“All I Want To Do Is Rock” Post 2

Twinkling lights, pretty bunting underneath a star lit sky and a canopy of tall trees, what a great place to drink beer, and of course listen to some fab bands. This year my discovery band was the excellent Slow Readers Club, from Manchester. I’d heard of them but can’t understand how I had missed them….awesome band, I had to buy the album when I got home.
My other discovery was a very different sounding band called The Blood Shake Chorus. Their appearance was very deceptive as I was very surprised to hear this amazing voice sweetly being belted out from a Gothic horror dressed vocalist. Classics such as ‘Delilah’ and ‘These Boots Were Made For Walking’ had the audience swaying and joining in. You have to see them to really appreciate it, must see them again.

My consistent faves Doves and Dreadzone to my delight were playing the main stage, and both didn’t disappoint (they never do!). Dreadzone who I have seen many times had the audience bouncing and skanking, from the front of the stage to far as the eye could see. (Love this band)

I was so excited to be seeing Doves again after their reform, and their albums have stayed on my phone for years. They sounded just as brilliant as ever but the only downer was the set was too short ending too soon and darkness would have made it more atmospheric. Other highlights included The Cult, The Skids, Suede and the Easy All Stars doing Dark Side Of The Moon and another new band called the Urban Cowboys.

Thanks Bearded Theory, looking forward to next year.


The Woodland

Slow Readers Club – Aaron Starkie

Slow Readers Club – Kurtis Starkie

Blood Shake Chorus

Dreadzone – Mc Spee

Dreadzone – E-zee-kill

This is Dreadzone remembering Loki Dread who sadly passed earlier in the year

DovesĀ  Jimi Goodwin


Doves guitarist Jez Williams

Suede Brett Anderson

The Skids

Urban Cowboys

Easy All Stars



Up and Out in Manchester

I always feel lucky to live less than a twenty minute train ride away from Manchester. It’s such a vibrant resilient city showing the true character of the people after the Manchester Arena terrorist attack.

During the last few weeks I have been mooching about town discovering some lesser known facts about the city, checking out exhibitions, (The legendary Frank Sidebottom collection in Central Library is a must if you were a fan of this comic genius.), catching some live music and trying out new places to eat and drink. I also revisited Corbieres, which in my younger days was always a great place to select tracks off it’s iconic jukebox, after going shopping in the Corn Exchange…..sadly the Corn Exchange no longer exists in its old form, and the jukebox is now CDs not vinyl, but the bar is still cool.

Finally, as it was recently Easter I have to share a photograph of my Easter Egg, which was kindly given to me from one my best mates, Bev. She is an amazing friend and has been so since infant school. The only problem is she has a fantastic memory and can remember all the embarrassing things I did……anyway happy belated Easter and make the most of wherever you live.

This Datum sign marks the old centre of Manchester. It is on the side wall St. Anne’s Church in St. Anne’s Square

The recently added Emmeline Pankhurst statue. who was from Manchester and a significant member of the Suffragettes Movement

This is brilliant, it includes his amusing job applications, City Kippax I.D. etc

“Thank you very very much ”


The mighty Dreadzone. I have seen these many times and they are always excellent

Love The Band On The Wall one of my favourite venues

Rudy’s – A lively atmosphere, gorgeous NeapolitanĀ  pizza and cool decor

Yes please

What would we do without friends? ……look after them and enjoy their company