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Gigs not to be missed: DIIV at The Deaf Institute, Manchester and Echo Lake at Leaf, Liverpool

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I have two gig recommendations for you this week: Echo Lake at Leaf, Liverpool (October 11th, 2012) and DIIV at The Deaf Institute, Manchester (November 20th, 2012).

I first featured Brooklyn’s finest atmospheric indie-rockers DIIV (pronounced dive) on here back in June 2012, just prior to the release of their debut album, ‘Oshin’ (June 26th, 2012). The four-piece have since been hailed for their pounding psychedelic dream-pop approach, with ‘Oshin’ being awarded a 9/10 from NME (“blissed-out bringers of woozy rock’n’roll who aren’t into the everyday, the mundane, the normal“) and an 8/10 from Drowned In Sound (“Pitched somewhere between physical pleasure and mental torture, is Oshin, dream-weaving, benevolent, sadistic puppet masters Diiv playing havoc with your sense of contentedness”).


DIIV were handpicked to support The Vaccines on their upcoming UK tour and the tour takes in a couple of North West venues: Manchester Apollo (November 21st, 2012) and Liverpool University (November 22nd, 2012). If you fancy catching a gig with DIIV as top billing, they play The Deaf Institute, Manchester on November 20th, 2012 and tickets are still available at the link below:

I am a big fan of ethereal shoegaze outfit Echo Lake‘s debut album, ‘Wild Peace’. The album was released back in June 2012 but promotion was halted due to a devastating loss for the band; their drummer Pete Hayes passed away at the age of 25. The album was warmly received by critics, with The Line of Best Fit awarding it a 9/10 (“Beach House, the Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine wander in and out and we’re sat propped up against walls in silence with totally blissed grins on our faces“) and The Fly opting for a 4/5 (“…something intricate and layered enough to far outscale the hipsters-name-checking-My-Bloody-Valentine trap“).


Echo Lake play Leaf, Liverpool on October 11th, 2012 in support of local shoegazers By The Sea. Tickets are still available at the link below:

To find out more about either band, please see the website links below. /

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂


Written by shelleyhanveywriter

October 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm

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