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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 5 April 2014
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be promoting the first headline show for Kiran Leonard, to launch his new single, Geraldo’s Farm.

Kiran Leonard is a mercurially talented 18-year-old musician from Oldham. His debut album, Bowler Hat Soup, was released on Hand Of Glory in late 2013 as a limited run of 300 vinyl copies. His music has won acclaim from publications as diverse as The Guardian, NME, Pitchfork, The Line Of Best Fit and Mojo, while his debut album was featured by 6 Music as Album Of The Day and Kiran was invited to perform on both the Marc Riley and Lauren Laverne shows.

New single Geraldo’s Farm is the 13th track on Kiran’s debut album, bringing to a close a pseudo-grandiose collection of pieces, which we can refer to as ‘the Sisyphean Everything’, beginning at the 8th track, encompassing around 13 minutes, and covering the Big Little Themes for Discussion: education, solvents, life imitating theatre imitating the circus, interpersonal cynicism, coincidences, water, extra-dimensional life-forms, airport duty free area floor tiles, hatred of ontology, love, war.

‘Geraldo’s Farm offers skittering lo-fi electro weirdness with more going on than bigger bands manage over an entire album’ – Mojo

Kiran played the 6 Music Festival at Victoria Warehouse in early March. He’s previously joined the likes of Ralfe Band, the Wave Pictures and Ezra Furman on line-ups before this, his first headline show. Kiran will be joined by his band, featuring members of Plank!, Easter and NASDAQ.

Main support comes from POST. Formed in Glasgow and re-constituted in Manchester, POST released the mini album Cavalcade in 2013, gaining the 3- to 7-piece (depends on the gig) recognition at 6 Music, the NME and blogs the whole hyperreal world over. Now they’re back, opening Glasgow collective We Can Still Picnic’s forthcoming 12″ compilation and with a brand new album ready to coincide with the imminent dismantling of this once great nation. Come walk the borderline with POST.

Opening the show is Tekla, a solo artist based in Manchester who sometimes play banjo and zither, and always guitar. She makes ethereal lullabies, played and sung in inimitable style – understated, yet brimming with invention and delicate beauty.

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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