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Live Review: Alestorm

Live Review: Alestorm

Jack “Sparrow” Greeney reviews Pirate Metal band Alestorm’s performance at Piratefest 2018

Live review: The Lemon Twigs

Occasionally wholesome good-natured 70’s glam pop fun

Live Review: Declan McKenna at The Ritz

Music writer Jack Greeney reviews the biggest show of the emerging indie singer-songwriter’s career so far

Interview: The Strypes at Neighbourhood Festival

Jack Greeney interviews The Strypes before their show at the Neighbourhood Festival

Album: The Moods – Missing Peace

High praise for The Moods’ new album, from Music Editor Hannah Brierley

Floating Points – A Tale of Two Sets

Manchester-born Floating Points takes on the challenge of a live set followed by four hours at Hidden in the space of one night. But who would prevail: the producer, or the DJ?

Live: Kurt Vile and the Violators

No KV Crimes here, but Kurt Vile and the Violators didn’t exactly set the world alight at The Ritz

Live: Smoke Fairies

Smoke Fairies looked uncomfortable when performing

Live: Public Service Broadcasting

Rather than subscribe to the overdone 4 piece rock band, Public Service Broadcasting have taken an idea and run with it

Live: Bipolar Sunshine

Bipolar Sunshine does little to stir the audience to any higher echelons

Live: Karnivool

Karnivool don’t quite recover from playing their energetic songs early

Live: RBMA presents Tropical (ft. JME, Skepta, Preditah, C4, Todd Edwards, Logan Sama)

RBMA’s Tropical came across as a little confused – designed as a club night with the main attraction being a live grime set

Live: NME Awards Tour

It felt like the overriding theme of the night was some sort of bizarre dream

Live: La Roux

La Roux is still making catchy, melodic and entertaining electro-pop and she still has a majestic ginger quiff

The top night spots in Manchester

Fancy a good night out in Manchester? Olly Mitchell is here to help

The best live music venues in Manchester

As one of the world’s great music cities, Manchester is packed with great venues. Here’s some of our favourites…

Live: Lucy Spraggan

Lucy Spraggan returns to Manchester with a bang.

Live: Johnny Marr

“He’s a magician with a guitar, a godlike genius, and quite possibly the coolest Mancunian of all time.”

Interview: Stiff Little Fingers

The punk legends talk music, politics and longevity with Tom Ingham

Live: Jessie Ware

The Mercury nominee confirmed her ascension to UK pop’s top table with an assured set at The Ritz