INTERVIEW: David Lee Burdon (Former Cell Mates)


I first saw Former Cell Mates when they were on tour with The Gaslight Anthem in 2008, they played the first ever TGA shows in this country in London, Manchester and Nottingham. I went to London and Nottingham, long before I’d moved to Manchester.

After the show, my brother and I waited around to say hi to the guys in TGA as we’d met them a while ago in Berlin. We bumped into a few other dudes hanging around and I was taking a photo of their group and Brian Fallon when this voice told me to jump in the photo and he’d take it, that was the voice of David Lee Burdon from Former Cell Mates. Continue reading

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Manchf3.5ter Set Times


It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for, I’ve finally found some time to write up all the Manchfester 3.5 set times!

The first band are Selmer Thurma from Leeds and they’re on at 1:30pm, it’s their first ever gig so be sure to come down early and watch them. They’re a three-piece, for fans of Dads/Healing Powers and don’t you dare miss it.

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Interview: Doe


Last year at Carefully Planned Festival, I finished off my weekend watching a delightful three-piece from dahn sarf in the form of Doe.

Doe play guitar driven (there’s two of them and a drummer) indie/punk/pop jams with infectious choruses and singalongs to make you smile, and think.

They were brilliant when we had the pleasure of getting them on a bill for the first time when they played with Prawn / Hindsights and now they’re coming back for Manchfester! I sent over a few questions and they were lovely enough to not ignore me and fire over some answer! Check ’em out… Continue reading

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Punk Aid.

The only positive thing coming out of the horrifying scenes that we’re seeing at the moment across the Middle East and Europe is the actions of punks and others taking things upon themselves to deliver help, aid and distribution to those most in need during the worst humanitarian crisis since the second World War.

While our (barely) elected Government is reluctant to help out in any way, a number of grassroots operations have popped up to take matters into their own hands. People can drop off vital supplies such as food, clothes and bedding, or donate financially through a number of fundraising initiatives, these donations will then be transported to Calais to reach those most in need of our help.

I’ve seen a number of these refugee donation points pop up, and I thought it would be a good idea to have them all in one place as a reference to see what’s happening near where you live, what you can do to help and how to do it.

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Hi all, in case you were not aware, the sad news has come about that the Ducie Bridge will be no more from the end of August. The Co-Operative who own the building have sold it to some other company who want to flatten it and turn it into offices, or luxury flats or a fucking Starbucks. Another venue gone, it’s pretty heartbreaking.

Ducie Bridge was going to be a great venue for Manchfester after asserting itself as the new home of DIY punk rock shows in Manchester over the last few months. This does mean that we’re now looking for a new venue, but rest assured that IT WILL 100% BE GOING AHEAD. Stay tuned and grab your tickets if you haven’t yet from here.


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Cornish punk rockers Bangers have just put out their third full-length album “Bird”, with some brilliant artwork to boot. The album is 10 tracks of darker, heavier Bangers bangers with early standout tracks along the lines of “Mannequin” and “I Don’t Feel Like I’ll Ever Be Clean Again”.

“Mannequin” is a personal favourite due to the brilliant story told throughout where the character in the song is replaced in his life by a “souless, faceless mannequin” and copes with everything just fine. You can stream the album in full below through their bandcamp and buy the record from Specialist Subject Records.

Bangers will be playing Manchfester on Saturday 3rd October and you can get your tickets for that right here:

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Moving North Preview JPG (1)

I thought it was about time to get some new Moving North shirts done up, after the “I know what happened, I was there” ones that seemed to go down a treat last time.

I reached out to Drew Millward, who I’d seen design some great stuff for the likes of ONSIND and Out Of Spite Fest, and he hit me back with a bloody great front/back design. Continue reading

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