Glorious. sold-out, hometown show at the fabulous Ritz venue, by Manchester’s The Slow Readers Club.
An emotional, celebratory fundraising all-day music event, with proceeds to Macmillan. The charity event featured live music and DJs across two stages, as well as a raffle with a monumental list of prizes. Acts included Maximo Park, Chris Helme, Kyle Falconer from The View, Bex, Horsebeach, Dust Junkys and the Soul Twins. Plus loads more.
More info on this special event can be found here
Some live videos from the day:
Gallery of other acts who throughout the day:
Some photos from the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2016, Camp and Furnace, Blade Factory and District.
Saw lots of great bands over the weekend, most of them very loud. Was also good to catch up with friends. Very friendly crowd, including people kindly giving us drinks tokens, and Faris badwan chatting to me after their set and discussing the line-up for the rest of the night.
5th visit to Katowice for the OFF Festival, which was thankfully as welcoming, familiar and musically inspiring as always. Click the gallery below for some photos from the 3 Ponds Valley:
Some additions this year were the long-overdue beer-that-is-not-Grolsch (Kozel, which sold out on day 1, and Lech), and a smartphone app with line-ups, links to music, and latest news from the organisers (although the souvenir book is, sadly, no more). Both of these came in handy for having a drink whilst trying to follow late changes to the line-up.
Neither the Friday night rain nor the unprecedented flurry of headline acts cancelling at short notice – GZA, The Kills, Anhoni and Wiley (GZA’s replacement) – could dampen the festival. In fact, it meant Jambinai, who I had pencilled in for a 3am finish, were promoted to Saturday main stage headliner, a slot they filled amply and were my highlight of the weekend.
Other highlights were the orchestral productions of Brodka, Goat’s unorthodox take on guitar/drums (with frantic sticksman), the sheer force of Lightning Bolt, and Kiasmos’ house with cutting light show to finish my weekend.
Below is a link to a Soundcloud playlist of the 2016 OFF Festival:
Roll on OFF ’17…
Elbow played an acoustic set at one of the legendary Roadhouse Xmas parties. I think this was in 2008 as I seem to remember them playing Grounds For Divorce. Might be wrong, tho. Great gig by a great band in a great venue.