Formed in 2016, young four-piece Carnival Club have quickly found themselves likened to a host of Madchester favourites, ticking off some of the North’s most revered venues along the way. Now with a couple of EPs to their name, the local rock ‘n’ roll outfit have found fans with hard hitting singles such as their latest, ‘Sin City’. Ahead of their next show in town at Deaf Institute this December, we caught up with the band for a quick chat.

// Hello Carnival Club! How would you describe yourself as a band?

Carnival Club is a four piece rock band! We all have a very old 70s stadium rock band backbone with a modern melodic front. It’s all about our live show, we play every gig as if it’s Wembley – it’s where we’re heading.

// Is there anything you’re working on we should know about?

YES! We have just recorded some singles at Park JQ Studios in Birmingham, with Rex Roulette and Alastair Jameson. They will be released in 2019, the first one is scheduled for January. Out with the old and in with the new for us over at Carnival Club, as we’re having a make over. All is very exciting and shall be revealed very soon.

// Do you think the city has influenced you as an artist or a band? If so, how?

I mean Manchester itself is enough to inspire anyone musically and you don’t have to live here. But I’d agree more so now then ever, it’s a really exciting scene to be in, despite the fact not all of us are Mancs. It’s a place where it can happen for the most unlikely of sounds so we have trust in Manny. Manchester has always been the middle finger to everyone else and that seems rather fitting and somewhere we fit in.

// Do you have any songs/artists that are your guilty pleasure?

We all have guilty pleasures, but I don’t think it should really be a thing. I always will give everything a go once, someone has put graft into something they believe in so it’s only fair. But yeah my guilty pleasure is definitely Girls Aloud’s ‘Sound Of The Underground’, haha, how cool…

// What was the last film you/you all saw?

The last film we watched together? Was probably ‘Withnail And I’. It’s just a British classic that you either get or you don’t. I was brought up on it and funnily enough is a family favourite down at my gaff. The lines from that film makes up around 70% of my day to day conversations, to the people that don’t get it – I apologise.

// Do you have any track that is fairly challenging for you to play live? How do you address that?

We’ve played so many shows that we know the set like the back of our hands. We’re getting used to playing these new songs as well, which is difficult. Not to worry though they’ll be boxed in no time!

// Best takeaway in Manchester?

Best scran gaff is Kool Runnings in Hulme without a doubt. Still serves the best Caribbean food from the trailer. Always sells out if you don’t get their early though, be quick.

// Dream band or artist to share a stage with?

I reckon we all dream of a QOTSA X CC super group. They cover everything to us, big anthems, sexy rhythms, tones that make you wanna scrap everything then start again and not to mention a heavily underrated lyricist. Homme is the cream of the crop.


Carnival Club perform at Deaf Insitute on Saturday 15th December 2018. Tickets are available here.

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