Live acts

Tom Hingley & The Kar-Pets – Tom Hingley takes to the stage with his full band for a stunning performance of the Inspiral Carpets classics.

UNEMark Radcliffe (BBC 6 Music) and Paul Langley join forces with a new electronic project that is set for festival domination over the course of the summer including Kendal Calling festival.

UNE is electronic music spanning many styles with a plaintive lonely voice at its heart. A happy accidental collision of man and machines.
These UNE songs are inspired by words from other languages that have no literal translation into English: Boketto, Waldeinkamseit, Saudade, Komorebi. The music and lyrics have therefore tried to convey the feelings those words invoke.
UNE is two people working on a single concept.
UNE means one-word titles.
UNE is about being alone.
UNE is an anagram of NEU (and very nearly of ENO).
UNE is pop music for dreamers.

Silent K – The brainchild of Liverpool musicians Chris Taylor (Pineapple King/Ramifications/Fat White Family) and Dave McCabe (The Zutons). Also featuring Boyan Chowdhury (The Zutons).

Dave Smalley and The Bandoleros (USA) – Dave Smalley is a legend of the US punk scene, with releases on the mighty Dischord records his bands DYS and Dag Nasty are to this day influencing swaths of bands, notably 1986’s ‘Can I Say’ (produced by Ian Mackay of Minor Threat/Fugazi) is cemented as a stone cold classic. In the 90’s he started All with ex members of The Descendents and then went on to form the amazing Down By Law, signed to Epitaph Records and at the forefront of the 90’s punk resurgence. Dave has continued to push boundaries and work on new projects, most recently teaming up with Southern Spain’s finest to form The Bandoleros and releasing one of the most vital punk records of 2018, this is their first visit to the UK and the only North West date, suffice to say it’s going to be dead dead good!

Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) –  Best known for being the bass guitarist in the original line-up of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols. He is credited as a co-author on 10 of the 12 songs on Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, although he had left the band while the album was being recorded. He left the band in 1977 over creative differences with the other band members.

Since leaving the Sex Pistols in 1977, he has performed with several other bands, as well has his own solo work. After the death of his replacement in the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious, Matlock has resumed bass guitar duties for subsequent Sex Pistols reunions, including the 1996 Filthy Lucre Tour, the 2002 concert to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II, their 2003 North American Piss Off Tour and their 2007-2008 UK and Europe Combine Harvester Tour.

Reclaim Vienna – In their short existence Reclaim Vienna has cemented themselves as one of ‘the’ new bands to watch, effortlessly combining Indie and Electronic music to carve out a totally original sound and they are home grown talent to boot!

The Cheshire based ban have had early comparisons to bands such as early Duran Duran, Slow readers club and New order. 

“If you like Slow Readers Club , you’re going to love this! Go watch this new band at the intimate venues, before they explode and start selling out stadiums and cricket grounds in and around Manchester” Sophie Sviennson of XS Manchester radio.” 

The Empty Page – One of the most exciting bands on the Manchester scene, this three piece isn’t afraid to rock, with intelligent and thought provoking lyrics combined with an explosive live performance you won’t want to miss them

Time for action – Formed in Manchester in 2018. Influences include, The Damned, Sex Pistols, Discharge, The Ruts, The Undertones, SLF, The Clash, Subhumans, Warsaw, Dead Kennedys, New Order, The Stooges etc you get the idea.

Deja Vega – Déjà Vega are vocalist and guitarist Jack Fearon, drummer Tom Webster and bassist Mike Newton. They formed in Winsford, Cheshire, a fitting backdrop to their gritty, guitar led psychedelia. Rhythmic and rage-fuelled and boasting surging riffs, Fearon’s hypnotic slurring lyrics lurch in and out of poetic chants, battling over chaotic drums and the razor-sharp bass lines underneath. Live, Déjà Vega demonstrate that they’re a force to be reckoned with.

Callow Youth – Arguably the most hotly tipped young band to emerge out of Manchester in the past year, Callow Youth are a bunch of 18 year old upstarts whose catchy, melodic, original songs belie their age, experience and short time together. Having played their first gig in May 2018, 1 year after forming from scratch with little musical experience, the lads recently sold out their first Manchester headline show in 4 hours. Their February debut single “Did It Really Matter? achieved XS Manchester’s single of the week.

Fan comments on social media include:

“Callow Youth show that Rock ’n’ Roll is in safe hands”

“Future Classics”

This is the 3rd trip for the lads to Northwich, where they have already built up significant support.

CALLOW YOUTH  Line Up:

  • Alfie Turner – Vocals, Guitar,
  • Tom Hilton – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals,
  • Nathan Wrigley – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals,
  • Connor Wilkinson – Drums, Backing Vocals.

Faraday – Indie band from Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Alfa 9 – Back in 2005 Alfa 9 signed to Blow Up Records, and the same month recorded at The Charlatans’ (who they shared management with – Steve Harrison)  Big Mushroom studio in Cheshire with Liverpool producer Mike Cave (The Coral, Ian McNabb). Mostly recorded in under two weeks, with additional production in Liverpool at Mike’s studio. The completed album was mastered in Devon at Super Audio Mastering by Simon Heyworth (Tubular Bells) at the end result being the psych rock masterpiece Then We Begin.

Fast forward to today, Alfa 9 return with their third album ‘My Sweet Movida‘. The Newcastle-under-Lyme based four piece are back with their Morricone-esque tinged cosmic country psych rock, that’s layered with vocal harmonies delivering what the band believe to be their strongest set of songs to date.

Campfire Social – Captivating Indie-pop collective; Campfire Social craft a dynamically rich sound bursting with bright harmonies carefully layered over hypnotic melodies. Their honest approach echoes a love of 90’s ‘heart-on-sleeve’ emo culture. At times sobering, a hopeful message prevails; we’re better together.

Over the years the band has received some well-deserved recognition from some influential names in UK music scene. Their 2017 single ‘‘Nothing Nowhere Never Now’ was featured on the end of year round ups of Adam Walton (BBC Wales)​, Rock Current (podcast) and ​Drunk on Music​ (Blog). The follow up ‘Wellbeing’ EP was selected for the A-list by​ BBC Radio Wales​ resulting in continued airplay, a live session with​ Janice Long​ and further ​BBC 6 music​ plays.
The Train Set – Influences were the Manchester and Liverpool scene of the late seventies, early eighties. 
The Train Set sound like – The Smiths, Bodines, Teardrop Explodes, Echo and The Bunnymen, Happy Mondays etc.
Saltwounds – 4 piece melodic punk band from Worcester. Formed in 2015. Make music, be happy.
The Big I Am – The Big I Am is a punk rock 3 piece from Oldham with its roots firmly planted in the old school British punk rock of the late 70s spat out from the mouths of The UK Subs, the Sex Pistols and The Clash smashing it into the ferocious sounds of the The Who. Using Pete Townshend’s broken guitar and Jim Morrison’s Oedipus sexual fantasies brought back from the grave gives The Big I Am a massive sound that lives up to its northern colloquialism of a name!
The C33s – Punk/Garage/Rock 3 piece from Manchester. Judy Jones, Cav Green, Ste Phillips
The Maitlands – Born of Manchester and described as lying between a drunk Smiths and a sober Fall it’s hard to not make the connection but with their punk roots The Maitlands are carving their own unique sound.
Weekend Recovery – Furious guitar riffs and all consuming vocals swiftly engulf you as you are unapologetically swept up amongst an electrical infused wave of poker-faced furore. As the band have continued to grow and improve since inception, they have caught the ears of many industry leading blogs, leading them to be championed by the likes of Louder Than War, who premiered their album ‘Get What You Came For’. Whilst also being reviewed by the likes of NME, Cat On The Wall, Get In Her Ears, Music Glue and being recommended by Abbie McCarthy on BBC Introducing in Kent, Planet Rock, Radio X, Amazing Radio and Kerrang!

Argh kid

ARGH Kid – Wordsmith Sensation ARGH KiD (AKA DAVID SCOTT) has toured the country, played to sold out crowds and dazzled millions with his lyrical prowess. This Manchester-raised poet is winning hearts and minds with his verbal energy, gaining celebrity fans such as Liam Gallagher, Christopher Eccleston and Chris Evans
Narcissus – With an output that has been described as both epic and anthemic, Manchester based band narcissus were tipped for big things in the mid-noughties, having signed a publishing deal on the back of some genre-bending demos and following a series of amazing live events including a ‘D-percussion festival/band on the wall’ double header. The quartets’ reputation was further enhanced with the release of debut single ‘The Window’ through Manchester indie label Northern Ambition, the label was also responsible for Stephen Fretwell’s early output.    The collapse of narcissus’ publishing deal during the recording of their debut album led to a parting of ways, the finished album was shelved and the band members re-emerged in other bands such as The Synthetics and Signals.   Fast forward ten years and fate has lent a hand in reuniting narcissus. Two band members’ partners found themselves sharing an office and as a result of this, the album has been dusted off and played for the first time in a long time. Much to the musicians’ delight, it has aged remarkably, seeming strangely prescient for our times. With this in mind, a decade after it was recorded, ‘a sense of place’ is finally slated for release in 2019.