Yes! What a night down in Manchester 09/12/2021

A diverse range of artists took to both stages at YES Manchester on Thursday evening. Before making my way up to the Pink Room for the This feeling show started I joined the basement dwellers to catch the eagerly anticipated debut performance of The Dirt.

Jack Horner, known to many as poet Leon the Pig Farmer’s latest venture has seen him team up with partner Sachiko Wakizaka to form a spoken word guitar-driven duo. Swathed in red light, the performance was gritty, with anger, wisdom, dark humour, and steely determination. The Dirt delivered a solid set, mixing spoken word with heavy guitar-driven angst-filled chords. ‘The Bully’ was partially emotive, alongside ‘Treadmill of the Tortured’ and ‘Dreamstate’. Recently signed by Golden Believers Records, their debut EP Psycher-Billy is released this week. 

Moving upstairs to the Pink room I caught the first of two support acts for Andrew Cushin.

Kicking off the evening was Welsh singer-songwriter Megan Wyn. A natural on stage, Wyn was charismatic and charmed the crowd with her down to earth humour and antics between songs. Wyn has an impressive vocal range which shone through during her performance of ‘Polaroid’, her latest single. Wyn impressed the indie mad crowd with her unique cover of Arctic Monkeys Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? Not afraid of a heckler, Wyn urged the audience to come closer to the stage and sing along with her. 

Rolla were next on the bill, a five-piece indie storm full of swagger, kickers, parkas, and cheekiness. With an undeniable nod to the early oasis, the lads performed a tight-knit set including their latest banger ‘Ease my mind’. 

Anticipation built as headliner Newcastle born and bred Andrew Cushin arrived on stage with his band. Cushin has recently been announced as a support to the chief himself Mr. Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds on their forthcoming date at a new event Rock N Roll Circus next year. Cushin recently signed a deal with Strap Originals record label owned by Pete Docherty.

With this backing, it is clear that Cushin is flying in the right direction.

A Highlight from the show came Mid-set, Cushin stripped it back to his solo acoustic roots showing off his versatility and songwriting skills. Later things picked up keeping the Mancunian crowd happy with a cover of ‘Digsy’s Dinner’. 

Cushin’s closing song ‘Where’s my family gone’ had the Manchester crowd singing back every word, Cushins face throughout the show was of disbelief that he had the crowd singing back his tunes, lovely to watch.

Big things for this lad next year!

Photo and Words by – Helen Millington