Supposedly, it’s summer that is meant to be the ‘proper’ festival season – starting sometime around ‘magic’ of Glastonbury and ending in acrimony with Leeds and Reading’s August Bank Holiday procession of reformed has beens and actual, decent bands. Or, at least, that’s how it must seem to the armchair fans, cooped up with BBC One on the telly whilst flicking through iPlayer for highlights of Florence Welsh’s 30th performance of you’ve got the love. And whilst festivals might automatically conjour nightmares of lairy students in straw hats singing along to The Killers, there are thankfully at least a few people hoping to kill that enduring stereotype.
On Saturday 18th September, the chances are that it will be raining in Manchester. Inside The Deaf Institute, it’s unlikely that you’ll find Colin Murray doing interviews with the crowds, and cider will be chilled and reasonably priced. It will be far from the last Festival of the year, but Postcards from Manchester’s all dayer in the Music Hall will certainly be one of the highlights in your autumnal diary. The combined efforts of Pull Yourself Together, Underachievers Please Try Harder, You! Me! Dancing! and Young Adult Friction, the collaborative have managed to put together something akin to a dream line-up, mixing the best bands from the rainy city with acts from further afield. Any event that has Internet Forever in is bound to be worth attending, but given that they’re playing alongside Allo Darlin’, Here We Go Magic and Trailer Trash Tracys it is certainly better than travelling half the length of a country to bake in a tent, waiting for bands you half like to come on or being forced to watch Muse. There’s even a solo set lined up from Verity Susman of Electrelane, under the name Vera November, which is bound to make at least one grown man weep.
Elsewhere on the bill, Golden Glow, D/R/U/G/S, Deaf to Van Goghs Ear, Patterns and Mazes will be playing, who are collectively responsible for about a fifth of all hyperbolic blogs of the past six months. During the course of the 12 hours, they’re be DJ sets from all involved as well, which is pretty good considering you can get yourself a ticket for a tenner at the minute. It’s a rather eclectic line-up, but one that can only be the perfect way to kick off the start of gig season again.