Sunday, 28 November 2010

Dutch Uncles UK Tour

Manchester band, Dutch Uncles, have announced their first UK headline tour for early next year. The tour is set to coincide with the release of a new single in Febuary and a new album through Memphis Industries in the spring.

I first heard Dutch Uncles some years ago as a support act for We Are Performance at Manchester's Night and Day café. I can just remember being immediately hooked by the bouncy bass in "Doppelganger" and the ever so catchy melodies in "Face In". Clearly I wasn't the only person they impressed in their early days and with such a good start it is not surprising they are soon to play a nationwide tour with a strong fan base of their own.

Tour Dates:
02 Dec Leeds HiFi Club
27 Jan London Bush Hall Q Ones to Watch Sessions
07 Feb London Garage HMV Next Big Thing
21 Feb Brighton Prince Albert
22 Feb Bristol Louisiana
23 Feb Liverpool Shipping Forecast
24 Feb Nottingham Bodega
25 Feb Birmingham Victoria
26 Feb Leeds Nation of Shopkeepers
27 Feb Sunderland 7even
28 Feb Glasgow King Tuts

Monday, 1 November 2010

Brandon Flowers; Manchester Academy 16.10.10

On the sixteenth of October two thousand and ten I was lucky enough to be a few bodies from the front, around 7 feet, from Brandon Flowers.

As always with Mr Flowers, the music was spot on, but what made it for me was the intimate venue. If he wanted to, the O2 Apollo is only down the road, Manchester Central a tiny bit further and the is MEN Arena just as close. Any of the larger venues would have sold out just as fast and would have made more money; but the Academy provided the intimate atmosphere perfect for performing his latest material and engaging closely with his audience.

And that's what it was; intimate, engaging and amazing to experience from start to finish.

* On The Floor
* Crossfire
* Magdalena
* Bette Davis Eyes (Kim Carnes cover)
* Jilted Lovers and Broken Hearts
* Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas
* Was It Something I Said?
* Hard Enough
* Losing Touch
* Swallow It
* Only The Young
* Playing With Fire

* The Clock Was Tickin'
* When You Were Young (acoustic)