An absolute living legend and one of Jamaica’s proudest sons, Horace Andy is among the first big bookings for live music bar The Blues Kitchen – already a legendary venue chain in London and now taking over a huge unit on Quay Street from May 20 with the promise of high profile entertainment almost every night. Horace has been a prolific reggae artist since the early 1970s, as well as one of Massive Attack’s most notable collaborators, and he returns to Manchester in his 70th birthday year – go help him blow out his candles in style.
The hot ticket for people after the “I was at their first gig” boast is this: Supera Morza’s first live gig and currently the debut show for new promoters Luminescent, too. Impressively, this Manchester four-piece have already crashed onto the playlists of BBC6 Music, XS Manchester, Amazing Radio, BBC Radio 1, and even American station KCRW (among others) – and in many ways that’s hardly surprising either; their savage, nuanced rock riot and switched on lyrical skills are the intoxicating shot in the arm we’re all craving after a year asleep.
Fantastic and full on – preface those with another famous F-word and you’ll just about comprehend our levels of excitement about seeing this wondrous composer hit Band On The Wall. She’s coming with a full band show to play her Mercury-nominated album FIBS – a record that plays out like a race around a theme park full of tumbling roller coasters and twirling waltzers. She’s just one of the big highlights in BOTW’s upcoming calendar, as the venue reopens following a major renovation and with very ambitious plans.
The story of Sydney Minsky-Sargeant’s evolution from Velvet Underground-indebted rocker to CEO of a new industro-punk electro movement has been a journey no one would have wanted him to u-turn on, but their latest single X suggests he’s keen to pull some of those early psych influences back in and maybe add a little warmth to the band’s synth-led sound. Musicians who are dying to grow rather than simply assert their brilliance are always an interesting watch, and the list of groups who’ve consistently raised the bar a notch with each new piece of output is rare indeed; Minsky-Sargeant might just be the man for this task, though.
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