Radio X Road Trip - Manchester

When XFM first started broadcasting it was a breath of fresh air for indie fans in the UK.  The antithesis to existing radio stations, it managed to bridge the divide between playing classic indie and alternative tracks and introducing and championing new bands. It was with some surprise that it was replaced earlier this year by ‘Radio X’, a similar offering but with new presenters like Chris Moyles and Johnny Vaughan brought in to revamp the offering and to recharge its appeal. Has it captured any new fans? Is it helping to rejuvenate the English indie scene? Time will tell, but there seems to be an initial commitment to bringing indie fans closer to their favourite acts through a series of pre-Christmas road trip gigs across the country.



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Fightstar

It's Saturday Night and The Ritz in Manchester is heaving. It's uncomfortably warm and a sense of anticipation hums through the air; post-hardcore band Fightstar are the cause. In town to promote their latest album 'Behind The Devil's Back', just released this month, it's clear from the size of the crowd that the band have lost few fans during their 2010 - 2014 hiatus, especially not in Manchester.



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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds I’ve said it before, I’m unlikely to stop saying it: Manchester loves its musical children. The reception they receive at homecoming gigs is unparalleled and Noel Gallagher never finds himself short of an audience or a deafening cheer. Gathered at Castlefield Bowl for the latest in the Summer In The City gigs is undoubtedly the largest crowd in the venue yet and the excitement in the air is palpable; people know Noel Gallagher doesn’t play Manchester very often, it’s pretty special when he does.


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The Charlatans After a successful start featuring Paolo Nutini, ‘Summer In The City’ had its first Saturday night show headlined by Britpop stalwarts The Charlatans. Fresh off entertaining gig-goers at Glastonbury, Tim Burgess and co. arrived in a sunny Manchester to face a small but noisy crowd, ready to celebrate the heydays of indie music.


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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Summer In The City, a series of gigs at the Castlefield Bowl in Manchester, is definitely about offering variety. Kicking off with soulful Paolo Nutini and featuring Britpop-indie legends The Charlatans, sandwiched neatly in the middle is the reunited Beautiful South duo Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott.


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Paolo Nutini Summer arrived in Manchester this week, at long last, and with the humidity came Summer In The City; a series of gigs hosted at outdoor venue Castlefield Bowl. With a line-up including The Charlatans and Noel Gallagher, it's a must-see set of gigs, especially with the first night being headlined by Paolo Nutini.


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Taylor Swift We last reviewed Taylor Swift on her ‘Red’ tour a year and a half ago. It’s incredible how much has changed in the last 18 months. The phenomenal success of her first ‘pop’ album has catapulted her into being one of the most influential entertainers in the world (not even Apple would argue with that it seems). So it was without hesitation that we went down to the Manchester Arena to catch one of only three shows in England on the 1989 World Tour. Swift’s gig was the hottest ticket in town this evening; with everyone we came into contact with professing their desire to be there.


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Wolf Alice Wolf Alice have been on our radar for a while. They’ve been gaining momentum for the past couple of years, often tipped on people’s ones-to-watch list. It feels like they are one big record away from really making it into a wider stream of consciousness. It was a treat to hear they were touring early this year; the chance to see them before they really set the world alight was one which we could not turn down.


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Clean Bandit Clean Bandit have enjoyed quite a run recently; I’d say winning the Grammy Award this year for Best Dance Recording has only brightened the spotlight already shining on them as a result of storming the pop charts. At Gig Junkies, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to see how they group would translating such success into a tour.


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Queen + Adam Lambert Live Aid, 1985, Queen take to the Wembley stage. Freddie Mercury plays the opening chords of Bohemian Rhapsody on the piano and begins a 20 minute set which is universally recognised as one of the most phenomenal live performances of all time. I was two years old when that took place. Thirty years later, I’ve just left the Manchester Arena having spent  the past two hours in absolute awe; dancing along to some of the same rock anthems as performed by Mercury that day, courtesy of Queen’s latest tour featuring Adam Lambert as their accompanying vocalist.


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Cast Does anyone else miss Britpop? As a staunch fan of the likes of Oasis, Blur, The Stone Roses, The Charlatans and countless more It's something I think about often. The wealth of songwriting talent emerging from Britain at that time, the number of working class bands inspiring a generation to dream big and strive for something better and the incredible catalogue of timeless British music it produced made it a truly golden era. The recent reunion of The Stone Roses and the constant threat of an Oasis reformation only prove there's still hunger for it and a lingering loyal fan base. It's no wonder that one of Britpop's finest, Cast, have been back on the road and playing all the old hits for ecstatic audiences.


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The Gaslight Anthem The first two words that come to mind when I hear the words ‘The Gaslight Anthem’ are ‘cult following’. Whilst they never seem to be part of the mainstream music consciouness, they have garnered a huge following that has made them one of the most popular rock bands of the past decade. That cult following is definitely evident in Manchester’s Apollo this Monday evening.


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Volbeat It might be a chilly mid-November Sunday night but Manchester's Academy is bursting at the seems. Metal fans, young and old, have gathered eagerly to see Danish band Volbeat on their Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies tour.


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Paolo Nutini By all accounts, 2014 has been a hell of a year for Paolo Nutini. After years in relative obscurity following the release of his second album, he burst back onto the music scene with phenomenal third album 'Caustic Love' which has once again sky-rocketed him to superstardom. It's not hard to understand why every seat in the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester is filled; the room humming with anticipation for what such a unique artist will bring to the table this evening.


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