Category Archives: Artists

Mass Communion

Year after year, album after album, Manchester’s Courteeners have confounded their critics by playing ever-more-massive Manchester venues. From Manchester Arena (2010) to Delamere Forest (2011), Castlefield Bowl (2013) and Heaton Park (2015), a homecoming gig for these boys is never a small – or polite – affair.

Courteeners played a sold out show to 50,000 fans at Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket ground last month just a few days after the atrocity at the Arena. Q, The Times and NME wrote about a truly incredible sold out show by the city’s unarguable hometown heroes.

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Spooky Action

Paul Draper has announced details of his first solo album. Ten and a few years in the making, Spooky Action is a pure trip – eleven tracks of razor-wire guitars and cascading melodies – the perfect return of one of the most iconic frontmen of the ’90s.

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Surreal Carnival

Underworld‘s sold out Alexandra Palace gig (aka the Surreal Carnival Experiment) was gloriously documented over eight pages in Electronic Sound magazine recently. Next up from Smith and Hyde – Karl’s play at the MiF and the weeklong immersive free event Manchester Street Poem.

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“They’re out of the indie ghetto forever now.”

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Killer 4* review of Courteeners Mapping the Rendezvous in the latest issue of Q– out everywhere now.

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Friends Make The Worse Enemies

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Following the release of his first new music in twelve years (this summer’s acclaimed EP ONE), Paul Draper announces a second four track EP on Kscope. The lead track – Friends Make The Worst Enemies – is a knock-out punch; 5 minutes of relentless chasmic melody and autobiographical melancholy that immediately reminds the listener why Paul’s songs were rarely far from the FM dial during Mansun’s supernova career. More to come soon.

 

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Massive Band Gets Even More Massive

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Just ahead of the release of their fifth LP – Mapping the Rendezvous (4* in Q this month!) – Courteeners announce a super-massive hometown headline gig. Roll on May Bank Holiday…

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Yellosphere

Dieter Meier, Boris Blank, Carl Craig, Jaki Liebezeit, Ricardo Donoso, Optimo plus special guests. In London, one-night only.

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Set Fire To The Stars

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The mighty Gruff Rhys finally releases the soundtrack to the Dylan Thomas movie Set Fire To The Stars via crate-diggers extraordinaire Finders Keepers. The soundtrack – a mix of astral jazz and blissful Americana is out on September 30th.

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Mapping the Rendezvous

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Next month, Courteeners return with a huge record and their biggest UK tour to date. The band release Mapping the Rendezvous via Ignition Records on October 28th. The UK tour starts in Stoke on Trent on November 10th. Hear album tracks The 17th and No One Will Ever Replace Us here.

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