Kendrick Lamar, SBTRKT, Jon Hopkins, Jamie XX & more to play Now Wave stage at Parklife | 7 & 8 June, Heaton Park | Tickets on sale now

Following performances in previous years from the likes of Disclosure, Jessie Ware, alt-J, The Horrors and Four Tet, Now Wave is pleased to announce its line-up for Parklife 2014.

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Headlined by rap polyglot Kendrick Lamar, Saturday brings together stars from all over the sonic spectrum, with ChromeoCyril Hahn, Mount Kimbie, Bondax, Factory Floor and Childhood all confirmed to perform.

Since the release of his masterpiece Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City in 2012, Kendrick Lamar has been nothing short of unstoppable. His list of accolades is beginning to verge on the ridiculous – along with a Pitchfork Album of the Year title, Lamar has picked up 7 Grammy nomination, a GQ Man of the Year award, several BET award trophies (including Best New Artist and Best Male Hip-Hop Artists) and a MOBO for Best International Artist among many, many others. His list of collaborators reads as a who’s who of music, with Drake, Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne and A$AP Rocky just a number of those who’ve worked alongside him. Truly one of the hottest properties in music, Kendrick will undoubtedly bring one of the performances of the summer.

Elsewhere, Bonobo will be heading back to Manchester following his sold out Albert Hall show for one of his inimitable DJ sets, whilst Chromeo will make a rare live appearance. Following the runaway success of Business Casual in 2010, the Montreal duo have spent time working on the follow up, White Women, due later this year. Swiss wunderkind Cyril Hahn – now pretty much a household name following his “Say My Name” remix – will bring the beats, with longtime favourites Mount KimbieBondax and Factory Floor all providing various degrees of mind-altering brilliance. The stage will be opened by Now Wave DJs and a little bit of fuzz from the hotly tipped Childhood

SUNDAY

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Bringing an end to the proceedings on Sunday will be masked superstar SBTRKT, who finishes off a day that will see the likes of Jon HopkinsJamie XXDanny BrownEast India YouthRyan Hemsworth and Jessy Lanza.

Having played one of the most memorable shows in Now Wave’s history, SBTRKT immediately became one of the most well respected figures in electronic music following the release of his eponymous debut LP through Young Turks in 2011. The work of one Aaron Jerome, his unique style has seen remix requests from Radiohead, M.I.A., Basement Jaxx and Modeselector, whilst his list of co-stars on that debut went on to define the musical landscape – Jessie Ware, Little Dragon and BBC Sound of 2014 star Sampha all featuring. Winner of numerous album of the year plaudits, SBTRKT has a proven track record of being one of the most engaging live performers on the scene, and closing Manchester’s most exciting weekend of the year should provide him with the perfect platform for his syncopated rhythms and daringly future-facing sounds.

Jon Hopkins is another man who has provided some of the sonic highlights of the past few years, with his 2013 effort Immunity becoming the sleeper hit of the year. Backed by a performance by the prodigious Jamie XX, who brings his unrivaled knowledge of rare wax and unparalleled production to Parklife once more. Having been one of the biggest names on the underground for a number of years, Detroit rapper Danny Brown finally burst into the spotlight last year following a series of guest spots and mixtapes, and this will be among the first of his UK performances. The hugely acclaimed East India Youth brings his album-of-the-year-in-waiting Total Strife Forever to Heaton Park too, with the effervescent sampling genius Ryan Hemsworth and fellow Canadian Jessy Lanza providing out-there material to start the day off right.

Parklife is 7 & 8 June at Heaton Park. Tickets are £75 and are available through Skiddle.

 

School of Language | Deaf Institute | Monday 28 April

BfPSmikCMAE7pSrTaking time out from his Mercury Award nominated band Field Music, David Brewis set upon a decidedly different tone for his solo project School of Language. Signed to longtime label Mephis Industries, Brewis’ nom de plume was started in 2008, and centred on finely crafted, clipped pop music, with debut LP Sea From Shore drawing widespread acclaim for its wonderfully poised, ethereal beauty – qualities built and expanded upon in this year’s follow-up Old Fears.

School of Language – Between the Suburbs

Due for release on 7th April, Brewis looked back for inspiration for the record: “I wrote a lot of notes and they seemed to distinctly split into things to do with love and things to do with fear,” says David Brewis. “A lot of it has ended up with me looking back at when I was 19, 20 – my formative years. So though I wouldn’t want to call it a concept album it’s definitely themed”. The results are spellbinding, a mixture of delicate intimacy and soaring beauty, with influences drawn from everything and anything – traces of Ballard novels, hints at George Shaw paintings and nods to kosmische musik pepper the album.

Tickets are £9 and are available through SeeTickets

Woman’s Hour | Gullivers | Friday 25 April

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Formed towards the back end of 2010, Woman’s Hour have spent the past couple of years slowly bringing their unique brand of slow burning, heavy hitting, modernist pop to the boil. Earning huge early success on blogs, the band chose to take their early success and use it as a cause for introspection – carefully crafting a series of limited singles through Dirty Bingo, Luv Luv Luv and Parlour Records, whilst ensuring all of their output stopped nothing short of icy brilliance.

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Signed by Secretly Candian last year, the band have spent much of the past few months in the studio, readying their debut LP for release in 2014. Dazed and Confused commented on their “sophistication and patient minimalism”, Pitchfork fawned over their “darkly quixotic work, saturated with fragility and painful longing”, whilst Best Fit noted them as Ones to Watch in 2014, saying “Woman’s Hour are the architects of the most intelligent new music we’ve heard this year.”

Tickets are £6.50 and are available through SeeTickets.

Now Wave Spring/Summer 2014 Listings

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Following over 100 shows in 2013, Now Wave are proud to announce the first shows of our spring/summer 2014 schedule.

Starting with an intimate show this Thursday at Gullivers from East India Youth – hot on the back of huge acclaim for his debut LP Total Strife Forever from the likes of Best Fit (9/10), the 405 (9/10) and Drowned in Sound (9/10)  – this promises to be one of the most exciting line-ups we have ever put together.

Highlights include multiple 2013 album of the year award winner Bill Callahan playing a rare show at The Ritz backed with a full band, Nicholas Jaar & Dave Harrington’s new project Darkside playing their debut Manchester show, longtime Now Wave favourite Forest Swords bringing his mercurial talents to the Deaf Institute and new 4AD signings Future Islands returning to Manchester for a show at Sound Control.

Along with that, creator of one of our favourite albums of last year with Love’s Crushing DiamondMutual Benefit will be playing his first show in the city, and the runaway success story of last year Parquet Courts follow up their sold-out Gorilla show last October with a new date at Manchester Academy 2, bringing along Leeds punks (and now David Letterman stars) Eagulls as support.

Now Wave will also be hosting stages at Salford’s Sounds from the Other City festival and at Parklife, with initial announcements to be made shortly

For full listings and ticket links, please see below – more information can be found on our blog:

JAN 30 | EAST INDIA YOUTH | GULLIVERS | £6
FEB 3 | BILL CALLAHAN | RITZ | £17.50
FEB 8 | FOREST SWORDS | DEAF INSTITUTE | £10.50
FEB 8 | FOALS DJ | DEAF INSTITUTE | £9
FEB 9 | FANFARLO | DEAF INSTITUTE | £9
FEB 15 | PARQUET COURTS + EAGULLS | ACADEMY 2 | £13
FEB 16 | SPEEDY ORTIZ | DEAF INSTITUTE | £7
FEB 18 | JENNY WILSON | SOUP KITCHEN | £7
FEB 19 | OF MONTREAL | GORILLA | £15
FEB 28 | BONOBO (LIVE) | ALBERT HALL | SOLD OUT
FEB 28 | BONOBO (DJ) | ROADHOUSE | £10
MAR 1 | JON HOPKINS | CANAL MILLS LEEDS | £12.50
MAR 8 | HAIM (DJ SET) | DEAF INSTITUTE | SOLD OUT
MAR 22 | JUNGLE | DEAF INSTITUTE | £8
MAR 27 | DARKSIDE | RITZ | £12.50
APR 1 | TIM HECKER | ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC | £14.50
APR 17 | TIMBER TIMBRE | ROADHOUSE | £10 ON SALE 9AM JANUARY 31
APR 25 | WOMANS HOUR | GULLIVERS | £6.50 ON SALE 9AM JANUARY 30
APR 28 | SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE | DEAF INSTITUTE | £9 ON SALE 9AM JANUARY 31
MAY 4 | SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY FESTIVAL | SALFORD | £18
MAY 8 | FUTURE ISLANDS | SOUND CONTROL | £11.50
MAY 20 | MUTUAL BENEFIT | DEAF INSTITUTE | £10
MAY 21 | MAC DEMARCO | SOUND CONTROL | £11.50
JUNE 7 & 8 | PARKLIFE FESTIVAL | HEATON PARK | £75

Mutual Benefit play “Strong Swimmer” for Yourstru.ly | Deaf Institute show, Thursday 20 May

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Creators of one of Now Wave’s favourite albums of 2013, the charms of Mutual Benefit’s debut LP Love’s Crushing Diamond have slowly won over all who have listened to it. Among the newest converts are the staff at The New Yorker, who premiered this collaboration with Yourstru.ly, as the band perform ‘Strong Swimmer’. Of the shoot, producer Frances Capell said:

We shot “Strong Swimmer” on a Sunday night in Bed-Stuy, at the apartment where Cory (who sings with Jordan in the video) and Marc (bass) live. The room where we filmed is currently a makeshift bedroom for Jordan; he put away his mattress to make space for the band to play that night. Their place was really inviting, with lots of quirky decorations and art, including Cory’s (she designed Mutual Benefit’s album cover). Even though you can tell this song is pretty heavy for Jordan, he had everyone giggling between takes. Read the full article

Mutual Benefit play Deaf Institute on Thursday 20 May. Tickets are £10 and are available through SeeTickets. Watch the session on Vimeo.