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Green Island Festival

The festival's latest installation in the heart of Hulme attracted its largest gathering to date. Now Then spoke to the co-directors on the day.

Mewn

With the enjoyable excesses of the recent festivities disappearing into a different decade, the audience willing to sample the potential…

Joe Armon-Jones

Recently nominated as UK jazz act of the year by Jazz FM, Joe Armon-Jones impressively merges an array of influences to form a sound that…

Brittany Howard

Touring one of her "most honest" albums to date, Brittany Howard brought the perfect combination of soul, funk and rock to Manchester.…

The Amazons

If it’s not frontman Thomson’s distinct flame-shock hair that caught the crowd’s attention as he came into vision, it will absolutely be…

Henge

A healthy crowd turned out for the latest landing of Henge in Manchester. Unlike the War of the Worlds, which is currently undergoing yet…

Night Time Economy

Elbow once played in the now-closed Cine City cinema in Withington. Beth Ditto and her cohorts in The Gossip played in a subterranean club…

worriedaboutsatan

Although a potentially overwhelming experience, worriedaboutsatan do a great job of creating a penetratingly emotive drama, sonically and visually.

Irma Vep

When you are a bassist rocking out like Moema, you know something good is going on.

Foundations Festival

"OMG, she has the same nipple tassels as me." That's not a phrase you will come across in the supermarket. The fact it didn’t cause a stir…

Fab Sunday Special

It’s a strange feeling to leave the early November afternoon daylight behind and descend the steps to the darkened environment that forms…

Agbeko

Agbeko raised the roof of the Soup Kitchen at their sold out gig. The Manchester 11-piece’s no holds barred performance was clearly loved…

Tom Odell

Odell began his set with a focussed piano ballad, immediately captivating audiences with his stage presence, which was surprisingly large…

Manchester Jazz Festival 2018

There's been a London jazz renaissance. My friend, Ted, went to university in 1990, before any of us left the small town we lived in, and…

Summer of Lev

If you want to cover a song, there are a multitude of methods, some better than others. For example, Alexandra Burke’s version of…