News: Why? headline Central Methodist Hall

Having signed to City Slang, WHY? have announced a return EP and we’re thrilled to be able to accompany that news with the confirmation of a tour date at Manchester’s Central Methodist Hall on Wednesday 10th October. The Californian quartet, led by master lyricist Yoni Wolf, are one of the most truly undefinable acts in current American indie, combining folk and hip-hop with some of the most honest and poetic lyrics around, and their new material looks set to continue that trademark formula into 2012.

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WHY? release comeback EP ‘Sod In The Seed’ on August 13th. Though a limited-edition release, copies of the EP will be available at all live dates including their Manchester show in October.

Tickets for WHY? at Manchester Central Methodist Hall are now available from Skiddle and See Tickets.

News: Alt-j (∆) bring ‘An Awesome Wave’ to RNCM

Alt-j (∆) will be returning to Now Wave in October, for a special performance at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music. We’re hugely excited to be welcoming the band back, after their appearances for us at Sound Control and Islington Mill, and on our Parklife Weekender line-up.

Alt-j’s combination of folk, jazz, shuffling and swaying hip-hop drums, stunning vocal harmonies and orchestral backing marks them out as one of the most genre-defying forces in new, independent guitar music. Recalling the angular, unpredictable Field Music and the literary influences of Belle and Sebastian and The Decemberists (‘Breezeblocks’ references the ‘Wild Things’ of Maurice Sendak, while the chorus of recent single ‘Matilda’ uses quotations from the film ‘Leon’), Alt-j bring together a swathe of diffuse influences to stunningly unique effect on their debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’, which entered the UK Charts in the Top 20.

Interplaying between delicate acoustics and harsh, often jarring rhythms, Alt-j’s brisk vignettes are moving, gripping and often cinematic in their gradual development. The momentum created within each Alt-j track extends to the structure of their debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’: structured around a three-part tracklisting, trisected by increasingly melancholic interludes, the album as a whole reflects the meticulous arrangement that makes its individual tracks so affecting.

For an act with such a basis in non-conventional structures and shapes, their appearance within RNCM’s octagonal performance space will bring ‘An Awesome Wave’ to a venue that suits itself so perfectly. The show will feature a number of surprise elements and appearances to help bring the numerous layers of the album to life.

alt-J headline Royal Northern College of Music on Saturday 27th October. Tickets, priced £10, are available at

News: Jacques Greene for live show

Following our exclusive James Blake event earlier this month, we’re excited to welcome Jacques Greene and Koreless to South for another all-night clubnight event. Together with our friends at Selective Hearing and Idiosync we’ll be bringing the Canadian producer to Manchester for a full live set, supported by Glasgow’s Koreless and London’s Bobby Tank. Greene and Koreless have produced together, collaborating on the track ‘Arrow’ from Greene’s ‘Concealer’ EP, released on his own Vase label, so we’re naturally hugely looking forward to seeing both share a stage for our second event Now Wave event at South. Continue reading

News: James Blake venue announced

Having initially announced tomorrow’s James Blake event as taking place at a secret venue, we’ve decided that now is the time to finally drop the details. For this special End of Term party (alongside our friends Hit & Run), we wanted to create an event as special as possible. With that in mind, we have brought together a unique pairing of venues for one night only.

Tomorrow night’s event will see us join forces with the city centre venues SOUTH and AVICI WHITE to create an extensive and never-seen-before supervenue, to host our line-up of James Blake and Trim, Riz MC, Hyetal, Selective Hearing, Will Orchard, Work Them and Naked Swing, as well as residents from Now Wave and Hit & Run.

Now, some logistical details:

The address for both clubs is South King Street, Manchester, M2 6DQ.

Both venues will be completely open and you will be free to move from one venue to another via their adjoining smoking area. This means that once you’ve entered the event, you won’t have to go outside and queue to see acts performing in the other venue. Both venues are kitted out with the best Funktion-One soundsystems available, ensuring this event will be up to our high standards and make for an unforgettable end to the University year.

All physical tickets will enter through AVICI WHITEEveryone who purchased on Skiddle will enter through SOUTH. There will be no tickets on the door, please buy in advance if you want to come. In order to avoid missing nothing of this extra special night please arrive early.