The top 5 music venues for students in Manchester

Manchester is ranked in the top 6 largest student populations in England. The music scene in Manchester has always been a big part of culture from the Smiths to the blossoms. Manchester caters for all music tastes from pop to punk with events all around the city.

The Warehouse Project

Since 2006 The Warehouse Project (WHP) has been holding some of the biggest music nights in the Autumn and Winter terms, from names such as Annie Mac to Hannah Wants, selling out every year since it began.

The WHP is located directly in the city center behind Piccadilly station making it one of the main festival attractions for fresh new faces coming to Manchester for uni.

Along with The WHP being one of the most sold out events in Manchester since 2006 it also won the ‘Best Use of New Technology’ award in 2014.

The Warehouse Project is located on store Street behind Piccadilly station and on average costs around £30

Soup Kitchen

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The Soup Kitchen is a multi award winning Canteen, bar with an underground music venue open all week around.

Soup Kitchen is located right in the heart of the music scene of Manchester in the Northern Quarter and holds various events most nights throughout the year.

In 2013 the Manchester Evening news (MEN) voted Soup Kitchen the best club in Manchester along with Design my night voting it the best live music venue in 2014.

The underground venue hosts some of the best dance nights along with music from all genre throughout the year, with live performances coming up from Yungen, who is a chart topping artist, selling over 1 million records in the last 12 months.

Gorilla

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Gorilla is a club/venue located right in the heart of Manchester, surrounded by some of the most cultural areas in Manchester for music.

The venue is based under the railway bridge on Whitworth Street and offers a large range of music, gigs and night events throughout the year, from all different genres..

Gorilla along with being a venue, also won the award for ‘The Best Burger in Manchester and was nominated for the ‘Best Newcomer’ while taking part in the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards, in the past.

The venue holds a lot of DJ and night events with them attracting a large range of people including students from all across the city.

On Tuesday 13th November David August a German DJ will be holding an event at Gorilla, showcasing his new music with a live show.

O2 Victoria Warehouse

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Once called Victoria warehouse, the new O2 Victoria warehouse which was renamed earlier following their new licence agreement.

The Warehouse is opening its doors trying to attract more international artists, trying to become a premium venue with them already have acts such as the Courteeners and the 21 pilots already playing at sister venues across the UK.

With the warehouse taken on the 02 family name, customers across the UK of the phone network will now be able to get early access with them using their o2 priority app.

Throughout the warehouses history brands such as Adidas, Audi, BBC, BMW, Facebook, Heineken, L’Oreal, Netflix, and New Look have chosen to use the Warehouse for events, shoots and other promotional schemes throughout the venues time.

The Deaf Institute

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The Dead Institute is a historic building that was built in 1878. The venue, club and bar has been located off Oxford road for the passed six years and has been refurbished to look like its original layout, creating a good atmosphere for gigs and live events.

The venue along with sister venues Albert Hall, Gorilla, Trof and Albert’s Schloss hold events across the city.

With Manchester being one of the biggest student cities in the UK events from Jazz nights to comedy nights are held through the week.

The deaf institute holds music from all different genres from Punk rock to House events, with WSTR a English pop-punk band holding a live gig on Tuesday 11 December following the signing of their new record label.

 

 

 

 

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The Band Profile- Thin-Skinned “do these words matter we have guitars, drums, bass and vocals and that’s all that matters.”

Thin-Skinned are an ambient Shoegaze band made up of 5 Manchester students. I’m not really sure where to even start with this interview, it was one of the most chilled, laid back interviews I have ever done and they were all eager to talk about the band and their music.

The band started in 2016 and have performed in major cities across the UK such as Leeds, York, London and Manchester with many more to come in the following year.

The band which consists of 5 students, James Johnston (bass), Gus Beveridge (vocals), Maria Rocha (Guitar), Rob Terry (Guitar) and Charlie Wolff (drums) four members of the band sat down with me to talk about what their band is all about.

Where and why did the band come together?

While 4 of them study at Bimm and Maria recently being accepted into royal northern college of music , they are all keen performers. In there first year at uni they studied a Live Performance workshop module which brought them together and the band has stuck since.

Gus: “since then it has been more and more gig. i joined a bit later (the band), i wasn’t the first singer. there has been a few, but it’s been cool”

The band laughed “cool aha, good.”

Where did the name ‘Thin-Skinned come from?

Some say a bands name can make or break a band, but for Thin-skinned they have something that everyone can relate to. I believe a bands name should have some meaning or a back story so that the listening can relate to them more, a good name can really create an identity for who the band are and what they wanna do.

James Johnston: “it came from me, its something of a self identity, if you want me to be a bit pretentious.”

“its something my dad would always have a go at me saying i was to sensitive, too thin-skinned when i was growing up. I’ve had a couple of band name in mind but thin-skinned was always one in the back of my mind which i considered but never used”

“I always wanted to use it and it was a good opportunity to use it for a new band and i think it stuck pretty well to be honest.”

So are you all best friends?

Replying in a jokey way they said:

Charlie: “i fucking hate these guys”

Gus: “I think we have bonded more over the years”

“We can tolerate bad jokes that me and James do a lot”

Charlie: “Just about”

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Thin-Skinned Charlie, Rob, Gus, Maria, James

What is your sound?

While indie, and rock are some of the most well known music genre around. Shoesgaze on the other hand is the type of genre which isn’t thrown around as much, when talking about it the band had a little laugh trying to describe what it was.

In the 80s and 90s shoe gaze was a type of music in which a band will use ethereal-sounding mixture of obscured vocals, guitar distortion and effects, feedback, and overwhelming volume

Charlie: “Shoegaze”

James: “its like Shoegaze, ambient indie folk and some say like post rock as well.”

“its using rock instruments in a not a very rocky setting”

Charlie “do these words matter we have guitar, drum, bass and vocals and that’s all that matters.”

Gus: “basically Pink Floyd but less bassy”

What is your greatest memory from being in the band?

Some bands love gigging and some just like the experience of actually being in a band but this band loves it when their bass player James Johnston starts talking on stage, saying “Absolutely nothing relevant.”

But for James his greatest memories come from just travelling with the band, he said: “ its when we get in the car, literally piling all 5 of us into this tiny fiat panda with all the gear in the back and then doing a long trip down to London is my favourite part”

Charlie: “thats your favourite part, thats straight up at the bottom of the list for me”

What was the worst moment for you as a band?

One moment that the band will always remember and will always mock their bass player for goes back to a gig in Leeds, in which Charlie described the atmosphere as “You could actually hear a pin drop”

James: “there was a nightmare moment at one gig, a LGBT gig like promoting the LGBT community.”

“They said if you wanna say a few words about the LGBT community you can and I didn’t really plan anything to say and i didn’t really know what to say and when we came to our last song…”

“The song is about Oscar Wilde, so i thought id go up on a limb about something like that.”

“So i looked out at this crowd where there were very few people, a lot were sat down on their phones and i just sort of looked out and was a bit like daunted by it all, and i stuttered into this clumsy sentence. Which was something along the lines of.”

“Well this last song is about Oscar Wilde who was er famously gay, where he for LGBT Q and there is a lot of homophobia around, which is bad but you know gigs like these, you know er are good”

“And I’ve been roasted for that since”

Where do you see your self in the future as a band?

Every band wants to make it big, imagine your music being played across the world through millions of peoples phone in multiple countries. In the past we have seen musicians literally make the whole world scream out their lyrics ‘If you look at bands like Queen’ but for this band they’re just exited to see where there music actually will take them and for now its just about “exposure.”

Gus: “it’s getting better every gig we do, like there is more people liking it and more people coming up to me at least. Going holy… that was really cool”

James: “I generally can see a scenario where, we keep at it for another couple of years and maybe get a deal with a minor record label and see where it goes from there. You can make a decent career and it doesn’t have to be for your whole life, 10 years, 20 years, 5 years like you can make a decent living from doing something you enjoy with enough people who listen to your music”

“That is whats exciting to me, the thought of the the realistic chance of actually keeping it going for a good amount of time”

What does the band mean to you all as individuals?

Gus: “i love it. It’s got such a good music scene in the city and it’s such a nice city that having gigs constantly is really cool and we also get the chance to go different places in the country and its awesome, our little road trips and we can see the cities and its all really cool and i’m enjoying it so far”

Rob: “For me personally it’s giving me a lot of performances skills, a lot more confidence on stage like obviously you get a bit nervous but the more you do something the more you’re comfortable you’ll be.”

James: “when i first started out i used to get really bad stage fright before i went on and now its only once in every few gigs i get it quite bad, but then most of the time its standard to be pretty excited more than anything for the gig.”

Charlie: “I still get really really nervous before we go on, for me in a city like this in Manchester where there are venues everywhere, its quite a decent education really in how to do it. I thought it was going to be a lot easier than it is but there is a lot of lugging equipment around and there is a lot of relentless rehearsal, you do have to put a lot more effort in than i had ever could have estimated.”

“I think Manchester is a great city to learn all that in comparison to where i’m from back home where the music scene is tiny.”

Whats the best place you have performed?

Rob: “the one we did in Leeds, to be honest the venue that we played in was so so small like you could probably fit about a maximum of 20 to 30 people in there but it was definitely the best gig we have played performance wise.”

“i love playing Jimmy’s and around Manchester, it really cool”

James: “The first one we did in London was probably my favourite as it was so exiting”

Gus: “The one where charlie got up and ran away at the end”

Charlie: “I threw up!! as soon as we finished i was like…. right see you in a bit”

“It was just the rush of finishing. I got well cocky at the end as well, like when i went for the final hit i stood up”

The band started mocking Charlie making sick noises.

James: “that sold out” x10

After hearing James repeat that the gig had sold out around 10 times Charlie began to mock him, saying: “can you say it one more time, i didn’t quite get that”

James replied saying: “so yeah it basically sold out”

“It was the Hope and Anchor and it’s a really famous venue, like U2 played there along with the Sex Pistols and Blondie. So it was so exiting for me to be down there performing”

Why are you different from any other band trying to make it in Manchester?

Manchester is one of the biggest cities in the UK for students, along with having one of the best music scenes across the country. With so many universities and colleges, the amount of students starting bands is extraordinary but for this band each member has a different music taste but for James, being a band in Manchester that doesn’t sound like the Courteeners already makes them quite different from everyone else.

Charlie laughing said: “we have a Portuguese member”

Gus: “you can get bands that kind of all revolve around the same, like style or genre of music”

“that adds a different layer. Like they’re pop, punky and id listen to more ambient, Pink Floyd, spacey dodgy stuff.”

Robs maybe more (Charlie “the sound of music”)

Rob: “anything really.”

“I wanna bring a lot more chord progressions, it makes it more interesting to listen to”

James: “it’s not the sort of thing you’d find in a band like Bon Iver or even someone like saint Vincent but charlie puts stuff in our music and it fits and it is cool”

“the difference about us in Manchester as well is that we are not trying to sound like the ‘Courteeners’ you get a lot of bands with two guitars, one bass, one drum and two vocalists.”

Charlie: “can you leave the Courteeners alone for 5 minutes”

James: “there is some really great diverse music and there is some really great hip hop as well. But there is a lot of the same stuff. stuck in its ways of the 80’s and 90’s Manchester music as well”

The bands next gig will be in London in Shoreidtch on the 18th January.

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Manchester Councils codes of conduct in line for buskers performing in the city centre

Manchester is the 3rd largest city in the UK with it having one of the largest student populations in Europe. The music scene has always been a big part of its culture and has created some of the biggest names in music to date.

Busking was once used as a method to get into the music business with names form Ed Sheeran busking in the London Underground to Passenger busking on street corner across UK and Australia. Both have now played at some of the biggest arenas across the UK and the world.

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Within greater Manchester, entertainers across the city do not need a licence to perform but there is a code of conduct that buskers have to follow, to keep the public and the council happy. While they express there selves on the streets, entertaining the public.

Buskers across Manchester are not allowed to perforce within 50 metres of any tram track, following accidents in the passed due to moving trams. The public and the performers are asked to stay away, and to put there own safety first when performing.

Street performers are asked to not set up within 50 metres of one another, to stop animosity within the community, keeping all buskers happy.

A lot of performers in Manchester use a lot of instruments, but Manchester City council ask that amplification, drums, trumpets or the use of loud instruments to not be used. The musicians must not cause noise nuisance to those living or working in the general area.

Buskers are asked not to perform within the market street, to stop the obstruction of shops and cash machines.

They are asked to not perform in a manner that can cause distress, offence and alarm to a member of the public walking by.

Musicians and acts are asked not to sell merchandise but are allowed to accept charitable donations for there performance.

Within Greater Manchester performers play across the city, with hundred of people passing by each day being entertained by a large range of performances.

The council ask that they do not stay in one location for no longer than 90 minutes and its asked that they do not play in the same location within the same 24 hours.

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Keep Streets Live is a organisation which campaigns to keep street performers on the street. They were formed when Liverpool City Council attempted to make busking illegal in Liverpool. Following the councils response a spontaneous ‘Mass Busk’ took place which 140 people attended to fight against the councils proposal. The campaign group wanted to take legal action against the council which were found to be unlawful.

Chester Bingley, one of the current directors of Keep Streets Live (KSL) said: “Aside from the positive aspects that street performance brings, we feel it is a fundamental liberty.”

“Busking brings colour to our (increasingly homogenised) streets. It provides allows performers to hone their skills, and allows those who may not have large amounts of money access to music and other art forms. It encourages social interaction and shared experiences in a world where people are becoming more isolated.”

KSL has not been involved in any campaigning within Manchester itself due to its “sensible and positive policy towards street performers”

A lot of cities across the UK do encourage street performing, because it creates art and culture throughout the city.

Heather Proctor, 20 a University of Manchester student who busked back in 2017 in Beverley town centre said: “Buskers and the music they provide can create a joyful and fulfilling atmosphere that can make our cities more pleasant”

she followed by saying one of the main obstacles that she came across while busking wasn’t people complaining but the weather around Christmas time.

A social media pole made up of 64 people showed that 52 people said buskers should be allowed to perform in city centres. Along with 12 who said they should not be allowed.

Twitter posts around busking in Manchester:

My top 5 Christmas songs of all time!

With Christmas around the corner, its expected that all you’re going to hear is Christmas songs from all your friends, along with every radio station playing them across the country.

When I was younger every year my family would stay up late and watch Christmas films from the classic ‘Home Alone’ to Tim Allen’s version of Santa Clause, the films were never ending.

On Christmas Eve me and my sibling would be given one small gift and then we would all go to bed, well we would attempt to stay up all night waiting for Santa (for my younger sister) and then we’d all watch films until we passed out. The December month isn’t just about present but to a lot of people its about family, its the one day where everyone will get on and be a family, and that what it is in my family.

In my house on the 1st of December we would put the tree up as a family and decorate the whole of our down stairs and listen to music all the time. From ‘Wham’ to ‘Buble’ we listen to it all.

Its only just turned into the Christmas season and I’ve heard most of the Christmas bangers already! Even with living away from home.

This is my top five Christmas songs that always put me in the seasonal spirit.

 1- Baby its cold outside

Idina Menzel & Michael Bublé

2- Fairytale of New York

The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl

3- Last Christmas

wham

4-White Christmas

michael bublé

5- All i want for Christmas is you

Mariah Carey

A Sussex university report shows a decline in music in schools ” families may not be able to afford musical instruments or lessons, it results in so much talent going to waste.”

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A University of Sussex report in February shows Music at GCSE levels in schools across the UK is at risk of disappearing from the school curriculum. Schools are offering less music subjects, with staffing levels and the teaching hours also in decline within the music departments across schools in the UK.

The research has shown that schools have reduced or completely removed music from their school curriculum for students in year 7 to 9.

At the start of the 2016/17 academic year schools offering GCSE music was at 79%, where as in 2012/13 it was at a high of 85%, meaning that a lot of schools don’t give children the opportunity to take the subject at GCSE level, along with a lot of students not being able to study the course before year 10 when they get to choose there GCSE’s.

Of those schools that offer GCSE music, 11% across the UK are not able to teach student during curriculum times.

Key stage 3 students are, in a lot of circumstances, unable to study music. Many schools across the UK are only able to teach the subject on a rotational basis, meaning that students would only able to study the subject for one term, with them taking other subjects in the additional term times.

In 2012/13, 84% of schools made it optional for students to study music, however, since then only 62% of school offer music as a compulsory subject.

James Oliver, 19 a Manchester Metropolitan University student who studied music at GCSE said: “Music has always been a massive part of my life since I was young, I started playing guitar around year 7, music lessons were one of my favourite times during school, it was a chance to express your creativity.”

“Studying music has always been a massive part of my life, whether it was studying it from year 7 to 11 or even just playing in my own time while at university, I couldn’t imagine my life without music and I feel that studying it for all those years really helped me develop and retain my interest in it.”

When asked about how he feels about the decline in schools, offering music modules he said: “Personally, I think it’s a real shame if this keeps declining, all students should be given the opportunity to study music, there are many young children out there who’s families may not be able to afford musical instruments or lessons, it results in so much talent going to waste.”

The university of Sussex report can be found here

Tekashi 69/ 6ix9ine pleads not guilty, court case set for 2019

Daniel Hernandez aka 6ix9nine or Tekashi69 first hit the mainstream media in late 2017, with the release of his single ‘Gummo’ and since, all 10 of his singles have charted on the top hot 100 billboard.

The rapper has been in prison since 18 November following his arrest, Tekashi69 has pleaded not guilty to racketeering which is the act of dishonest and fraudulent business dealings. His ex-manager and two former associates were arrest in New York on the same day.

Reports show that the star was indictable for six different violations, including conspiracy to commit racketeering, the use of a firearm while committing a crime, committing a crime of violence in aid to commit racketeering, assault with a weapon, carry a firearm and committing a crime in aid of racketeering.

Mr Hernandez is facing life in prison with a minimum of 32 years.

6ix9ine is set to appear in court on the 4th September 2019 after being  denied bail. The pre-trial conference is dated for the 22nd January, Lance Lazzaro, 6ix9ines attorney will approach bail.

Members of the same gang, were allegedly involved in crimes such as robberies and shootings, where in one incident ended up with a innocent bystander being hit.

Tekashi earlier this month on the set of his new music video, while performing with Kanye West and Nicki Minaj was involved in a drive by, in which no one got hurt.

Following, in 2015 the rapper was put on a four year probation where he would have to complete 1000 hours of community service after using a 13-year-old girl in a performance of a sexual manner.

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Leeds Festival Line up

On Wednesday 21st November. Reading & Leeds Festivals released their first line up of many with them having massive headliners such as the Foo Fighters. Along side them were names such as the 1975, Twenty One Pilots and Post Malone.

With many more names to be announced the festivals has already got people exited to see who will be announced next.

The the worlds biggest rock band, the Foo Fighters who have had multiple sold out shows at the London stadium are making a massive return to Richfield Avenue in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds, with them last headlining the concert back in 2012. The foo Fighters first made the debut in 1995 at the Reading festival and with them having a massive following, you’ll expect the crowd to be bigger and better than ever before.

Back in 2016 the 1975 and Twenty One Pilots both played the festival, with both their tents being packed throughout. With 2016 having some of the worst rain I have seen, both bands had their set packed, with fans and admirers running for cover. With both bands making a return, hopefully the weather will be a bit better next year.

The 1975 will be making their first headlining performance at the festival, performing on the main stage. The Manchester four piece band have sold out stadiums across the UK, with there number 1 album ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’.

One of the biggest names in the world right now, Post Malone following his Tour will be back on stage, announcing his return only months after his Festival Debut performance, the Sold out singer, attracted one of the biggest crowds at the entire festival in 2018 and with him bringing some of the biggest music out of the year, the star is set to be one of the biggest headliners for the festival in 2019.

THE AMAZONS | BASTILLE | BILLIE EILISH BLOSSOMS | BOWLING FOR SOUP | CAMELPHAT CRUCAST | DENIS SULTA | THE DISTILLERS | G FLIP HAYLEY KIYOKO | JUICE WRLD | NOT3S
PALE WAVES | PVRIS | STEFFLON DON SUNDARA KARMA |YUNGBLUD

Tickets are now on sale following the line up release. For ticket information contact @allenwhitepress on Twitter. Leeds Fest Ambassador-scheme.