Thursday, 10 December 2015

Manchester Author Event & Gig 2016

The Manchester Author Event & Gig 2016

This exciting event is going to be taking place at The Red Rose Steam Society Ltd. mining museum, on the outskirts of Manchester, just off the A580/East Lancs Road. This is the main trunk road between Manchester and Liverpool.

We have 45 confirmed authors attending the event and over the next few weeks I will be introducing you to them.

The book signing will run throughout the day, from 11 am to 5 pm. with a hour lunch break from 1.30 - 2.30 pm
Tickets are available to purchase now via Eventbrite.

We have two models booked already to add to the fun.

Authors confirmed for the event are:

Alice Raine
Bella Settarra
C.J. Fallowfield / Charlotte Fallowfield
C.L. Bentham
Christoph Fischer
Claire C. Riley
D H Sidebottom
D.A Lascelles
D.M. Midgley
Dawn A Keane
Douglas Vaughn aka Darkscribe
Elena Matthews
Elisabeth Marrion
Gary Edward Gedall
Glenn Haigh
Hayley Oakes
Helen Bright
H J Daly
Holly J Gill
Iain Parke
Ian Jackson
Isobelle Cate
J F Holland
J.L. Ostle
John Lynch
Julia Ibbotson
K L Shandwick
Karen Frances
Kitty Mulholland 
Laura Morgan / L.C Morgan
Lavinia Urban
Lisa J Hobman
Lynn Gerrard / The Grumbling Gargoyle
Martin Tracey
Melody Winter
Olga NΓΊΓ±ez Miret
Raven Anxo
Samantha Harrington
Scarlett Flame
Simon Parker
Stevie Turner
Victoria Blisse
Victoria Howard
Victoria L. James
Zak Jane Keir

An eclectic mix of genre will be at this event.

 Matt Stobbs is one of our attending models 

You can find Matt on twitterwebsite and Facebook.

Other models attending along with their respective authors are Alex Jordan Devenport

Erin Urban is the inspiration behind her mother, Lavinia Urban's, Erin the Fire Goddess series when she asked her mother to write her a story after being bullied.

Erin is a 14 year old girl (15 in June) who dreams of one day becoming a Graphic Designer.

Update New model attending
Jay Woolaway

Latest addition to the models is Stefan Northfield

The evening acts that are confirmed so far are Mog Stanley and Officer.
We will also have a number of spoken word performers at this event including The Grumbling Gargoyle, Lynn Gerrard. A mistress of dark humour.

I recently did an album review for Mog and loved the album. I have also watched Officer perform at a friend's book launch in St Helen's. Very pleased and excited they are both signed up for the event

The event will be held in two marquees in the grounds of the museum. The largest being 21 x 15 metres, also a smaller marquee will house the beer tent & refreshments.
Afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes will be available.
BBQ planned for the evening event.

Plenty of parking is also available at the venue

More updates, and interviews to follow

These are the links to our Facebook page and the group page.
Feel free to come along and join our group
Just click on the links above
Follow us on twitter 


We have now got Joe Symes and The Loving Kind performing at the gig 

The Reveurs


Girls Without Gum Disease

On the day we are proud to have 

the Sounds of Salford 

on site all day

We still have a couple of author places left for this years event and the interested list for next year is now up 

Manchester Author Event & Gig will take place at the same venue on the 19th of August 2017

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Gig Review for The Reveurs, France, The Leathernecks & Ook and the Elephant - Night & Day Cafe

Night & Day Cafe Gig Review - Saturday 5th of December 2015

It was a busy night in Manchester as people were out on Christmas Do's and also Manchester Markets were on. The venue for the event being Night & Day CafΓ©, 26 Oldham Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M1 1JN presented by Scruff of the Neck records . Based out of Manchester, Scruff of the Neck Records are an independent record label and music collective with their ears to the ground and their eyes to the future.  The indie label are also reputable Manchester gig promoters,  a music management company and specialists in various creative outlets which are now integral for the development of artists.  A tireless work ethic has seen the label grow exponentially in both size, and reputation over the course of the last few years, and as a result they’re rapidly becoming one of the go-to grass-roots labels in the Manchester.

 Ook and the Elephant

Unfortunately I was delayed getting to the gig so missed the first act, which was Ook and the Elephant. Lucky for me I tracked down a number of their songs on the internet and was blown away. This is a very unusual band.

This is the blurb for the band;

"Ook and the Elephant like to start most of their practices with a BBQ. When the weather no longer permits, we move indoors for our pre-rehearsal feasting. We like to foist our music on unsuspecting ears in strange and beautiful places. We love to shake your bones and make you want to stomp, whilst eating something comforting. We are made for live performances and shared experiences. From melodic stomp to nu-folk, our sound is peculiar, tribal with contrapuntal melodies. Recent comparisons suggest Jefferson Airplane, The Decemberists, Tom Waits and Arcade Fire. The reality of the sound exists in the interstices of these, and we hope it is our own."

The line up for the band is made up of: Don Mccoll- Singer and  bass player.
Emily Cooke-singer. Danny Hodgson- lead guitarist,and last but not least

Adam Smethurst on drums. The band are from Bolton.

The set list that they played went like this -

Oh Celia
House in Munich
Start a Fire

Honey & Bile review of Celia 2015

So it seems like Lanegan & Orton have some competition – and there I was thinking it was a particularly niche market!  Starts off as a mouse-like sleepy folk tale before metamorphosing into a riff heavy monster.  Kept my interest through the winding 7 minute journey!’
Another review by Right Chord Music can be found HERE 
They decided that Night and Day would be their last gig until March; as they want to spend some time getting properly stuck into some writing, rather than trying to squeeze things in between gigs.

Tweeting @ookandthe

Next up to play were

The Leathernecks

Influenced by the likes of Kings of Leon, Two Door Cinema Club, Editors, Foals, The Hives, Foo Fighters, Findlay, The View; and a band not out of place amongst that list.

This band from Rotherham started out (as many bands do) playing in a five piece Indie/Rock covers band. After a few years of playing together up and down the UK and throughout Europe four members decided to have a go at doing some of their own stuff... in late 2013 The Leathernecks were born, fronted by Guitarist Nick Wild who brings a 'very Sheffield' vocal to the mix. His style is often compared to the likes of Milburn and Arctic Monkeys with a sprinkling of Courteeners very own Liam Fray added in for good measure.

"A rip-roaring angst fuelled scorcher of an EP from The Leathenecks."

 Ryan Oxley-PenistoneFM

The band are in general fast paced, upbeat and very energetic, drawing on clear influences from The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines with obvious comparisons emerging towards Sheffields Milburn and The Courteeners. All blended together to give a new, yet also very familiar sound. Having honed their skills playing covers together over the years and with a full repertoire of original songs in the locker, these four lads are working hard to put their own stamp on the Sheffield Indie Music Scene. Building on the release of their debut track Bunny Boiler in June 2014 and with their debut EP released on 19th March 2015, it is looking like a busy year already for these lads.

The band line up is Nick Wild, Adam Manning, Matt Johnson and James Burton

Set List

Two Timing
What we did
Do Ya Fuck
Another Day
Bunny Boiler

They have an EP out now available via their website
called "What's It Gonna Be?"

This is "Another Day"

Their next gig is at The Queens Hotel, Rotherham on the 11th of December at 7.30 pm 

You can find the lads on Twitter, FacebookSoundcloudYoutubeInstagram and their website.

Brilliant energetic band, well worth listening to. I particularly loved Another Day and Bunny Boiler.
All the songs were toe tappers and made you want to get up and dance.
Hoping to see the lads again next time they are in town.

Next up were 


France are a three piece Pop/Rock band who were founded in November 2013. 
They originate from Rochdale, and their music consists of prominent punchy bass riffs, rhythmic beats, harmonised melodies and sing-along lyrics.

Members of the band are Joel Murphy on Guitar and Vocals, Liam Dodd on Bass / Vocals

and finally Joe Weetman on the  Drums

Set list for the evening was:
The Northerner
Nothing New
Til the end
Chasing You
Always been the one
Your love
Actus Reus

I loved the vocals and they did some fabulous harmonies.They played a great mixture of tunes. The audience tapping their feet and singing along throughout the bands performance. A band I would go and see again, with pleasure.

You can find France on TwitterFacebookSoundcloudYoutube and their website.

Then we came to the headline act of the evening

The Reveurs

By the end of the evening night & Day was packed and everyone was ready to party.
The Reveurs are obviously a very popular group, ( and rightly so). The audience knew the words to the vast majority of the songs off by heart, and danced their little socks off.
There was an amazing atmosphere in the venue for when the headliners finally took to the stage. This continued to build throughout resulting in shouts for more, and an encore. 

The Reveurs are a four piece Indie Rock band from Manchester The line up of the band consists of Gary Nelson - Vocals/Guitar,  Iain Brewster - Backing Vocals/Guitar, Adam Molyneux - Backing Vocals/Bass and last, but once again not least, Ben Devenport on Drums.

The band combine a stoic rhythm section with melodic riffs and feel good lyrics, The Reveurs are setting the stage for the next wave of Indie Rock.
In late 2013, Gary, Iain, Adam and Ben formed The Reveurs, set on transforming the Manchester Indie scene. Channeling Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes, The Reveurs add a story to each of their tracks, leading an intriguing narrative through a guitar driven, energetic collage of music.

“As they state on their Facebook page their sole purpose is to; "write and perform anthemic tunes that will stick in your head." And that is something they have achieved “

Mixtape Couture

The energy on stage was palpable, and the atmosphere pretty electric. Doesn't harm that the guys are a handsome bunch to boot. No doubt about it, they are a young group about to make a big name for themselves - one to watch.

Set list

Take a Bow
Saint Marie
Take It Over (Single release)
Faithless War

This gig was a celebration of the launch of their debut music video 'Take It Over' 

Fantastic music video and a great song to boot, please take a gander below and see what I mean.

“They only formed towards the end of 2013, however, they’ve made a good start and provided an impressive set. They played to arguably the biggest audience I’ve seen in Night and Day since the end of last year as well, bringing with them many fans who got right behind them, The Reveurs will grow and are well worth seeing live, as they establish themselves, they can only continue to get better.”

-Mancunian Ways

The band were recently signed to DMF Digital

DMF Digital is a proudly independent Yorkshire based record label which is  a sister company to Darnall Music Factory (DECAT) which was established in 1979.
DMF Digital is not only a record label, but is also an innovative music industry development company as the organisation offers the music industry's next generation: artist and band development, international distribution and apprenticeship opportunities.
The company offers a variety of development deals as well as 'ethical' publishing contracts.

The organisation also assists the best Yorkshire talent at UK and international events such as South by South West, New York Sound City and Liverpool Sound City.

Head over to DMF for your free download of Control

Upcoming gig is at The Underground  on 12/11/2015 at Performance at The Underground  concert bar and venue, in Barnsley @ 7.30 pm

Jan 08, 2016 Single Release // Take It Over available from here

Had a great Saturday evening listening these briliant bands

Why don't you go and watch them for real
Cheap as chips!

Love n Stuff



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