A look back at 2015

It’s pretty surreal to be ticking towards 7,000 views at the end of 2015 and my first full year writing for this blog. It’s been a busy year, with 41 previews, reviews and articles on all sorts of things that have happened in the past year. Starting in January, with things quite quiet in terms…

Live Review: The Courteeners (Manchester Apollo 19/12/15)

Here we are again, stood on the run down surface of Platform 2 at Manchester Oxford Road, heading home again after the last gig of the year, and what a year it’s been. There’s something about this city that grabs hold of you, and music that resonates and reverberates interpersonally like a rival team’s result…

Live Review: The Courteeners (Manchester Apollo 12/12/15)

Consistency is a strange concept, we can find value in a band being consistently good but also frustrated with one being too consistent, too much the same. The Courteeners epitomise the perfect balance of different types of consistency. People come again and again to see this band, they’re in the midst of playing 7 nights…

Live Review: Stereophonics (Manchester Arena 04/12/15)

We’re in the thick of the pre-Christmas indoor gig season, and this time at the Manchester Arena, it was the Stereophonics’ turn on the second night of their 10-date tour following the release of their latest album Keep The Village Alive. 21 times the size of the village they formed in, the Manchester Arena demands…