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Last night The Showhawk Duo in Manchester were immense. Probably my best post-lockdown gig so far. There was a lot of joy in that room. The support act Mellowmatic were also really great (Cut Capers vibes) 

Anyone going to see them is in for a treat and yes it did make me miss Glastonbury so much!!

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11 hours ago, Jay Pee said:

Spent the day at this yesterday and it was great.  Saw some bands i have never heard of which always seems a joy.

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What a day. Pretty much everyone was on form from Loose articles at 2 until Packs at 2. Was physically laughing with joy watching Girl Band, even my dad was in the pit by the end (and what and end it was).

Great representation as well to be fair, think I saw as many, if not more, women on stage than men over the day. I know some people are gonna roll their eyes at me even bringing that up but it felt really refreshing.

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Had my first gig back on Friday, Declan McKenna at the Corn Exchange.

New venue for me. Bit of a pain to get there as it's not in city centre, but other than that thought it was a good venue. Checking Covid test & that everyone had checked in was all well organised. And they sold 2 Pinter's of Somersby's which was a result, though only one drink per person to discourage under age drinking, bit of a pain as couldn't do rounds.

Gig itself was great. Support act seemed to have a larger crowd than I'd normally expect at a gig. Not sure if it was because they were local or of everyone was just really keen to be back at a gig. They were pretty decent, sounded a bit like Wolf Alice, can't remember their name but think it started with the word swim.

 

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27 minutes ago, priest17 said:

Great representation as well to be fair, think I saw as many, if not more, women on stage than men over the day. I know some people are gonna roll their eyes at me even bringing that up but it felt really refreshing.

Not at all. It's really important. Helps that some of them are ace! I'd love to have gone. I heard lots of great things but with the dogs especially the poorly one days out like this are off the cards at the minute. 

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1 hour ago, priest17 said:

What a day. Pretty much everyone was on form from Loose articles at 2 until Packs at 2. Was physically laughing with joy watching Girl Band, even my dad was in the pit by the end (and what and end it was).

Great representation as well to be fair, think I saw as many, if not more, women on stage than men over the day. I know some people are gonna roll their eyes at me even bringing that up but it felt really refreshing.

Yeah I was there too, and had a great day slightly ruined by consuming too much alcohol and other stuff and getting a bit messy towards the end. But yes, a lot of women on stage, noticed that at Green man too.

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9 hours ago, dotdash79 said:

First gig is this Wednesday for New Order at the Piece Hall in Halifax. Should be warm and it’s outside 

Look forward to your report on it as I'm at Heaton Park on Friday. I'm actually looking forward more to the support than them as when I saw them at Glastonbury I wasn't that impressed but hoping their own fans and post-lockdown joy will mean it's a good one. 

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2 minutes ago, gigpusher said:

Look forward to your report on it as I'm at Heaton Park on Friday. I'm actually looking forward more to the support than them as when I saw them at Glastonbury I wasn't that impressed but hoping their own fans and post-lockdown joy will mean it's a good one. 

Yea we was going to go the heat on park but had a festival move to them dates then cancelled. Really want to see hot chip, but we have homobloc tickets and they are playing at that so it all works out. 

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5 minutes ago, gigpusher said:

Look forward to your report on it as I'm at Heaton Park on Friday. I'm actually looking forward more to the support than them as when I saw them at Glastonbury I wasn't that impressed but hoping their own fans and post-lockdown joy will mean it's a good one. 

I'm a bigger fan of Hot Chip so kind of the same but I've seen New Order a couple of times and they can deliver. I reckon the atmosphere is going to be a good one. Since I bought the tickets I've daydreaming about hearing Regret and Blue Monday live in a field of people and I can't imagine that not being a moment.

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25 minutes ago, dotdash79 said:

Yea we was going to go the heat on park but had a festival move to them dates then cancelled. Really want to see hot chip, but we have homobloc tickets and they are playing at that so it all works out. 

I think you get Lonelady as one of the supports and she's great so that will be good. 

21 minutes ago, Zoo Music Girl said:

I'm a bigger fan of Hot Chip so kind of the same but I've seen New Order a couple of times and they can deliver. I reckon the atmosphere is going to be a good one. Since I bought the tickets I've daydreaming about hearing Regret and Blue Monday live in a field of people and I can't imagine that not being a moment.

Yes it was Hot Chip and Working Men's Club being on the bill that made me go for it. My experience of Hot Chip and New Order live has been kind of the opposite. I feel like Hot Chip always manage to bring their songs more to life than they are on the album, make everything much dancier whereas New Order almost did the opposite. Seemed more downbeat live than on record. Hoping home crowd etc will mean they are better but if the supports are as good as expected it will still be great. 

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47 minutes ago, gigpusher said:

Look forward to your report on it as I'm at Heaton Park on Friday. I'm actually looking forward more to the support than them as when I saw them at Glastonbury I wasn't that impressed but hoping their own fans and post-lockdown joy will mean it's a good one. 

I'll be at the Heaton Park one too. I have posted elsewhere but does anyone know where's best to park?

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19 minutes ago, gigpusher said:

I think you get Lonelady as one of the supports and she's great so that will be good. 

Yes it was Hot Chip and Working Men's Club being on the bill that made me go for it. My experience of Hot Chip and New Order live has been kind of the opposite. I feel like Hot Chip always manage to bring their songs more to life than they are on the album, make everything much dancier whereas New Order almost did the opposite. Seemed more downbeat live than on record. Hoping home crowd etc will mean they are better but if the supports are as good as expected it will still be great. 

Yeah it's going to be a great day regardless I reckon. Hoping the weather holds out! Looks good at the moment.

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32 minutes ago, gigpusher said:

I think you get Lonelady as one of the supports and she's great so that will be good. 

Yes it was Hot Chip and Working Men's Club being on the bill that made me go for it. My experience of Hot Chip and New Order live has been kind of the opposite. I feel like Hot Chip always manage to bring their songs more to life than they are on the album, make everything much dancier whereas New Order almost did the opposite. Seemed more downbeat live than on record. Hoping home crowd etc will mean they are better but if the supports are as good as expected it will still be great. 

Never a truer word been said.

Hot Chip as a live experience is something else, on record they are very good, in the flesh a whole different animal.

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55 minutes ago, dondo said:

I'll be at the Heaton Park one too. I have posted elsewhere but does anyone know where's best to park?

A friend who lives nearby in Prestwich sent me this which shows where the parking restrictions are. She suggested anywhere in the blue circle as being a good bet as it's near the motorway so should make for a quicker getaway. My experience of Heaton Park gigs (limited as it is) is expect it to be a bit of a bind. If we didn't have the dogs I'd probably have opted for the public transport options myself. 

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18 minutes ago, Zoo Music Girl said:

Yeah Hot Chip are always great value. Seen them probably four or five times now, but that West Holts set is still up there. I remember watching their Margate gig last September and being in floods of tears about how much I missed live music so this feels like coming full circle somewhat.

Yes that West Holts set was something else. I went to Chemical Brothers on The Other Stage when they played on The Park purely because I had never seen Chemical Brothers but had seen Hot Chip multiple times at that stage and I know loads on here love Chemical Brothers but watching the Park set from Hot Chip I was so devastated with my decision. They just always bring the party. 

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9 minutes ago, gigpusher said:

A friend who lives nearby in Prestwich sent me this which shows where the parking restrictions are. She suggested anywhere in the blue circle as being a good bet as it's near the motorway so should make for a quicker getaway. My experience of Heaton Park gigs (limited as it is) is expect it to be a bit of a bind. If we didn't have the dogs I'd probably have opted for the public transport options myself. 

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Great. I'll have a look at that.

We don't mind a bit of a walk if it means not being stuck in traffic 

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1 minute ago, dondo said:

Great. I'll have a look at that.

We don't mind a bit of a walk if it means not being stuck in traffic 

Yes we always opt for a bit of a walk with a faster getaway. Pack your waterproof and walking boots @Zoo Music Girl. Looks like Thursday will have a lot of rain so we can expect to get nostalgic about Glastonbury mud. 

 

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