As part of Manchester International Festival local DJ and pop culture author Dave Haslam will be doing a series of in conversation events (lots of these in conversation things about these days- Louder Than War are doing a whole summer of these type things round the festivals- details soon) and presenting new bands.
Any bands you would have liked to have seen play? comments please!

The interviews will take place in the Festival’s Pavilion Theatre (on Albert Square) in Manchester, True Faith celebrates the work of Manchester’s established and emerging talent.

”ËœClose Up’ is a short series of exclusive onstage conversations with Manchester icons Bernard Sumner of Joy Division and New Order, music writer and broadcaster Paul Morley and the former Magazine/Bad Seeds bass player and soundtrack composer Barry Adamson.

The live gigs feature a handpicked selection of Manchester_s most exciting new bands, performing original material and one-off covers with some very special guests. The gigs have been curated by Everything Everything (5 July) and Dave Haslam (6 & 12 July).

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Monday 4 July ”ËœClose Up’ featuring Bernard Sumner
Tuesday 5 July Live — Egyptian Hip Hop, XXXY, Plank!
Wednesday 6 July Live — LoneLady, Silverclub, Air Cav
Monday 11 July ”ËœClose Up’ featuring Paul Morley
Tuesday 12 July Live – – D/R/U/G/S, Young British Artists,Golden Glow
Wednesday 13 July ”ËœClose Up’ featuring Barry Adamson

Bands featured include…(with notes from Dave Haslam)
Egyptian Hip Hop website Inventive, boundary-shifting band with electro roots feeding into a blurry psychedelia that’s especially thrilling live. But neither Egyptian nor hip-hop.
Floaty garage house, with joyous melodies, and a lovely way with layered beats; if you like Four Tet or Burial you’ll like this.
Plank! website
Withington-based post-rock instru-mentalists with maverick Krautrock vibes.

Wednesday July 6th (curated by Dave Haslam)
LoneLady website
Angular, post-punk, with a fine debut album released by Warp last year, LoneLady is a solo female with a stunning live reputation. Spread the word!

Silverclub website
Imagine if Depeche Mode ripped everything up and started again. Except younger, and hungrier, and with a ramshackle Beck-inspired singer out front.

Air Cav website
Atmospheric mucked-up folk featuring a violin slicing through a brew of great tunes.

Tuesday July 12th (curated by Dave Haslam)
D/R/U/G/S website
Impressive blissed-out hypnotic electro, powerful and semi-improvised live.

Young British Artists website
Dark pop evolving into something heavier, with fans including Steve Lamacq (”ËœLived In Skin’ was one of his favourite records of 2010).

Golden Glow website
Naming Felt, New Order, and Pavement among his influences, Golden Glow is Pierre Hall’s great new project, with a debut album, ”ËœTender is the Night’.

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  1. I see that it’s the usual faces trading as ‘new’. A collection of white, middle class, northern quarter, student, indie bands. Why not some metal like the Obsessive Compulsive? Or great off the wall bands like Frazer King? Are these bands not Guardian enough?
    Fair play to Dave Haslam he has done the best a retro, disco, DJ can do coming up with these bands when it’s not really his field but surely that great waste of rate payer money the ‘manchester’ international festival could have got someone who is totally plugged into the new band scene like Marc Riley to make the choices?

  2. Firstly, on what do you base your assumptions of “middle class” and “studenty” (both factually incorrect in several cases, for what it’s worth) – and why would it be an issue for you anyway? Personally I don’t generally ask bands to show me the house they grew up in / tell me what their folks did for a living before I decide if I like them or not. Surely it’s the music that counts? On which subject, I’m not sure exactly how you’d describe D/R/U/G/S, PLANK!, Silverclub or XXXY as “indie music” if you had actually heard them? As for being white, well I’m pretty sure the singer of one of those bands wasn’t last time I saw him, unlike both the bands you mention.

    I think it’s a pretty good list. Aside from two names it’s not what I’d have picked (and yes, I’d have put Frazer King in), but they’re all good bands – would be a tough call with such a wealth of talent around right now in this city – who (apart from the two you’ve already mentioned) would you have put on?

  3. The city seems to be finding itself with many different scenes and sadly these bands are all booked from one particular section of the current Manchester scene.

    Missing completely the brilliant Danny Mahon and even bands who manage to cross over and everyone seems to like, bands such as Frazer King and Janice Graham.

    With so many bands really stepping up again in Manchester, its hard to keep eyes fixed on any specifically but in recent weeks, the name of Where’s Strutter seem to be deserving of more attention. Would of like to see some of them added in as well, to give a true reflection of the cities depth.

  4. I’d stick brown brogues in the mix ..but you know what like all these “high profile” events in Manchester there is always a group of bands who seem to get the call.(always has been) Don’t be bitter about it join the party get out there network do your thing and if you’re any good at it you to may hit the dizzy heights of a slot at MIF or similar. Even better put your own festival on and put yourself on ,your best mates band on and a couple of bands who will sell tickets..hey presto you’ve got a slot. Thats how it works. Good luck.

  5. Me I would have probably gone for:

    Kong / Trojan Horse / GNOD
    Air Cav / Frazer King / PLANK!
    D/R/U/G/S / Patterns / From The Kites Of San Quentin

    or maybe mix them up a bit so people expand their taste and experience. But you’re never going to be able to pick nine bands that will satisfy everyone; I’d also like to find space for The Black Knights, Borland, Letters To Fiesta, The Narrows, Christopher Eatough, Pig Village, To Sophia, Weird Era, Daniel Land And The Modern Painters, Dune, Louis Barabbas And The Bedlam Six, Cyril Snear, Red Tides, Christian AIDS, Janice Graham Band, Stranger Son Of WB, Jo Rose, Honeyfeet and Nowhere Again – and that’s just off the top of my head. There isn’t space.

    I think it’s great that the Festival is doing more to support homegrown talent this year than in previous years. The Dave Haslam events are not the only parts of the festival which do this.

    PS – disclaimer alert – yeah I used to manage Air Cav, this is because they were (and are) one of my favourite bands. (Just didn’t have the time to give them, what with running one website, writing for two others and having a full time job unrelated to the music scene).

    • gnod / frazer king / greetings / kong / womb / bigsby brothers / dirty north / the sensations / yossarians / polit bureau /
      also the suns from chester if allowed

      a year when manchester’s underbelly will get it’s platform. substance over style every time


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