Our run of Bring It On Down gigs has been phenomenal so far, both in the fantastic talent they’ve attracted and the incredible crowds that brings. Once again we’ll be hitting Jimmy’s Manchester on Thursday 9th August and this time we’re bringing four showstoppers.
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/804028606436916/
For fans of: Airways, Pretty Vicious, The Amazons
What to expect: Crowdsurfing, mania and audience participation.
What’s left to be said about these guys? After accompanying Trampolene on their UK tour this year and supporting Kaiser Chiefs and The Cribs in June, they’re going from strength to strength, with an incredible festival calendar lined up including The Great Escape and the Isle of Wight Festival. They’ve also racked up an astounding 5 million plays on Spotify.
If you’ve seen them before, you’ll know what a transformative show they put on and if you haven’t, expect big, heavy riffs and the catchiest set list you’re likely to see this year.
One of the best live bands I’ve seen.
For fans of: Sleepovers, RedFaces, Maximo Park
What to expect: Toe-tappin’, hip movin’, lighter-wavin’ indie rock and roll.
It was a tough ask trying to compare Freeda to just three bands because their sound is so their own.
They clearly look to vintage blues as much as they do contemporary indie, and it shows. The Manchester five-piece absolutely dominate any stage they inhabit and with a tendency to sell out their hometown shows, buying a ticket in advance is advised.
THE ATTIC DOCTORS
For fans of: Boy Azooga, The Assist, Happy Mondays
What to expect: The coolest, moodiest, most intense half hour of your life.
I think the best way to introduce The Attic Doctors is in their own words when they spoke to us in February: “A fusion of dance music and oppressed alternative rock. Like Nile Rogers standing on a piece of Lego.”
It’s an appropriate description, and one which doesn’t quite make sense until you hear them. Just as Chic were a rock band for the disco movement, you might say The Attic Doctors are a disco band for the rock movement.
The band inject a cool funk sound with a dose of attitude in both their music and their performance, but when I spoke to them, they couldn’t have been lovelier.
“It’s great to have been asked back after playing the launch of Bring It On Down – it’s an exciting new night that’s already attracting some of the best unsigned talent in the country. It’s an honour to be involved!”
For fans of: The Strawberries, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix
What to expect: To be transported back in time to when love was free, rock music was new and the world was exciting.
Oh man, the world needs a band like The Surrenders.
Watching them perform makes you remember why you got into decent music in the place.
It’s pure, unfiltered blues rock through and through, but they carry the mantle without repeating anything you’ve heard before. It’s a pleasant mix of the new and the familiar.
And while their EP is perfect listening for a road trip, they really thrive on stage.
The world really needs a band like The Surrenders, and so do you.
I’m putting it out there. This is the single best gig happening in August. There, I said it.