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Dual Judit Rabóczky & Tim Garner exhibition at ARTZU in Manchester

Posted in Art, Exhibition, manchester with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2017 by dc

New works by Hungarian sculptor, Judit Rabóczky and Manchester artist, Tim Garner are coming to Manchester on Thursday 22nd June until the 15th July.

The dual exhibition entitled, Kids, marks the UK debut of Rabóczky, introducing her cut and welded mischievous enfant terribles characters alongside specially commissioned works by acclaimed urban landscape artist, Garner.

The exhibition runs alongside the Manchester International Festival and those seeking further details on the exhibition are free to email – in the meantime check out some of the artists exciting work below:

Judit Rabóczky:

Judity Raboczky 2

Judity Raboczky 1

Tim Garner:

Tim Garner 1

Tim Garner 2

Blackthorn Music Festival 2016

Posted in Festival, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2016 by dc


Following on from the success of last year, the excellent Blackthorn Music Festival is back later this month on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

The festival’s idyllic surroundings at Whitebottom Farm in Etherow Country Park sit just 30 minutes from Manchester. Over three days it’ll play host to a cracking mix of well-known festival favourites, up and coming bands and slew of exciting tribute acts – all curated to put a big smile on your chops and a wiggle in your walk.

This year’s headline act is the mighty Maximo Park, and other big names on the bill include Stereo MCs, festival circuit favourites The Bootleg Beatles, Eliza & The Bear and I Am Kloot’s John Bramwell. There’s also some peerless disc spinning courtesy of Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Club and generation spanning Manchester favourite, Clint Boon.

There’s loads of brilliant up and coming acts on the bill too. My favourites include Mancunian neo-post-punkers, Cabbage, bluesy stompers, Sittin’ Pretty, quirky garage rockers, Heavy On The Magic, and jerky noiseniks, Sly Antics (who rather brilliantly describe their sound as like being, “hit hard and repeatedly in the face with a box of stale cereal”). Four bands worth the festival’s (bargain) entry price alone.

Then there’s Slacker Shack favourites, Dub Sex and The Cornelius Crane, who’ll also be performing and ALWAYS deliver without fail.

Add to that at least another 50 quality bands, lots of tip-top scoff and booze, and Blackthorn Music Festival is a great weekend away without the hefty price tag associated with most festivals these days. Day tickets start from just £20, a full weekend ticket is just £55 and to encourage the family vibes, weekend tickets for those under 15 cost just £20 and under 6’s get in for free. What’s not to love?

The further info visit the festival site here.

Blackthorn Festival 2015

Posted in Festival, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2015 by dc

Blackthorn Festival

This year’s Blackthorn Festival in Stockport unites a line-up of glorious Manchester nostalgia and indie-rock hedonism with an abundance of exciting up and coming bands.

Set in the scenic Cheshire countryside the festival’s third year of great music, good times and top quality nosh and booze looks set to carry on its fine tradition of mixing the old and the new.

For those longing to slip on their baggy jeans and beanie hats and party like its 1990 there’s melon twisting Manchester tribute acts like Happy Mondaze and The Clone Roses. There’s even the chance to plug in your mock hearing aids and sway arhythmically to The Smiths Ltd before testing out your best Manc shuffle to the sounds of DJ Clint Boon.

Headliners, The Enemy, bring their anthemic swashbuckling sound to put a smile on the faces of those who love a foot stomping slice of indie rock to go with their pints of cider.

Other up and coming acts on the bill that are real ‘must-sees’ include The Sunshine Underground, Delamere, Gramotones, Glass Tides and festival favourites The Tapestry and Cornelius Crane.

The festival takes place on the weekend of 24th-26th July at Whitebottom Farm in Compstall, Stockport and won’t break the bank account either. It’s a cracking chance to sing along to some classics, devour some great rural grub and booze and support some cracking new bands in the process. What’s not to love?

The further info visit the festival site here.

Ian Brown portrait

Posted in Art, Music with tags , , , , , , on December 16, 2014 by dc

Here’s the latest illustration from my new ‘Manchester Icons’ series… Ian Brown

Ian Brown portrait

Check out more of my work over at Dunstan Doodles.

Mark E Smith portrait

Posted in Art, Music with tags , , , , , , , on October 27, 2014 by dc

Here’s the third illustration from my new Manchester Icon series… Mark E Smith

Mark E Smith - portrait

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Shaun Ryder portrait

Posted in Art, Music with tags , , , , , , , on October 22, 2014 by dc

Here’s the first illustration from my new Manchester Icon series… Shaun Ryder

Shaun Ryder

Check out more of my work over at Dunstan Doodles.

Mazes – Salford – new video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2014 by dc

Mazes are one of my favourite UK bands around right now and their latest album, Wooden Aquarium has just been released.The latest single to see the light of day is gloriously raucous, Salford – check out the gently odd video below: