The most awesome of Music events is on now in Manchester and if you have the time this weekend I suggest you get over there - not only for this National Unconvention but also for the mad AND Fest - which presents art, creativity and technology merged into one amorphous mass of flashing lights and screechy noises.
But to return to our subject matter - this year’s national Un-Convention event promises to be the biggest and best yet. Taking influence from Un-Convention events around the world and inviting some of the most inspirational and influential figures from the global grassroots music scene – this year will use Un-Conventional spaces – including a barge, Salford Lads Club, Chapel Street venues - Sacred Trinity Church, Islington Mill, Salford Central Station; and explore new and cutting edge issues around music, technology and creativity. It's on now till Sunday 3rd Oct….
This free festival is fast approaching, just a week away on the 29th and 30th August. Plus it's celebrating it's 18th Birthday with 6 different stages and many new themes, it's looking to be the best festival yet, making for a spectacular weekend for all ages and tastes.
Yes.....Everything you have ever wanted from one of the most politically radical cities in the world a base for workshops, exhibitions, events and your radical ideas. No not a squat and only temporary but it's going to be upfront and personal and promises four weeks of explosive art, film, discussion, music and poetry raising the issues others do not have the nerve to raise.
1. Thomas-Joseph & Murphy - Power Of Persuasion
2. Thomas-Joseph & Murphy - Soliloquy
3. Jeff Jepson - Aligned
4. Simon Cousins - Love's Counterfeit
5. KCO - Temptuous Eyes
Taken from the album Scars available to buy from kcomusic.co.uk Check out their rare acoustic gig at the View Two Gallery on 24th July
6. Stephen Langstaff - Spires
Taken from the Acoustic EP available to buy at gigs stephenlangstaff.co.uk
Check out Stephen's Liverpool Summer Pops headlining gig on 30th July
Ahead of his sold out performance at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on the 28th June Elvis Costello announced that he is gifting one of his Gibson
acoustics to the Picket music venue in Liverpool.
The venue will raffle the instrument to raise funds for the work it does with young bands. The Gibson DSM guitar handmade in Canada comes complete with a hard case and a personal note from Mr. Costello no less!
Another Rathole Radio is upon us. I have to confess I didn’t broadcast this show live as I was out watching England V Germany in the World Cup. We were so comprehensively beaten in that game I’m glad I pre-recorded this. I wasn’t in much of a mood to do it after. Still, it’s a great show I think and I hope you all enjoy it. Don’t forget to leave comments and get in touch. Normal service will be resumed next time I promise.
It’s Rathole Radio time again, and despite being delayed by World Cup distractions it turned out to be a great show. I played my usual eclectic mix of music, chatted with all the good folks in the IRC channel, and also played a rendition of one of my favourite tunes. I hope you enjoy the episode.
Here's a qik video of Plectrum the Band performance last night as part of Frakass. It was rumoured, the band who performed their first gig in the 70's flew in from New York yesterday just for this gig - it was also rumoured that they were particularly difficult, making extreme demands of the organisers and generally being obnoxious.
Performing in cardboard costumes Plectrum continued to keep their identity and only increase the mystery surronding them. That all said though, they did provide a bit of light hearted entertainment at the end of a Mega noise filled night. From the Cardboard coffin to the plectrum shaped plectrum user they rolled the tunes out and were much welcomed by the audience who witnessed a truly exclusive performanc. The 3 tracks they played were well worth it waiting till the end of the night.
If you have ever heard them before or have any photos that would reveal their identities then please do let us know. This may be the last time we hear from them but if we are lucky we will see them emerge in other forms.
FRAKASS is back. ... and this time it's personal! Yes the more jovial side of Frakture, liverpool based experimental music organsation is back and it's let it's hair down again and opened up the sweet shop of electronica to the youth.... well younger members anyway. That's right, they're back with more weird and wonderful music for all you loverly weird and wonderful music fans out there! Frakass = "A quarrel, fight, or disturbance marked by very noisy, disorderly, and often violent behavior: affray, brawl, broil2, donnybrook, fray, free-for-all, melee, riot, row2, ruction, tumult. Slang rumble. "
They've got an extra special line up for our return show, with the LAST EVER performance by Plectrum the band, preposterous noise from Crucifix, and musical terrorism from Kinsheeva. Plus there's visuals courtesy of Noise Club, and DJ Tim Downey will be spinning the discs for us. http://nems-store.co.uk/plectrum