Almost a year to the day that I saw Foals at the Manchester Academy, the Oxford quintet returned to Manchester to for two nights at the O2 Apollo on their Holy Fire tour. They were supported by Cage The Elephant, who were great in their own right, and really know how to get a crowd fired up. It's not often that you see a crowd go wild for a support band, and it's even less often that you'll see a lead singer create such an atmosphere that allows him to stage dive and crowd surf to the delight of the many onlookers. This set the stage for Foals, and front man Yannis to rock the venue to it's core with atmospheric and harmonious vocals and guitar. The noticeable difference between this date and the one a year previous, was that this time around, every one was more familiar with the songs from Holy Fire. When I saw them first time round, Holy Fire had been out for less than a month, and it's clearly taken a bit of time for fans to familiarize themselves with the new material. For all intensive purposes, both set lists were very similar, but it was obvious that that year in time had allowed for people to get used to songs like Providence, Late Night, Inhaler and My Number, and that made the gig all the better.
Manchester's Soup Kitchen is one of my favourite live venues in the city. It's a tiny little place, and the live music itself takes place in the basement of the bar and kitchen upstairs. I saw Swim Deep play here last year, and since then, I'd been waiting for an excuse to go back there, and this was a fine excuse indeed.
Satellite Stories are a energetic indie group from Finland. They had recently released their new album Pine Trails. And while they can fill 3,000 capacity venues in countries like Germany and Spain, in Manchester they played to around 40 of us. It was intoxicating. One of the songs from their new album, really stood out for me and it's called 'Campfire'. It has a lovely, warm, summery feeling to it, and hearing it live was fantastic.
If you want to listen to 'Campfire' I've included the SoundCloud link here for you:
Their a great band, and if you'd like to support them, head over to their website here and download some of their music. I can guarantee you will not be dissapointed.
6Music Festival // Victoria Warehouse (Manchester) // 28-02
Being an avid BBC 6 Music listener, I couldn't miss an event like this. Right on my very doorstep in Trafford Park's Victoria Warehouse, some of the finest DJ's and musician's joined the 6 Music team for 2 nights of live music. There was music spanning 3 different rooms in the venue. One was the main stage, the next was Room 2 (which was basically just a smaller stage) and through Room 2, was Room 3 which was home to the silent disco. I thought the Silent Disco was a bit of an odd idea to begin with, but it worked pretty well. I saw Mary Anne Hobbs, Outfit, Haim, Tim Burgess, Kelis, Mr Scruff, Metronomy, and X-Press 2. And particularly enjoyed Mr Scruff and X-Press 2 that night. I was looking forward to seeing Metronomy but then they just didn't sound right, by which I mean, the harmonies were off, and I was a little disappointed with their set. However, it's early days for them and their new album, so I'm prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt. Again, what a brilliant night. I'm just gutted my student budget wouldn't stretch as far as the second date as well.
Aphex Twin - Come To Daddy (Remixed) (£1.50)
1. To Cure A Weakling Child (Contour Regard)
2. Funny Little Man
3. Come To Daddy (Mummy Mix)
Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand (£1.50)
2. Tell Her Tonight
3. Take Me Out
4. The Dark Side Of The Matinee
5. Auf Achse
6. Cheating on You
7. This Fire
8. Darts Of Pleasure
10. Come On Home
Hard-Fi - Stars Of CCTV (£1.50)
1. Cash Machine
2. Middle Eastern Holiday
3. Tied Up Too Tight
4. Gotta Reason
5. Hard To Beat
6. Unnecessary Trouble
7. Move On Now
8. Better Do Better
9. Feltham Is Singing Out
10. Living For The Weekend
11. Stars Of CCTV