Over bank holiday weekend, Neighbourhood Weekender came back to Warrington’s Victoria Park for its second year, bringing headliners George Ezra, Richard Ashcroft, Primal Scream, The Vaccines and many more artists for the two-day event. This year, there was no genre favoured in the lineup, but instead, a wide variation of artists were carefully chosen and the festival brought together some of the best musicians from across the board, catering to everyone’s taste. The diverse line-up, along with the well-timed sets made sure you could see every band you wanted to, while also discovering new artists and having a dance in the sun (of course)
Every year I look forward to Dot to Dot Festival, I always find it’s a great place to discover new artists, while also watching some of my favourite emerging bands. The metropolitan festival takes place over three days, one day in Manchester, one in Bristol and the last in Nottingham. Each day taking over a number of venues in the city and showcasing the same headliners but also a further line up of artists local to that area.
Celebrating the re-release one of their most loved albums, Manic Street Preachers are currently touring intimate venues across the country, and earlier this week stopped for two days at Manchester’s O2 Ritz. It has been over 20 years since they released This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
It can be difficult to find a music venue quite like Manchester’s Albert Hall, it is an old church with high ceilings, ornate windows and intricate decoration which just makes it feel special. It’s even more difficult to find an artist who compliments the beautiful room, but Saturday’s headliner, Dermot Kennedy, perfectly suited the venue and effortlessly took over with his captivating voice
Two years ago, I first saw The Blinders play a tiny venue in Bolton, there was 20, maybe 30 people there, the atmosphere was intense, and the performance was in-your-face and unforgettable. I would have never imagined a band like this on a big stage, surely the energy wouldn’t work, how can you create the fierce intimacy between hundreds, possibly thousands of people? But, this weekend, they pulled it off with their biggest headline to date at The Ritz in Manchester, where the energy was even more concentrated in the prodigious room than it was when I first saw them at my little local venue.