Party In The Pews is back in Macclesfield for a second year with a stellar line up including Manchester’s favourite son Badly Drawn Boy interviewed here and the North East’s finest The Futureheads who even make Kate Bush sound good! Mark Radcliffe’s UNE also make an appearance as do some mighty fine unsigned bands including the masters of G funk Winachi and the brilliant Dirty Laces. Read on…
Party in the Pews is back for 2023 at the stunning Grade 2 listed Christ Church May 27th & 28th
Working with Macclesfield Town Council to make the festival more sustainable and Puffer Fish Press for the breakthrough bands line up the festival will once again be bringing massive named acts to the centre of Macclesfield. This time the festival will be raising funds to turn Christ Church into a permanent venue.
Physical tickets available at Hadfields, Proper Sound and through the Facebook page or available online through Skiddle here.
2023 line up.
Badly Drawn Boy aka Damon Gough. His 2000 album The Hour of Bewilderbeast won a prestigious Mercury Prize. He also composed the soundtrack to the movie About A Boy (starring Hugh Grant), based on the Nick Hornby’s book of the same name. His third album, Have You Fed The Fish?, was released in 2002. One Plus One Is One, his fourth album, was released in 2004. Gough came to triumphant song writing return with his ninth album, Banana Skin Shoes, which was hailed as one of the best albums of 2020.
The Futureheads first emerged at the start of the ’00s amidst a burgeoning swarm of guitar bands, the Sunderland quartet, with their proud regional accents and spiky, playful sensibilities, stuck out from the off. Over the following decade The Futureheads amassed five critically-acclaimed albums, headlined countless tours and earned an NME Single of the Year accolade for their iconic cover of Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love. Their sixth studio album and their first electric guitar release in almost a decade, Powers on 30th August 2019.
UNE are BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 2 broadcaster, musician and author and all round superstar Mark Radcliffe and electronica tech head Paul Langley (Rob’s Records / Yeti-MusicMan / BMG). UNE is electronic music spanning many styles with a plaintive lonely voice at its heart. A happy accidental collision of man and machines. These UNE songs are inspired by words from other languages that have no literal translation into English: Boketto, Waldeinkamseit, Saudade, Komorebi. The music and lyrics have therefore tried to convey the feelings those words invoke.
Chris Helme! Front man of The Seahorses. Formed by Stone Roses’ guitarist John Squire, the English alternative rock band released their No. 1 album in 1997 to an outpouring of adoration from fans at home and around the world and defined a moment in time for hundreds of thousands of people.
Winachi have swaggering northern tenacity spliced with smooth Californian G Funk soul is what makes up the foundation of groove machine WINACHI. Since they gravitated towards one another in 2015, the diverse musical background of each band member has helped push WINACHI’s sound into something bone meltingly, ass shakingly unique.
Formed in early 2017, Dirty Laces have been making an impact on the Manchester music scene with their punk inspired high energy performances, heavy riffs and their own interpretation of popular 60’s and 70’s bands, whilst fusing these components with powerful choruses and raw rock and roll edge. With sell out shows in Manchester on more than one occasion and also sell out shows in Leeds and Sheffield.
We will also be joined by some of the best unsigned acts too including Heavy Salad, Sam Scherdel Stepford Wives, Sophia Synicate, Ratoon along with local acts Between Thor and Konkoma Maximum LoveGarden Orchestra. Plus more TBA
Words by Wayne Carey, Reviews Editor for Louder Than War. His author profile is here
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