Black Honey 1 @ Manchester Academy © Melanie Smith
Black Honey @ Manchester Academy © Melanie Smith
Black Honey © Melanie Smith

Black Honey | Phoebe Green
Manchester Academy
Oct 8th 2021

Brighton Indie rock band Black Honey were a few days into their UK tour supporting the release of their second album ‘Written and Directed’ as they touched down in Manchester. Louder Than War photographer Melanie Smith was there to capture the action.

Manchester was buzzing with live music tonight, everywhere you turned there was an amazing gig, Fontaines DC, The Skids, Doctors Of Madness, Blossoms and Rick Astley covering Smiths songs and Echobelly. However, out of all these shows I chose to photography Black Honey at Manchester Academy 2.

Phoebe Green @ Manchester Academy © Melanie Smith
Phoebe Green © Melanie Smith

Unfortunately due to heavy traffic in Manchester, I missed the first support band of the night ARXX. Phoebe Green was the second support act, who burst onto the stage possessing a breezy infectious manner, although the sound mix didn’t do the band any favours with a lot of reverb and speakers vibrating so badly.

The Black Honey gang emerged onto the stage around 9:45 pm from the get-go they fired up the crowd with their own brand of indie-rock-pop mix of tunes. Showcasing new powerful tracks inspired by strong independent women from album Written and Directed, as well as songs from their first album.

Black Honey 1 @ Manchester Acedemy 2 © Melanie Smith
Black Honey © Melanie Smith
Black Honey 1 @ Manchester Academy © Melanie Smith
Black Honey © Melanie Smith
Black Honey 1 @ Manchester Academy 2 © Melanie Smith
Black Honey © Melanie Smith
Black Honey 5 @ Manchester Acacademy 5 © Melanie Smith
Black Honey © Melanie Smith

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Editor: live reviews / books and head of photography. I can't imagine my life without music, photography or books, all connect and have played a big part in my life. I have experienced many musical genres, northern soul in 1975, early punk movement, drifting into the electronic era, a trip around the rock scene, a taste of indie and a smattering of pop. I possess an eclectic taste in music and a lust for life; new experiences are what drives this machine. I still have that punk DIY spirit and used this to create my own website Mudkiss Fanzine in 2008 - 2013. Official photographer for Louder Than Words - annual music literary festival and a house photographer for Academy Music Group. Available for commissioned work, please contact me


  1. Some great shots, it was a great show. Not seen them since Kendal Calling and they’ve really grown. Both supports were quality and will try to catch them again. Swerved the cake though ;-)


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