Live Review: The 1975

The 1975 M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, 26th February 2020 Words and Photos by Lucy McLachlan Up until around two years ago, I had never listened to The 1975. An old friend and fellow cult member told me I had to listen to them, I trusted his judgement and one quiet night in work I decided … Continue reading

Live Review: Dollie Demi – Manchester

Dollie Demi Manchester, The Castle Hotel, 14th February 2020 Words and Photos by Gary Lambert So what did you do on Valentine’s Day?  Something romantic?  Something deliberately and unashamedly fun and cheesy?  Or did you go to a gig on your own because watching a three bands in a classic gig venue is undoubtedly how … Continue reading

Festival Review: Off The Record 2019

Off The Record 2019 Various venues, Manchester, 15 November 2019 Words and Photos by Gary Lambert Off The Record just gets better and better.  I would say that this year’s event was the best one I have been to, and I’ve been to all of them.  I know that is a bit of a spoiler … Continue reading

Live Review: Yonaka

Yonaka Academy 2, Manchester, 20 November 2019 Words by Gary Lambert and Elena Katrina Photos by Gary Lambert Since I’ve been able to take photographs for myself at gigs, it has been a regular occurrence for me to go to watch my favourite bands on my own.  But when Yonaka supported by Zuzu and Rusalka … Continue reading

Just Listen: Saytr Play – Honest Man

Saytr Play – Honest Man Words by Gary Lambert I love Manchester’s Saytr Play from the power, fun, and compassion their live show produces, and I’m absolutely buzzing to say that new single, Honest Man, captures all of this and more in its three minutes forty seconds. From the opening ARGHH! shouted by the band … Continue reading

Festival Preview: Off The Record 2019

Off The Record Various venues, Manchester, 15 November 2019 Words by Gary Lambert “Hi! I’m Gary Lambert. I write, take photographs and represent for Popped Music, and take photographs for myself under Glam Gig Pics. Take a business card and shake my hand” Welcome to the latest instalment of Off The Record. The finest networking … Continue reading

Festival Preview: Neighbourhood Festival 2019

Neighbourhood Festival 2019 Various venues, Manchester, 12 October 2019 Words by Gary Lambert   Within a few years, Neighbourhood Festival (the slightly-nerdier older brother of Neighbourhood Weekender) has become somewhat of a fans favourite as Manchester city centre becomes even more populated with music fans on a Saturday afternoon. It is a celebration of the … Continue reading

Live Review: Skunk Anansie, Manchester

Skunk Anansie with Queen Zee Manchester Academy, Manchester, 18 August 2019 Words and Photos: Gary Lambert There are fewer heartwarming sights than seeing a ticket tout in the rain getting ignored by everybody outside a sell out gig complaining that someone was “robbing” them by giving away a ticket for free. I’m a terribly impatient … Continue reading

Live Review: The Wombats, Manchester

The Wombats Castlefield Bowl, Manchester, 7 July 2019 Words and Photos by Gary Lambert I truly believe that Castlefield Bowl is the greatest music venue on earth. Seriously! If you can find a venue that combines wonderful sight lines in the amphitheatre, easy access and egress, a remake of a Roman fort, a river, trains, … Continue reading

Live Review: Spinn, Manchester

Spinn 31st May 2019, Deaf Institute, Manchester Words: Kimberley Edmondston-Douse Photography: Natasha Lloyd The month of May for Spinn (a fast-rising indie quartet of self-proclaimed approachable lads with extra stylish haircuts) was rather hectic. With the band playing 24 shows in under 30 days at clubs, festivals and HMVs throughout the UK, spanning from as … Continue reading

Festival Preview: Dot To Dot Festival 2019

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Dot To Dot Festival 2019 Various venues Manchester 24 May 2019// Bristol 25 May 2019 // Nottingham 26 May 2019 Tickets Words: Gary Lambert Dot To Dot is not just one of the best metropolitan festivals or one of the best festivals for new bands, it is consistently one of the best festivals on the … Continue reading

Live Review: Red Rum Club – Manchester

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Red Rum Club 11 May 2019, The Bread Shed, Manchester Words & Photos: Gary Lambert If you have been reading Popped Music lately (and if you haven’t you’re very naughty), you will know that one of our favourite bands is Red Rum Club. The debut album, Matador, is an absolute cracker, but it is their … Continue reading

Festival Preview: Highest Point, Lancaster

Highest Point Festival Williamson Park, Lancaster 17-18 May 2019 Words: Gary Lambert Highest Point Festival is a relatively new addition to the north-west summer taking place in Lancaster at Williamson Park. Obviously, on a far smaller scale, the festival seems to be using Glastonbury as a role model with the event mixing a variety of … Continue reading

Live Review: Sam Fender – Manchester

Sam Fender The Ritz, Manchester, 2nd May 2019 Words: Daniel Burton Photos: Elena Katrina Travelling across the M62, we inevitably met traffic problems and also with the precarious parking availability around the o2 Ritz, we eventually arrived 15 minutes into the support set of A Festival, A Parade. Despite this being 45 minutes before Sam … Continue reading

Interview: The Blinders

The Blinders Words and Photos: Gary Lambert It was an unseasonably warm Manchester afternoon, and I was sat in my car with the windows up feeling like I don’t know what. I had just finished my interview with The Blinders and my mind was blank like a What The Fuck bomb had gone off in … Continue reading

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