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Upcoming shows: System Exclusive... Rachel Sermanni... Erland Cooper & Ensemble... Josh Rouse... Cinder Well... Tiny Ruins... Gratis: Amy May Ellis... Guadalupe Plata... Will Samson... Ben P Williams with Shimna... Kathryn Williams & Polly Paulusma... Jean-Michel Blais... Kristin Hersh... Gratis: Simeon Walker... Martin Kohlstedt... Lande Hekt... Someone... An Evening with Honeyblood... The Breath... Hania Rani... Ye Vagabonds... Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay... Thomas Truax... Gratis: Wesley Gonzalez... Wreckless Eric... The David Tattersall Group... One Little Atlas... His Lordship... OFF!... BC Camplight... Julie Byrne... Freya Beer... Edwin R. Stevens... Peter Brewis... Smoke Fairies... Lambert... Withered Hand & Darren Hayman... Holy Moly & The Crackers... The Rural Alberta Advantage... The Unthanks in Winter... John Craigie... John Francis Flynn... Junior Brother... Beans on Toast...

When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 18 October 2023
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re pleased to be welcoming Lande Hekt back to Manchester!

Lande Hekt’s music is born out of self-reflection, social and political awareness, and her capacity for evocative storytelling. Having explored this personal song-writing approach with her former band, Muncie Girls, with their punchy yet tender punk-flecked songs, Lande released her debut solo record Going To Hell in 2021 via queer and trans run independent label Get Better Records. Going To Hell presents its raw honesty amongst understatedly luminous melodies and candid, unpretentious lyrics which contemplate, among other things, her experience coming out as gay. Lande’s music sits beautifully alongside such essential artists as The Wedding Present, The Sundays, The Replacements, Sleeper and Sharon Van Etten.

With her debut album barely a year old, 2022 saw Lande armed with a whole new collection of song-form vignettes and musings on her life and experiences with second album House Without a View (partnering again with Get Better Records and Prize Sunflower Records in the UK). Kicking off where the last record left off, House Without a View continues to explore ideas of queer identity, as well as her changing relationship with gender, dealing with childhood trauma, and confronting the isolation and period of adjustment brought by the pandemic. Lead single Gay Space Cadets daydreams about a life of excitement and adventure instead of being ‘forced to buy into capitalism and become a pathetic, losing player in a game that you hate’. Although there’s darkness and sadness within the record, there’s also some shining beacons of positivity and a light-hearted side, albeit with a side of frustration.

Lande has toured in the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia supporting the likes of Alvvays, Laura Jane Grace and the legend that is Tricky. She has also played at Glastonbury festival, as well as events for The Big Issue and the Labour Party. Lande will be back on the road in 2023 supporting New Zealand quartet The Beths on their UK and Europe tour.

In 2023, Lande Hekt continues her poignant musical introspection with two new singles Pottery Class and Axis. Bittersweet Pottery Class captures the feeling of yearning for someone and longing for a space to share with that person. In the song, Lande reflects: ‘We could move to the city, go to shows and join a pottery class / But you’d always be overwhelmed by everything that moves too fast / I don’t care where we live, I just want you back.’

Second single Axis conveys wistful and fleeting thoughts of loneliness and the desire for freedom, transforming elusive feelings into concrete experiences: ‘Late nights keep me down but it’s different from how it used to be / Birds fly past the window and Lola wishes she was free.’ After spinning in a hazy stream-of-consciousness amongst hypnotic guitar-driven instrumentals, Lande resigns ‘it’s always the bad days that keep me from pushing forward’.

Local support comes from Autocamper. Autocamper are a C86-influenced, socially awkward indie-pop band from Manchester.

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