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Lucy Rose

Manchester Apollo
Friday 30th March 2012

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Here’s what Manchester’s St Peter’s Square looks like today (Friday 8th March 2012) after the office block demolition

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Cass McCombs

Manchester Band On The Wall
Monday 5th March 2012

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First Aid Kit

Venue: Manchester Ruby Lounge
Date: Friday 24th February 2012

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Rae Morris

Venue: Manchester Night and Day
Date: Thu 1st March 2012

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Diana Vickers

Venue: Manchester Ruby Lounge
Date: Wed 8th Feb 2012

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Still Corners

Venue: Manchester Kraak Gallery
Date: Friday 3rd February 2012

Hanni El Khatib at Manchester Castle Hotel (1st Feb 2012)

Binary at Manchester The Castle Hotel (19th Jan 2012)

First gig of the year for me tonight – went to the Beta night at The Castle. Neat idea – ‘like’ the clubnight’s page on Facebook and get free entry to the show.

Tonight’s line-up was Mount Fabric and Binary. I missed the first band as I was watching a screening of Urbanized at the Deaf Institute (excellent film btw), but here’s a few photos of the second band – Binary:

Ryan Adams – Live on Letterman, New York City (5th Dec 2011)

Still can’t believe I managed to blag a ticket to this — I literally begged on Twitter (to no avail) — in the end I think the people doing guestlist on the door took pity on me and let me in around 5 minutes before showtime :)

What’s even more unbelievable is that once inside the Letterman studio an announcement over the tannoy actually encouraged the audience to take photos/videos and Tweet and update your Facebook about the event whilst it was being livestreamed to the web. I’d seen Ryan Adams play eight shows in 2011 up to this point and at every single one there was a strict no camera policy.

Here’s a quick photo – I have a few more to upload yet…

Including the two New York shows I saw, that took my total up to ten Ryan Adams shows this year:

2011-06-16 London Barbican, England
2011-06-23 Manchester Bridgewater Hall, England
2011-10-27 London Union Chapel, England
2011-11-01 London Cadogan Hall, England
2011-11-02 Paris Le Trianon, France
2011-11-05 Brussels Cirque Royal, Belgium
2011-11-08 Gothenburg Konserthuset, Sweden
2011-11-12 Malmo St.Johannes Church, Sweden
2011-12-05 NYC Live on Letterman, USA
2011-12-06 NYC Carnegie Hall, USA

I was able to fund this insane European/US roadtrip thanks to some incredibly lucky gambling back in August. I backed Man City to score four goals in the second half when they were 0-0 at home to Swansea at half time (15th Aug, finished 4-0), and I also landed a 5-team accumulator at 74/1 (permed every combination so it was effectively 50 bets across those 5 teams) on the weekend Man Utd thumped Arsenal 8-2 (28th Aug), and later on that same day I backed Ronaldo to get a hat-trick at 14/1. I promised myself I’d spend the winnings on my first proper holiday in 11 years.

Edit – another photo: