Yep its full blown festival season but there is still a few other events that don’t involve being stood in a field….. Here’s the Reyt Good Magazines guide to thing to do in July…
Elbow, Sounds of the City, Castlefield Bowl 9th July 09
Sounds of the City is back taking over Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl and this time after a sold out UK tour they have the hometown return of the mighty Elbow. Is it possible to have a more epic band in a more stunning city location? Recognised as one of the UK’s biggest and most important bands, Elbow have a well-deserved reputation for delivering shows that combine scale with intimacy to devastating effect. This will be a gig to remember.
Proto Idiot Album launch with support from Gardenback. Peerhat 10th July
Proto Idiot are back with a fully fledge album. Combining garage, punk, art and ideas, this is music for sophisticated eccentrics who enjoy the finer things in life, they have been describes as the sort of record that a mad and inbred member of the monarchy would relish.
Free Vibes at Band On The Wall with Louie Louie, The People, Blanketman & The Early Mornings 11th July
Band on the Wall presents a special edition of Free Vibes, bringing you four of the most exciting artists you need to know. Louie Louie are a Manchester-based 4 piece with sprinkling of Portuguese who are bringing rock ‘n’ roll back the city. Also on the line up we have soul collective The People and Blanketman with their original brand of restless-legged post-punk. Plus kicking off the night it’s The Early Mornings a 3-piece who have drawn comparisons to The Raincoats, The Breeders and Television with their unique blend of poetic pop/post-punk.
One for those that like something a bit nicer to nosh on while they listen to live music in a field…. Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest food festival, heads back to Tatton Park, with some seriously mouth-watering food and drinks on offer, cooking masterclasses and demonstrations from top Chefs, including MasterChef Winner 2019 Irini Tzortzoglou. Pluslive music from Scouting for Girls on the Music AgainstHomelessness Stage as well as 50 emerging bands and soloists from the Manchester area playing over the weekend.
The Snug Live with The 99 Degree, The Pagans SOH & Paper Buoys July 13th
Hop on the V2 bus out of Piccadilly and you will find a lovely place called the Snug in Atherton, coffee shop by day and intimate gig venue by night. Following on from previous successful band nights Julys offering of live music comes from Manchester’s The 99 Degree who have been described as if the beach Boys grew up on Tarantine films and crack, the Black Country’s finest rock rap outfit The Pagans SOH and personal favourites of mine the wonderfully hypnotic sounds of Paper Buoys.
The Greater Manchester Fringe throughout July at various venues
The Greater Manchester Fringe first took place in 2012 with 6 different venues and a handful of shows in each. Now in its 8thyear It is a multi-venue open access arts festival providing support for all art forms to show their work, creating an arts community, encouraging first time participation in arts production and performances across Greater Manchester.Many past productions have moved onto established theatres, such as Bolton Octagon, Lowry Theatre, Royal Exchange theatre, HOME theatre, national tours and have been recognised at the Manchester Theatre Awards.
Ticket prices are low, sometimes FREE providing greater access to a non-traditional theatre-going audience.
Dave Haslam Presents at Festival Square, various dates.
Dave Haslam returns to Festival Square to programme FreeDJs and Live Acts, here’s a few of the highlights
Blood & Fire 14th July
A mini-collective who play (mostly dub) reggae, they will bepartnering up with the great Jamaican roots reggae singer Horace Andy, who people will know from his collaborations with Massive Attack.
Orielles 15th July
Their album on Heavenly ‘Silver Dollar Moment’ received masses of critical acclaim, plus they have also announced theywill be premiering a whole lot of their new stuff in their set, definitely one not to be missed.
Blinders, Witch Fever & The Pagans SOH 16th July
After their triumph sell out Ritz gig the 3 piece will be bringing their unhinged magic for free, live in front of the Town Hall, with support from Witch Fever and The Pagans SOH this is one gig you will need to arrive early for.
LIINES & Sink Ya Teeth 17th July
A line up that proves female acts need to be on festival bills! LIINES have such momentum behind them now, coming off the back of a huge tour supporting Sleaford Mods, and a new single called ‘On and On’. Support comes from Sink Ya Teeth with their fabulous post-punk, electronic funk crossover sound. Plus as they have played several gigs supporting A Certain Ratio, Jez Kerr from ACR is going to DJ after the MIF show.
Puppet Theory are Chris, Johnny, Niall and Paul. Drawing influences from the 2000s indie boom, American rock and pop-punk, Puppet Theory ‘show others how it should be done in the age of the synth’.
Macclesfield Festival, 20th July
Just a short train ride from Piccadilly we have the third Macclesfield festival at Priory Park. Expect a family friendly festival with a line-up that is embracing the funk with legends Soul 2 Soul, The Winachi Tribe and musical collective The Moods. Alongside indie favourites Our Fold, Broomhead and Cleargreen and local bands Queen Cult and Rough Twist. Also new for this year there is a second stage of live music, The Reyt Good Magazine stage with Jade Assembly, Joel Gardner and hotly tipped Shader.
With their energetic live performance and memorable choruses, Puppet Theory have played some of the biggest stages in the North West of England, gaining backing from This Feeling, BBC Introducing and XS Manchester’s Clint Boon. This could very well be your last chance to catch the band in such an intimate venue.
Kendal Calling Lowther Deer Park, Penrith 25th -28th July 2019
End of July we know where we are going to be the one and only Kendal Calling, Doves, Idles and Tom Jones….. need we say more. See you in the fields! The last wave of tickets is close to selling out get yours quick.