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Kurt Vile in the i Arena, Latitude Festival

July 27, 2012


written by Robert Pollard for Festival Republic Kurt Vile is an anomaly in the music world. While others overdo their performance and over-stylise their look, Kurt lets his music do the talking. A shy, retiring front man may seem like the antithesis of music stardom but Vile pulls it off with aplomb. Playing tracks spanning […]

Laura Marling – Manchester Cathedral – 24th October 2011

October 29, 2011


written by Robert Pollard Manchester Cathedral, a stunning, centuries old church that sits proudly in the centre of the city, opened its time-worn doors to the public once more as Laura Marling continued her tour of British cathedrals. This beautiful building is fast becoming the most popular music venue in the city, with its outstanding […]

Deerhunter – Sound Control, Manchester – 30th March 2011

April 1, 2011


written for High Voltage It has long been acknowledged that Deerhunter are one of the most enterprising bands in the world, with their influence on other contemporary musicians already highly noticeable. We can now add ‘consummate professionalism’ to their growing list of attributes. This performance at Manchester’s Sound Control was highly impressive, once again demonstrating […]

Latitude Festival 2011 – Ticket & Line Up Announcement

March 14, 2011


written for High Voltage Tickets for this year’s Latitude are available to buy from Monday 14th March at 7pm, with the first line-up announcement for the event also taking place at the same time. The festival runs from 14th-17th July 2011 Since the inaugural event in 2006, Latitude has quickly become one of the most […]

Joanna Newsom & Roy Harper – Palace Theatre, Manchester – 19th September 2010

September 20, 2010


written for High Voltage The Palace Theatre opened up its well-worn doors for an evening of top-class folk music tonight, as Roy Harper and Joanna Newsom combined to create a wonderfully inspiring evening. When a legend of music and a true modern-day great share the same bill it usually makes for a terrific spectacle, and […]

Yeasayer feature – Interview with Anand Wilder

August 9, 2010


written by Robert Pollard for High Voltage Yeasayer have had a breathless start to life as a band. Their live performances and two studio albums have received high praise from music critics and they have an ever-increasing fan base. High Voltage caught up with singer and multi instrumentalist Anand Wilder to get his thoughts on […]

Hungry Pigeon Preview – May 28-30th, Manchester

May 27, 2010


written for High Voltage Manchester’s Hungry Pigeon swoops back into town this weekend and it looks set to top last year’s inaugural event. It is an amalgamation of all things creative, with music, film, fashion photography and art coming together to create a special spring bank holiday weekend festival in Manchester. Athlete are the headline […]

Animal Collective – ODDSAC – Mint Lounge, Manchester – 14th May 2010

May 24, 2010


written for High Voltage An expectant audience packed into Manchester’s Mint Lounge to witness the regional premiere of ODDSAC, the new ‘visual album’ from Animal Collective. It’s an hour-long spectacle which marries together new Animal Collective tracks with eerie and psychedelic visual artistry. It is a piece 4 years in the making and offers fans […]

I Am Blackbird EP Launch – Night & Day Cafe – 7th May 2010

May 15, 2010


Last Friday saw the official launch of I Am Blackbird’s fantastic new EP ‘This Town’ at the Night & Day Cafe in Manchester. Recently named Piccadilly Records’ ‘Record of the Week’, a truly deserved accolade, the EP is excellent and there is a review available on Passions Just Like Mine for anybody not familiar with […]

ODDSAC – A new ‘Visual Album’ by Animal Collective

May 13, 2010


written for High Voltage Friday 14th May sees the regional premiere of ODDSAC, a new ‘visual album’ from Animal Collective, which is the result of 4 years worth of collaboration between the band and filmmaker Danny Perez. The hour-long spectacle was premiered back in January at the Sundance Film Festival and should provide thrilling viewing. […]

British Sea Power – Moho Live, Manchester – 26th April 2010

April 30, 2010


written for High Voltage British Sea Power’s performance here in Manchester tonight was notable for numerous reasons. Firstly, the band offered a great display of musicianship, with each member worthy of high praise. An expert display of intricate songs demonstrated their undoubted ability and professionalism. They are also a band who possess great presence, with […]

Bear In Heaven – Beast Rest Forth Mouth

April 30, 2010


written for High Voltage The wait is finally over. Beast Rest Forth Mouth, Bear In Heaven’s second long player, was released in the US in October last year, but it has taken its sweet time to arrive on these shores. It bristles with purpose, retaining many of the psychedelic undercurrents that underpinned their first album, […]

Bear In Heaven – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 22nd April 2010

April 25, 2010


written for High Voltage Tonight saw yet another Brooklyn-based band descend upon The Deaf Institute and provide an impressive display of musical ability. Bear In Heaven are little known in the UK at present, but expect them to become more widely recognised in the not too distant future. They create vast musical landscapes that contain […]

Love Is All – Two Thousand and Ten Injuries

April 23, 2010


written for High Voltage It is difficult to define ‘Love Is All’. Their latest long player, ‘Two Thousand and Ten Injuries’, quite clearly exhibits indie, pop and punk influences, but they also attempt to make use of saxophone and boy/girl harmonies, making a definite description of their approach difficult to arrive at. What is clear […]

Laura Marling – The Lowry, Salford – 12th April 2010

April 18, 2010


written for High Voltage Laura Marling delivered a spectacular set of folk songs tonight at The Lowry, and left her audience in no doubt that she has the talent and ability to continue her ascent in music. Her vocal delivery is excellent but she also possesses the more difficult skill of being able to write […]

The Paris Riots – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 8th April 2010

April 16, 2010


written for High Voltage The Paris Riots demonstrated tonight that last year’s appearance at FIB was not a fluke, and that performances on larger stages may become habitual in the future. Their stage presence is exemplary, and they write pretty impressive stadium rock songs, meaning they are quickly outgrowing the smaller music venues, and, judging […]

The Smiths Indeed – Manchester Academy 3 – 10th April 2010

April 14, 2010


written for High Voltage The Smiths have left behind a unique and enduring legacy. Their songs are listened to by more people now than ever before and they continue to influence an untold number of new bands. Morrissey’s unsurpassed ability to write poetic lyrics, that were both witty and sorrowful, meant that the band were […]

We Have Band – Divisive

April 12, 2010


Written for High Voltage Things are going extremely well for We Have Band. Having built a strong reputation as an impressive live act, the London-based three-piece have signed to France’s largest independent record label, have an album pending and are booked to play a plethora of live dates across the UK and Europe. If their […]

Magnetic Fields – The Cathedral, Manchester – 19th March 2010

April 7, 2010


The Magnetic Fields played an extraordinary 29 songs at the glorious Manchester Cathedral tonight, and their set was as impressive as it was long, offering a beautiful sound that matched the spectacular visuals inside one of Manchester’s oldest buildings. Even with a back catalogue as extensive as theirs, it was an unexpected but pleasant surprise […]

The Drums – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 30th March 2010

April 1, 2010


written for High Voltage Manchester’s Deaf Institute was packed to the rafters as The Drums made their much anticipated return to this growing left-field venue. An expectant audience did not leave disappointed as the New Yorkers provided an energetic performance full of vocal hooks and superb dancing. Support tonight came in the shape of Uranium […]

Karima Francis & I Am Blackbird – Band on The Wall, Manchester – 24th March 2010

March 31, 2010


written for High Voltage Band on the Wall is one of Manchester’s finest venues and the music on display this evening was more than a match for the splendid setting. Karima Francis was the headline act, though a stunning performance by I Am Blackbird ensured that the audience left with a new name imprinted firmly […]

Woods – I Was Gone

March 22, 2010


written for High Voltage There must be something in the Brooklyn water as this famous borough of New York is producing some seriously good music at present. What is so refreshing about the Brooklyn ‘scene’ is the bands that comprise it. They are impressive and obviously talented, yet the myriad of distinct sounds each creates […]

Karima Francis and guests – LIVE at Band on the Wall 24.03

March 17, 2010


written for High Voltage Karima Francis has established herself as one of the stand-out singers to have graced the Manchester music scene in recent years. Some breathtaking Manchester performances, including an impressive In The City date, caught the eye of many; and she was eventually signed to Kitchenware Records and performed live on Jools Holland. […]

Yeasayer – O.N.E

March 16, 2010


written for High Voltage Attempting to categorise Yeasayer in terms of musical genre is a thankless task. There can be very few bands who attempt to fuse such an eclectic mix of influences and achieve such a unique sound. However, one thing for certain is that their new album Odd Blood offers a far greater […]

I Am Blackbird – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 26th February 2010

March 1, 2010


Manchester has a renowned reputation for being a hot-bed of musical talent, though occasionally that can feel like an over-played myth. There are seemingly endless amounts of bands with very little talent or direction and many gig nights in Manchester will leave you disappointed. Still, every now and then a band will come along and […]

Crystal Stilts – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 17th August 2009

February 10, 2010


It is instantly obvious when listening to Crystal Stilts that their musical diet is somewhat limited, however, this does not detract from the quality of their sound. Their songs are simple in technical terms, with stripped down drum patterns and uncomplicated chord structures, but their minimalist approach and dark, crooned vocal, together with reverb-heavy guitar […]

One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell

February 3, 2010


Written for Student Direct                                            photography by Sam Ellis After a breathless 2009, which saw the release of 2 new albums and 2 re-released classics, as well as endless touring across America, UK and Europe; […]

Morrissey Hotel

February 3, 2010


Hello, we are Bollard Construction Limited and we are the creators of the world’s first Morrissey Hotel, a unique complex located in the heart of Manchester, England. Opened in 2009 and costing over £117m to create, it took 2 years to complete the construction of this 5 star attraction. It is hoped that Morrissey Hotel […]