Blue Dot ft Underworld, Jean-Michel Jarre, Caribou & more | Jodrell Bank | 22 – 24 July 2016

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Bluedot launches with Jean-Michel Jarre, Underworld, Caribou as headliners!
 
Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. Bluedot is a brand new, three day festival of discovery at Jodrell Bank, an iconic observatory and heart of our quest for knowledge of the cosmos. Bluedot invites you to camp out under the stars, and to explore a stellar programme of music, science, arts, technology, culture, food and film. Bluedot’s core mission is to entertain and inspire through a full weekend of groundbreaking encounters, including performances, DJ sets, comedy, talks, workshops and live experiments. First music line-up release below.

 
 
Exclusive Now Wave pre-sale code!
 

We have teamed up with Bluedot to bring you exclusive access to pre-sale tickets from 9am Tuesday 15th (Tomorrow!) Simply head HERE and enter code BluedotxNowWave to access the early pre sale.

Bluedot discoverers can choose from a range of ticket options, including general weekend access, which includes camping across Friday to Sunday, day tickets and boutique camping tickets. Weekend tickets start at £119 and day tickets start from £35.

 
BBC Radio 4′s the Infinite Monkey Cage, with Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince.
 
We are delighted to welcome the award winning Radio 4 show the Infinite Monkey Cage to bluedot. Brian Cox and Robin Ince’s irreverent and frequently hilarious insight into some of science’s biggest questions is guaranteed to entertain and elucidate in equal measure. This show, which will unfold on the main stage of the opening day of the festival, will undoubtedly be a highlight of this very special event.
 
Look again at that dot.
 

‘That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam’

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. 

- Carl Sagan

 

Bill Ryder-Jones | Deaf Institute | Friday 4 March

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Following a sold out show at Gullivers in November, Bill Ryder-Jones returns to Manchester in 2016 to play Deaf Institute on March 4th. Coming to prominence as the lead guitarist and one of the main creative forces of The Coral, Ryder-Jones has since become somewhat of a musical polyglot, writing film scores, performing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and, of course, releasing his own critically acclaimed albums.

Bill Ryder-Jones – Two To Birkenhead on YouTube

Signed to Domino Records, he put out three much-vaunted LPs (2011′s If… and A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart Piggy Soundtrack, both in 2013) before releasing his most accomplished work to date earlier this year with West Kirby County Primary. Below is a small section of what critics have had to say about it:

Clash, 8/10
“A transcendent return.”

Skiddle
“A masterfully crafted piece.”

God Is In The TV, 4/5
“His strongest material to date.”

The Line of Best Fit, 8.5/10
“Bill Ryder-Jones has confirmed his place among this country’s most vital contemporary songwriters.”

Pop Matters
“Shows yet again what a talented musician and songwriter he is.”

Music OMH, 4/5
“Unmistakeably the best of Ryder-Jones’ albums to date.”

Tickets are £10 and can be bought through See Tickets.

Animal Collective | Academy 2 | Wednesday 13 April

Animal Collective

Formed in 1999, Animal Collective have long been one of the most exciting and engaging bands around – shaping the musical landscape with their releases both as individuals and as part of the group. Made up of David Portner (who also releases solo material under the guise of Avey Tare), Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), Brian Weitz (Geologist) and Josh Dibb (Deakin), the outift are resoponsible for some of the century’s most distinctive and seminal LPs. Perhaps best known for 2009′s Merriweather Post Pavilion, 2012′s Centipede Hz and 2007′s Strawberry Jam, the band will return in 2016 with new album Painting With, released through Domino.

Animal Collective – FloriDada on YouTube

The first track taken from the album, FloriDada, exhibits the same ear for innovation, and unique songcraft that has long been their hallmark. Vice described the track as “the springy, excited music we’ve all come to know the group for”, with The Fader adding “it’s bright and brash and it brims with youthful energy”. In preparation for the release of the record, Animal Collective have curated a Spotify playlist comprising their personal highlights of the first 15 years of their career, which can be found here.

Tickets are £16 and can be found on See Tickets from 9am, 11 December

MONEY | The Ritz | Wednesday 10 February

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One of our favourite acts of the last few years, Now Wave are proud to announce MONEY’s largest headline show to date, as they play The Ritz on Wednesday 10 February.

Tickets are available now through See Tickets, priced at £11.

Having long been one of the most impressive live acts around the Manchester scene, MONEY released their debut The Shadow Of Heaven. The record received instant acclaim, managing to capture – as it did – the unique sensation of seeing one of the band’s infamous early performances. The Fly perhaps described it best, noting “As closer ‘Black’ fades out, it’s clear MONEY have made something special and, maybe, even sacred”, and DIY adding “It really is a thing of beauty, and gets better with every listen; one of the surest signs of something that will ultimately be deemed timeless”.

MONEY – You Look Like A Sad Painting On Both Sides Of The Sky on YouTube

Two years on, MONEY have announced their follow-up record. Titled Suicide Songs, the record looks set to feel even more eerily intimate than it’s predecessor. Featuring themes that swing wildly between hopelessness and blind optimism, singer Jamie Lee said of the album, “I wanted the album to sound like it was ‘coming from death’ which is where these songs emerged. The record is morbid and bleak, and never resolves itself. The only real kind of triumphant realisation is being able to express the morbidity of the situation I found myself in”.

MONEY – Hold Me Forever on YouTube

Ducktails + Jaakko Eino Kalevi + Beaty Heart | Deaf Institute | Tuesday 17 November

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Originally the solo project of Matt Mondanile (who is otherwise best known for being part of Real Estate), Ducktails has spiralled from being a solo endeavour recorded in the family tool shed to being a revered four piece. Now joined by Luka Usmiani, Alex Craig and Samuel Franklin, Mondanile and Ducktails have recently put out their fifth album, St. Catherin. Their second release for Domino Recordings (after 2013′s incredible The Flower Lane), the latest record feels more expansive and polished than the project had ever been before – which seems to have contributed to acclaim across the board, with Wire (8/10), DIY (8/10) and The Observer (8/10) among those who were effusive about the LP. Drowned in Sound (8/10) were equally glowing, noting “This is comfortably the best effort from Matt Mondanile to date. A tribute to the power of not just belief but also the idea that patience can be your best weapon in terms of creating your best work.”

Ducktails – Surreal Exposure on YouTube

Support comes from Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Beaty Heart

For years, Jaakko Eino Kalevi was a cult figure in his hometown of Helsinki. Working part-time as a tram driver, Jaakko released a slew of material before eventually being picked up by Weird World for his first international release – something which has exponentially increased his following. His label describe his work as “softly psychedelic pop [blending] funk and folk in an intriguing and highly satisfying manner” – however, the critics have been a limit more floral, with DIY describing his eponymous latest LP as “layer upon layer of vocal, groove, and percussion… a reminder that pop can be both for your head and your feet”.

Jaakko Eino Kalevi – Double Talk on YouTube

Formed in 2010 at Goldsmiths in London, Beaty Heart spent years as darlings of the blog world before finally putting out their debut album Mixed Blessings last year. It was well worth the wait, with Best Fit describing the record as “a kaleidoscopic haze of joyful percussive beats and bouncy vocals” in their 7.5/10 review.

Beaty Heart – Banana Bread on YouTube

Tickets are £10 and can be found on See Tickets.