Author Archives: Turner Hall

The Biggest Band In Britain – An Update

Courteeners played a “truly triumphant” show in Heaton Park last weekend to 50,000 people.

Still Cooking

Lamb recently released their seventh album The Secret Of Letting Go. People loved it…

“Lamb at their very best” Electronic Sound
“Minimal electronica (and) a Morricone-esque epic in the disorientating time signature 7/8 show they are an effective highbrow dance floor act” Uncut 7/10
“Blessed… dynamic… Andy Barlow and Lou Rhodes seem to have used the sun to light up the darker corners of human interaction” Q 4*
“Impressive… sparkling and soaring… redolent of John Barry’s Bond work” Classic Pop
“The Secret of Letting Go effectively becomes the gateway for a new generation of listeners to discover this unappreciated duo” XS Noise 8/10
“The Secret of Letting Go” sees Lamb fully-evolved and content, allowing them to just be their best selves” Soundblab 8/10
“Sophisticated without being too excessive… recalling the majesty of earlier classics such as “Górecki” and “Heaven’” AllMusic
“Regal” Long Live Vinyl 7/10
“Twenty two years after their soul-destroying debut, Lamb are still cooking” Mixmag 8/10

The Biggest Band In Britain

All 50,000 tickets sold in three and a half hours. Fucking get in.

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Courteeners. Heaton Park. June 2019.

Courteeners have put an early claim in for ‘gig of the 2019’ with the announcement of a huge show at Heaton Park in Manchester on June 15th 2019. Support comes from James, DMAs, Pale Waves and 50,000 people all singing back to the band.

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Turner Hall at the Q Awards

Turner Hall were extremely proud that two of their acts won major gongs at the Q Awards last week (sorry it’s taken us this long to post about it – hangover just subsiding). Underworld took Track of the Year for Bells & Circles (the first track on their collaborative EP with Iggy Pop) and the mighty Ian McCulloch who won the Icon Awards (presented by Shaun William Ryder). Also in attendance – Courteeners‘ Liam Fray who presented best solo artist to Noel Gallagher and Gaz Coombes who presented best new act to the staunchest band around, Idles.

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“We’re supposed to be making magic”

Underworld made a phenomenal record with Iggy Pop. We had one shot at an interview. Q were gracious enough to take it, resulting in Underworld‘s first Q cover (possibly Iggy’s too?). Couldn’t be prouder.

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“I think I’m looking for the song that loves me back”

Very proud to begin working with evergreen geniuses Echo & the Bunnymen – first up, an incredible and deeply honest read in this month’s Mojo. Lots more to come.

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No Profit In Pain – Gruff celebrates the NHS at 70

Helped the mighty Gruff Rhys out with a recent one-off track recorded specially for the National Theatre Wales’ NHS70 Festival. The Guardian ran a piece by Gruff spelling out why we need to fight to save this most beloved yet beleaguered British institution.

“It’s not so much that they don’t make them like this any more, it’s more that they never really did at the time”

The above headline is from Prog‘s review of the recent 21st anniversary reissue of Mansun‘s incredible debut Attack of the Grey Lantern. Elsewhere, it was the Sunday Times ‘must have reissue of the week’, where it was described as “Absurd, compelling and testament to reckless ambition”. Mansun’s Paul Draper hits the road for an acoustic solo tour later this year.