Three of Manchester’s independent music promoters have been named among Indie50’s list of key figures in UK grassroots live music.

Now Wave’s impact on Manchester’s live music scene since the late 00s has been immense, working with artists as diverse as Jungle, MONEY, Flying Lotus, Caribou and Wu Tang Clan. Acting as tastemakers for the groundbreaking new music from the UK and beyond, the co-founders Jon Wickstead and Wesley Jones have ensured we’ve never missed out on the next big thing calling into Manchester.

Chris Horkan has made his name locally under various guises and projects – the two most prominent for Indie50 consideration are Hey! Manchester and Manchester Wire. The former welcomes a range of emerging artists to the city – broadly within the indie, folk and Americana brackets – while the latter is a cultural news and previews website covering everything from food & drink to recommended gigs.

Finally, Simon Catling has worn several hats within the local music industry over the past few years. Best known until recently as the Listings Editor at The Skinny North West, all the while he was moonlighting as Grey Lantern, booking exciting new bands from the popular psych rock genre. Since the new year, he has taken the reins of live music bookings at Soup Kitchen, in addition to passing on his journalistic experience at both Salford University and BIMM.

The new award’s inaugural winners were chosen by a public nomination then a panel deliberation, and other recipients of the award include SBTV’s Jamal Edwards, Tramlines festival booker Kate Hewett and Fierce Panda label founder Simon Williams.


Indie50 is supported by WeGotTickets and aims to shine a light on those who works at grassroots level to further their local music scene.

There will be an awards event down in London with an accompanying photographic exhibition running from 1-8 September, 2016.

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