The Lions – The Magnificent Dance feat. Black Shakespeare

The ‘Dancehall moves next to a sound system’ video concept is a simple yet effective one especially when it’s accompanied by a really nice dusty, reggae/dub cover of The Clash.

I know little of The Clash’s music but LA collective The Lions have opened my ears to the London punk’s back catalogue – and The Lions’ music, of course – for the future.

Signed to Stones Throw Records, find out more about The Lions and their work, here. 


Around my way this weekend


1. Ancoats mill set against the afternoon sky

2. New York Brass Band at Matt & Phreds jazz club, Tib Street

3. Butternut squash and feta cheese tacos with Mayan spiced hot chocolate and sweet tortilla rolls from Yakumama street food at Guerilla Eats, Blossom Street

Not Your Man (feat. Thabo) – Professor Green


I’m not a massive fan of Professor Green so ‘Not Your Man’ would have usually passed me by but for Thabo.

He’s the front man for Thabo & The Real Deal, who are great. Thabo carries this track in my opinion and I hope that he’ll get further attention he deserves, through this mainstream feature.

Check out World War Free from Thabo & The Real Deal, here: 





Remembering Frankie Knuckles

David Morales’ mix speaks louder than words ever could. RIP. 



Review: Lizzo – ‘Faded’


I’m not entirely 100% about Faded after only a few listens. But there’s something about Lizzo’s UK debut (skip to 4 mins 44 secs to listen to the track above) that makes me think I’ll end up loving it.

Maybe it’s her frenetic style, which reminds me so much of B.O.B by Outkast, or Lizzo’s humorous sense of truth shining through her rhymes. Case in point: “It’s that L to the I to the Z Z O / Ain’t got no time for the C3P0, Wookie, rookie / Never knock nookie, but I’d rather stack cookies / Looking at the sunset the color of Snookie”.

She’s just finished a mini tour around the UK; Gone Out favourites Murkage supported her last night at Birthdays in London so you can imagine the carnage that combination caused.

Both the single and album Lizzobangers are released on 14th April on Virgin Records. For more about Lizzo, check her website and Twitter.


New Year musings

2013 was a quiet year for me considering all of the events, gigs and parties I’ve been to in the past. Factors such as money and, yes, lack of enthusiasm played a part in a lack of activity on Gone Out.

My social life in 2013 was as desolate as this woodland. Kind of.

My social life in 2013 was as desolate as this woodland. Kind of.

Excuses over; it’s a fitting time for a fresh start.  The recent closures of Jabez Clegg, which hosted much-loved comedy night XS Malarkey, and The Black Lion in Salford, plus changes in management at the Lass O’Gowrie have all been sad news for the Manchester arts and culture scene. It’s reminded me how Gone Out can and should play a part in promoting the good news.

I have a busy few months planned and I’m genuinely excited. I’ve put together a short preview of what I’ll be up to in January. I hope you’ll be as interested as I am.

Season Launch Preview: Oldham Coliseum, 13/01

I always unexpectedly end up at Oldham Coliseum  (I’m not sure why I’m shocked about this because I’m from Oldham). For example, I was woken up by a text from my dad on New Years Eve morning, saying we were off to see the Jack & The Beanstalk pantomime that day. The Fairy was my favourite character. Anyway, the theatre is opening its doors for a free preview evening, with complimentary food and drink too. 2014 shows include Toby Hadoke, The Marriage of Figaro, Kate Rusby and Stuart Maconie.

Free, 7.30, 13/01/2014, Oldham Coliseum, Fairbottom Street, Oldham OL1 3SW, coliseum.org.uk

Trevor Noah: City Varities Music Hall (Leeds), 20/01

I’m very lucky to have secured tickets for ‘Trevor Noah: The Racist’ tour. I’ll be popping over to the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds (now sold out) to watch because when I bought the tickets in November, Noah’s 2 performances at The Lowry were sold out. I’m on the hype train, big time, after seeing him on the BBC’s ‘Live At The Apollo’ and can’t wait to see him live. If you’re feeling the same, it’s worth an attempt to pick up seats at dates where tickets are still on sale.


Dwele: Band On The Wall, 23/01

Dwele’s music speaks for itself. He’s performing his first LP, ‘Subject’ – one of my favourite albums – in its entirety plus further favourites from throughout his career. I hope he performs this.

£20 (plus booking fee), Doors 7.30, 23/01/2014, Band On The Wall, 25 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ, bandonthewall.org

The Manchester College Live presents: A History of Hip HopThe Manchester College Live – The History of Hip Hop: Band On The Wall, 27/01

A night dedicated to hip-hop history sounds super interesting. Students from The Manchester College have put together an evening of break dancers, DJs and graffiti artists. They will also be joined by performers from my favourite Mancunian improvisational night ‘Freestyle Fictionary’ plus M T Ultra and the interestingly named X-Men B Team, among others.

£5.00, Doors 7.30, 27/01/2014, Band On The Wall, 25 Swan Street,Manchester M4 5JZ,bandonthewall.org


Well funny

Attending live comedy can be a gamble especially if the line up is new to you. When it goes terribly wrong, most people in the audience must wonder why they wasted their money on entrance fee/and or drinks. The prospect of watching stand up at The Abbey Inn pub last Thursday, had me seriously considering cutting my losses on drinks and bus fare to Oldham to stay in. The reason I was unusually unsure was the last time I went to The Abbey for comedy, the compere hosted a mediocre ‘comedy quiz’.  In reality it was a question set about celebrities followed by a marshmallow eating contest. Yes, the compere made one person from each team participate in this and yes, my team nominated me. Retch. However I’m an open-minded individual and when it comes to comedy, for every bad experience I believe there’s a good one around the corner. 

This time around there was no forced marshmallow-based fun but a line up and new compere for what appears to be a new night, entitled ‘Gagging For It’. The compere’s name escapes me (apologies!) but I liked his down-to-earth humour and appreciated his ability to make the audience feel at ease which is something some comperes forget. The headline act, Daliso Chaponda, was the highlight of mine and what seemed to be the rest of the audience’s evening. The bar maid, who came to collect our glasses at the end, said she hadn’t laughed as much in a long time. I had to agree. Chaponda has fantastic stage presence, the ability to speak about issues people wish they weren’t embarrassed to talk about and above all, a great truth about him. He’s touring his act around the UK and I strongly advise you attend. I’m convinced Daliso Chaponda’s going to get ‘dead famous’ soon.

Check out some of his material here: 

8.30pm start, £3 OTD, The Abbey Inn, West Street, Oldham, OL9 6EJ



We all need a friendly reminder to smile once in a while and at the end of the day, who wouldn’t like to say Enchanté! to Tah Phrum Duh Bush?

This Vax1 production, featuring the linguistic and lovable Brooklyn emcee, appears on the Lyon producers’ upcoming Dans Mes Veines album.

Dans Mes Veines is released on 4th of February via Bandcamp.


Inna Voice – Zinc Roof Pt.1

ImageThis evening has been a mixture of Destiny’s Child related excitement after the release of their  track ‘Nuclear’ from their new album ‘Love Songs’ and some bedroom grooving to Ian Fletcher’s deep house sounds and Levi Live’s interview with Groove Assassin on Sole Plates (ALL FM 96.9). The cherry on top of the ice cream soda was catching up with Manchester collective Inna Voice’s self-titled latest album.

ImageThe Zinc Roof Pt. 1 has really caught my attention from the collection. I like the slow build up to the squelchy bass line, the interesting play on language and Keisha Thompson’s beautiful voice. If you’ve ever attended the Contact Theatre or local events such as Freestyle Fictionary, you will have seen at least one of this group of poets, MC’s, singers, beat boxers, producers and visual artists at work. It’s nice to hear what this group can do as one entity and I hope that it continues into the future. Enjoy.