Ghostpoet | Gorilla | Tuesday 28th May

It was all a dream – born out of Obaro Ejimiwe’s bedroom and pieced together on his laptop Ghostpoet’s debut album Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam saw him rise from his local indie venue to festival main stages, Mercury nominations, support slots with Metronomy, and collaborations with The Streets.

One year later and Ghostpoet is back with his second album ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’ due out on 6th May. Now Wave will be hosting his Manchester comeback show at Gorilla on 28th May. Tickets are available from See Tickets. 

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Beacons Festival | 16th -18th August | Django Django | John Talabot | Solange | Dutch Uncles | Fucked Up | Savages | Bicep and many more…

Set to the backdrop of the ever-beautiful Yorkshire dales Beacons is a boutique festival aimed at celebrating the very best in independent music. This years line-up sees an amazing selection of artists from Django Django, Local Natives and Solange Knowles to John Talabot, Theo Parrish and Machinedrum.

Tickets are priced at £74.50 and are available in a bundle package which allows you to pay a £25 deposit and chip away at the rest of the fee as the summer draws closer  – If you move fast Beacons will even throw in a crate of beer or cider with your ticket which will be waiting for you on arrival at the festival.

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Bill Ryder Jones | The Castle | Sunday 17th March

On Sunday 17 March Now Wave will host an evening at The Castle Hotel on Oldham Street with the exceptional Bill Ryder Jones. Bill will be presenting music from his new acclaimed debut solo album ‘A Bad Wind Blows Through My Heart’ recently released on Domino Records. Click the link below to hear a preview of the record.

Bill Ryder Jones – A Bad Wind Blows Through My Heart Preview

 After his departure from The Coral in 2007 Bill Ryder Jones made the transition to composer working with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and now finds his place scoring original film soundtracks often to stunning effect. In fact it was in scoring ‘If On A Winters Night a Traveller..’ that the seed was sown for ‘A Bad Wind Blows….’ – perhaps this goes someway to explaining the rich and emotive drama that lays at it’s foundation.

Tickets are available from See Tickets

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Venue announced for Parklife 2013

As we’ve previously announced, Now Wave will be returning to the Parklife Weekender this June to present two stages – Sunday’s Now Wave arena, and the launch of Sounds of the Near Future in association with The Warehouse Project.

Parklife has now unveiled its venue for this year’s event. Taking place at Heaton Park, 2013’s festival marks the first weekender away from Fallowfield’s Platt Fields and at this more expansive site. Parklife said:

“Heaton Park is widely considered to be one of the premier outdoor venues in the north of England and has of course hosted the legendary concerts from the likes of The Stone Roses and Oasis. We are very lucky that this year no other large scale events have been planned for the park and that has opened it up for Parklife to go and plant a flag in what is a huge move from Platt Fields. We are really proud to see Parklife 2013 at Heaton Park – it definitely feels like this is going to be a key moment in the Parklife history books and see the festival grow even further.

After the last couple of years bursting at the seams in Platt Fields, the extra space at Heaton (one of the largest municipal parks in Europe) is going to give the Parklife team that extra room to create an even wider spread of madness and entertainment across the site. Larger dance arenas, more spectacular production, more hidden nooks and crannies. More of everything that makes Parklife what it is and Manchester’s official start to the summer.”

For more information and the full Parklife line-up, head over

Mac Demarco | Roadhouse | Friday 17th May

When a 21 year old Mac Demarco came out with his debut release ‘Rock and Roll Night Club’ in Spring 2012, it came alongside a string of wildly bizarre yet equally enamouring promo videos that flooded Facebook timelines worldwide. Just half a year we had our hands on his debut LP ‘2’, courtesy of faultless Brooklyn-based label Captured Tracks, which sees Mac’s innovative songwriting and lyricism shine through in the likes of ‘Ode to Viceroy’ and ‘My Kind of Woman’. Some people thought the Montreal-based Jizz-Jazz enthusiast might have been jumping in the deep end by following up the EP so quickly, but what’s not to love about a record with songs about the likes of his Dad cooking up meth, anyway? Tickets are available from See Tickets or in person at Piccadilly Records on Oldham Street.