Parklife afterparty feat. Oneman, Ryan Hemsworth & more | Deaf Institute | Sunday 8 June


As well as hosting a stage on both days of Parklife, Now Wave are proud to announce an official after party.

The headline set comes from Oneman. The personal brand of Steve Bishop, Crack magazine described him as “”A figure synonymous with the Rinse FM station and the brand and subculture surrounding it, the origins of illegal broadcasts and guerrilla tactics made for an aggressive movement and an unmistakable sound”. His signature sets and garage-tinged mixes have helped to define the musical landscape of the past 5 years, and has a host of accolades that highlight his significance in the scene – with FACT magazine noting Oneman as someone who has “changed the face of British dance music”.

Also playing will be wunderkind Ryan Hemsworth – a musical polyglot whose work has varied from remixes of Grimes and Frank Ocean through to his own tapestry of EPs and albums that Pitchfork described as, “[blending] the groggy New Age warmth of Clams Casino, the Lite-FM kitsch of the diplomats and the slow-motion warp of Houston screw, has seemingly caught the ears of an army electronic fans as well as from rappers like Shady Blaze, Deniro Farrar, and Main Attraktionz’s Squadda B”.

Now Wave DJs, Madam X and G.A. will also be on the decks. The event runs from 10pm until 4am.

Second release tickets are £10 and are available from See Tickets.

Sleigh Bells | Gorilla | Thursday 3 July


Pushed together by singer Alexis Krauss’ mother, and forming their initial bond through listening to guitarist Derek Miller’s music through shared headphones in a park, Sleigh Bells have spent the past 7 or so years radically defining (and redefining) their own sound. After being one of the most hyped acts at CMJ 2009, the duo were quickly picked up by M.I.A. for her own N.E.E.T. imprint, putting out their eponymous EP soon after – prompting Pitchfork to described them as “extreme noize terror… bubblegum fluff [blowing] out speakers… a beautiful nightmare come true”.

Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals on YouTube

After their rapid ascent, Sleigh Bells haven’t relented – their debut LP Treats (“double-dutch funk from an unlikely acid bath of distorted drum machines and nasal pigfuck guitars”, Spin Magazine, 8/10) was put out in 2010, followed up by Reign of Terror (“Heavy-breathing sex chants with a heart of darkness”, Rolling Stone, 8/10) in 2012. Their latest album, Bitter Rivals, came out at the end of last year and saw the band make their greatest leap forward yet, adding an undercurrent of RnB to their usual bombast – with Entertainment Weekly (“loud and lovely, but with a fresh dose of dynamism”, 91%), Q Magazine (“Breathlessly current in its maxed-out production, but also properly robust, Bitter Rivals should turn Sleigh Bells into serious contenders”) and NME (“their toughest and most focused work yet”, 7/10) among the many to have fallen for it.

Tickets are £13.50 and are available through See Tickets.

East India Youth & White Hinterland | Manchester Art Gallery | Thursday 15 May


Tonight, we’re involved in a very special free event at Manchester Art Gallery as part of their Thursday Lates series and Manchester After Hours.

Celebrating the incredible Joana Vasconcelos exhibition currently being held at the museum, we’ve teamed up with Sounds from the Other City to programme an evening’s entertainment. Running from 6pm – 9pm, East India Youth and White Hinterland will be playing live, along with special sets from some of our favourite DJs Stop Making Sense and DJ Riv.

The event is completely free and doesn’t require any kind of pre-registration – the icing on the proverbial cake will be ice cream commissioned especially for the event inspired by the piece of art below. We’ll see you there.


Remaining Now Wave May shows | Tourist, Mutual Benefit, Mac Demarco, East India Youth


After a busy few weeks that has included a stage at Sounds from the Other City and a sold out Future Islands show at Sound Control, Now Wave currently has 4 shows left in May – starting with Tourist’s debut Manchester headline show on Wednesday 14 May at Soup Kitchen. Having previously worked with the likes of Sam Smith, HAIM and CHVRCHES, 2014 has been the year that Tourist has made his mark out on his own.

The following night, Now Wave team up with Sounds from the Other City yet again, this time to bring East India Youth and White Hinterland to Manchester Art Museum as part of their Thursday Lates series. This show will be free entry, and should be chance to see two unique artists in an equally distinctive venue.

Creator of the sleeper success album of 2013, Mutual Benefit comes to Manchester for the first time on Tuesday 21 May. The Love’s Crushing Diamond LP has been labelled “Heavenly Cosmic Americana” (Mojo), “widescreen dream-pop” (New York Times) and “Surreal and captivating” (Drowned in Sound) by the press, and this should should be similarly special.

Bringing the month to a close for Now Wave the night after will be longtime favourite Mac Demarco. Originally slated to play Sound Control, the show had to be upgraded due to demand – and looks as though it is likely to sell out the new allocation at The Ritz, too.

MAY 21 | MAC DEMARCO | THE RITZ | £11.50

The Antlers | The Ritz | Friday 31 October


For the best part of a decade, The Antlers have developed and grown from a solo, lo-fi folk project into one of the most lush and celebrated acts of their generation. Originally the work solely of Peter Silberman, he expanded on the line-up (adding Darby Cicci and Michael Lerner) to create 2009’s Hospice – originally self-released, the album became a worldwide hit and was subsequently re-released under French Kiss, before the band later signed to ANTI- records.

The Antlers – Palace on YouTube.

Following two EPs (Burst Apart in 2011, Undersea in 2012), The Antlers return this year with Familiars. Reviews of early tracks have noted the work’s “drowsy horns, twinkling keyboard bits, muted guitar, and lyrics that confront mortality, whether they’re intended to or not” (Spin Magazine) and its “prettily mournful music-box melody”. Recorded, engineered and produced by the band themselves, Chris Coady was brought in to mix the LP – fresh from his work on the latest Future Islands record.

Tickets are £13 and are available through See Tickets.