Author: John W. King

Vera Sola + Elle Mary & The Bad Men – Coming to The Castle Hotel, Manchester

I’m enjoying being on a journey of music discovery at the moment. It all started when an artist who impressed me and my missus at a festival a few years ago, Dan Mangan announced he was coming back to the UK.  His press contact put me on to the wonderful Laura Gibson. After the gig I got chatting to the guy standing next to me about how great she was, and he recommended Vera Sola.  Getting through to Manchester on a school night on public transport is never easy so I didn’t want to like her, but half way...

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Dan Mangan + Steven Adams @ Yes Basement, Manchester – Photo Review

Dan Mangan + Steven Adams YES Basement 8 Charles Street, Manchester Music discovery takes many paths in the digital age.  Long gone are the monopoly of a few radio stations playing the same songs from the Top 40 over and over until they beat you into submission.  Great music has never been more accessible, though with so much out there it’s easy sometimes to get overwhelmed and miss some truly great artists. Me and my missus first discovered Dan Mangan via the much missed Summer Sundae Weekender in Leicester.  As with so many festivals, the more established “big name”...

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The Specials – 40th Anniversary Tour comes to Liverpool Eventim Olympia and Manchester Academy

The Specials, one of the most electrifying, influential and important bands of all time have announced a 31-date European and UK tour in support of their just announced brand new album, “Encore” “Encore”, The Specials first new music for 37 years, will be released on February 1st via UMC /Island Records.  2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Specials and the legendary Two-Tone label in Coventry in 1979, and also marks 10 years since the band reformed to play some of the most vital and joyous live shows in recent memory. APRIL 11 / DUBLIN OLYMPIA...

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