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:
Josh McClorey of The Strypes chatted about his band, their new album (due next year), the Irish national team and also United. Part 2 of the interview – where McClorey talks about Elton John (who signed them) and David Beckham, is in next month’s mag.
I also met new band Ghosts of Social Networks, based in Old Trafford and, at that time, yet to play a live show.
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.
For the Summer Special issue of United We Stand, I interviewed Dom Thomas of Manchester band Whyte Horses about United, record collecting, and the Whyte Horses debut album, Pop Or Not.
Shortly after going to press, Pop Or Not was named as the no1 album of 2016 so far by Piccadilly Records.