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Weekly Preview // 03.02-09.02

  Words by Ian Pennington Monday morning might not feel like it justifies this statement, but this week is about to launch with a hefty dose of musical virtuosity before, needless to say, continuing in m... Read More...
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Weekly Preview // 27.01-02.02

Words by Ian Pennington As the jangly festive tones of the winter break disappear beyond the horizon, it’s well and truly back to work, school and routine by now. School being the most fitting for the ... Read More...
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Preview // East India Youth @ Gullivers

Words by Mike Emerson When the big cheese over at The Quietus decides to start up his own record label solely to release one mans music, you know he’s going to be good. When said one man comes to your ... Read More...
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Weekly Preview // 20.01-26.01

Words by Ian Pennington I know you’ll have been too busy trying (and failing) to uphold your self-restraining resolutions to notice the absence of this column in the past fortnight, but now is the time... Read More...
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NYE 2013-14 Preview!

Words by Ian Pennington That final big decision of the calendar year is imminent – where in the city are you going to find yourself singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’? One of the biggest headline-gr... Read More...
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Weekly Preview // 16.12-22.12

Words by Ian Pennington Almost every musician lacking in a pension-guarantor of a Christmas hit has battened down the hatches for winter hibernation, but – never fear! – there are enough gigs to ... Read More...
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Weekly Preview // 09.12-15.12

Words by Ian Pennington It’s finally arrived. That sure sign of impending Xmas that I mentioned a few weeks ago has become more than a lonely speck on the distant horizon. The Pogues are playing their ... Read More...
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Weekly Preview // 02.12-08.12

Words by Ian Pennington If we can learn anything from penguins, the wintry bite in the air is best remedied by huddling for warmth, and what better way to do that than standing in a crowd at some of this cit... Read More...
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Weekly Preview // 25.11-01.12

Words by Ian Pennington I’ve not thought of a witty or irreverent intro to lead into this week’s Bag Thing gig picks preview, so let’s just press on to the important stuff. Tonight, Monday... Read More...
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Weekly Preview // 18.11-24.11

Words by Ian Pennington Well, the Yuletide themed TV adverts are already engulfing and filling us with consumerist angst, but that surest sign of reindeer’s hooves on the rooftops won’t come knoc... Read More...
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Weekly Preview // 11.11-17.11

Words by Ian Pennington Despite the week of fireworks drawing to a close, there are still a few musical pyrotechnics left up the Manchester gig calendar’s sleeve this week. An apt segue from explosive... Read More...
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Weekly Preview // 03.11-10.11

Words by Ian Pennington If you don’t like gig clashes, look away now. It’s the case for most of this week – seemingly the busiest on this year’s live calendar. Still, for most of us i... Read More...
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Preview // Steve Mason @ The Ritz

  Steve Mason visits The Ritz in Manchester on Saturday 2nd November as part of his 13 date UK tour.     The ex lead singer of The Beta Band now has two solo albums to his name, both of which ... Read More...
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Weekly Preview // 28.10-03.11

Words by Ian Pennington This is the week that says, “Welcome to November – a month packed with the live music shows that couldn’t quite be squeezed into October”. It’s a busy pe... Read More...
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Review // These New Puritans @ Gorilla

Review by Olivia Wedderburn These New Puritans managed to transform Gorilla into a dream like sound chamber as they played through their new album, occasionally instigating a track or two from their younger,... Read More...
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Preview // WestWolf Experiment 2

Preview by Beth Walsh St Margaret’s Church will open its doors to an eclectic mix of colour and sound on the 26th October as West Wolf takes over once again for Experiment Two, taking their audience on... Read More...