FAC251 may be a venue cashing in on former glories, but it doesn’t mean that it can’t hold a gig – later in the week it’ll be playing host to the wonderful Slow Club, for instance, which almost justifies the amount of Madchester-based nostalgia almost seem worthwhile. Almost.
Next month the venue will be playing host to Hockey. Having played the John Peel stage at last year’s Glastonbury as well as various other festivals the length and breadth of Europe, the band are back to tour following the release of their debut album, Mind Chaos, late last year. Their songs have received backing from the likes of Zane Lowe and Jools Holland, whilst they’ve been all over adverts in the US. Whilst supposed comparisons to The Strokes and LCD Soundsystem probably verge a little to much on the side of over enthusiastic hype, there’s definitely something in their electronic, bass driven indie rock that is worth getting excited about.
In a first for this blog, Pigeon Post can actually help you if you’d like to go and watch the band perform. If you and a friend want to see Hockey perform at Manchester’s FAC251 next month, all you have to do is send your name to email@example.com to be entered into a draw for guestlist entry, and I’ll pick the winner on 1st June. So, to clarify – email firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight, May 31st to be in with a chance of winning, after which point all the names will be stuck in a hat and a winner drawn at random.
You can purchase tickets for the event here: link
Here’s a RAC remix of Hockey’s track, ‘Too Fake’