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GALLERY: Northern Noise Live – July with David Ward, We The Dead and Coves

Last month's Northern Noise Live was perhaps our most interesting yet. With hoards of music loving Mancunians taking shelter in the cosy Castle Hotel from the looming rainclouds outside an eager rabble gathered to check out our three amazing acts. Our spectacular opener David Ward kicked things off into a slow burning groove thanks to his Jeff Buckley-esque guitar stroking all the way from Vancouver Canada. Next up, energetic Manchester noise makers We The Dead fired their sounds at the crowed forcing them to forget... Read more »


Continuing our Northern Noise Live coverage, today we have a unique Personal Playlist from this month's main support act We The Dead. Not afraid to buck the trend, this Mancunion quartet have taken turns in selecting three tracks which hold great significance to them personally. Read their varied and exciting guide to what inspires them and you may just get a glimpse into what you can expect to see at The Castle Hotel next Saturday night. Enjoy! DALE

Death Grips - Get Got - The... Read more »



We've already heard from our opening act David Ward - we've even heard which tracks shaped his musical career but now it's time to check out the second band on this month's bill, the atmospheric We The Dead. Despite hailing from humble Manchester, this alt-rock five piece try their hardest to buck the trends set in stone by the city's previous musical acts. The end result is something that entices and unravels at its own pace, a dreamy brand of indie-rock... Read more »

Personal Playlist: David Ward

As we gear up for this month's return to The Castle Hotel, today we offer you a glimpse inside the mind of July's opening act, David Ward. Traveling all the way from Vancouver, Canada Ward looks set to kick of our fifth Northern Noise Live event in style by utilizing the numerous musical weapons at his fingertips. If you're wondering what those all important tools might be, then reading the man's Personal Playlist might clue you in to what he has in store. To prepare... Read more »

NN LIVE: Rough Fields Announced As Headliner For June

It's almost time for our next NN Live gig! Last month's was another sell out and a great night all round. This month, on June 30th, sees Levenshulme’s Rough Fields recreating his soothing electro-acoustic sound-mosaic using live looping in the intimacy of The Castle Hotel. The man behind the project – James Birchall – self-produces in a spare room, incorporating field recordings and unique percussive instruments (“boxes, crates, tins, tent-pegs…”) to create uplifting distinctive textures. Already a series of acclaimed EP’s have been released via his Bombshop label and the full-length debut Edge Of The... Read more »
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GALLERY: NN Live – May with David Strafford, Jaws and Bluebird Kid Clark

Last month, Northern Noise Live returned to The Castle in Manchester after a month absence. For our fourth event we lined up a trio of acts exciting enough to rival any summer festival line up. When doors finally opened, dozens of Northern music fans escaped the sweltering heat-wave outside and headed in-doors to the Castle hotel to secure a good spot in front of the Northern Noise stage. The unforgettable evening saw acoustic singer-songwriter David Strafford open up the night, followed by a blistering set... Read more »
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The next Northern Noise Live event is almost upon us. On the 26th of this month we’ve got a blistering line up of bands who are sure to let you forget the rain and the weather of the past and looking forward to the summery festival season. Playing what we are expecting to be a full venue will be Birmingham's hotly tipped Jaws. Then our headliners, and Manchester's own, Bluebird Kid Clark will take to the stage. However, as is becoming tradition, we asked Bluebird to compile an extensive list of their... Read more »

NORTHERN NOISE LIVE: Bluebird Kid Clark Headline Our May Event

If you were at our last NN Live in March, then you’ll know how brilliant it turned out to be. Thanks to everyone who came down, we managed to sell the place out again! We’re returning to The Castle Hotel on Saturday May 26th and hope you will too. There’ll be three more brilliant acts all for only a fiver. Tickets here. Let’s take a look at our confirmed bands: Bluebird Kid Clark: The experienced Bluebird Kid Clark are a five piece from Stalybridge who have released 2 albums to date. With big gigs... Read more »


Backstage at Manchester’s Castle Hotel London five-piece Torches gather in a dimly-lit room to be interviewed. As daylight dwindles outside, the crepuscular setting coincidentally illustrates their penchant for musical darkness. Their current Soundcloud uploads – fittingly recorded in a basement – feature frontman Charlie Drinkwater crooning hauntingly in a sparse, organ-led gothic atmosphere punctuated by off-kilter drumming and metallic guitar strumming. “I’m quite aware we sound very earnest,” Charlie confesses before laughter ensues. In reality they’re an optimistic bunch. Drummer Stephanie’s glass is literally half full as... Read more »
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GALLERY: Northern Noise Live – Feat. Billy Lockett, Secret Pilot & Torches

Continuing our coverage of last month's Northern Noise Live show we now have a quick photo gallery for you to enjoy! Click the images below to kick start a slideshow of images taken during the blistering sets of Billy Lockett, Secret Pilot and our headlining act Torches at The Castle Hotel a fortnight ago. If you captured any images or videos for yourself we'd love to check them out and feature them on the site. Feel free to shoot them over to Contact@Northernnoise.co.uk.... Read more »