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A hospital for the stressed, a cathedral for the spiritual; review of @RichardHawley at Manchester Academy

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REVIEW – Richard Hawley with Lisa Hannigan, Manchester Academy, 26th September 2012.

My review of Richard Hawley‘s show at the Manchester Academy last week, is now available to view on eGigs website:

‘…forests and woods are nature’s playground for the adventurous, museum for
the curious, hospital for the stressed and cathedral for the spiritual.’ In the
same manner, the Panel could so easily have been referring to Hawley and the
cathartic properties his music bestows upon an audience.

To read the full review, please click here:

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂


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October 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

The Temper Trap review, Manchester

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Here is a link to my Temper Trap review, from their Manchester show on Sunday 9th May 2010:

Yes it is official; I now have quite the crush on front man Dougie Mandagi.

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May 11, 2010 at 5:51 pm

The Temper Trap

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The summer of 2009 was a great time for music and film; two of my particular favourite occurences being the arrival of and subsequent hysteria surrounding The Temper Trap and also the UK release of ‘500 Days of Summer.’ It just so happened that these two exciting events were not un-related, with The Temper Trap’s debut single ‘Sweet Disposition’ playing a pivotal and recurring role in the indie anti-romcom spectacular. If you haven’t seen the film I strongly urge you to, especially if, like me, you’re a fan of anything slightly off the wall, dark-humoured and ironic which features Zooey Deschanel and a whole raft of silly song and dance spectacles. 

Why can't elaborate, impromptu song and dance routines happen in real life?

But back to Australia’s finest export since Castlemaine XXXX and Alf  ‘stone the flamin’ crows!’ Stewart. The Temper Trap have gone from strength to strength since their debut single, which still sounds as fresh today as it continues to dominate the air waves. Their talent for atmospheric sounds and sun-drenched heart thumping rhythms was further proved when they released their debut album ‘Conditions’ in the summer of 2009, which has since reached platinum status. 

I caught the band live on a supporting slot for Florence and the Machine in December 2009 and they were amazing. The crowd had clearly come to see them as much as the headliner, in fact I would say that the reception and appreciation for these guys was louder and more constant, therefore definitely rivalling that of the main act. 

‘Sweet Disposition’ has been used on several tv advertisements, including that of the V Festival in 2009; perhaps inevitable then that the band would appear on the line-up this year, as so many people already associate the song with the Chelmsford/Weston fun-time fiesta. A slew of supporting slots and a selection of headlining shows followed, culminating in a headlining tour of the UK taking place at the moment. If you get the chance to see this band live I would certainly recommend you taking it up; you will be guaranteed a night of electric moments, effervescent melodies and a feel good ending which will leave you on a high for days to come.

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May 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm

General Fiasco

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I got to review a great up and coming Northern Irish indie-rock band this week; General Fiasco. This was a supporting slot for Kids in Glass Houses but the crowd were clearly behind this band and it was a blistering set. I first heard of them via Gary Lightbody’s blog on the Snow Patrol website (which I read every week I might add, he’s a bit of a hero of mine!) and they are going from strength to strength. Excerpt from review below:

The tone of Owen Strathern’s voice defies his twenty two years and has a rich, expansive quality about it which exudes the passion he so clearly feels for his craft. Speaking earlier this year about touring, the lead singer stated that “…playing support gigs to people who don’t know your music is not easy. Trying to win over fans without a record to promote is not easy. You have to fight for people’s attention, but I think we have done that.” It would appear that that particular fight had been won, if the reception tonight was any indication of victory.

Full version here –

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May 6, 2010 at 9:23 pm

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The Futureheads

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I was lucky enough to review Sunderland post-punk favourites The Futureheads last weekend. Link to full review below, with short snippet underneath. Great show with lots of energy and bouncing around, and that was just me after a few WKDs:

Hyde, Hyde, Millard and Craig; not a fancy pants bunch of city slicker solicitors who would listen to your case whilst charging by the minute, then tell you to wait outside with Mabel the Secretary whilst they ponder how much they can stiff, sorry, assist you, with said case. Oh no, in fact if these guys had been in the firm they would’ve been more likely to specialise in ‘Partnership Dissolution of friends, co-workers and other irritating folk’ or ‘The Mis-Selling of Employment Contracts to innocent Mackems.’ Perhaps lucky then that they decided to ditch the dockets and form a band instead; The Futureheads.

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May 5, 2010 at 10:48 pm

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eGigs reviews

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Lou Rhodes, Band on the Wall Manchester (13th April 2010)

Alicia Keys PREVIEW

The Courteeners, Manchester Central (11th December 2009)

Lady Gaga, Manchester Academy 1 (29th June 2009)

Aqualung, Manchester Club Academy (19th June 2009)

Britney Spears, MEN Arena Manchester (17th June 2009)

Lisa Hannigan, Manchester Club Academy (3rd May 2009)

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