As much as the internet hype game churns out more ‘next big thing’s than ever, occasionally bloggers manage to hit the nail right on the head. Jungle have very little in the way of hard facts at the moment, but in terms of artists that are going to dictate the sound of the next couple of years, they’re one of the most important bands you’re going to hear this year. Mixing classic RnB hooks with a frighteningly future-facing production style and heaps of groove, Now Wave is proud to announce Jungle’s first ever headline show.
Jungle – The Heat on SoundCloud
Despite only having four songs online, acclaim is already being showered upon Jungle – something indicative not only of how far ahead of his/her/their (Jungle claims to be a ‘collective’) peers Jungle is, but also of the maturity found so early into a career. Quickly picked up by mega influential tastemaker label Chess Club, first release Platoon / Drops has quickly become a collectors item – a same, sold-out fate that is beckoning for follow up single The Heat long before it reaches release date on October 21st.
Tickets are £6 advance and are available through www.seetickets.com
Now Wave is proud to announce its autumn/winter programme for 2013.
Starting with a very special audio visual performance by Mercury Prize nominated Jon Hopkins to mark Now Wave’s creation in 2008, this is the most expansive, wide ranging and exciting selection of shows that put together in those 5 years.
Highlights include The Knife‘s first ever Manchester performance (in fact, the only time they will have ever played in the UK outside of London) at Warehouse Project, creators of one of the great albums of the past few years Parquet Courts at Gorilla (with Mazes and Hookworms in support, too), the phenomenally talented King Krule‘s potentially seminal show at Ruby Lounge, Múm‘s first return to the city in over 4 years, Mercury Prize nominated Savages bringing their frenetic energy to The Ritz and M O N E Y hosting an evening at a venue Now Wave has long hoped to have host a gig, the Dancehouse Theatre
Tickets are already running low for many of these events. The full list can be read below:
SEPT 24 | JON HOPKINS | GORILLA | £12.50
SEPT 29 | COCOROSIE | MANCHESTER ACADEMY 2 | £17.50
SEPT 29 | MONO ALL DAY PSYCHE EVENT | BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB (LEEDS) | £11.50
SEPT 30 | PINS | CASTLE HOTEL | SOLD OUT
OCT 01 | BONOBO (LIVE) | CANAL MILLS (LEEDS) | £15
OCT 04 | WILLIS EARL BEAL | SACRED TRINITY CHURCH | £8
OCT 05 | KING KRULE | RUBY LOUNGE | £8
OCT 05 | SPLASHH +CHARLIE BOYUER & THE VOYUERS + TEMPLE SONGS | DEAF INSTITUTE | £9
OCT 10 | NO AGE | DEAF INSTITUTE | £11.50
OCT 10 | JUNGLE + BERNARD+EDITH | ROADHOUSE | £6
OCT 11 | EVERYTHING EVERYTHING + DUTCH UNCLES | RITZ | SOLD OUT
OCT 12 | EVERYTHING EVERYTHING + DUTCH UNCLES | RITZ | SOLD OUT
OCT 15 | MACHINEDRUM | GORILLA | £10 + EARLYBIRD SPECIALS
OCT 16 | DEPTFORD GOTH | HOLY TRINITY CHURCH (LEEDS) | £9
OCT 17 | DEPTFORD GOTH | DEAF INSTUTE | £9
OCT 18 | FUN ADULTS + TIBETAN YOUTH | CASTLE HOTEL | £4
OCT 19 | GHOSTPOET | DEAF INSTUTE | £12.50
OCT 21 | VERONICA FALLS + BLEACHED | GORILLA | £11
OCT 22 | WASHED OUT | GORILLA | £12.50
OCT 24 | CLEAN BANDIT | MANCHESTER ACADEMY 2 | £9.50
OCT 25 | WAXAHATCHEE | SOUND CONTROL | £8.50
OCT 25 | THE KNIFE | WAREHOUSE PROJECT | £20
OCT 27 | PORTICO QUARTET | GORILLA | £15
OCT 29 | PARQUET COURTS + MAZES + HOOKWORMS | GORILLA | £11
OCT 30 | BLAENAVON | CAFE FALLOW | TICKETS NOT YET ON SALE
NOV 02 | STEVE MASON | RITZ | £16.50
NOV 02 | SPECTOR | GORILLA | SOLD OUT
NOV 07 | MOUNT KIMBIE + LAPALUX | RITZ | £12.50
NOV 07 | FUTURE OF THE LEFT | GORILLA | £10
NOV 07 | PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING | MANCHESTER ACADEMY 2 | £12
NOV 09 | AN EVENING WITH M O N E Y | DANCEHOUSE THEATRE | £11.50
NOV 13 | JULIA HOLTER | DEAF INSTITUTE | £12.50
NOV 17 | KODALINE | RITZ | SOLD OUT
NOV 20 | MÚM | GORILLA | £15
NOV 22 | METZ | DEAF INSTITUTE | £10
NOV 23 | AUSTRA | DEAF INSTITUTE | £10
NOV 23 | BATHS + AUSTRA (DJ) | ISLINGTON MILL | £8
NOV 27 | MELT YOURSELF DOWN | DEAF INSTITUTE | £8
DEC 06 | DUTCH UNCLES + OUTFIT | MANCHESTER ACADEMY 2 | £11
DEC 08 | LOS CAMPESINOS! | GORILLA | £12
DEC 13 | FLYING LOTUS + MORE | WAREHOUSE PROJECT | £28.50 + EARLYBIRD SPECIALS
DEC 14 | KURT VILE | MANCHESTER ACADEMY 2 | £12.50
FEB 03 | BILL CALLAHAN | RITZ | £17.50
The stage name of Matthew Barnes, Forest Swords has become renowned as one of the most challenging and unique musicians of the past 5 years. While many are too quick to try jump into the limelight, Barnes has taken his time, brooding and developing before finally releasing his first full-length album earlier this year. One of Now Wave’s favourite records of the year, Engravings has rightly had critical acclaim showered upon it – DIY summing things up with the comment that the LP “is electronic mastery at its very finest, because Engravings manages to make electronic music feel tactile, organic, and alive” (9/10), something backed up by Resident Advisor (9/10), Clash (9/10), Pitchfork (8.5/10), The Guardian (4/5) and Mixmag (4.5/5). This will be his first Manchester headline show, and promises to be one of the most significant performances of 2014.
Forest Swords – Thor’s Stone on Nowness
His use of jagged R&B hooks, hip-hop beats is teamed with a singular ability to evoke a depth of emotion, with a sound both intimate and ethereal. Based in the Wirral, his 2010 EP Dagger Paths quickly became a calling card – Pitchfork (who gave it 8.4/10 and placed Barnes among contemporaries such as Mount Kimbie, James Blake and Four Tet), Drowned in Sound (9/10) and Fact (who named it their favourite release of the year) were among the many that became enamoured with the record’s haunting melodies.
Tickets are £11.50 and available through www.seetickets.com
Though he’d always been on the periphery of anything great going on – guesting on tracks with Micachu, DELS, Kwes and even The Streets as far back at 2007 – it wasn’t until his groundbreaking debut album was released in 2011 that Obaro Emijiwe really came to the fore. Working under his now famous Ghostpoet moniker, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam was released through the mega influential Brownswood label, and quickly became regarded as one of the most affecting, heartfelt and important records of the decade so far. Nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize, the self-produced LP gave a platform for Obaro’s unique voice and unparalleled ability for storytelling.
Ghostpoet – Cold Win on YouTube
Rather than settling, his second record was used to push the boundaries even further, with Some Say I So I Say Light taking in guest spots from artists as diverse as Gwilym Gold, Lucy Rose, and Woodpecker Wooliams. Retaining that same sureness of self without resting on his laurels, NME called the album “a triumph of agitated beats, jazzy keyboards and slurred rap“(8/10); DIY felt similarly, commenting that it is “an intelligent and, most importantly, a cathartic album, it allows Ghostpoet to shed his worries in the most eloquent and interesting ways” (8/10); Mojo (4/5), Q (4/5), Drowned in Sound (8/10), MusicOMH (9/10)and Clash (7/10) are among the many others to be entrapped in the record’s thrall.
Tickets are £12.50 and available through www.skiddle.com/
Echoing his standout performance in St Phil’s for Now Wave at this year’s Sounds from the Other City Festival, the staggeringly talented Deptford Goth recently performed with a gospel choir choir in a disused church for Noisey. He finally returns to Manchester to play The Deaf Institute on Thursday 17 October. Tickets are £11 and available through www.seetickets.com. You can read the full preview for the show here