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The Flame That Keeps Burning: Keith Flint

WORDS BY BENJAMIN CASSIDY

The Prodigy were cool in a different way than other bands that found mainstream success during their reign as unique figureheads of the alternatives and dissenters – as well as being a crucial part of the soundtrack to the last pre-internet-generation of music fans. They’d established a dedicated following well before that though – via desire to listen to them, dance and nothing else. Being part of a movement back then happened without online chat-rooms, or, any other form of internet based-promotion. People came, heard and told everyone else what they were missing. This often took place in old, industrial areas at illegal raves, or at within the networks of parties, that people had. Spaces simply had to be found, because the thought of not getting together to celebrate what being alive is really about – shaking off the drudge of the working week and the stifling constrictions of nine to five just wasn’t feasible.

The big sound, packed full of fuck offs and meaty beats, injected the power of being alive into you. The party well and truly started as soon as people heard those unmistakable sounds of The Prodigy. Mayhem and love met. They brought people together, as the experience was always better shared. Many wild nights were made more-wild by watching your mates take it all in – it was as if you needed to observe someone else, at times, just to make sense of the sheer power and force occurring. They watched you too. It was reciprocal; the magic of it kept the wonderful self-fulfilling loop of it going. A rocket-fuelled ceremony on repeat.


Even when they hit big, and were at their commercial peak, The Prodigy still maintained a status as separate. They celebrated many punk attitudes both in their sound and image: raw energy, individuality and sheer love of the music, amongst other attributes that never fail to mobilise new listeners within a generation. So much more than that though, they reached people of varying tastes, penetrating clicks and usually closed off clubs. If you were Oasis or Blur didn’t matter. The Prodigy offered something else entirely and were too likeable to not enjoy. They were immersive and immediate. Everyone knew. Contemporaries watched and learnt, even if they didn’t give the praise The Prodigy deserved. It didn’t matter to them. The sound and the fans did – making as much of an impact as possible, whenever and wherever they could.

Their enigmatic front man, who originally joined as a dancer, epitomised what music can offer, exploiting perfectly via the electronic sermons, that he was the divine instigator of, harmony, happiness and collective expression. Keith Flint achieved the rare accolade of being the coolest person in music without any accusations of selling out. The man simply wasn’t capable of that. Yes, he changed, but only in so much as the party got bigger and better, and he adapted for that. He dressed for the occasion, but not for marketing purposes or to sell an image.

He was genuine, and that’s what people wanted to emulate more than anything. He was adored, but not with sycophantic adulation. His achievement was the total respect of those who knew how dull and flat life can get without someone to get things blazing. Keith wore the uniform of self, proudly, and taught others that they could too, and should. He wasn’t interested in being shocking or making statements. He was too intelligent for that, and simply not interested. He just liked to dress that way, so he did. Of course, there was some theatricality in his peerless performances, but that was the music flowing into him and pouring back out. He caught the energy of the crowd – a filter for the moment. It was clear he loved making people happy by doing what he loved.

One way to measure bands, a method that separates forgettable from legendary, is how they hold up in a live performance. The Prodigy were made for performing, and if they were there, so were their army of followers – many from the early days – Keith was well known as “that dancer”, at the parties that stemmed from the early nineties’ own Summer of Love. First up and last off the floor, no doubt. Some of the future crowd probably spent time alongside him, although none could compete. He was the public talisman of the group, the face that let everyone knew they were creating something. Bonding. Mattering. It was the Holy Grail for many, to go and see The Prodigy live.

The inclusion of their track, Mindfields, from The Prodigy’s seminal 1997 album, Fat of The Land (it was a landmark record that stands up today and paved the way for so much) on the soundtrack to The Matrix (1999) is entirely unsurprising. It shows how culturally relative they were, somehow tuned in to what people needed, not just wanted. If anything is going to jolt you out of a fugue-state it’s Keith’s sneering vocal, to the backdrop of an impossibly clever array of noises that collectively, could cure zombification in an instant, by the sheer musical excitement.

His delivery incites a sort of static-shock, absent from mainstream music today. If you’re ever unsure of what’s real and what’s not, then listen to that and watch the hairs on your arms start tingling and dancing. It’s honestly just not an option to stay still when you play their music and hear Keith make the announcement “This is Dangerous”. Indeed, in the best possible way. You can’t ignore it, even if it’s not for you. The stuff it’s made of won’t let you. Those crashing battering rams of drumming, the sublime, synthesised sonics of reverb and bent notes.

Following news of Keith’s death, even with him gone from mortal form, his light will continue to make many sparkle and fizz with heat and never want to be extinguished, for even a second. An absolute icon and cultural phenomenon. He’ll be much missed. Though his death may cause many, for a while, to feel that a flame within them has been extinguished – for older fans perhaps seemingly snuffing out that eternal burning combustion that is youthful reminiscence, the inevitable tears won’t stop him starting fires for long. They mustn’t and can’t. There are too many parties yet to first discover him and the petrol of his song. Once they do, like so many before, they’ll burst to life, ignite and make the night go boom.

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Pete Shelley: The Man We All Fell in Love With

WORDS BY BENJAMIN CASSIDY

The greatest people and the art they make never stop influencing others. Those who lived whist they were in their hey day and those only just discovering it, many years after it was first released. They give a feeling that can’t be bottled and is worth any amount of money that could ever be dreamt up. Them, and their work, become details in people’s stories. Moments, that become immortal and are passed on as anecdotes years later. They cause nostalgia, which the more you think about that the more powerful the realisation is of how very special they and their innovations are.

As a global collective, fans always feel the loss of their icons. It’s astounding to think that we grieve for people we’ve never met. That’s the impact that music can have, and those that make it. Even in death, they bring people together. When a big name goes it’s always a sad day. Tributes pour in and out, with social media enabling exchanges that were never once possible. That global community of music lovers get to share sadness and perhaps it helps to soothe it; or, if not they can celebrate the lives of those they adored, at least. Sometimes though the community they plied their trade in and first gigged around is especially hard hit, when it loses one of its own.

Pete Shelley’s death is one that Manchester’s many music lovers (of all ages, tastes, and genres) were deeply grieved by; all are MCR are amongst them. It’s hard to say anything that’s not been said or try to capture how ingrained into Manchester and the music culture it’s so well known for. Him and the Buzzcocks were more than just a sound. They set trends in what people wore and somehow managed to find a middle ground between the more nihilistic aspect of Punk and the plastic pop sounds that flirted so heavily with Glam Rock. They were serious and fun, simultaneously. that showed just how much of an industry the music industry really was, always has been and still is. More than that though, the Buzzcocks did it first, paving the way for so much of what was to come out of Manchester, the surrounding area (as well as nationally and internationally). One local young musician’s Facebook tribute read, “Without the Buzzcocks, there are no Sex Pistols at the Free Trade Hall”. Put like that it’s staggering how much of an influence Shelley and the Buzzcocks are.

As a contributor for MCR, I know I talk on behalf of all here that going out to gigs, reviewing bands and interviewing them is a tremendous privilege and pleasure. Live music is the beating heart of culture. Manchester has a scene and history like no other place on the planet. Even those a few miles away, such as Joy Division and The Verve, from Macclesfield and Wigan, are firmly symbols of Madchester. The Buzzcocks are a Bolton band, but few would know it; less care. The Buzzcocks were the original group that others have so much to thank for. The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays. Later, Oasis, the Charlatans. Many, many more. So too though to those acts and artists that aren’t household names. The number of people the Buzzcocks and Pete Shelley influenced to pick a guitar up, wear a leather jacket and dare to offer the world their truth (often all at once and part of the same parcel) can never be known. What is known is the legacy he left, that was more than just brilliant music, although ultimately that’s what lasts and will always be most celebrated. Quite right too.

Almost every well-known band has a hit they become known by and not just for. They don’t pick it and at times it overshadows other work that’s also brilliant, perhaps even better. The fans pick and that’s that. Even record labels have limits on song popularity, despite heavy marketing. The fact that their most well-known song, ‘Ever Fallen in Love’ (1978) didn’t even get into the top ten proves this point. It didn’t need to. It is top of so many playlists, and, settled so many arguments of truly great songs. It was and is the anthem the band is synonymous with. This isn’t going to change and nor should it. However, it is worth using it as a way into discovering the rest of the material made by (along with his bands) this truly innovative and much-missed man, who had an impressive solo career too. He’ll long remain someone that’s energy and attitude, distilled in music, will ensure people have no doubt that they well and truly should have, and were so glad that they did fall in love with.

Read more about the latest music news and reviews over on our blog 👀

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COMMENT: The rise and rise of the independent record label

WORDS BY HANNAH TINKER

Originally run by mavericks with little or no business sense, independent record labels turned the music industry on its head in the 80s. Their sound and aesthetic remains a huge influence on the scene today, presenting the latest acts to the mainstream.

As part of this piece we spoke to independent maestros of the scene Heist Or Hit. The label began back in 2008 with the mind of Mick Heist. With a backstory that’s seen him manage a number of bands, being part of David Bowie‘s tour crew and being an A&R team member in America, he’s got the career any music fan dreams of. “I was at a bar once and realised that Iggy Pop was on one side of me and Bowie on the other –  it was so surreal.”

Factory Records, Rough Trade and Mute are celebrated age-old independent labels that have transcended their prime period. Factory was born in a first-floor flat in a crumbly Victorian semi on Manchester’s outskirts. Then for most of the company’s life, Factory was run from a flat in Didsbury, with threadbare sofas that served as a meeting room yet the company still received six-figure cheques from the label’s distributors.

Back then, independent record labels were run by an individual or individuals with a singular vision and passion, an untutored approach to business and a devil-may-care attitude to the conventions of the record industry. Of course with the update of technology and the introduction of social media, record labels have needed to take hold of their claim to music and a structural update was needed.

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Take one look at the labels of today and you’ll see that image and aesthetic is a key step for success. Heavenly and Burger are branching out and staking claim to no particular genre that captures the eye (and ear) of the modern music lover but rather to musicians that are set for bigger things. Heist Or Hit have Honey Moon, Her’s and Pizzagirl on their roster – a selection of acts that are quickly making waves.

“We really don’t want to pigeonhole ourselves into working with one style. We look up to labels like Heavenly and 4AD, labels that don’t have one set genre. If you put two of their bands next to each other they wouldn’t sound the same but there’s something that ties them together.”

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The team see their position as not strictly a management role but more like guidance coaches, leading the artists forward. “The vinyl issue is a weird one. It’s always the elephant in the room. When you actually break it down to an artist and ask why it’s needed at such an early stage of their career – it’s more just a vanity piece for them.” Of course vinyl sales have boosted in recent years; anyone with a finger on the music pulse has a record player. But the costs for a young artist to produce say 300 copies of an EP on vinyl and then maybe only move a third of that – isn’t going to do them any favours. Away from the money-grabbers and game-setters of the industry, independents are affectively managing the finances of the fledgling acts too – ensuring that they make it as far as possible.

For the independent record label it’s a constant hunt to “open backdoors in the industry” especially with not having the luxury of a whole suite of staff as their right-hand tool. Organically, their craft is as independent as their process is. “We like to receive submissions on a postcard, something that’s got some kind of personalisation to it – not just a BCC email.”

It is worth noting that Adele‘s ’21’, now one of the country’s bestselling albums of all time, was released by an independent record company: XL. In an industry that is struggling to hold on, with streaming services taking over, it is the indie label that is reaping the benefits of adaption and experimenting with new technologies, thinking on its feet and being open to new ideas.

Read more about the latest music news and reviews over on our blog 👀

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UPCOMING: Glitterbox – 25.08.18

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JACK KIRWIN

Flamboyant, extravagant and one hundred percent down-for-a-good-time, Glitterbox is making an appearance at Albert Hall this Saturday. The wonderfully hedonistic party will bring with it a gang of world-renowned DJs as it steps up to the proud position of Manchester Pride’s official after party.

The likes of Roger Sanchez, Simon Dunmore and Hifi Sean will be joined by dancefloor diva and superstar singer Julie McKnight, most famously known for her hands-in-the-air, loved up vocals on Kings of Tomorrow’s 2001 deep house underground crossover hit Finally. 

The Albert Hall has seen numerous special guest singers grace the stage at disco events in recent years, most notably with the La Discotheque series, which featured Jocelyn Brown, Candi Staton & Evelyn ‘Champagne’ king. Glitterbox, no stranger to putting on a large-scale get-down in their spectacular and notorious residency at Hï Ibiza, will have no problem stepping up to put their mark on the venue, centre stage.

But the glory’s not all for McKnight, let’s take a closer look at those DJs. Roger Sanchez is a man who needs no introduction, bursting onto the scene in 1990 with his club hit Luv Dancin’ under the moniker Underground Solution, Sanchez has remained active for almost three decades since then. In between remixing Michael Jackson, Daft Punk and Madonna, Sanchez won the top rank in the 2015 Official Global DJ Rankings in the category of Top Global House. All the while he’s been consistently making dancefloors around the world sweat, groove and rejoice into the wee small hours. 

Simon Dunmore, a Glitterbox favourite and managing director of Defected Records, has also been spreading the word of house and disco to the hungry masses for over 25 years. Simon, along with Defected co-founder Janet Bell, was responsible for importing and releasing the top ten garage house anthem Can’t Get Enough by Soulsearchers from Miami – not bad for a label’s first release.

Bringing Crystal Waters into 2017 with her hit Testify, dance music veteran, producer and DJ, Hifi Sean will also take the controls this weekend at Albert Hall. Rewind 25 years or so, and Sean Dickson was making baggy dance-rock as the lead singer for John Peel favourites The Soup Dragons. Since then, he’s carved out a career as a respected DJ who has recently made his return to clubland.

Arguably the main act of Glitterbox this weekend is going to be the people coming together to celebrate Manchester Pride. Now able to call itself one of the UK’s leading LGBT+ charities, Manchester Pride and Glitterbox will join forces in the ultimate party that stands up to discrimination on and beyond the dancefloor. As Shalamar put it so plainly back in ’82, it’s going to be a ‘night to remember’.

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COMMENT: A Czar Is Born: But Can Parklife’s Founder Shake Our ‘Madchester’ Love Affair?

Manchester owes much of its international acclaim and reputation for subversive counterculture to The Haçienda and Tony Wilson, who famously proclaimed: “This is Manchester, we do things differently here” – but will the arrival of Manchester’s first ‘night czar’ see the city progress beyond the hedonism of ‘89?  – WORDS: Theo Watt

In her first year as London’s new ‘night czar’, Amy Lamé faced the unimaginable challenge of saving Fabric, one of the capital’s best-loved nightclubs, following the drug-induced deaths of two teenagers. Three years on and the beaming strobe of night time culture shines on Parklife and Warehouse Project founder Sacha Lord, who has just been appointed Manchester’s first-ever after-hours czar. Lord, who is also responsible for bringing superstars like Frank Ocean and A Tribe Called Quest to Heaton Park, has already given his backing to drugs testing in venues, but the night time head honcho faces another unique challenge.

In my opinion, the mark of Lord’s legacy will be in his ability to reinvent Manchester’s club scene by pushing a new identity that doesn’t fall back on the nostalgia of The Haçienda. This month will mark eleven years since the iconic Whitworth Street club was forced to close. But despite The Haç – the birthplace of acid house and the second summer of love – shutting its doors in 1997, its memory still lives on in the hearts of people who weren’t even born in its heyday. I should know, it was the brilliance of Tony Wilson, New Order, Happy Mondays, A Guy Called Gerald, 808 State and others that brought me here in the first place. But, like others my age, Madchester lives on in my imagination, not my memory.

Someone with vivid memories of the golden age of acid and baggy, however, is ex-FHM writer and freelance journalist Joe Madden, who incensed Manchester music fans by calling out the damaging and dull addiction to nostalgia, ahead of last year’s True Faith exhibition of New Order and Joy Division artwork. I wouldn’t go that far, but I do agree with the famed DJ and author Dave Haslam in that Manchester’s music scene should celebrate its past, without living in it. “I admit it’s a difficult balance, but I think what’s sometimes forgotten is that every generation has a battle to fight,” he writes. Lord [Sacha] has done an exceptional job thus far through The Warehouse Project, but the Store Street club’s box office roster is a seasonal affair; Manchester needs a world-renowned nightlife it can get behind all year round, not just between September and December, and not just within the dance genre.

As for the identity debate, I doubt anyone is against Manchester’s past, present and future co-existing. I would much rather it this way then in my hometown of Bristol, where the likes of Massive Attack and Portishead feel more like closely guarded secrets among my dad and others his age. As Haslam said, there has to be a balance. What we need is further collaboration between genres and sub-cultures, and to provide a credible platform – as Tony Wilson did – for the emergence of homegrown, underground talent. Only then will Manchester be able to look backwards whilst looking forwards. Only then will Manchester’s nightlife feel as progressive, dynamic and inclusive as the city itself. We mustn’t forget our past heroes, but we needn’t erect any more effigies or mosaics to Madchester’s past either. Lord is undoubtedly the man to modernise our nightlife before taking it to stratospheric heights. Like Human Traffic’s Pablo Hassan, his experience, address list and authority on club culture is matched by few.

Given the impact of a night czar in London, Manchester could soon see the arrival of 24-hour clubs, 24-hour tram travel and, one would hope, more events like Parklife and The Warehouse Project for the 24-hour party people who keep our city jiving after midnight. As for us clubbers, we’ll be waiting to see if Lord can implement a year-round club culture that follows Amsterdam and Berlin in being ahead of its time, as was the case more than 20 years ago when a club that would change counter-culture forever through ecstasy and acid house was born. Let’s hope the third summer of love continues long after dark.

Watch our in-depth interview with Sacha Lord below.

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COMMENT: Why Bongo’s Bingo Has Taken Over

Attending a Bongo’s Bingo before leaving Manchester was definitely on our bucket list and it never fails to disappoint. It’s always a great way to kick off an evening, and chances are pretty high you’ve heard of the institution, which has literally taken over England. If you’re going, or you’ve been – everyone knows you’ve had a great time.

So why has a game originally played by OAPs in a run-down hall turned into a phenomenal night out? Everything about Bongo’s is fun and the old traditions are met with new spins. For example, they’ve kept “Two little ducks” and “legs eleven” but at the same time thrown in raps, chants and alcohol to hype everything up/

Bongo’s starts with everyone dancing on tables, drinks in hand and booklets and pens at the ready. This isn’t normal Bingo – it’s Bongo’s Bingo! 3 hours of bangers, dancing and lights as well as the potential of winning over 700 quid?! Mental.

The rules are simple – the first round you play for a line, the second round you play for two and finally you are playing for a FULL HOUSE! You scream loud and fast if you win and a range of crazy prizes ranging from a mix box set of Disney Princesses, a Henry Hoover, a cutout Jeremy Corbyn and loads more.

One of the many highlights of the night is the recurring dance-offs and chants at “dickheads” who lie about what’s on their playing cards. The games are accompanied by a DJ host, laser lights and of course two men dressed in absolutely stunning wigs and princess dress costumes. New props keep the crowd energised and we had massive balloons to dance with as well as glowsticks at one point. Confetti Cannons and showers of Coco Pops to ‘Co-Co’ by O.T Genesis also meant this was just one big party.

The numbers were shouted out and followed by loud sing-alongs of Frozen, S Club 7, Come on Eileen and more. It is an absolutely great night out and an incredible way to end exam season!

The crowd gets super involved and even if you don’t win anything – it’s a fab night out. This was my third Bingo – I’d now call myself a pro and I won for the first time ever! I was super stoked with my litre of tequila and maybe next time I’ll finally scribble enough numbers that I get on the stage. Who knows, but there will definitely be a next time!

In all honesty – if you want something different and guaranteed fun – head to Bongo’s Bingo in Manchester or any other big city in the UK. It’s amazing!

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NEWS: MCR Live Win 3 Mixcloud Awards!

We’re proud to announce that our shows have won THREE out of THREE awards in this year’s Mixcloud Radio Awards! These awards recognise the best in online radio from around the world and we are incredibly hyped to not only be recognised but to come out on top amongst some great company across the globe! Not only this, but we are one of the top 5 rising stations on the planet – mean feat, right?!

We want to put out a huge congratulations to our talented residents Katbrownsugar & Joey Bricks for their winnings. Kat and Joey were both up in the ‘Rising Star’ category for their specialist music shows, fending off competitors from other reputable stations winning both the judges choice & listeners awards. Katbrowsugar was also up in the Hip-Hop/R&B/Afrobeats category, in partnership with Dummy Magazine, taking home the judges choice.

We’ve come so far in just over a year and we couldn’t have done this without your support for the network. From the basement days in Ancoats where we didn’t see the sun for days (literally) and fast-forwarding to now in our permanent public space in our new home of Ancoats General Store – to all of the people we have had the pleasure of working with since we launched back in February 2017, these Mixcloud credits are as much about you as they are us. Whether you’ve attended one of our in-store events, liked a video on Facebook, have done one – or 20 – shows with us, written a gig review, entered a competition, worked with us on branded content, interviewed an upcoming artist or have even worn one of our badges or umbrellas, we have a lot to thank you for and we can’t wait for even bigger things on the horizon. We’re a very small team and your involvement means the world to us & the rapid growth of MCR Live.

MCR Live is not defined by genre, but by collaboration and the curation to create quality, exciting content above and beyond what you’ll find anywhere else. We promise we have lots more in store for you that we cannot wait to announce, but until then we’re gonna pop a bottle and celebrate the weekend a little early! Keep up to date & listen back to our latest shows by following us on Mixcloud, here.

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The Team

NOTE – we are always on the lookout for more people to join the MCR Live team. Whether it’s jumping on board as a resident with a sick new show to pitch to us, you fancy yourself as a podcasting-pro, a budding journalist or photographer, a design guru or are a brand looking to join up on some exciting content (or quite literally anything else), if you have ideas and you’re looking for a platform with engagement all over the world to put it out on, we LOVE hearing from you!

BRING ON THE REST OF 2018 + from the MCR Live team… THANK YOU!

Listen back to all of our shows, here!

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NEWS: Native Youth X Cottonopolis X MCR Live

The sun finally looks like it is here to stay and to celebrate we’ll be teaming up with Native Youth & Cottonopolis to curate an all-day party through to the early hours during the Friday event.

The Summer Warm Up will be carried out over a two-day period posing as a celebration of everything fashion and music seeing cultural powerhouses couple together to create something pretty exciting. From clothes to cocktails, the events take place on Thursday 31st May and Friday 1st June and will see further brand collaborations with RCNQ, Barber Below and WAHnails with after parties curated by MCR Live & Meat Free. The first 10 customers each day will receive a goodie-bag, with on-the-spot bags given out throughout both days.

By day Native Youth will transform an area of Cottonopolis into a Summer Sample Sale, feature one-off pieces plus designs from current and previous collections of which will be starting from a measly £5, alongside an exclusive showcase of their upcoming collaboration with Belgium accessories brand Komono. Not only that, but UK made garment care brand Attirecare, a company specialising in products that are carefully designed & formulated to prolong the life of your favourite pieces, will be joining us to compliment all of your Native Youth wears.

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In need of a fresh new hair-do ready to get you summer-ready for your weekend festivities? You’re in luck! Pop-ups from Northern Quarter favourites RCNQ and Barber Below will be on hand to offer fresh cuts in time for the weekend at the reduced cost of £20 (or £15 if you pre-book here!) How about a fresh mani? The infamous WAHnails will also be joining the crew, perfecting those manicures with their internationally famous nail art designs.

And… of course, the music! The NY summer shindig continues into the early hours with disco, house and techno collective Meat Free curating the DJ line-up on Thursday night, whilst your favourite creative and cultural network MCR Live will be curating the Friday line-up with a stellar line-up made up of our eclectic residents of which you can check out below. From reggae to techno, there will be something for everyone!

Book a table in advance via [email protected]

MCR Live Set Times:

3-4PM Rootsound

Originating from Barrow and brought up on early Ska & Roots Records, Rootsound’s Tomonomous & Isaac play a wide range of music ranging from the 60’s to Present day. Having dug deep into Jamaican roots, you can expect to hear a load of their favourite records spanning genres from Ska, Rocksteady, Roots and Dancehall.

4-6 glue70 

Local hip-hop producer glue70 is one of the most exciting talents this country has to offer right now. Working with musicians including Manchester’s kinkai and other upcoming artists, glue70 has a very unique sound – with a YouTube track with over 12 million hits, we can tell he is destined for good things.

6-8 Joey Bricks (A Broken Camarilla) 

Joey Bricks is an artist, DJ and producer, as well as being 1/4th of rising Manchester-based group A Broken Camarilla. Joey makes it his mission to promote new music and up and coming acts from across the city and beyond, and has built up a reputation as one of the city’s best tastemakers being shortlisted in this year’s Mixcloud Awards. From indie to hip-hop and more, Joey will play music that deserves to be heard.

8 – 10 CULT (J. Derecho b2b Josh de Silva)

Founded in 2015, CULT are a forward-thinking club night which aims to create an inclusive community whilst bringing the finest underground music to Manchester. The collective gave Ross from Friends his Manchester debut whilst also promoting talent such as Mosca, Mike Huckaby & Max Graef and have since established themselves as one of the best nights in the city, playing sounds you never even knew existed.

10 – 12 Tommy Tickle (A Broken Camarilla)

House/Disco/all things funky, Tommy Tickle is an exciting upcoming producer based in Manchester with a forthcoming release on indie label Adhoc Records.

 

12 – 2 Phoebe (B.L.O.O.M.)

B.L.O.O.M. is a Manchester based DJ collective which aims to promote gender equality in electronic music through the increasing visibility of women and gender non-binary artists.

RSVP & More info, here.

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NEWS: MCR Live X Camden Town Brewery All-Dayer

After the mad success of the last MCR Live x Camden Town Brewery All-Dayer, we’re back with a BANG! BIGGER THAN EVER!!!! 🎶🔥 

With our truly eclectic roster, for round two we’re going BIG with a celebration of the Hacçienda variety! DING DING. MUSIC is provided by yours truly, with beer & good times (AND GAMES) provided by Camden Town Brewery at our favourite location, our home and award-winning space Ancoats General Store! Keep an eye out for what we have in store – word has it, there might be a few giveaways! A proper way to spend your Bank Holiday Sunday AMIRITE?!

Whether this is your first time coming to our events or you’re a senior member of our club, one thing is for certain – you won’t forget partying in your corner store! Bring some mates, have a few Camden’s and come and boogie with us whilst you buy ya houmus. The All-dayer will be running frim 4PM-10PM this bank holiday Sunday, so make the most out of your four day weekend with us before you head out – we promise we’ll put you in good stead!

RSVP here!

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MCR Live stands for Music, Culture & Radio. We are not defined by genre, but by quality and anything that excites us – this is what you can expect by tuning in on your DAB, watching our array of video content, reading our blog or coming to an event. We’re one of the fastest growing media projects in the UK & we want you to get involved! Camden Town Brewery is one of the UK’s most respected craft breweries. Known for their world famous Hell’s Lager and Camden Pale Ale, they’ve set their sights on spreading hoppy-ness (work with us on that awful pun) and good vibes aplenty.

A Taster from Last Month’s Event

LINE UP:

**SPECIAL GUEST** DJ Paulette: 8-10PM

In a career currently spanning more than two decades and three countries, Paulette has been a resident at some of the biggest and best clubs in the world. With residencies in prestigious clubs including the Hacienda, Queen Club, Mix Club, Cocoon (Frankfurt), Ibiza Rocks at Pikes Hotel we can’t WAIT to have Paulette instore! Have a listen back to our takeover with Paulette from this year’s International Women’s Day!


Dave Haslam 

A Manchester legend in his own right, Dave Haslam DJ’d over four hundred and fifty times at the Hacienda through the ‘Madchester’ years in the late 1980s when his eclectic, open-minded and ground-breaking DJing became a focus for Madchester’s indie dance fraternity. Described as ‘the man with the golden ears’ and identified as one of the earliest and most influential champions of the new generation of Manchester bands, we can’t wait for Dave to join our line-up!


Disco Illusions

With sell-out events at the prestigious Gorilla and The Deaf Institute, we’re delighted to have the guys deliver delicious disco, future funk and sensual soul!


Katbrownsugar
Nominated for two individual Mixcloud awards this year (VOTE HERE!) alongside plays on 1Xtra and the Mobos, Kat is a cheeky tastemaker in Hip-Hop and one of Manchester’s finest upcoming exports. Kat DJs in many a Manchester bar, specialising in Future Sounds & Jazzy vibes.

Twang
Barrow’s cheekiest, Mal and Andy have been curating live music nights and djing in their hometown for a number of years, Twang are quickly building a reputation for their eclectic music picks and captivating interviews. We couldn’t think of anyone better to kickstart the party!

 

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NEWS: MCR Live Shortlisted in the Mixcloud Radio Awards 2018

We’re proud to announce that we’ve been shortlisted in numerous categories for the Mixcloud Radio Awards! These awards recognise the best in online radio from around the world and we’re pretty hyped to be recognised in some great company!  

We’ve come so far in just over a year and we couldn’t have done this without your support… But we still need a little more! If you could spare a few minutes to vote for us and our Residents in their categories we’d really appreciate it! 

VOTE MCR LIVE ‘BEST ONLINE STATION – RISING STAR’ – https://www.mora.fm/nominee/mcr-live/

BEST ONLINE STATION – RISING STAR

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MCR Live has been nominated for the ‘Best Online Station – Rising Star’ award in partnership with Resident Advisor. Not bad going seeming we’re only a year old, right? This award recognises the best new online station in the world and we’re buzzed to be representing Manchester.

VOTE ‘BEST ONLINE STATION – RISING STAR’ – https://www.mora.fm/nominee/mcr-live/

KATBROWNSUGAR

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Our resident Katbrownsugar has been nominated in two categories! The first is for ‘Best Hip-hop/Rnb/Afrobeats‘ show sponsored by Dummy Magazine and her second is for ‘Best Rising Star’. This is more than deserved as Katbrownsugar is one of the most exciting new artists from Manchester and we’re pumped to have her on board, and are increasingly excited about her future!

VOTE ‘BEST RISING STAR’ / ‘BEST HIP HOP/RNB/AFROBEAT – https://www.mora.fm/nominee/katbrownsugar-mcr-live/

JOEY BRICKS

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Joining her, fellow Manchester musician, and MCR Live resident Joey Bricks has also been nominated for ‘Best Rising Star’, sponsored by Crack Magazine. Joey creates one of the most eclectic and entertaining shows MCR Live has so if you haven’t checked it out yet make sure you do now!

VOTE ‘BEST RISING STAR’ – https://www.mora.fm/nominee/joey-bricks-mcr-live/

 

JOIN THE MCR LIVE TEAM

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We have lots more exciting things to announce in the coming months, and are always on the lookout for more people to join the MCR Live team. Whether it is jumping on board as a resident and have a sick new show to pitch to us, fancy yourself as a podcasting-pro, a budding journalist or photographer or are a brand looking to join up on some exciting content we LOVE hearing from you! BRING ON THE REST OF 2018!

You can check out the other categories and vote for us here – https://www.mora.fm/2018/radio-station-2018/

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