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APPEARING ON Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Blow Out presents… The Bluebottle Veins [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter


Rediscovering a sound that has lay dormant for too long. A visceral mix of rock ‘n’ roll ‘n’ blues.


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

PressureDrop presents… Baked Ala Ska [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

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Baked A La Ska are the “heavy heavy sound” of Manchester ska; an 11 piece band of assembled oddballs and pranksters brought together by keyboardist and wizard, Mr John Ellis.

Baked A La Ska are fronted by an un-holy trio of singers: Mr Frank “the Skank” (smooth Sinatra vocals), Tommy Robot (MC) and the soft lilt and harmonica magic of Robin Sunflower (vegan). Baked A La Ska feature one of the tightest rhythm sections in Manchester with the “chops to make you drop”.

Their sound has already taken audiences and clubs across the region by storm inspiring late night parties and frenzied dancefloor action. It’s a massive, uplifting and raucous mix of spooky originals with an unusual line in covers (each featuring potentially a worse pun than the last).

“UTTERLY BONKERS BUT IRRESISTABLE” Manchester Evening News

“ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT” Musican Magazine


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Dreaming Of Kate – Kate Bush Tribute [+]

£12.00 Tickets

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“Dreaming of Kate” is the brainchild of Haarlem (NL) based singer Maaike Breijman and Liverpool (UK) based drummer Paul Tsanos. They met at the Belfast Taste and Music Fest in 2010, where Maaike performed some Kate Bush songs on what was her first performance abroad. Ambitious Maaike was looking for more shows abroad and managed to kick off her career in Liverpool. When her busy Holland based musicians’ schedules couldn’t fit the rising demand abroad anymore, Maaike started working with a Liverpool based band instead, though adding Dutch backing vocalist Jerney Molenaar to her line up.

In 2013, the band toured across the UK and Holland with what was then known as “Wow – A Celebration of the Music and Artistry of Kate Bush”, and received standing ovations in all 14 theatres, among which the famous Shepherds Bush Empire (London) and Royal Theatre Carré (Amsterdam). Their audience included members of the Kate Bush fan club in both countries, and celebrities like Bonehead (Oasis), Vinny Peculiar, Johnny Robinson (X-Factor), and Del Palmer.

After splitting – due to various reasons – with the producer of “Wow” (who then got offered a production job for Kate’s own Before the Dawn show), the full band and lead singer Maaike decided to continue the project. With the conviction that performing Kate Bush’ music requires dedication to the look and performance, the band and Maaike developed Dreaming of Kate as a theatrical show. This means Maaike is not just a lead singer: she sings, dances, plays the piano and puts herself through a number of costumes changes. Maaike says: “The concept of the show can be a bit confusing. People expect us to be a regular band since we are a band. But with all the costume changes, dance routines and props we are more than that. On the other hand, we are not performing a musical or any particular story, which is what people expect when you say ‘costumes’ and ‘stage props’. We aim to perform, well… a fantasy, a dream.”

What others think of us“The moves, the dancing, the costumes, the facial expressions were all as you’d imagine how Kate would perform a concert as Maaike morphed into Kate. She was completely uninhibited, free and believable and the audience loved her.”
(Yvonne Delahaye – uktheatre.net)
“Yes, once again, Maaike succeeds in performing Kate’s music in a way that makes you see how Kate herself would do it. Even the fans who saw the show back in 1979 confirm that.”
(Kate Bush fanclub – The Netherlands)
“Breijman is quite a marvel. Capturing Bush in her dance moves, voice and look – sometimes it’s quite scary.”
(Jo-Anne Rowney -getbucks.co.uk)“When she tours again I order you to do your utmost to see her. Sell your Granny, send your kids to sweep chimneys, do whatever it takes just make sure you are there for Maaike’s next tour. That’s an order ok!”
(justwilliam1959 – wordpress)“’Wow! Wow! Wow! Unbelievable. Ooh yeah you’re amazing, we think you’re incredible!’ Never have song lyrics seemed more apt than watching Maaike Breijman perform as Kate Bush”
(Yvonne Delahaye – uktheatre.net)

Kate Bush Tribute – Dreaming of Kate