As a city, Manchester is rarely short of people who are willing to try and make a go of music as a career in one guise or another. However, it’s mostly a case of people trying to recycle to old, tired tropes that had gone before rather than pushing anything the least bit experimental or boundary breaking. Luckily, the last few years has seen a few promoters take that mantle of getting genuinely exciting music heard in the city, and along with Underachievers, Please Try Harder, the duo who put on Now Wave have been central to that, incessantly staging shows that take risks, gambling on the brilliance of this new music rather than putting on The Bluetones for the 50th time at Academy 3 or whatever.
The latest in this long legacy is their upcoming show at Manchester’s Deaf Institute. On February 21st, Glasser will take to the staged, showcasing her Fever Ray-tinged electropop to those in attendance, and you could be in amongst that crowd as we have two pairs of tickets to give away for the gig. Having had work put out by the ever reliable Young Turks and True Panther, she makes lush caverns of noise, the kind of stuff Kate Bush would’ve made if she was born 20 years later. Support is provided by the glitch-pop melodies of Sampha and Visions of Trees, a duo that the lumpen have grouped with Witch House in spite of their much more varied range.
Anyway, to get your chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to the gig, you’ll have to go through the usual rigmarole of sending an answer to a question to an email address. It’s a pretty simple one though:
Which band is playing a Now Wave show on March 30th at Sound Control?
b) James Blake
c) The Bluetones
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 a.m., Sunday 13th February 2011 for your chance to win. If you don’t win, tickets are still on sale, £7.50 advance.