Author: John W. King

The Make it All Show – Skating Polly – Album Review

Title: The Make it All Show Artist: Skating Polly Label: El Camino Media Release Date: 11th May 2018 It’s very rare than I write album reivews, indeed I believe the “about” page of this blog specifically says I don’t.  There doesn’t seem a lot of point in an age where people can go on to spotify and listen to the album for themselves and make up their own mind about it.  There isn’t a lot I can add.  All I can do is say “hey this is a great artist, go and check them out”. Ocassionally I may make...

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Chromatics + Desire + Double Mixte – Albert Hall, Manchester – Review

Chromatics + Desire + Double Mixte Albert Hall, 27 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR Wednesday 23rd October 2019 Despite being formed in 2001, Chromatics are an act I wasn’t familiar with.  Usually when I receive a press release about a band I haven’t heard of, they are performing in one of the small venues around Liverpool or Manchester, but as they were playing at the 3,000 capacity Albert Hall I was intrigued. Listening to their material on spotify and watching their videos on YouTube, some of their tracks I love with their dark 60’s film soundtrack sound, others to...

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Buzzcocks to play Manchester Gorilla

Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto formed Buzzcocks in Bolton in February 1976. The band, completed by the addition of Steve Diggle and John Maher, opened for the Sex Pistols in Manchester on July 20th, a follow up to the now (in)famous Lesser Free Trade Hall gig which Devoto and Shelley had organised the month before. Gigs in Manchester and London followed, and by the end of 1976, Buzzcocks became one of the first groups to form their own independent record label – New Hormones – on which they released the now-legendary and seminal ‘Spiral Scratch’ EP. The following year...

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The Divine Comedy – Albert Hall, Manchester – Review

The Divine Comedy Albert Hall, 27 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR Friday 19th October 2019 Tonight was practically a religious experience – The Divine Comedy, in a building that looks suspiciously like a church with stained glass windows with crosses, and a church organ behind the stage, Neil Hannon preaching to the faithful from on high, and the faithful hanging on to every word.  There was even a bit of a choir going on for “Stranger Here”. From my vantage point I was able to watch the audience as well as the band, and it was clear from the...

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The Great British Alternative Music Festival – Butlins, Skegness – 2019 Photo Review

The Great British Alternative Music Festival Butlins Skegness Resort, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1NJ Friday 4th October – Monday 7th October 2019 The initial attraction to any festival is always the lineup.  Whether or not you return the following year comes down to the vibe, the people and when it boils down to it, whether or not you had a bloody good time. I had a brilliant time in 2018 and couldn’t wait to get back for more of the same in 2019. It’s a real oasis away from the outside world.  The people in the chalet above/below/next to you...

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