Photoset / Damian Marley @ Ritz Manchester by blackxlist

Manchester based Martin Barratt captures people in moments as blackxlist, specialising in music and the street. Here’s a series of shots from Damian Marley‘s triumphant performance at the Ritz this

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Manchester Live Music: July 2018 / Oddisee, Children Of Zeus, Bilal, Quantic, Gizelle Smith, Amadou & Mariam

Mon 2 Jul / Oddisee and Moonchild @ Academy Tue 3 Jul / Lauren Housley @ Night & Day Tue 3 Jul / T-Pain @ The Ritz Wed 4 Jul

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On Wax / Yadava: It Rains Here

The debut album from Manchester DJ and producer Yadava (of the So Flute collective) carries deep Afro and tropical influences nestled amongst broken beat, hip hop and house. Warm like

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Manchester / The Beatnuts: Wed 19 Sep 2018

The full line up for golden age legends The Beatnuts at Manchester’s Whiskey Jar has been announced, with The Bluntskins performing live, and DJs Air Adam and Didjit. BUY TICKETS

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Manchester Live Music: June 2018

For club listings check my weekly posts at Manchester Wire. Tue 19 Jun / Lenny Kravitz @ Apollo Tue 19 Jun / Daedelus & Clyde @ Soup Kitchen Thu 21

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On Tour / Cypress Hill: Elephants On Acid

27 years strong in the game, Cypress Hill have announced new shows in support of new upcoming music. They’ll be joined by turntable legend Mix Master Mike. Fri 30 Nov 

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Video / J.Chambers: D’evils

Manchester’s J.Chambers releases his sequel to 2017’s Gone ‘Til November single, which featured Doc Brown. D’evils is taken from upcoming project New Levels New Devils, and showcases a more immediate

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On Wax / Children Of Zeus announce debut album Travel Light

Album of the summer, if not the year. Available for pre-order now on double LP, CD with bonus disc of The Story So Far…, cassette and digital. Released on First

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Manchester / Gizelle Smith hits Band On The Wall 10 July 2018

One of our oldest friends returns to Manchester in July to celebrate the release of her second album, Ruthless Day, on Jalapeño Records. Gizelle always pours her heart out on

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Reece Williams releases the Warren EP from the heart

Warren is 13 minutes of intensely personal spoken word from Manchester creative Reece Williams, dedicated to his late father whom the EP is named for. Imbued with soul throughout, it’s

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On Wax / Strategy: Lanterns EP

EXIT077 – ‘Lanterns’ EP by Strategy Manchester don Strategy is known primarily for his lyrics as part of Broke’n’English and since his debut on Krispy 3’s Trade Study (when he

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On Wax / Summer anthem from Children Of Zeus: Slow Down b/w All Night

Brand new material from the forthcoming long player from Children Of Zeus, and as hoped it’s a legit summer anthem.   Edit: Previews forthcoming!  

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Manchester / Quantic returns to Band On The Wall with full band + Quantic playlist

This will sell out (early birds already have)! Tropical maestro Will Holland returns to BOTW with full band in tow. He’s got a rich discography to exploit, so expect classics

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On Wax / Kamasi Washington announces 4LP Heaven and Earth

 Truth, from the Harmony Of Difference EP Over two and a half hours of new music is forthcoming on 22 June 2018 from Kamasi Washington, making the move from

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Katbrownsugar: The DJ Tape

Katbrownsugar (check here fire Groovement podcast here) has put out a trio of mini mixes featuring contributions from three of Manchester’s finest: Ceeow, Jack Duckham and Abnormal Sleepz. Keep an eye on Kat’s

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Manchester / De La Soul headline Moovin’ Festival Stockport

De La Soul with a full live band have been announced as headliners, together with a line-up not to be sniffed at, for 2018’s Moovin’ Festival at Etherow Country Park

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Hip Hop Chip Shop on Adam Richman’s Sauce And The City

Our good friends the Hip Hop Chip Shop are busy preparing their new joint in Manchester’s Ancoats district as you read. Get a taste of what they do on Episode

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Video / Children Of Zeus with Kamaal Williams & Triple S Gospel Choir: Still Standing

 Recorded at Red Bull Studios in London, Henry Wu aka Kamaal Williams hits the keys for this collaboration with Tyler Daley and Konny Kon, with MckNasty on drums, Pete

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Stepping forward: Yemi Bolatiwa refocuses her space

Yemi Bolatiwa is one of Manchester’s shining stars. Lead singer of soul, jazz and drum and bass outfit Pareidolia, she’s also a resident singer at the otherworldly Albert’s Schloss, sings

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