Catfish and the Bottlemen, Puppet Rebellion and Slow Readers Club – FAC251, Manchester 31/08/13

This Feeling have their finger on the pulse when it comes to up and coming bands, with regular nights across the country from London to Glasgow delivering cutting edge bands in intimate locations. The latest Manchester instalment of the night at FAC251 was particular exciting and eagerly anticipated with 3 bands all currently enjoying their own upward curve at the moment.

Slow Readers Club are a big favourite on ALBL since the release of their brilliant self-titled debut album last year album, with its brooding dark lyrics, strings, electro beats, driving rhythms and chiming guitars. They’ve got that Manchester groove to their sound that New Order made famous and it’s no surprise that they’ve supported Barney Sumner’s Bad Lieutenant and Peter Hook is a fan. The band are back with new material, including the brilliant Forever In Your Debt and more live dates to look forward to later in the year.

What the band said: It was a great night with a good line up and it was really nice to be able to play some new tracks and get such a positive response. It was only our 3rd gig of the year but it was cool to see so many people keen to see us again in Manchester.” Kurtis Starkie – guitarist

What twitter said: “Currently @FAC251 listening to the @slowreadersclub If you’re a fan of #joydivision you need to see them. Totally bowled over.” Linda Collier @mardybum73


Puppet Rebellion are one of the hottest properties on the Manchester music scene at the moment, in a matter of months they have built up a large, passionate following having set tongues wagging with a host of spell-binding performances across the city and their debut EP Chemical Friends has been getting rave reviews from all quarters. Sharp lyrics that pull no punches, driving rhythms and soaring guitars along with that special spark that sets a band apart, Puppet Rebellion are band going places and need to be heard.

What the band said: It was a great gig. The sound engineer was on fire and the crowd lapped it up like hungry kittens. Our new songs got the response we wanted and Craig ended the night the sweatiest :-)” Simon Monaghan – lead singer.

What Twitter Said: “Each and every time I see Puppet Rebellion play, I feel blessed. A special band” Nidge Sanders @TrustFox


Catfish and the Bottlemen hail from Llandudno, North Wales and are currently carrying the often fated moniker of ‘next big thing’, having received air play on Radio One, 6 Music and XFM as well as playing festivals and gigs up and down the country. Debut single Homesick is a cracking track with a nod to Kings of Leon and a huge chorus. New single Rango is set for release later this month and is another big sounding track that will see The Bottlemen live up to the hottest band of 2013 tag.

What the band said: “It was so good to come back to Manchester and especially to a welcome like we got! It really feels like things are starting to bubble now so I’m just buzzing for the next Manchester show on the tour at the Night and Day Cafe!” Van McCann – vocals/guitar


A view from the Crowd:
“It was brilliant – Puppet Rebellion smashed it, sound was great, the engineer was brilliant. As a fan they smashed it as a photographer Puppet Rebellion were captivating – Simon really has amazing stage presence and really gets the crowd involved and part of the whole experience.” Photographer and music fan Priti Shikotra @pshikotraphoto

“Great intimate atmosphere set up with a solid performance from Slow Readers Club. A polished set from Puppet Rebellion that included the EP tracks and some new material. This was delivered in such a way that set the bar really high and gave The Bottlemen a tough act to follow. They didn’t disappoint and blew the roof off. All in all the main point of the night was the fact that Puppet Rebellion, for such a new group, are ones to watch, as The Bottlmen’s potential is already clear. Puppet Rebellion, in my opinion, gave the best performance of the night.” Music fan Keith Davies @keefdavies

**Special thanks to Trust A Fox Photography for the pictures used here @TrustFox

Slow Readers Club – Mancunia Rising

Slow Readers Club – Live Dates and Updates

EP Review: Puppet Rebellion – Chemical Friends

Gig Review: Puppet Rebellion – Dry Live, Manchester 06/07/13

Gig Review: Puppet Rebellion – Castle Hotel, Manchester 16/08/13


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