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Upcoming shows: David Thomas Broughton... Haiku Salut: Christmas Lamp Show... Honeyfeet... The Deslondes... Liima... Willy Vlautin... Will Varley... Jen Cloher... The Lovely Eggs... Loney dear... Gun Outfit... Spinning Coin... The Handsome Family... The BellRays... Karl Blau... Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker... Brooke Sharkey... Lilly Hiatt... Josh Rouse... Pinkshinyultrablast... I’m With Her... The Breath...

When: 7.30pm on Thursday 7 December 2017
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with David Thomas Broughton once again – with special guests Former Bullies!

David Thomas Broughton is one of a kind. His live outings and recorded material defy easy classification. His shows are an exhilarating mix of musical improvisation and performance art, underlined with raw unpredictability. His recorded material is dark but beautiful, marrying traditional folk with surrealist experimentation.

From the earliest gigs back in 2003, he quickly developed a reputation for engaging shows that incorporated field recordings, acoustic guitar and loop pedals, as well as less conventional musical aids like a rape alarm, a mobile phone and garden vegetables.

Over the past decade he’s toured extensively, playing shows as far away as China, Korea and the US, as well as some of the best UK and European festivals, including Primavera, Green Man and End of the Road.

In 2015 he became the subject of a documentary The Ambiguity of David Thomas Broughton that featured interviews with his friends, family and fellow musicians, including Sam Amidon, David Shrigley and James Yorkston.

Released in three volumes by three labels in three countries, David Thomas Broughton’s latest album Crippling Lack was born in 2016 as a trans-continental triple-vinyl album, with Song, By Toad as one of the labels involved in the project. It was recorded while David was living in Pyongyang, North Korea, with contributions from the likes of Beth Orton, Sam Amidon and Aidan Moffat.

The 2017 Crippling Lack tour was conceived as an evolutionary step in the life of the album. Each show will enlist the help of different collaborators from diverse musical genres to help create different experiences for each and every performance. Some participants will be artists who took part in the making of the original album. Some will be new characters, adding their voices to the cast of Crippling Lack.

David Thomas Broughton explains: ‘This tour will continue to reinterpret my songs, offering unique takes on the album. The original recordings were put down relatively quickly, with a degree of spontaneity and not spending a lot of time composing. By exploring them more, I can see what they can become and what different groups of collaborators can spur in my own creative endeavour.’

With David Thomas Broughton currently based in South Korea, this tour represents a rare opportunity to witness one of England’s most eccentric and enigmatic performers.

‘Broughton’s live shows are miniature spectacles. He roams through the crowd and uses furniture as percussion. He layers sounds in slightly haphazard ways, as though his songs weren’t so holy that he couldn’t subject them to chance’ – Pitchfork

‘Straddling the line between music hall turn and avant-garde performance artist… not to be missed’ – Mojo

Local support comes from Former Bullies. Everything is here on the surface, open and honest, and totally at ease with all that means. But, shot through even the most lonesome of tunes is a golden ray of endearing optimism. The band have a history of keeping things simple, with sparse arrangements of instantaneous pop tunes that spring immediately into life and scurry off over the horizon before you know what’s hit you.

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

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 14 December 2017
Where: St Michael’s, 36-38 George Leigh Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5DG

We’re delighted to be bringing Haiku Salut back to Manchester, for a Christmas outing of their Lamp Show!

Two years after they brought their lamp show to Manchester for a glorious night at Hallé St Peters and three years since they staged the lamp show in the swimming baths of Indy Man Beer Con, Haiku Salut return for what is bound to be a magical night: a Christmas Lamp Show!

Haiku Salut are a unique proposition, sweeping between all-manner of genres but never losing the soft focus of the inspired instrumentals that provide their back-bone. Rising from minimal, glitchy pop songs into moments of distinct and awe-inspiring grandiosity, the band match the intensity of their recorded sound with a mightily fetching, and suitably dramatic live show.

If you’ve not seen the lamp show before, you’re in for a dazzling, exhilarating treat. The trio perform with a stageful of vintage lamps which are programmed to flash, fade and flicker in time to the music – and result is utterly spellbinding, like watching electronica come to life.

All of their previous lamp shows have sold out in advance, so getting an advance ticket is advised.

‘A collection of vintage lamps of varying sizes is scattered around the front of the church and flick on and off in time to the music. How it’s done leaves most of the audience scratching their heads and trying to work it all out as they file out of the church an hour or so later’ – Music OMH

‘A bulb bursts into life, followed by another, then another across the room. As parts are introduced the lamps become a flutter of activity, illuminating fretboards, cymbals and touchpads’ – London in Stereo

Special guests are TV ME. TV ME is broadcasting. A three-piece project led by Thomas McConnell with tracks inspired by childhood, Playstations, memories of old computers and regurgitated pop culture. Their intriguing future-pop is inventive, catchy and importantly, audible. Through 2016 Thomas was known as Tom Low. He released the Phone EP on Deltasonic and toured with Mercury Prize nominee C Duncan. However, during the final months of the year he disappeared into recording a new project, composing everything from eccentric pop, musical suites to imaginary soundtracks. After drawing up diagrams for a new machine to release his music and tuning in with Adam Dixon and Frankie Tibbles, TV ME are now transmitting. Debut single Peppercorn Boy is out soon on Deltasonic.

This will be one of the first public concerts in St Michael’s since its recent re-opening, having been closed since 2004. The Roman Catholic church was founded in 1859 and became the heart of the Little Italy Community in Ancoats.

AGE RESTRICTION: This show is 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 16 December 2017
Where: St Michael’s, George Leigh Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5DG

PLEASE NOTE: This show has sold out! But fear not – we’ll be announcing a follow-up show in the spring shortly! Join our mailing list at the top of the page for updates.

We’re delighted to be presenting ‘an evening with’ Honeyfeet – at St Michael’s in Ancoats!

Join Honeyfeet as they celebrate the release of their single Sinner on Wah Wah 45s! For a good few years, Honeyfeet has been a conduit for the ideas and expressions of an exotic mixture of Manchester-based musicians. Jazz? Yes, some of that! Folk? Stick that in there! Hip-hop? I thought you’d never ask!

Someone once called it Folk-Hop and Barrelhouse-pop, and that’s just vague enough to make sense. Honeyfeet have spent the past nine years tearing around festival stages and theatres, clubs and fields melting down blues and pop, jazz and disco, pushing air molecules around with instruments and making friends in the process. It’s all very lovely. It helps that they are fronted by Ri?oghnach Connolly, ‘a remarkable singer and flautist who… can ease from Irish traditional influences to soul,’ according to the Guardian.

This festival season has seen Honeyfeet perform main stages at Shambala, Beautiful Days and Belgium’s Copacobana Festival, along with wowing audiences at Glastonbury, Boomtown, Wilderness, Secret Garden Party, Kendal Calling and Bimble Bandada.

Honeyfeet released the album It’s a Good Job I Love You in November 2013. Their new single Sinner was released in October 2017 on Wah Wah 45s. Their new album, Orange Whip, will be launched in March 2018.

This show will be ‘an evening with’ Honeyfeet – featuring two sets by the band, of songs old and new.

This will be one of the first public concerts in St Michael’s since its recent re-opening, having been closed since 2004. The Roman Catholic church was founded in 1859 and became the heart of the Little Italy Community in Ancoats.

AGE RESTRICTION: This show is 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 19 January 2018
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with The Deslondes again – with guest Robbie Cavanagh!

The Deslondes will promoting their critically acclaimed new album Hurry Home on this January tour of the UK, which included an appearance at the Celtic Connections festival.

The Deslondes follow up their impressive debut album with the equally fine Hurry Home. Less country-inclined than its predecessor the album finds the band roaming through a variety of styles – swampy southern roots, 1950s rockabilly, and classic rhythm & blues that, with several members of the band singing lead on various songs, gives the album a truly dynamic feel.

Hurry Home represents a sonic shift from the country-folk of their debut to a psychedelic, electrified soul sound, with a stronger emphasis on organ and electric guitar. The band split up songwriting and lead vocal duties among its five members, Sam Doores, Riley Downing, Dan Cutler, John James Tourville and Cameron Snyder, continuing its democratic ethos and musical versatility.

The album that emerged is Hurry Home. ‘It’s a fitting title for this album because our lives and our songwriting revolve around leaving and returning, or searching for, home,’ says the band. ‘And home can be a physical place, a relationship, or a state of mind.’

Local support comes from Robbie Cavanagh. Robbie Cavanagh recently returned with his stunning second album To Leave / To Be Left, via At The Helm Records. Recorded at Eve Studios near Manchester, To Leave / To Be Left finds Cavanagh (sounds like ‘Copa Cabana’) building upon his debut with 11 new tracks exploring, ‘leaving and being left. What’s taken away and what’s left behind’. Eve Studios is an old vicarage full of old BBC equipment and collected antiques, giving the album a really natural, old sound without feeling forced. Robbie, producer Roo Walker and Engineer Henry Broadhead worked closely together, deciding on each sound, each instrument, each tone.

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

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When: 7pm on Wednesday 31 January 2018
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be welcoming Liima back – this time, to Soup Kitchen!

Fresh off tour with Grizzly Bear, Liima have shared a second track and video from their forthcoming album 1982 (out 3 November on City Slang) and announced a European headline tour.

The Danish-Finnish group, featuring the three members of Efterklang alongside drummer Tatu Rönkkö, share this latest cut 2-Hearted, with front man Casper Clausen commenting: ‘2-Hearted is about a conflict of the love for two different directions – wanting two different people or opposite directions in life at the same time, and to find an acceptance within the situation rather than a choice. We wrote this song in Viseu, Portugal at the Jardins Efemeros Festival. It’s the first song we have made using the often-damned auto-tune effect. We feel the auto-tune contra the clean vocal fits the duality of this song.’

In the year 1982, Time Magazine chose the first ever non-human ‘person of the year’; the Personal Computer. It’s also the year that Liima’s Casper Clausen was born, with the other three band members born in the surrounding years. Though 1982 is not an album that tries to mimic the sounds of that year, it is an album borne of influences and circumstances that stem back to that point in time. It’s an album that sees the band questioning the concept of identity and our place in time – as much an album of existential questioning and of looking forward as it is of nostalgia and reflection.

Liima was born as much of breaking old habits as building new habits, and their second album, provides a masterclass in pushing beyond one’s established comfort zones. Like its predecessor, 1982 was written during four residencies, beginning in January 2016 – before Liima’s debut ii was even released – at The London Edition, where Casper Clausen, Rasmus Stolberg, Mads Brauer and Tatu Rönkkö worked in a club in the hotel’s basement, sometimes watched by small crowds, much as PJ Harvey was during the making of The Hope Six Demolition Project at London’s Somerset House.

They reassembled at another hotel in Copenhagen before embarking upon tours of North America, South America, and Europe. Even then, they’d reconvene between trips to continue work, first in the less glamorous surroundings of a music conservatory in Viseu, Portugal, in July 2016, then, finally, in August, at Berlin’s Michelberger Hotel. By the time they gathered in Mankku Studios in Porvoo – again in the Finnish countryside – Liima were more than ready to begin recording with Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor as co-producer.

1982 finds Liima – musically and lyrically – exploring themes that shaped their youth while looking forward to a future in times that feel as uncertain as they ever might have been, and in which we all struggle to find our identity. ‘Finding values of life, giving up on values of life… Our civilisation, our way of life and our liberal thinking is threatened and challenged,’” Clausen muses. ‘I say our time, but could it be MY time, MY age. Was it like that for my father when he was 35 years old? I’m wondering, I guess the album is wondering.’

Here, amidst the contemplation and questioning, the band stake their claim firmly to both their new name and their new sound. For a band originally founded upon enthusiastic acts of spontaneity, 1982 represents a huge, sophisticated leap forward. The decision to form Liima may have been as bold and radical as their new sound, but the consequences speak for themselves.

Local support comes from Koalas. Following on from their downbeat summer debut Home Heart, Manchester synth-pop duo Koalas have just reveal their hand with a double a-side of exhilarating left-field pop, Lover / Two Loves. With Manchester’s lurching music scene currently knee deep in DIY guitar bands, Koalas are part of a new vanguard of artists to come out of the Low Four studio and label, working with producer Brendan Williams (Dutch Uncles, GoGo Penguin, Makemake). Koalas cite influences ranging from Caribou and Boards of Canada to The Pointer Sisters and Ambitious Lovers.

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

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 3 February 2018
Where: St Michael’s, 36-38 George Leigh Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5DG

We’re delighted to be hosting the Manchester leg of Willy Vlautin’s ‘Words and Music’ tour!

For this special event, Willy Vlautin will be playing songs from Richmond Fontaine and The Delines, as well as instrumentals that are featured on the soundtrack from his new book Don’t Skip Out on Me. He will be accompanied by David Murphy, who previously toured with Richmond Fontaine, on pedal steel.

Willy will be reading from the book too – with songs interspersed with a Q&A, discussing the books, his music and a new film adaptation of his novel Lean on Pete by British director Andrew Haigh.

Vlautin’s fifth novel, Don’t Skip Out On Me is published on 1 February by Faber and Faber. Like his previous novel Northline it will have an accompanying soundtrack included with the book on CD – but this time it is Richmond Fontaine playing on all the instrumental tracks. While the CD comes with the book, Décor Records will be releasing the album on vinyl – as well as a vinyl and CD release of the previous Willy Vlautin soundtrack to Northline.

There will be copies of the new book available to buy on the night, which Willy will be signing after the show, along with vinyl copies of both albums.

This will be one of the first public concerts in St Michael’s since its recent re-opening, having been closed since 2004. The Roman Catholic church was founded in 1859 and became the heart of the Little Italy Community in Ancoats.

AGE RESTRICTION: This show is 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 3 February 2017
Where: Club Academy, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PR

PLEASE NOTE: This is a rescheduled date from November 2017. Original tickets remain valid.

We’re delighted to be promoting Will Varley’s biggest Manchester show to date!

The heady sense of the unfamiliar suffuses Will Varley‘s music – somehow so rooted in the ancient folk traditions we know intimately yet with a voice and lyricism that resonates unlike anyone before him. Perhaps it’s the collision of his relative youth and wisdom. Or perhaps it’s the times, and how Will is able to capture them in his soul-searching and musings.

From rambling along England’s south coast playing shows along the way to supporting Billy Bragg, The Proclaimers and Frank Turner, Will’s travels have led him to places far from his home in Kent, the Garden of England.

After self-releasing two albums, he signed to Xtra Mile Recordings in 2015 whereupon third album Postcards From Ursa Minor propelled him with rocket fuel into new territory. It would’ve been easy to draw on that for a couple of years, but it’s alien to Will to remain in one place for too long. ‘If you know where you are when you wake up, something’s wrong,’ he sings on Seize the Night, and so it goes that fourth album Kingsdown Sundown followed only a year later. It was immediately clear that Will had absorbed the shadow that had fallen squarely across the world as 2016 unfolded.

Instead of the inherent hopeful sound of Postcards, he pared down the songs to a sombre, skeletal tone. To Build A Wall, Something Is Breaking, We Want Our Planet Back and We’ll Keep Making Plans tell the tales of a world in crisis, and the efforts of ordinary people to carry on. While his crowds got bigger and his songs were being embraced by peers and fans alike, Will still wrote what he felt. And people understood. These songs made even more sense as they hung in the air at the beautiful Union Chapel in north London, a sold-out, hair-raising and triumphant show.

But Will couldn’t dwell on that set of songs for long either. In bringing the exhilaration of the unfamiliar into his fifth album Spirit of Minnie, Will took the opportunity to record the album in autumn 2017 with producer Cameron McVey, who has worked with trip-hop luminaries Massive Attack and Portishead. Making this decision will undoubtedly be another unforgettable milestone.

For the first time, Will assembled a full band to draw out the galaxy-spanning atmosphere within the core of his songs. A nod to his previous brush with Postcards…, All Those Stars brings you into the warmth, and invites you to admire the grain of the songs while lost in the ambience. By the time you reach the halfway point, Statue, Will’s songs have been lifted by pedal steel, violins, piano, bringing them a visual quality, like seeing things in colour for the first time. The title track is a career highlight – a tale that recalls folk-storytelling traditions and folklore (‘to us she is vast and ancient, to the universe she is still a child’) with the swell of its drama built from an eerie collage of acoustic sounds, a reminder of how potent a vision an intimate room of unplugged musicians can conjure. The album closes with a story of humanity, our place on the Earth and our curiosity, and our follies, set to an ebbing and flowing ocean of strings guided by the pull of the band at its heart. As ever, Will has taken us on his travels, asked big questions and explored further than before, away from the stark rolling hills of Kingsdown Sundown to the wide, expansive and mysterious landscapes of Spirit of Minnie.

And more people are set to join the robust party accompanying him – his back catalogue for the first time available on Spotify and other streaming sites and live shows around the world growing in size organically, just as his songs have grown with instrumentation and ambition. His appeal is in how he turns his hand to the heartfelt and the philosophical and relates it back to every single person that hears him and is understood. He is the definition of a modern storyteller steeped in tradition.

His return to the road in 2018 follows most of 2017 being on it – supporting Frank Turner in the US, performing solo in Germany and France, returning to the US to support Lincoln Durham, and then yet another European tour this time with Valerie June. He consistently steals the show, as he has at festival tents throughout the summer, at Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings in May 2017, and at the first Xtra Mile Reeperbahn showcase in September. He continues to tour and bring songs to as many as possible – joining Skinny Lister in the US and playing his biggest UK tour to date including London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on album release day.

It all seems a long time since his first tour with The Proclaimers (in 2015), when he first supported Frank Turner at the Royal Albert Hall in support of Teenage Cancer Trust, his first EP release with Xtra Mile – the passing of time has crafted a one-off, a man who broaches the unfamiliar and comes back to tell us what he’s found in the most beautiful ways.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a rescheduled date from November 2017. Original tickets remain valid.

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When: 7pm on Wednesday 14 February 2017
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

Following her sold-out show at the Eagle Inn, we’re delighted to be working with Jen Cloher again – this time, at the Deaf Institute!

Acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Jen Cloher has released her much anticipated self-titled album – her fourth.

By now you would have heard the singles – the raw and unflinching examination of Forgot Myself, and the melancholy sweep of Regional Echo – pointing towards Cloher’s unique way with a double edged lyric and serrated guitar chord. It’s certainly something critics have picked up on, with the album so far winning accolades from the likes of the Guardian, Observer, Loud and Quiet and more.

A letter in triplicate addressed to the themes of love, music and Australia, Jen Cloher is the culmination of a period of artistic and personal growth in which the artist took her rightful place as a punk-rock figurehead of Australia’s famous DIY music scene. She is an outspoken advocate for artist rights and co-founder of the incredible Milk! Records label, which includes the likes of Courtney Barnett and Fraser A. Gorman among its luminaries. Since 2013, Cloher’s output has been increasingly sharp-witted and poetic, with her last album, the critically lauded In Blood Memory representing an artistic apex for the artist and garnering her a prestigious Australian Music Prize nomination.

Released through Cloher and Barnett’s own label Milk! Records, Jen Cloher represents another quantum leap forward for the artist. Recorded amidst the rolling greenery of South-Eastern Australia and mixed at Jeff Tweedy’s famous Loft Studios in Chicago, the songs are split by Courtney Barnett’s extraordinary lead guitar and anchored by the rhythm section of Bones Sloane and Jen Sholakis. The end result is bold, assured, and piercingly observed, seeing Cloher face up to painful truths with unwavering honesty and emerge triumphant. On tracks like Analysis Paralysis and Shoegazers Cloher dissects the complacency of privilege, while on the stirring anthem-to-be Strong Woman she looks to her Maori heritage of women warriors, proud that her mother ‘wanted respect more than love’.

This is Cloher at her most incisive and witty, cutting and expressive, and represents possibly her most stunning body of work to date.

‘Her fourth and best album yet… incredible’ – The Guardian

‘Astonishingly candid… (she) tackles politics, equality and pride with frank intimacy’ – The Observer New Review

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange,  WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7pm on Saturday 17 February 2018
Where: Band on the Wall, 26 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ

We’re delighted to welcome The Lovely Eggs back – this time, to Band on the Wall, with special guests Porky the Poet (aka Phill Jupitus) plus Mr Ben and the Bens.

Hot on the heels of their rammed and raucous Autumn tour, Northern psychedelic punks The Lovely Eggs announce their next series of live dates for February ahead of their forthcoming album This Is Eggland (out 23 February on Egg Records). The Lovely Eggs are one of the most unique, innovative and genuine bands on the British Underground music scene. Setting themselves apart from the mainstream, they’ve built up a cult following which is due to blow wide open with their mild-melting new album, produced by Flaming Lips/Mercury Rev producer Dave Fridmann. You can sample what’s in store with their brand new single, I Shouldn’t Have Said That, which is out now. They will be supported by comedian Phill Jupitus (in his guise as Porky the Poet) on all dates.

This Is Eggland is heavier and more in-your-face than anything they’ve done previously. Married couple Holly Ross (guitar/vocals) and David Blackwell (drums) bring together a fierce DIY ethos, surreal sense of humour and kitchen-sink realism. Dave Fridmann lends his magic dust to bring out the best of The Lovely Eggs’ explosive blend of motoric krautrock, 60s psychedelia and punk rock attitude, all flipped over and egged up.

The album title This is Eggland is a cheeky nod to Shane Meadows’ series This Is England. It is a comment on the current state of the country, with The Lovely Eggs encouraging people to build their own worlds and create their own reality in these troubled times. The album is about being an outsider and doing things differently, eschewing society’s conventions as they have done.

The album was self-recorded at Lancaster Musician’s Co-op (a non profit making recording studio and rehearsal rooms, where the pair met and David works) and the Eggs’ own house in Lancaster, while their three-year-old son was in bed. Dave Fridmann then produced it remotely with the band sending demos and working progress back and forth. The result is a gratifyingly rich sounding record, which still retains the raw energy of the band’s sound but harnesses a real power and dynamism. It’s much heavier than anything they’ve done before. As Holly says: ‘It’s pretty relentless. It kind of sounds like a chip shop on fire. We still write about everyday life and the stuff that goes on in our world, it’s just the new album is more fierce and really tells it like it is.’

Before stand-up comedy, television and musical theatre took him to their arms, Phill Jupitus plied his trade as Porky The Poet. In the turbulent mid-1980s, this shambling, badge-spangled firebrand was slinging his whimsical, and often quite cross stanzas across the land, opening for such artists as Billy Bragg, Gil Scott Heron, The Pogues, The Housemartins, Alexei Sayle and The Style Council.

After a lengthy hiatus, Jupitus revived Porky at the Edinburgh Free Fringe in 2012 with his first one-man poetry show Twenty Seven Years On. He followed the success of this run with Zeitgeist Limbo (2013), Juplicity (2014), Apologist Now! (2015 and, most recently, Survivalve (2017).

Missing the sticky-floored majesty of his early gigs, Jupitus offered his services to Lancaster legends The Lovely Eggs, stepping onstage to tickle, confound and let’s face it downright confuse their audiences before a few of their gigs. He has enjoyed this experience so much that he will be opening for them on their forthcoming UK tour in February 2018, before going on to continue his own Juplicity stand-up comedy tour through March and April.

Opening the show is Mr Ben – a ham-fisted Lancashire lad who plays melodic folk-pop – who will be joined by his band, the Bens.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Band on the Wall’s box office (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Sunday 18 February 2018
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be welcoming Loney dear back – his first visit since 2012!

Swedish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emil Svanängen makes records and plays shows under the enigmatic name of Loney dear. In the early 2000s, in his Stockholm apartment studio, Svanängen made a name for himself by creating homemade CDrs with a minidisk microphone and a home computer, self-releasing albums which by 2007 had pricked Sub Pop‘s ears and they released Loney Noir. Two more albums – Dear John and Hall Music – followed, as did glowing reviews in the Guardian, BBC, Drowned in Sound, Pitchfork and earlier this year the Line of Best Fit went as far as calling him a ‘brilliant genius’.

Loney dear has consistently crafted elegant, deeply stirring music, described by The Quietus as ‘the obsessive work of one man, albeit one that can sing with the vulnerable delicacy of an angel and makes bedroom recordings that sound like God’s own orchestra’. Multi-layered with instrumentation and Svanängen’s fragile yet irrepressible vocals, Loney dear’s songs bloom with a sense of both intimacy and openness, at once uplifting and heartbreaking, tenacious yet tender.

In 2017 Svanängen finds himself at something of a crossroads. His career, in many ways, has been as unique as his music. ‘I’ve been taking some strange roads. Basically, I have a really strange career and I have no idea where it’s going. Everything is always random because my career is so small and slow. I have had to learn to enjoy all the randomness of what I’m doing.’

After all these years in the music industry, Svanängen has reached a stage in which he is not striving to be loved, to be big, to be recognised or feels that he is deserving of more than he has. Above all, he feels emboldened and powerful simply by the new music he is making, as featured on his latest album. ‘I’m moving into a more bold state, I’m confident, powerful, I became a singer, I learned my darkness and discovered my magnetism.’

Loney dear’s eponymous seventh album is released on Real World Records on 29 September 2017.

‘An elegant, understated pop masterpiece’ – The Independent

‘Celestial mini-symphonies… conjure visions of a one-man Scandi version of Animal Collective’ – Uncut

‘On Loney dear, Svanängen has finally hit the perfect balance’ – Under The Radar

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