Northern Quarter venue Matt & Phred’s enters its 10th week of closure this week – but there’s still plenty going on. A packed schedule of podcasts and live streamed gigs can be found all week for your entertainment. The Tib Street jazz club will have features from Charlie Cooper, The Horse Puppets, Vipertime and Emily Capell amongst others. Rounding the week off will be their Live Stream Weekender with sets from Martin Connor, Sam Jefferson and Dave Luvin Presents The Jazz Singers. For more information on times and the full line-up head over to Matt & Phred’s Facebook page.
Wakefield festival Long Division hits its 10th anniversary this year and to celebrate this milestone and the power of live music, they present LD:TV. Across Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June there will be live sets, streams of past shows, chats and laughs. Discussing the on-going crisis and how this effects the live music industry, there will be chance to donate to charities such as HOOT Creative Arts and Help Musicians. Available to view via the Long Division Facebook page (plus Youtube and DICE) from 8pm this Friday – here’s a quick summary of what you can catch over the two days…
Fri 5 June
8pm: LD:TV Livestream – Handpicked by Knuckle as a warm-up to their Live At Warehouse 23 stream this evening, Samh will perform a set live from Huddersfield.
9pm: Episode One: Knuckle Live at Warehouse 23 – A stream of the full live set of Knuckle’s Wakefield show at a packed Warehouse 23, originally performed in Nov 2019. Raising funds for: HOOT Creative Arts.
Sat 6 June
2pm: Episode Two: Let’s Talk Music – A look at where COVID-19 leaves the music industry, featuring chat from The Association Of Independent Festivals, Help Musicians, Backstage Academy/Production Park, Come Play With Me + Charlotte Gunn (former NME) and Chris Madden. Raising funds for: Help Musicians.
5pm: LDTV: Livestream – The Long Division team reminisce about the festival over the years, featuring cake and maybe the odd special guest.
8pm: Episode Three: Long Division Festival – Friends of the festival past and present come together to present new material, live sessions and interviews. Artists will include Billy Bragg, The Lovely Eggs, Dead Naked Hippies, Hands Off Gretel, and Alessi’s Ark plus many more.
Raising funds for: equally split between #WakefieldCares and the artists performing. For more info on the festival, line-up, times and charities involved head to the official website.
London techno festival Junction 2 aren’t letting COVID-19 stop play. To mark their traditions, they present a one-off online and radio event this Saturday 6 June. J2v will be 6 hours of non stop music from world class artists in the genre – some of whom were due to play this year. Kicking off at 4pm on their official website you can expect exclusive sets from Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Bart Skils, Daniel Avery, Maya Jane Coles and so many more. There will be prize giveaways, merch available and money raised will go towards the following charities – Care Workers Charity, Refuge, The Outside Project and Trussell Trust foodbanks. Full information can be found over on the official J2v website.
XS Manchester present a very special event this Saturday evening with The Slow Readers Club. From 7pm, there’s an opportunity to join the band for a massive music quiz on Zoom. Questions will be on general knowledge, music and The Slow Reader’s Club themselves. The lads will be playing along too and there will be opportunity to ask them any questions along the way. There will be a special prize for the winner – however, places are limited. You can find more information at XS Manchester official Facebook page or by clicking this link to request your digital invite. Be quick!
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