Paul Draper hits the road… this week and next year…

Paul Draper – former frontman of Mansun, one of the most iconic bands of the late ’90s – is about to hit the road for a UK tour. The gigs will be his first ever live solo shows – they all sold out months ago, prior to the release of his debut solo album Spooky Action. A new tour goes on sale this Friday. Expect gigs to sell out fast.

Reviews of Spooky Action:

Draper is an unceasingly self-lacerating lyricist unafraid to deal with his past‘ Q
Record Collector 5* / Uncut 8/10 / Mojo 4* / Louder than War 8/10
Full of howling at the gods emotional catharsis’ Prog


Gruff Rhys: The History of Nails

Gruff Rhys recently made a film about last year’s trip to Siberia for the British Council. The History of Nails explores the long gone possibility of a communist utopia on the far east side of Russia. It’s a truly fantastic piece of work. The film was recently premiered on Nowness.

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Liam Fray – UK Acoustic Tour, All Sold Out

Liam Fray
, the talismanic frontman and mouthpiece of Courteeners – one of the UK’s biggest homegrown success stories – is heading across the UK on a solo tour next month. The whole tour sold out in a day.

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the most successful British artist you’ve never heard of

Reviews for Steven Wilson‘s recently released album To The Bone (charted in the UK at No 3).

Resolutely independent… the most successful British artist you’ve never heard of” The Telegraph
A near perfect balance… flash & flamboyant with lovingly crafted big tunesMojo 4*
An inimitable rabbit-hole of psychedeliaPlanet Rock, 5*
Lush and ambitious… insistently melodicUncut
Wonderfully executed… pop brillianceQ 4*
A fervent and meticulous tribute to the very notion of the song itself… Steven Wilson is consciously rehabilitating an approach to pop music that, let’s face it, is long overdue a widespread revival. And, as with everything else, he does it better than mostProg (album of the month)
To The Bone features squalls of furious guitars and occasional shifting time signatures… it’s artful, sophisticated pop-rock, channelling the favourites of his youth: Talk Talk’s The Colour of Spring, Peter Gabriel’s So, and Tears For Fears’ Sowing The Seeds of LoveThe Guardian
His best and most complete solo album yetClassic Rock 4*

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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.”


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


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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