About neil meehan

Listen to music, play music, watch football. Write about music for United We Stand - award-winning Manchester United fanzine. www.uwsonline.com Past interviewees for the fanzine include: Tim Burgess, Pat Nevin, Andy Rourke, Cast, Happy Mondays, Dodgy, Dutch Uncles, The Sunshine Underground, XXXY, Now Wave + more.

Stockholm – Europa League Final 2017

Some photos i took whilst in Stockholm for the Europa League Final. 24th May 2017, Friends Arena, Stockholm.

UWS Interviews – Issues 265-270 – Cabbage, Night & Day, Black Josh, Jordan Allen, Ist Ist, Dutch Uncles, Barry Adamson

Recent interviewees for the Transmission section of United We Stand fanzine are detailed below. UWS is available on matchdays at Old Trafford, in Wh Smiths throughout the UK, or available on subscription in print or digital format via the website.

Issue 265 – November 2016 – Cabbage

I spoke to Lee and Eoghan about the band’s new EP, forthcoming album, musical protest, and MUFC. Website

Issue 266 – Gareth Butterworth, Night & Day

Home-and-away Red Gareth Butterworth discussed his role as promoter for Night & Day in Manchester. Venue Website

Issue 267 – January 2017 – Black Josh

Manchester hip-hop star and United fan Black Josh discussed his influences, Manchester hip-hop and his track Paul Scholes. Bandcamp

Issue 268 – February 2017 – Ist Ist / Jordan Allen

Interviews with two local bands who are set for big things in 2017. Ist Ist and Jordan Allen

Issue 269 – March 2017 – Dutch Uncles

I spoke to Dutch Uncles about new album Big Balloon and the forthcoming tour. We also had a chat about football and MUFC. Website

Issue 270 – April 2017 – Barry Adamson

Barry Adamson discussed his new solo album, plus past work with Magazine, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and as a film composer. He also gave his thoughts on Manchester and growing up a United fan in Moss Side. Website

Musical Highlights of 2016

Below is my annual recollection of some music highlights of the year, for the good guys and gals at [sic] Magazine who introduce me to so much of it.

Although the twelve months of 2016 are likely to be remembered as much for who left us, as for what was left for us, (not to mention leave-ing) there were as always some great records, including Savages, Kiran Leonard, Ed Harcourt and Radiohead. Bowie‘s Blackstar – with the mystique surrounding the timing of its release – was a great record to start a year, and set the tone for tragedy-turn-triumph; the late Viola Beach were immortalised at Glastonbury, and also by achieving a number one album of their own (crucially, not a cash-in job), and there were countless events such as the ‘Glabstonbury’ all-day event I attended, which saw a host of bands and musicians generously coming together for a worthy cause. Here follow my ten highlights of the year. Continue reading