under their belt, the only way is upwards for DEADLETTER.

‘DEADLETTER are one of the most exciting new acts out there’ – DIY

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When: 7.30pm on Monday 30 May 2022
Where: Band on the Wall, 26 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ

We’re delighted to welcome The Wave Pictures back to Manchester!

When The Purple Emperor Spreads His Wings is the new double album from The Wave Pictures. The title means ‘spring’ – that day when all the butterflies burst into life. A new beginning. As songwriter, singer and guitarist David Tattersall explains: ‘There is always a strong sense of time and place in The Wave Pictures’ songs. It soon became natural to group the songs that I was writing by season. The album has 4 sides: one for each season. The songs “take place” lyrically within that season. The album begins in Summer and ends in Spring, to represent the cycle of life.’

While some tracks were recorded before the pandemic, others were written by David during the enforced lockdown – working prolifically as ever, writing a song a day when no one could go out, and The Wave Pictures couldn’t play music together. On fire with inspiration, with the spirit and fearlessness of William Blake in mind, the result is a collection of songs that celebrate poetry and the album-as-album form itself. David says: ‘The seasonal/annual track-listing relates specifically to the year we lost from our lives due to COVID. As is often the case in The Wave Pictures’ songs, a small moment in time gets drawn out over three minutes. This is because in memory a fleeting moment, a millisecond, can sometimes be stronger and more important than a whole year.’

Whether written pre or post lockdown, the songs on the album are an effort to make pop music, Wave Pictures style. When The Purple Emperor Spreads His Wings packs in a record number of songs under three minutes on a Wave Pictures release than ever before – and that’s no accident! But just because the songs are the length of classic smash hit singles, you still get a whole lot of Wave Pictures – Dave’s legendary guitar solos, acoustic picking and solid gold song-writing, plus country harp, mandolin, blues harmonica and more. All of the band, David, Franic Rozycki (bass) and Jonny ‘Huddersfield’ Helm’ (drums) love rock and roll, classic country, 70’s rock, soul and folk, and this album celebrates a little bit of all their musical loves, some rediscovered during extra lockdown listening time.

Indie legends Guided By Voices snippet pop song mania, in particular, showed how The Wave Pictures could take their classic influences and allow them to harness the power of pop more than ever before. The band entertained themselves playing Dave’s poetically inspired songs while thinking about all kinds of records they were listening to: Sun Rockabilly, African guitars, Neil Young country, and plenty of the sounds of the 60’s golden age of British music: the crazy fun of The Who and the creepiness of The Yardbirds. This is the perfect album for those people who still wonder who is better, The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. The answer is really secret option C: The Wave Pictures!

After recording 2018’s two albums – Brushes With Happiness and Look Inside Your Heart – on reel to reel tape in the tiny Booze Cube in Stoke Newington, and in the case of Brushes, not rehearsing and then improvising the songs while recording them, the band returned to Rochester to record the new album at Ranscombe Studios. Both their 2016 album Bamboo Diner In The Rain and 2015’s collaborative effort Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon with Wild Billy Childish were recorded there, as well as David and Franic’s surf-garage-rock-super-group The Surfing Magazines, featuring Charles Watson of Slow Club, whose second album Badgers Of Wymeswold was released in 2021 and was recorded between sessions for The Wave Pictures own album. In contrast to The Wave Pictures’ aforementioned albums recorded quickly at The Booze Cube, When The Purple Emperor Spreads his Wings was recorded and mixed in ten days, although started in 2020 and not finished until after the final lockdown was lifted, it was actually recorded over an even longer period of about ten months.

Released in stages, the first full season to be made available from the album will be autumn, available on 10 December. The season starts with ‘Samson’ a Yardbirds-style psychedelic garage rocker, named after the Samson rolling tobacco, the strongest around and with a picture of a lion on the package. Inspired by Robert Bresson’s film Pickpocket, this song tells the story of a lonely man having a midlife crisis when he learns by telephone that his father has died.

This Heart Of Mine was the first single from the album, an autumnal country song about time travel, space travel, and memory, musically inspired by Neil Young.

Lead singer David Tattersall associates Autumn with the horrors of going back-to-school after the joyous nothingness of summer holiday. In Douglas, all the horrible playground routines play out – we are always just one move away from Lord of the Flies. Musically, this song was inspired by The Who.

Autumn is also a time for romance, as exemplified by Jennifer, musically reminiscent of Zimbabwean groups such as The Four Brothers and The Bhundu Boys, and sung by The Wave Pictures’ dreamy and romantic drummer, Jonny ‘’Huddersfield’’ Helm. The ‘dream a little dream’ coda brings to mind Walt Disney’s Cinderella, when all the little cartoon birds flutter around her: that’s how romantic Jonny Helm is.

And finally the end of Autumn is upon us. With its double tracked vocals, squealing, ripping, lead guitar, Smell The Ocean is set by the sea as winter approaches and the days are getting short. Played as if by Lou Reed backed by Crazy Horse.

Winter follows shortly.

Local support comes from Granfalloon. Granfalloon is the principal project of Richard Lomax, a Manchester-based songwriter and producer who has been constantly creating since 2003. After spending some time making avant-garde music in the north of England, where he made his creative home, he cut his teeth fronting surf rock bands and the anarchic folk collective Johnny5thWheel&thecowards, then Lomax moved to Manchester in 2013.

Granfalloon was conceived after an operation in 2017 left Lomax with temporarily limited mobility. While in recovery, he recorded the debut Granfalloon album, with lo-fi drum machines, an Omnichord, and a guitar. Now with a full band, Lomax continues the work of third album Positive Songs and is recording a fourth album: a double (possibly triple) album focussing more on traditional songwriting and not quite traditional storytelling to chisel out small, beautiful moments. Bee on a String is one of the early fruits of these recording sessions and definitely points towards the warm sound of 70’s folk rock with a dose of Richard Lomax’s customary nods to surrealism and whimsy. The song has picked up support with Chris Hawkins at BBC 6 Music and Jim Gelatly at Amazing Radio.

This is a 10+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 31 May 2022
Where: The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA

PLEASE NOTE: This show has sold out! Watch this space for future shows by Hania Rani, however.

We’re delighted to be working with Hania Rani for the first time!

Hania Rani is a pianist, composer and musician who, was born in Gdansk and splits her life between Warsaw, where she makes her home, and Berlin where she studied and often works. Her debut album Esja, a beguiling collection of solo piano pieces on Gondwana Records was released to international acclaim in April 2019 including nominations in five categories in the Polish music industries very own Grammys, the Fryderyki, and winning the Discovery of the Year 2019 in the Empik chain’s Bestseller Awards and the prestigious Sanki award for the most interesting new face of Polish music chosen by Polish journalists. Rani also composed the music for her first full length movie I Never Cry, directed by Piotr Domalewski, and for the play ,Nora directed by Michal Zdunik. Her song Eden was used as a soundtrack of a short movie by Malgorzata Szumowska for Miu Miu’s movie cycle Women’s Tales.

Her follow-up album, the expansive, cinematic, Home, was release in May 2020 and finds Rani expanding her palate: adding vocals and subtle electronics to her music as well as being joined on some tracks by bassist Ziemowit Klimek and drummer Wojtek Warmijak. The album reunites her with recording engineers, Piotr Wieczorek and Ignacy Gruszecki (Monochrom Studio) and the tracks were again mixed again by Gijs van Klooster in his studio in Amsterdam and by Piotr Wieczorek in Warsaw ( Ombelico and Come Back Home). Home was mastered by Zino Mikorey in Berlin (known for his work on albums by artists such as Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds).

For Rani, Home, is very much a continuation of the work she started on Esja, ‘the completion of the sentence,’ as she puts it. The album offers a metaphorical journey: the story of places that become our home sometimes by chance, sometimes by choice. It is the story of leaving a place that is familiar and the journey that follows it. Home opens with the fragment of the short story Loneliness by Bruno Schulz, which can be seen as a parable of a journey that does not necessarily mean going beyond the physical door but can signify going beyond the symbolic limits of our knowledge and imagination.

The Stoller Hall is a new, high-spec concert hall situated within Chetham’s School of Music in the centre of Manchester.

This is an all ages show. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 2 June 2022
Where: Hallé St Peter’s, 40 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6BF

PLEASE NOTE: This show has now been postponed until June 2022. Ticket vendors will be in touch with existing ticket-buyers to confirm that your tickets are valid for the new date.

We’re delighted to present Aoife O’Donovan in one of Manchester’s hidden gems.

Recognised for her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting, Aoife O’Donovan is also known for her collaborations. Called ‘a vocalist of unerring instinct’ by the New York Times, O’Donovan is one of the most sought after vocalists and songwriters of her generation and her career has allowed her to collaborate with some of the most eminent names in music across a wide variety of genres.

The most recent example is I’m With Her, the band comprised of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and O’Donovan. Their debut album See You Around, released in February 2018, has garnered praise from NPR, who instantly hailed the collection as ‘willfully open-hearted’, and the Guardian called their sound both ‘ethereal and purposeful’.

As a solo artist, O’Donovan has released two studio albums. In the Magic Hour (2016), a 10-song album full of the singer’s honeyed vocals mixed with gauzy, frictionless sounds: splashing cymbals, airy harmonies, and the leisurely baritone musings of an electric guitar. Mojo described the record as ‘exhilarating and exploratory,’ while the New York Times named The King of All Birds one of the Best Songs of 2016. Aoife toured 2016 in support of the album and ended that year releasing a live album, Man In A Neon Coat: Live From Cambridge, with her touring band. Her debut solo album, 2013’s Fossils, is a moody collection of original songs with a country lilt. The record received critical acclaim and was featured on a number of Best of 2013 lists including NPR Music, American Songwriter, New York Magazine and No Depression. In 2018, Aoife contributed an original song titled Are You There to the film What They Had, an official selection at both Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals.

O’Donovan spent the preceding decade as co-founder and front woman of the string band, Crooked Still. She is the featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile, and its one-third of the female trio Sometimes Why. Throughout her career, she has also collaborated with artists such as Alison Krauss and jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas, and is currently a member of the house band on the radio variety show Live From Here.

Tour support comes from Will Troy. Singer songwriter Will Troy Walsh, hailing from County Wexford, is the latest in undiscovered Irish talent. Backed with little musical training, Will’s astonishing musical prowess embodies a tender yet mighty voice that can compel both a festival field and the intimacy of a front room through his storytelling.

Hallé St Peter’s, located on Blossom Street in Ancoats, is a Grade II-listed, deconsecrated church, which was built in 1859. Having stood empty for decades, it was recently restored to provide rehearsal and recording space for the Hallé orchestra.

This show is sold as unreserved seating. It is a co-promotion with Please Please You and the Brudenell.

Age restriction: 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 6pm on Bank Holiday Friday 3 June 2021
Where: The Ritz, Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5NQ

PLEASE NOTE: This show now takes place on bank holiday Friday 3 June 2022 – the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. All other details remain the same, except doors are now 6pm and there’s a slightly earlier curfew of 10pm. Please hang on to your tickets as they’re valid for the new date.

We’re delighted to be presenting The Lovely Egg’s biggest Manchester show to date!

The Lovely Eggs follow up February dates at Manchester’s Gorilla and London’s The Garage, which have both sold out with months to spare, with their two biggest shows to date: at the O2 Ritz Manchester and London’s Heaven!

The Lovely Eggs are an underground surreal-psych punk rock duo from northern England. They have a fierce DIY ethos that music should have no rules.

On 3 April 2020 they released their new album, I am Moron, bearing the fruit of their second collaboration with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Mogwai, MGMT, Tame Impala) at his studio in upstate New York.

Lead single This Decision (released in January 2020) unfurled a seething two-minute-and-fifty-seconds of rage, capturing the zeitgeist of disillusioned Brexit Britain. It reached #1 in both the physical and vinyl charts and was hammered by DJs at BBC 6 Music including Iggy Pop, Marc Riley, Steve Lamacq, Chris Hawkins, Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson, plus John Kennedy at Radio X.

With EIGHT BBC 6 Music sessions under their belt, as well as sessions for Radio One and Radio X, The Lovely Eggs have enjoyed huge support from UK radio. And they continue to sell out gigs across the UK without the help of management, booking agent or record label support.

With their no-nonsense attitude The Lovely Eggs are a breath of fresh air in an industry where true authenticity is hard to find.

They have produced five albums. The last, This is Eggland, saw their first encounter with Dave Fridmann as producer/mixer after Holly left a drunken message on his studio answerphone asking him to work with them. Dave got back in touch with them a year later and Eggland was born. It was released in February 2018 to critical acclaim and announced by HMV as one of their Top 50 Albums of the year.

Their single Wiggy Giggy was added to the BBC 6 Music Playlist and the track received massive support from DJs across the board at BBC 6 Music with This is Eggland declared Album of The Day. With 5- and 4-star national press reviews, the album went straight to #9 in the Independent album charts. Uncut Magazine described it as ‘exhilarating and trashy’, the Guardian as ‘marvellous’, ‘yes, that good!’ from The Quietus and ‘unrelenting’ from Pitchfork.

Their follow-up single Big Sea shot straight into the UK Vinyl singles charts at #2. This was followed by three sold-out UK tours playing rammed chaotic shows to a growing army of fans.

With releases across the world, The Lovely Eggs have played hundreds of gigs around the UK, USA and Europe. Their songs have been produced by Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), remixed by Tjinder Singh (Cornershop) and sampled by Zane Lowe for Scroobius Pip.

With observational and often surreal lyrics about life The Lovely Eggs have a powerful raw sound that creates the sonic illusion of a band twice their size. The result is a mix of heavy psych, pop and strangeness and they have become known for their ferocious yet joyous live performances.

The Lovely Eggs are one of the most exciting, innovative and genuine bands of the Great British Underground. Welcome to their world. Welcome To Eggland!

We’re delighted to announce the full line-up for this Jubilee Bank Holiday special – featuring The Bug Club, Thick Richard and Arch Femmesis:

To say that the exuberant appeal of The Bug Club’s live performances and songmanship has been spread by word of mouth is a bit of a contradiction, as you could never sum up the music produced by these three groovy peas in a far-out pod (musically and lyrically interesting, deliciously individual, stripped-back garage pop songs, which shimmy, bounce and slide from joyfully frenetic guitar riffs to melodious harmonies) in anything like one word.

Birthed from Nottingham’s underground queer scene, Arch Femmesis are an electro-punk duo formed by performance artist ZERA TØNIN and androgynous synthesist MEDDLA. Their blend of brooding, chaotic basslines with intense, psychosensual poetry creates an intoxicating mix that horrifies and hypnotises the audience. The duo have been gaining rave reviews around the UK for their extrovert performances and DGAF attitude, combining art, fashion and music into an immersive electronic experience.

Thick Richard: jet black comedy and break-neck lyrical mayhem from the Prince of Profanity.

This show is for ages 8+ only. 8- to 13-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 10 June 2022
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re excited to be working with pet deaths for the first time!

London-based duo pet deaths return with their new single all the things you said you were. It follows the band’s widely acclaimed debut album To the Top of the Hill and Roll… – released in 2019, described by Huw Stephens as ‘beautiful, understated and special,’ noting it as one of his favourite albums of the year.

Now the pair (consisting of Graeme Martin and Liam Karima) return with the first taster of their second full length album. Celestial folk-inflected art-rock with flashes of affecting string arrangements and muted flute passages, all the things you said you were is an entrancing treatise on loss; ‘a message to the afterlife,’ singer Liam Karima clarifies.

Speaking more on the new release, Karima said: ‘It’s a letter to a lost soul, to a loved one. Loss plays a big part in everyone’s life and when we go through this motion it evokes a dream like state mantra. The words were written on a reflective walk in Dalston along a small river, where ducks procreate and kids sell drugs. I thought about Virginia Woolf, I thought about my friend, I thought about Caroline Flack I thought about Sylvia Plath. It’s a celebration of all the things we had and lost. The letter I sent, still waiting for a reply.’

Produced with Ian Davenport (Slowdive, Gaz Coombes, Radiohead’s Philip Selway) in Oxfordshire at Courtyard Studios, pet deaths enlisted the help of violinist Art Sawbridge and saxophonist Jake Parsons to contribute key instrumental depth to the record, along with extra vocal appearances from Maya Nazir (age 3), Aurore Padenou, Wild Adoration, and The Crystal Palace Choir – acting almost like the ghosts of the song: ‘Yeah we miss you so / I’d guard you like the crown jewels / So text me what it’s like on the other side.’

Having both moved to London in 2017, pet deaths formed following a chance encounter in Ladbroke Grove. Feeling equally cellophane new in the capital’s concrete fast lane, they agreed to meet regularly. Their subsequent writing and drinking sessions became a Zen-like philosophy by which to navigate their new homes, spending gloomy November evenings on their rain-soaked Ballardian balcony, experimenting with loops, drones and poetry.

Previously supporting the likes of Elbow and Arab Strap, pet deaths are no stranger to the live stage – with more shows planned for 2022. The band’s unique brand of melancholia has seen high praise from publications including DIY Magazine, So Young Magazine, Clash Magazine and Drowned In Sound – as well as feverish radio support from BBC 6 Music and Radio 1, as well as Radio X and NTS.

A band who revel in the notion of ‘the album’, all the things you said you were is merely a snapshot into a wider concept. ‘When writing the new music, I was at this stage in my life where I was finding new love, new beginnings but also losing things in the fire,’ singer Liam Karima said. ‘The main focus was the question “is life an unhappy ending?” Or do we become part of a bigger movement to more positive things?’

pet deaths’ new single all the things you said you were is released on 1 February. The band’s second full length album is due to be released later in 2022.

‘Celestial folk delivered with sincerity…wrapped around the infectious soundscapes’ – Clash Magazine

Support comes from Dog Daisies. Dog Daisies is the moniker for Lancaster-based musician Stephen Hudson who writes and home-records cinematic DIY indie-pop music inspired by motorways and the Lancashire coast. Together with his band, Dog Daisies have opened for the likes of Katy J Pearson, Steve Mason and The Lovely Eggs and toured the UK last October in support of latest album Moonbathing.

Released on Bingo Records, Moonbathing is a nocturnal, piano-drenched adventure in the vein of Kevin Morby and Yo La Tengo; much of the recording was done after hours on the baby grand of the local coffee shop and the result is a lyrically evocative, highly personal and transportive set of songs.

Singles Taste of Honey and You Wanted Out have both received support and airplay from BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley and will be followed by forthcoming single/live favourite Fenham Carr, featuring label-mate Ben Hall (Mr Ben and the Bens) on trumpet.

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When: 8pm on Thursday 16 June 2022
Where: Night & Day Cafe, 26 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN

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

The Courettes are an explosive rock duo from Denmark and Brazil who found the perfect blend between garage rock, 60s Girl Group, Wall of Sound, surf music and doo wop. Like The Ronettes meets The Ramones at a wild party at Gold Star Studios echo chamber.

Praised by the biggest music magazines around the world, in 2020 the band signed with legendary British label Damaged Goods, putting them on the same roster as top international rock icons like Buzzcocks, Manic Street Preaches, Atari Teenage Riot, New Bomb Turks, Amyl and the Sniffers, Billy Childish, Captain Sensible and many others.

Their last and third album, Back in Mono, was released in autumn 2021 and is a truly milestone in the career. The album brings the band in top form, showing great songwriting skills and with broader nuances, influences and sound qualities to their garage rock recipe.

Their last singles, Want You! Like a Cigarette, Hop The Twig and R.I.N.G.O., all received airplay at BBC 6 Music in England and radio stations in Europe and the USA. Back in Mono received top reviews in the main music magazines like Mojo, Classic Rock and Shindig and was featured in countless Best Albums of 2021 lists.

One of the most hard-working bands on the European rock ‘n’ roll scene, The Courettes have the reputation of delivering full-speed energetic performances and have played in 15 countries around Europe and Brazil. Flavia Couri (Vox, Guitar) and Martin Couri (Drums, Vox) have shared the stage with artists like The Sonics, The Pretty Things, Holly Golightly, The Bellrays, Jon Spencer, B52 ?s, Stray Cats, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, Gang of Four, Weezer, Franz Ferdinand and more.

‘The real sound of now busting through your door’ – Rolling Stone

‘Your new favourite band once you’ve heard them!’ – Louder Than War

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 17 June 2022
Where: Band on the Wall, 26 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ

We’re delighted to working with H!M favourites Ríoghnach Connolly & Honeyfeet once again!

Still residing as BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year, Ríoghnach Connolly’s taste for musical adventure is eclectic. Along with her companion players, as Honeyfeet, they collectively drive a broad terrain of musical textures from esoteric protest songs to foot tapping, and floor thumping, dance rhythms.

Ríoghnach (pronounced ree-oh-nah), and the Honeyfeet ensemble are equally proficient in headlining festival stages as they are in stripping back to sublime obscure jazz on theatre stages.

Deadpan wit courses through Connolly’s veins. Known for her broad smiling on- stage banter, she often describes the delight of her multi-cultural voyage of discovery while pushing aside life’s banality in favour mischievous energy and creative joy.

Traditional and folk are fundamental in Connolly’s musical cannon, coming from a long line of singers on both sides of her family, she channels the music of her grandparents and can draw from a breadth of styles and folk traditions across the world. In her voice you can hear equal parts Sean-nós Caoineamh, west African griot ululation and American deep-south resonance. She performs in the more traditional form with Stuart McCallum as The Breath, whilst corralling her more heavily layered and theatrical songs into her performances with Honeyfeet.

Alongside Ríoghnach the Honeyfeet line up is; Lorien Garth Edwards, bass; Ellis Davies, guitar; John Ellis, keyboards; Biff Roxby, brass; and Phil Howley, drums.

An eclectic troupe, all now based in Manchester, Honeyfeet’s heavy sound spans from the bountiful to the subtle, with everything from big-band swing to Alabama blues-tinged folk, all held together by the powerful vocals and flute from Ríoghnach.

From the start of lockdown, they used the time to write new material and explore multiple genres of music, and on the gradual journey back to live audiences, in May 2021, they re-opened Manchester’s Albert Hall taking the place by storm with a long-awaited return to the stage.

For more than a decade, Honeyfeet have been ‘on the road’. When lockdown rules didn’t interfere, the norm was headlining stages at Shambala, Beautiful Days and Moovin Festivals along with wowing audiences at Glastonbury, Boomtown, Wilderness, Secret Garden Party and Kendal Calling.

During lockdown, the band invested their time in recording a new album. Stretching further than before into string arrangements, greater dynamics and implementing sparse introductions to Ríoghnach’s vocal stream. Where her poetic consciousness, gives rise to honest, personal, heartfelt lyrics.

Which obviously means…. a new Honeyfeet album is on the way. A single in late June will be followed by the new album in August 2022. More details to follow.

Honeyfeet’s previous album, Orange Whip, came out on Wah Wah 45s in March 2018 and was BBC 6 Music’s Album of the Day in April 2018.

‘Brilliant band’ — Craig Charles, BBC 6 Music

‘A righteous blast of working-class energy’ — ClashMusic.com

‘I’m in love with Honeyfeet’ — Benjamin Zephaniah

This is a 10+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30 June 2022
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re excited to be hosting back-to-back nights of Darren Hayman playing songs from four classic Hefner albums!

Darren Hayman is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter. He eschews the big, the bright and the loud for the small, twisted and lost. Throughout his prolific solo career he has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly.

For this back-to-back visit to Gullivers, Darren will play songs from four Hefner albums: Breaking God’s Heart and The Fidelity Wars on Wednesday 29 June, and We Love the City and Dead Media on Thursday 30 June.

Hefner’s first records attracted the attention of cult indie label Too Pure and the broadcasting legend John Peel. The band’s first album, Breaking God’s Heart, mixed raw, sexual words with religious imagery and earned the band a loyal, intelligent following in the UK, Europe and the USA. The second album, The Fidelity Wars, shifted the songwriting focus to the personal and remains a fan favourite.

Hefner’s third album, We Love the City, became the critical and commercial highlight of their short, intense career. By this time Hayman had started to develop a sharp, incisive voice. The song narratives now took place in the toilets and kitchens of everyday British homes. Hayman sang about the thread on skirt hems and the hairline cracks in the china as well as the tears on cheeks. Hefner’s fourth and final album, Dead Media, presented an erratic creative left turn. Largely leaving their guitars in their cases, the band made a bizarre, stuttering bleeping confection on ancient analogue synths.

WEDNESDAY 29 (Breaking God’s Heart and The Fidelity Wars): Buy tickets now. Tickets are also available from Dice.fm, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

THURSDAY 30 (We Love the City and Dead Media): Buy tickets now. Tickets are also available from Dice.fm, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 8 July 2022
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LW 

We’re pleased to be bringing Vetiver back to Manchester.

Andy Cabic’s musical being is, like many curious 21st Century musicians, shaped and sustained by divergent tangents. If he’s not crafting a melancholy folk-rock diamond in his Northern California studio, he’s moving a dance floor with bossa nova and house DJ sets, or helping curate a compilation of Japanese City Pop.

What’s magic about the latest Vetiver LP, Up On High, is the way these tangents colour the ten songs without undermining a distinct move to more elemental, spacious and natural arrangements. At the heart of each of these ten songs is Cabic’s voice: sweet, tender and weathered – a welcome and soothing old friend if ever there was one. There are other familiar friends: the album also features long-time engineer and collaborator Thom Monahan and the same resourceful and versatile band that helped Cabic make the more dense and layered Complete Strangers from 2015.

Up On High was written on acoustic guitar. Having moved twice since Complete Strangers, increasingly accustomed to a life in and out of boxes, it was the easiest instrument to reach for in moments of inspiration. The basic tracking of the album took place over a few Spring days at a friend’s house in the high desert of California. This simple set-up captured the organic immediacy of a roomful of friends playing together on the floor. It’s alive and ever so subtly crackling with the intensity of a band working together, teasing out the melody and rhythms of songs with warmth and intimacy. Cabic and Monahan took the fruits of this session to Los Angeles and finished the album at Monahan’s studio over the summer as other friends popped by to lend their talents.

This album reflects the world that Cabic created and lives in: Jorge Ben phrasings peek out from behind Tom Petty’s Wildflowers outtakes, a gentle jangle lifts whispers of REM’s Murmur on a breeze up from Compass Point Studios. But Up On High is most clearly Cabic and his band inhabiting the realm the band was born in – sleek, economical, soulful, and sometimes sadness-tinged melodies riding on the gentle choogle and sway of an ensemble moving in beautiful unison. This is an album that breathes with you in real, lived in, natural time.

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