The Artist Takeover

David Murray & Saul Williams w/ Pablo (Better Days)

Ahead of their performance this evening at Band on the Wall, jazz legend David Murray and spoken-word titan Saul Williams will be taking over our airwaves for a very special show.

San Holo

Sander van Dijck, better known by his stage name San Holo, is a Dutch DJ, musician, record producer and composer from Zoetermeer. He gained international recognition for his remix of Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode”, which currently has over 175 million views on YouTube.


Paramida made her name as an integral part of the new Berlin school of DJs embracing a more expansive sound than straight forward house and Techno.

Bill Ryder-Jones

Ahead of the release of his new album ‘Yawn’, we invited the fabulous ex-The Coral Bill Ryder-Jones to take over the MCR Live airwaves to play through an hour of his favourite tracks – old & NEW!

Ralph Rolle (Chic)

Ahead of Chic’s set at Castlefield Bowl, their legendary drummer Ralph Rolle came into Ancoats General Store for an hour of incredible stories and track selections. Treat yourself to an hour of audio heaven.

Pride Takeover w/ Sequin Sally

It’s Pride Month so we asked Sally Isaacs, from Manchester’s dream-pop band Sequin Sally, to take over MCR Live to play her favourite music celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. From Frank Ocean to PVRIS, this isn’t your typical takeover.

Sonar Festival w/ Miss Kittin

A pioneering European festival started in 1994, Sónar is renowned for its unique format and musical program that showcases the latest trends in dance and electronica as well as those artists pushing the limits of musical expression. Ahead of this year’s Sonar Festival, artists on this years bill takeover for one-off mixes.

Grenoble born Caroline Hervé, aka Miss Kittin has over the past years become one of the most inspiring DJs and voices to emerge within the electronic music scene.

DJ Spinna w/ Irfan Rainy

Before his Stevie Wonder tribute night, DJ Spinna came to the studio with legendary promoter & DJ Irfan Rainy to talk all things Stevie and growing up in New York City as well as music that his influenced his life .

DJ Spinna is something of an anomaly in music. A humbling example of what it takes to truly succeed within the framework of multiple fields. With a steadfast work ethic, an obsessively extensive vinyl library and the willingness to pursue the full extents of his roots (Funk, Soul R&B and Jazz), foundation (Hip-Hop) and future (Electronic/Dance music) without any restraints.

Sonar Festival w/ DJ Nobu

As part of our series with Sonar Festival, DJ Nobu took over our airwaves. DJ Nobu is a DJ from Chiba city in Japan. He organises now legendary party called Future Terror and his own label Bitta in his home town.

His approach is singular and ever-changing, constantly modified and adjusted to the quality and the concept of each gig he plays. He keeps it all underground, yet he manages to mutate it. It is this ability that makes him stand out, as can be heard on his official mixes such as Dream Into Dream (tearbridge), ON (Musicmine), No Way Back (Lastrum) and Creep Into The Shadows (Underground Gallery.)

Beat-Herder Festival w/ Utah Saints

As part of the build up to this year’s Beat-Herder Festival, Utah Saints came to our home in Ancoats General Store for an exclusive takeover show.  Expect tunes from Soulwax, Greg Wilson plus an exclusive song that Utah Saints made especially for the festival.

Byron The Aquarius

Byron The Aquarius has built a reputation for his jazz infused house music the world over.  Based in San Francisco, Byron is a trained Jazz pianist and has brought those sounds to his production. Sets with Boiler Room and more have cemented him as one of the hottest properties right now.

Ahead of his set at Hidden for Family Tree and Off Beat, Byron came down to Ancoats General Store for an exclusive mix.

Henry Wu

Henry Wu is an artist and DJ who has spent recent years spearheading a new wave of musical creativity in London. As well as being responsible for the world renowned Yussef Kamaal project, the South London native has put his name to a host of sell out EPs on the finest underground labels, including MCDE, Eglo, Rhythm Section and 22a.

Ahead of his set at Community at Albert Hall, he provided us with an exclusive mix to promo the event.

When In Manchester 2018

Manchester is nothing short of a hive for new music, and a city rich with the stuff. When In Manchester is a festival showcasing the best upcoming talent across four of the cities best loved venues – a concept some people only dream of, and in fact was very much the case for the girls that have put this on.

Having started in 2016, When In Manchester is back bigger than ever and we had leading-lady Miriam in to tell us more about the festival and to play her highlights from events previous alongside a preview of this year’s event.


For International Women’s Day, Holly Lester came in for an exclusive mix with fellow DJ Breakwave.

Holly Lester has held down residencies at both Liverpool’s Chibuku and Sankey’s in Ibiza.  Holly has played with some of the best in the game including Jackmaster, Cassy, Jeremy Underground and BICEP and has played at Belfast’s Shine and Manchester’s Warehouse Project regularly.


To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, the legend that is DJ Paulette took over the MCR Live airwaves with a mix across house, tech, bass and more.


AKDK took over our airwaves, playing a load of synth-noise ahead of their sold out gig at The Castle Hotel. Expect music from Flamingods and The Comet is Coming.



Liverpool Reggae festival Positive Vibration took over our airwaves, talking all things Reggae ahead of the festival on Friday 8th June abd Saturday 9th June.


Our favourite group of Manchester ladies took over MCR Live to play an hour of their favourite female-fronted releases for a ‘Galentines Day’ spectacular! One hour of biiiiig tracks including Peaches, M.I.A. and Nina Simone.


Edinburgh based producer and DJ Prosumer takes over MCR Live for a guest mix ahead of his La Discothèque gig at The Albert Hall on Feb 10th!

With a DJ residency at Berghain / Panorama Bar, this takeover is a belter.

Tom Trago

The Amsterdam based DJ graced our studio with an exclusive mix just before his set at Soup Kitchen. Trago also runs a record label known as Voyage Direct, an outlet for Dutch electronic music that’s more like an extended family of like-minded musicians than a regular imprint.

Elder Island

Elder Island took over out airwaves to share their favourite music. The Bristol based triad use a mixture of jiving mpc beats, alongside a myriad of effected keys, guitar, bass and cello and are ones to watch for 2018.

Mark Knight

Ahead of his set at Gorilla, Mark Knight gave us an exclusive mix for the special occasion of the 15th anniversary of Tool Room Records. With a career spanning more than a decade and a solid reputation on both the digital market and dance floors across the globe, the Grammy-nominated DJ/producer has never rested on the laurels of being one of the industry’s most respected and accomplished UK players to date.


Ahead of their gig at Joshua Brooks, receiving support from Cult and Pala Sounds, Moga Disco joined us live with an exclusive guest mix. MogaDisco comprises four collectors, all with a passion for the music of Africa. From Afrobeat to Highlife, Jùjú to Fuji, Soukous, Benga and everything in between.

Colin Curtis w/ Greg Wilson

Ahead of their ‘Return To Legend’ night at The Refuge, Colin Curtis and special guest Greg Wilson took over MCR Live for 2 hours and took us on a musical journey of Manchester’s club roots.

Covering the 60s, 70s and 80s they discussed their biggest influences, their DJ careers, the evolution of music and club culture in the UK and how they helped introduce black music into nightclubs.


Sasha Carlson, Toto Vivian, Tom Beal, Jaie Gonzalez a.k.a ‘Splashh’ have joined us at MCR Live for their very own Artist Takeover. Formed in early 2012 after New Zealand-born frontman Sasha Carlson and Australian guitarist Toto Vivian left the shores of the Southern Hemisphere for the grey skies of East London, joined by Englishman Tom Beal on bass, with drummer Jaie Gonzalez completing the line-up. Splashh immediately turned heads with their distinctive sound – a tropical, tripped out take on swirling psych-garage, doused with insouciance, vitamin D and dizzying kaleidoscopics.

These guys have recently released their new album “Waiting a Lifetime” and over the hour, they will be sharing their latest single mixed with some of their favourite tracks including music by Joy Division, A Tribe Called Quest and Aphex Twin.

Stephen Porter – Jika Jika!

A DJ with many years experience, Stephen Porter has shared the bill with some of the world’s biggest DJ’s whilst as a promoter he’s treated Derry to a regular variety of underground acts. Acts such as Daniel Avery, Paul Woolford, Dense & Pika, Denis Sulta and George Fitzgerald sit comfortably alongside the likes Sven Vath, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Robert Hood, Danny Tenaglia that can regularly be seen playing at Derry’s favourite party. Working alongside the likes of Cocoon and Drumcode at their flagship Ebrington festival has seen the dance scene in the city rise to unseen heights.

DJ Boring

Ahead of his gig at Soup Kitchen, DJ Boring came into the studio to do a guest mix strictly for MCR Live. The origins of London based DJ & producer Tristan Hallis lie in Australia, where he was raised and cultured amongst some of the most interesting musical phenomena of the 21st century.

Josh Butler

From the North of England to dance floors across the globe, Josh Butler has made serious headway with his high-calibre House sound. He’s played some of the world’s best clubs and events including The Warehouse Project Manchester, Mint Club Leeds, Toffler Rotterdam, Chibuku Liverpool, Arches Glasgow, a residency at Sankeys Ibiza, and a plethora of key festival plays throughout Europe.  Before his set at a sold-out Warehouse Project, Josh took to the airwaves for an exclusive mix.

The Amazons

Ahead of their sold out gig at Deaf Institute, we had The Amazons take over MCR Live to play a bunch of their favourite tracks, spill some tour secrets and just have a bit of a laugh. This is probably the rockiest takeover we’ve had thus far, understandably. Expect everything from Nirvana to Childish Gambino with some local bands thrown in for good measure.


Clean Cut Kid

Signed after just two gigs to one of the biggest labels about and with an album rumoured to be out shortly, this next Artist Takeover is something we’ve been really excited about and a band you should absolutely need to have on your radar.

With a sold out arena tour supporting The Kooks upcoming, and then their own headlining set of dates across the UK, we asked our favourite scouser’s Clean Cut Kid to come to the MCR Live studios and play a bunch of tracks they’re huge about at the moment.



Frances is a larger than life voice here to pave her way in the pop world and we cannot get enough.

As a small town girl moving to a new big city, Frances was excited to write about all her experiences with the release of her debut album, ‘Things I’ve Never Said’. We loved the lead single ‘No Matter’, so when she came to Manchester we had her take over our studio to play some of her favourite tracks. Drake, The Weeknd with some classic Nelly Furtado thrown in for good measure – she really shocked us with her track choices and we loved it.


The Lemon Twigs

Born into a musical family, Brian and Michael grew up on The Beach Boys and The Beatles, whose albums and films played constantly in their house. As toddlers, they were already harmonizing on ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, and soon they were playing drums and mastering whatever instruments they could get their hands on. Ask about their childhood dreams and they’ll tell you that they never aspired to do anything but make music together. It shows.

Fusing tightly constructed pop, sophisticated orchestration, and British invasion melodies into a ten-song masterpiece, the D’Addario brothers—Brian (19) and Michael (17)—are whipping fans and critics alike into an utter frenzy.



With a mammoth album in 2015, performing at Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games and a track on Fifa there’s no doubt you’ve heard of these guys before.

Back now in 2017, a man down, we’re dead excited to hear what the year has in store for the now duo so we had Prides take-over to play us an hour of their favourite tracks. New and old, and full of their cheeky Scottish charm, even if you haven’t heard of the band before you’re going to want to be friends with them. Guaranteed.


Methyl Ethel

Australian indie-rocker’s Methyl Ethel are here to share their tunes and bands you’ll regret not knowing.



Cardiff producers, Roughion, take over MCR Live with a mix of some of their favourite tracks.



Having met at a party, Ben & Leo now make up the widely acclaimed TEN FÉ who  play a culmination of tracks which directly mirror who they are as a band – expect summery, chill-out vibes and a dose of old-school a plenty.