LuCoo Live – Soup Kitchen, Manchester (21st Jan 2017)

On Saturday Manchester based promoter LuCoo Live hosted an all day event at one of the Northern Quarter’s quirkiest venues; Soup Kitchen, featuring sets from eight of the best local up and coming bands.

Kicking off proceedings was Kieran Dobson; an indie band who perform under the name of their charismatic front man. With vocals peppered with the smoothness and suavity that Alex Turner naturally possesses and moves that Jarvis Cocker would be proud of, the band delivered a set of brooding tunes and added a rare dashing of glamour to Soup Kitchen’s stage.

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Millie Sproston of La Mode was the only front woman of the day/night, impressing everyone with striking vocals that sat alongside the rest of the bands talents, resembling a contemporary feel that they self describe to be inspired by the proto punk and rock bands of the late sixties and early seventies.

Up next were Carnival Club, who proved that rock and roll doesn’t have to be old fashioned with an energetic set full of tracks that oozed with a youthful fuzziness. Their 2016 released single ‘House Of Cards’ in particular showed off the talents of guitarist Eddie Moxon, whilst front man Kai Jon Roberts instantly connected with the crowd and for the first time of the day/night, people were up dancing.

Another energetic performance came from Kashmere; impressing the crowd early on in their set with intricate guitar work and soaring riffs from guitarist Charlie Cole and fiery vocals from front man Joey Newey during their irresistibly catchy new single ‘Porcelain’.  Every track in the bands set had an atmospheric feel to it, highlighting both the bands enthusiasm and natural dynamic.

Next on the bill was an alluring set from hip shakers Crimsons who judging by the enthusiastic front row, had brought a crowd of their own. Their dark and adventurous psychedelic sound was complimented by red lighting and the dinginess that comes with playing in a basement, with their brooding cover of  ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’ alone leaving the crowd eager for more.

Hello Operator delivered a rock and roll set oozing with a similar fuzziness to Carnival Club’s. Full of energy and powerful vocals from vocalist Max Dalton, their set was driven by a combination of pummeling beats from drummer Eddy Ellison and electrifying guitar from guitarist Peter Greenwood.

The tempo was reduced slightly as Ethan & The Reformation took to the stage, taking the crowd on a journey of psychedelic rock. There was an interesting contrast during the bands set between slightly rockier tracks with pulsing guitar (such as their 2016 released single ‘Hollandia’) and those with more of a hippier vibe to them, though every track was laced with mesmerising lyrics and the power to send the crowd into a trance-like state at any given moment.

Last but not least were headliners Man Made. Though the indie three pieces set list was mainly comprised of new tracks from their eagerly anticipated second album, they still paid homage to their debut album ‘TV Broke My Brain’. The new tracks couldn’t have received a better reaction, whilst the bands set list as a whole highlighted their versatility; ranging from upbeat tracks that possess the sing-along factor such as ‘Carsick Cars’ to the darker and edgier ‘You Never Know How It Feels’, inclusive of Blair Murray’s powerfully intense drumming. Together with bassist Callum Rogers, Murray ensures that Man Made have one of the strongest rhythm sections around – combined with their engaging front man Nile Marr’s captivating and effortless guitar skills, Man Made played a triumphant set at LuCoo Live and proved themselves to be more than headline worthy.

LuCoo Live boasted a range of local talent, with each band possessing a completely different vibe, ensuring that the crowd were kept interested right until the very end. If you’re looking to check out some new music then I recommend having a listen to each and every one of the eight bands that played at LuCoo Live – they’re all destined for big things in 2017.

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