Bilbao BBK Live – A Preview

Archie Banks/ May 25, 2017

Despite what you might first think – this preview is not for an event which exists as a tribute to the musical works of grime collective Boy Better Know. Rather, BBK is a rock and pop festival in the picturesque location on the slopes of Kobetamendi Mountain in Bilbao. Often overlooked in the UK due to the mass of media

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The Cribs @ Manchester Academy

Archie Banks/ May 18, 2017

The Cribs never disappoint.   It doesn’t matter where they play, what setlist they do, or even what the occasion is, the Jarmans never seem to have an off-day on stage. On this occasion, they arrived in Manchester for the latest leg of their tour commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the release of their third studio album ‘Men’s Needs,

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The Rifles – Unplugged.. Album Review

Archie Banks/ May 5, 2017

The Rifles might just be one of the most underrated bands in the UK.   There, it’s been said. No, they don’t sell out arenas, and no they don’t have 15 number one singles to their name. But if you critically examine each album they have produced, each one different in its own right, it is very difficult to fault

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The Courteeners – From Attic to Old Trafford

Archie Banks/ May 4, 2017

    Ten years. Five studio albums. An array of memorable gigs in Manchester and beyond. One lineup change. The Courteeners have certainly given fans plenty to follow over the years.   Although aspirations will not stop there, their upcoming huge 50,000 sell-out gig at Old Trafford cricket ground does seem like the crown jewel; the pinnacle of their career

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Jaws @ Manchester Club Academy – Review

Archie Banks/ May 2, 2017

An excitable sell-out crowd, a venue as good as any Manchester has to offer and a band at the very top of their game made for a memorable gig on Tuesday night as Jaws brought their own distinct style of indie-rock to the North West as part of their three-show tour in preparation for festival appearances at, amongst others, Live

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Jaws @ Manchester Club Academy

Archie Banks/ April 25, 2017

For a band with its origins (and accents) firmly in Digbeth, Birmingham, it is perhaps surprising that Manchester gigs for this youthful band have a distinct homecoming feel.   As one of only three standalone headline gigs before fulfilling various festival slots across the country, it is no coincidence that the 4-piece have opted to descend on Manchester’s Club Academy

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An Interview with… The Saw Doctors

Archie Banks/ April 25, 2017

Ahead of their upcoming rearranged show at Rock City, The Mic got in touch with lead singer of the Saw Doctors Leo Moran to find out exactly what the Irish rockers are all about   How did The Saw Doctors form?   The Saw Doctors formed from the remnants of a melodic punky band called Blaze X of which Davy

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A Word On Cabbage

Archie Banks/ April 20, 2017

Many of you will have heard of Cabbage (and no, not the vegetable), the Manchester-based band have been making waves on the music scene over the last year. Their use of social media in broadcasting their songs coupled with support slots for bands such as The Twang, a place on the NME Awards Tour bill and an appearance on popular

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Circa Waves @ Rock City- Review (28th March 2017)

Archie Banks/ April 9, 2017

Circa Waves are back, and back in a big way. With a new album, a largely sold out tour and major festival appearances surely on the horizon, the Liverpool band seem to not only have grown in terms of stature and popularity, but also in terms of themselves. Frontman Kieran Shudall in particular commanded the stage, had his army of

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Neighbourhood Festival soon in Manchester!

Archie Banks/ September 22, 2016

The Bee Gees. Buzzcocks. The Fall. James. Joy Division and New Order. Oasis. SimplyRed. The Smiths. The Stone Roses. The Verve. No city/area (with the exception of Liverpool/Merseyside) has contributed to music in the way that Manchester/Greater Manchester has. To ignore the influence the city has had on music across generations would be not a tragedy, but stupidity. To deprive

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