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Live: White Lies + Black Honey @ IWFactory Liverpool – 14 October 2017


Hope and Glory Festival Liverpool 5 August 2017 RIP Part 2

It was left to James to bring the day to a close and try to salvage some final pleasure from the chaos.  A band that carry the song “Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) as a theme, opened with that very track as if to reference what had gone before.  Despite being clearly frustrated with the whole event, Tim Booth and company strived to put on a good show.  Saul complained they’d had to drop songs from the set list and had to be calmed down by the band’s lead man.  They still smiled all through the show and the sense of relief they actually got on stage was obvious within the James faithful.  Tim got close to the crowd on numerous occasions but there was to be no crowd surfing despite the inclusion of Curse Curse in the set.  They made the best of, you can rely on them for that.  Tim was due to return for the Sunday evening with Hacienda Classical but the cancellation of the festival for the day put a halt to that.


Hope and Glory Festival Liverpool 5 August 2017 RIP Part 1

As I write this piece The Hope And Glory Twitter account is in meltdown as the aftermath of yesterday’s calamitous events and the subsequent cancelling of its second day today continued to rankle with its attendees.  People are understandably unhappy at being turned away or suffering overcrowding within the venue.  Acts were running a good two hours behind schedule on the main stage which meant that Charlotte Church was axed from the line up and other acts had their set time drastically cut.  I was lucky enough to fully enjoy the day, not being a drinker anymore I had no queues to contend with for my tea and doughnuts.  Still, the music that was on offer was of the highest quality both from well established acts and some more less known artists.  The acts I caught below were Badly Drawn Boy, AbiChan, Embrace, , Chris Helme, Lucy Spraggan and Razorlight.


Hope and Glory Secret Special Gig – St George’s Hall Liverpool 4 August 2017

As a prelude to what was to become a doomed first Hope & Glory festival in Liverpool’s city centre, a special event was held at St George’s Hall.  Featuring new local acts and sets from Black Grape and Liverpool’s own Cast, this show was probably the high point of the whole weekend, such as it was.  Shaun Ryder was on good form ribbing his fellow front man, Kermit, and Cast certainly put all their energy into their set.  Both acts presented classic tracks and new tracks alike.

Live: New Order @ Old Granada Studios 15 July 2017 (NO, 12k, Lg, 17 Mif)

What an immense show from New Order last night at the old Granada Studios in Manchester as part of the Manchester International Festival.  It was also the final night and what a triumph the residency has been.  Full credit must also go to Royal Northern College of Music students on synths and Liam Gillick for they all contributed to a marvellous spectacle.

There were tracks not played live since the 80s and other less accessible tunes, each one a classic, not one of them a hit.

Think what you like about Hooky but back on home turf NO still have it in spades.
Truly amazing show. I even smiled, but that may have just been wind.  Tony Wilson, certainly, would have smiled.

I have a full video of “Plastic” which I will post when I have it in a format Word Press likes.

Full Set list:

  1. Elegia
  2. Who’s Joe?
  3. Dream Attack
  4. Disorder
    (Joy Division cover)
  5. Ultraviolence
  6. Behind Closed Doors
  7. All Day Long
  8. Shellshock
  9. Guilt Is a Useless Emotion
  10. Sub-Culture
  11.  Bizarre Love Triangle
  12. Vanishing Point
  13. Plastic


  14. Heart and Soul
    (Joy Division cover)
  15. Decades
    (Joy Division cover)
  16. Your Silent Face