Last weekend I took myself off for a little tour of the North West of England, well Manchester and Liverpool to be precise. As well as to catch up with some friends I was also there to review a couple of festivals for Artrocker magazine, 2 festivals, 2 cities all in one weekend, what could possibly go wrong eh! Friday was the turn of Dot to Dot festival in Manchester, the one day festival takes place in 3 cities on 3 different days over the bank holiday weekend (stopping off at Bristol and Nottingham too). The Manchester leg was handily taking place mostly in venues within crawling distance of my friends apartment in the Northern Quarter, we saw loads of good stuff, with highlights being Cape Cub, Sundara Karma, Johnny Lloyd, Mystery Jets and Spring King, read my full rundown on Artrocker here!
On Saturday it was time to make the short trip across to Liverpool, I love going back to this city after being a student there and I’ve never not had the most fun time whenever I return. I went to Sound City festival for the first time last year and had an awesome time so was super keen to get back there this year, the festival used to be more like Dot to Dot and take over the cities bars and clubs but now it has its very own little site on part of the old docklands. This year the sun was shining all weekend which made the whole experience that much better! There were so many highlights over the weekend, but a few that stood out for me were: Circa Waves, Dandy Warhols (who we were lucky enough to watch side of stage, and award for the nicest-guys-in-music goes to them), Catfish And The Bottlemen, Sankofa, Bill Ryder-Jones, Pete Doherty and the ones I was most excited about seeing Scouse heroes and soundtrack to my uni days – The Coral. I always seem to have the most random nights on Merseyside and after Sound City was no exception as we ended up in a pub that wouldn’t have been out of place in an episode of Shameless…if you’re going to the festival next year pop across the road to the Bramley-Moore pub…or maybe don’t, I’m not sure, we had fun there anyway.
After the hectic pace of the weekend it was nice to spend a couple of days in (still sunny) Liverpool catching up with friends and exploring the Baltic triangle , mainly the Gin Garden – check out their AMAZING cocktails if you are in town. There was even time for a quick trip to see Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ statues at Crosby beach before heading back South. Until next time NW.