BIMM TO OPEN £3M MANCHESTER MUSIC COLLEGE CAMPUS

INTRODUCTORY OPEN DAY FRIDAY 25TH JANUARY 3pm-5pm

Budding musicians and industry professionals are to be offered a top class contemporary music education in Manchester.

The award-winning BIMM Group is opening a state of the art £3M campus in the city this September, and has just appointed former EMI CEO Tony Wadsworth CBE as a director to the board.

Recent success stories from BIMM include 2013 BRIT Critic’s Choice Award Winner Tom Odell, who studied on the Professional Diploma in Songwriting course in 2010.


The college is open for applications now and to celebrate, is hosting an open day on Friday 25th January, from 3.00pm (doors open at 2.00pm). BIMM Manchester will take over Gorilla bar and live venue around the corner from the BIMM Manchester campus for the afternoon.

Guests on the day will include Mike Joyce (The Smiths), Richard Jupp (Elbow) and recent BIMM graduate, Ben Thompson (Two Door Cinema Club), who will be talking to Jake Shillingford (Head of Music Business and My Life Story frontman) about their varied and extensive knowledge of the music industry during a live Q&A session and will be taking questions from the audience.

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There will also be live performances from former BIMM students; Sam Kelly (Britain’s Got Talent Finalist) and Tiny Dragons.

Sam adds:

“During my time as a student at BIMM Brighton I acquired many skills key to becoming a successful musician that I would never have had access to anywhere else. I had a great time honing these skills in the local music scene. 

“The key to a successful contemporary music college is being in a city with a thriving music scene, and the music scene in Manchester is nothing short of legendary. Any young musicians like myself who are looking to learn their craft – and learn from people who have really been there and done it – should definitely consider applying.”

Manchester Evening News feature: http://bit.ly/UUABor

Two Door Cinema Club ticket give-away: at the Open Day, Ben Thompson will be giving away 6 pairs of tickets for the band’s Manchester Apollo gigs that weekend to a few lucky attendees.

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BIMM Manchester Open Day event schedule – times subject to change

3.00pm Welcome from BIMM Brighton College Manager Adam Bushell

3.05pm Live performance from Sam Kelly (Britain’s Got Talent finalist), accompanied by fellow BIMM Brighton graduate Jamie Francis

3.10pm BIMM Principal Vaseema Hamilton to present introduction to BIMM Manchester

3.20pm  Mike Joyce, Richard Jupp and Ben Thompson live Q&A session.

4.00pm Performance from Tiny Dragons.

4.50pm Presentation to end.  Drinks and snacks to be served for a ‘meet and greet / networking reception.

For more information please see BIMM Manchester website: bimm.co.uk/manchester

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  • The Open Day will be held at Gorilla (54-58 Whitworth St, Man, M1 5WW)
  • The new BIMM Manchester campus will be located on Gt Marlborough St in Manchester City Centre, to open in September 2013.
  • BIMM Manchester is now open for applications through UCAS and courses on offer for 2013 are: BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship (Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Songwriting, Bass) plus BA (Hons) in Music Business Management and Music Event Management.
  • Courses at BIMM Manchester are fully validated by the University of Sussex, currently ranked in the UK’s top 20 Universities at number 13 and within the International top 100.

About BIMM

  • BIMM (Brighton, Bristol, Dublin, Manchester and Tech Music School London) is the UK and Ireland’s leading provider of contemporary music vocational and higher education courses.
  • In 2012 BIMM was awarded ‘highly trusted status’ by the UK QAA Agency and is fully accredited for International student enrollment.  Also in the same year BIMM became a member of UCAS.
  • BIMM Group offers its students a broad range of course levels, from diplomas through to BA (Hons) degrees across all five colleges.  Its 2000 students can study guitar, bass, drums, vocals, song writing, live sound and tour management and music business.  Delivered by 100 trained active professional tutors, all of whom have touring, performing and session experience and a background in the professional music industry.
  • BIMM colleges enjoy outstanding retention and achievement rates, excellent student feedback and a strong track record of alumni success; students have scored an unprecedented thirty UK Top 40 singles and have been involved in successful UK Top 20 albums including The Kooks (2 million+ album sales), Beth Rowley and Kate Walsh
  • Other student successes include Ben Thompson, currently on a world tour with Two Door Cinema Club and BIMM Bristol musician Steve Sparrow who is signed to Parlophone Records/EMI with his band Morning Parade. The band is recording their debut album with producer Jason Cox (Gorillaz, Jamie T, Blur) at Damon Albarn’s Studio 13.

BIMM Manchester music college arrives – Open Day Wed Dec 5th

BIMM Manchester building.jpgThe UK’s leading contemporary music college group is coming to Manchester and is enrolling for 2013. The BIMM Group already has colleges in Brighton, Bristol, Dublin & TMS London, it’s hard to believe it has taken so long to arrive in Manchester with its incredible musical heritage.

www.bimm.co.uk/manchester.

If you are considering a career in the music business then a course at BIMM is for you. There is a free Open Day on Wednesday 5th December being held at Gorilla on Whitworth St, facing The Ritz. Come along to one of the two sessions and find what a BIMM course has to offer. All you have to do is register in advance via the link below.

http://www.bimm.co.uk/manchester/about-bimm#open-days

The Smiths drummer Mike Joyce will be present at the morning session that begins at 11am and Elbow’s Richard Jupp  with be joining for the afternoon session at 2pm.

Music for Cities – Tim Burgess, Peter Hook, Puressence…

Tim Burgess, Peter Hook and Puressence will play a SOLD OUT unique concert at Manchester Cathedral on Thursday November 15th. The evening is called ‘Music for Cities’ and is a charity concert to help young people living on some of the area’s most disadvantaged estates of Greater Manchester.

Tim will be will be accompanied by musicians from the Chetham’s School of Music, alongside bandmate Mark Collins (The Charlatans) on guitar, Martin Duffy from Primal Scream on keyboards and the musical arrangements have been created especially by the celebrated local composer Joe Duddell. Tim says “We heard about the plans at Manchester Cathedral and it was too good to miss. Such an iconic venue and a brilliant idea for a gig, I love gigs in churches but the Cathedral is another notch up. Normally the atmosphere is helped along by the audience enjoying a drink beforehand. I take it there’ll be some altar wine for everyone.”

The night also includes a one off chance to hear Peter Hook and the Light perform the mesmerising music of Joy Division’sUnknown Pleasures,’ to the haunting backing of a 16 piece choir put together specially by Choral Director Greg Batsleer. Hooky’s set is being arranged by film and theatre composer Alex Baranowski. Peter commented “There’s a real detachment from local government in some of these areas. It’s wonderful that local people are being given the opportunity to rise to the challenges. The fact the inspiration for this concert is coming from within these communities is truly awe inspiring. Joy Division’s music is grandiose – just imagine how atmospheric it will sound with those acoustics and the choir.”

Fans of Manchester band Puressence are also in for a treat, listening to the soulful voice of lead singer Jimmy Mudriczki with the choir as part of a full band performance in the 800 year old Cathedral setting.

The line up will be completed by Norway’s Silvert Hoyem and Bad Lieutenant’s Jake Evans, making this an incredible evening of music.

Clare Moreland, the head at Chetham’s School of Music says: “Music for Cities is a superb opportunity for the musicians of Chetham’s to work with some very well known names in the popular music world, sharing their skills and inspiring other young people who are performing and watching the concert.”

Joe Duddell, Professor of Music at Bath Spa University says: “Music enriches all our lives and is not just the preserve of the privileged. For Chets to engage in outreach projects in more disadvantaged communities in and around Manchester and Salford is great. The other charity beneficiaries, United Estates of Wythenshawe and Reclaim directly engage disadvantaged youngsters in creative projects, giving them a vital form of self-expression and keeping them off the streets and away from drugs and gun crime. Some of these youngsters will be performing on stage between the major acts.”

7.00pm Doors Open

7.20pm Jake Evans

7.45pm Sivert Høyem

8.20pm Puressence

9.10pm Peter Hook & The Light

10.05pm Tim Burgess
11.00pm Curfew

All profits will be split three ways; between the charities Reclaim, and the United Estates of Wythenshawe and Chetham’s School of Music.

Reclaim has won many awards both nationally and locally and is now recognised as one of the core projects delivering quality youth opportunities across Greater Manchester. The project is about helping young people build self confidence and reliance on their own inherent talents that even they may not have realised.

United Estates of Wythenshawe are a charity and social enterprise based who help young people to build opportunity, confidence and sustainable futures that do not involve gang membership, violence or substance abuse.

Chetham’s School of Music will use their share of the profits to help fund their new School Building – an incredible new resource for the city of Manchester where there will be free concerts for the public, a new Outreach and Community Centre to benefit children and adults from all backgrounds and abilities across the region and beyond, and a Music Technology Centre with facilities for everyone too.

Joe Duddell is the composer behind the celebrated collaboration between Elbow and The Hallé for Manchester International Festival back in 2009, and recent broadcast of Richard Hawley & BBC Philharmonic Orchestra on BBC 6 Music. He has also worked with Jimi Goodwin (Doves), James and dubstep pioneers Nero. Joe is also a classical composer with commissions from The BBC Proms.

Alex Baranowski is a film, theatre and dance composer who has worked with the likes of Danny Boyle on Frankenstein, Nicholas Hynter on Hamlet and Ballet Black at The Royal Opera House. Alex recently branched out into the pop world with ‘The xx Symphony’ – a collaboration between The xx and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

City Reign – Ahead of Ideas

Label: Car Boot

Impact Date: NOVEMBER 12 th 2012

Manchester indie-rock trio, City Reign, have announced the release of the first single from their forthcoming debut album ‘Another Step’. ‘Ahead of ideas‘ builds on the raw energy and exciting promise of their early demos, including ‘Making Plans’ which caught the ears of BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq in late 2011.

The band teamed up with Manchester-based producer Sam Jones for the album, who took the band into Sacred Trinity Church in Salford to record. Jones chose the church for its natural reverb, which added more depth to the band’s classic guitar sound. City Reign’s vocalist and guitarist, Chris Bull, said: “I think we’re taking a risk with this single, it’s one of the most ambitious tracks we’ve recorded. The church was a great venue to record in and we have Sam to thank for that. We’re really happy with the rich and atmospheric sound we achieved on the album.”

Using the church as a venue wasn’t without its drawbacks, with the band once having to clear out in the middle of a crucial session recording the string quartet after realising that the church had been double-booked, allowing some confrontational locals to attend a memorial service.

City Reign are song-writing pair Chris Bull and Mike Grice with Duncan Bolton on drums. The album, ‘Another Step’, is due for release in early 2013 and you can catch the band at the following live dates in support of the single:

October 6th – The Deaf Institute – Manchester – Clash Magazine Launch w/ Jim Noir
November 2nd – Belushi’s – Edinburgh
November 3rd – Audio – Glasgow
November 7th – Viper Rooms – Sheffield
November 8th – Lomax – Liverpool
November 9th – Escobar – Leeds
November 20th – Pop In – Paris
November 22nd – Winstons – Amsterdam
November 24th – The Castle Hotel – Manchester

Check out the video for Ahead of Ideas below:

Daystar – Sleeper

Impact Date: 11.06.12

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‘Great Stuff, and very Manchester, too’ ED O’BRIEN (RADIOHEAD) 

Daystar is a band I’ve been listening to a lot lately’ CLINT BOON (INSPIRAL CARPETS / XFM)

‘Wonderfully melancholy…already sounds classic’ THE SUN

 Manchester indie/rock five-piece Daystar is set to release their latest single ‘Sleeper’ on 11th June. Their rise over recent months has been impressive to say the least. With a sound drawing expertly from contemporary influences like The Smiths and The Stone Roses and with song craft reminiscent of legendary groups like R.E.M. and The Beach Boys, the band have rapidly developed a reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming indie acts while supporting the likes of The Rifles and The Twang on tour.

Captured by legendary Liverpool producer Ronnie Stone (the man behind Mansun’s hit album ‘Attack of The Grey Lantern’), ‘Sleeper’ is a beautifully hypnotic and mellow song boasting chiming, shimmering guitars with front man Simon Monaghan’s sweet melodies soaring above. It’s an indie lullaby of real quality and, lyrically, a poignant rallying call to the lost souls who drift through life without ever fulfilling their potential. ‘Sleeper’ will be available on iTunes a week ahead of the release of the eagerly anticipated album ‘Daystar’ on the 18th June.

There’s evidence aplenty of the band’s respect and admiration for the work of Syd Barrett from Pink Floyd and perhaps more than a passing nod to the classic harmonies of Brit-pop heroes such as Mansun and The Charlatans.

Lead singer Simon has a voice that exudes distinction and class, delivered amidst a sound that, while unashamedly steeped in familiarity, resonates with a fresh urgency and vitality that has won the band many high profile fans, including Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, Clint Boon (XFM/Inspiral Carpets), BBC Radio 2’s Janice Long (‘They Said I’d like this, they were right’), presenter Terry Christian and BBC DJ Gary Crowley (‘I’m absolutely loving this, I can certainly hear the Syd Barrett and Brian Wilson influences’).

Catch Daystar live at:

CLUB NME @ KOKO LONDON 1st JUNE 

THIS FEELING @ FAC251 MANCHESTER 16th JUNE

Darktown Jubilee – Breakdown

Impact date: 25th June 2012

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If you’re not one of the more than 3,500 people who’ve already watched the excellent video for Manchester’s Darktown Jubilee‘s Breakdown on YouTube over the last 5 days, you won’t know that it stars the ace Salfordian actor Steve Evets (Looking for Eric, Pirates of the Carribean), or that it was directed by multi award-winning film director Jason Wingard (Grand prize winner of the Virgin Media Shorts competition). You probably won’t know that the video’s storyline is set against the backdrop of last summer’s riots either.

Breakdown is the first single from Darktown Jubilee‘s debut album ‘The World, the Flesh and the Devil’. Big things are likely to happen for these guys, so you might want to remember where you heard about them first.

Daystar – Don’t Need This

Impact date: 12:03:2012

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Ed O’Brien (Radiohead) ‘Great Stuff, and very Manchester, too’ , 

 Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets / XFM) ‘Daystar are a band I’ve been listening to a lot lately’

‘Don’t Need This’, the latest Daystar single, is set for release on February 27th. Captured by legendary Liverpool producer Ronnie Stone, the raking, shimmering guitars, cascading bass-lines, laidback somersaulting drums and the sweet, soaring melodies of front man Simon Monaghan demonstrate unflinching feeling and belief. In his own words; “This song is about the pretension and conformity of the murky underbelly of the Manchester club scene and the social whores who frequent it”. There’s evidence aplenty of the band’s respect and admiration for the work of Syd Barrett from Pink Floyd and perhaps more than a passing nod to the classic harmonies of Brit-pop heroes Mansun and The Charlatans.

Daystar’s rise over recent months has been impressive to say the least. With a sound drawing expertly from contemporary influences whilst effortlessly tapping into the feel-good aspect of sixties mod culture, the band have rapidly developed a reputation as one of the UKs most exciting up-and-coming indie acts.

Daystar songs charm through the noble art of storytelling whilst creating eclectic soundscapes that conjure fond recollections of classic tunes by The Smiths, The Stone Roses and The La’s, along with song craft reminiscent of legendary groups like R.E.M. This has earned the band many high profile fans, including Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien , Radio 2’s Janice Long (‘They said I’d like this. They were right.’), Terry Christian and BBC London/6 Music’s Gary Crowley (‘I’m absolutely loving this, I can certainly hear the Syd Barrett and Brian Wilson influences’).

To mark the release of ‘Don’t Need This’, Daystar will be playing live shows at:

Manchester’s Dry Bar (18th February)

Manchester, FAC251 (16th March).

London TBC

http://soundcloud.com/ask-me/daystar-dont-need-this

City Reign – Numbers for Street Names EP

Impact date: 28/11/11


Picture this: Four twenty-something guys from various parts of the UK meet at a Ryan Adams gig in Manchester and decide to start a band. City Reign were born (did the Ryan Adams fans among you notice the reference to his track ‘City Rain, City Streets’ there)? Next, BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq picks up on and plays ‘Making Plans’, noticing the Idlewild influences. He then invites the band on air for an interview and hails them as a band to look out for, along with The Heartbreaks and Driver Drive Faster. Not a bad start for a DIY single.

Another previous single ‘Out In The Cold’ is included on the ‘Numbers For Street Names’ EP, which received a raving recommendation from The Independent (see quote below and the video on www.cityreign.net).

To complete the EP, there are three brand new tracks recorded at Blueprint studios. As singer Chris Bull says, “We’re extremely proud of these 5 songs. It’s a good mix of the punchier pop songs like the singles Making Plans and Out In the Cold, alongside bigger sounding songs like ‘The Line’. It closes nicely with a new song called ‘Anywhere Anyway’ recorded at the 11th hour, that we knew instantly where had to close the record. Although the song is stripped back, the vocal layers give it depth and it shows the attention to detail we put into everything we do.”

‘Numbers For Street Names’ will be released on the bands own label Car Boot Records on CD and digital download. It will be available to pre-order via the band’s brand new website www.cityreign.net from 1st  October.

Track listing

1 Making Plans (GBK6T1000001)

2 Sleep Easy (GBK6T1000004)

3 The Line (GBK6T1000005)

4 Out In The Cold (GBK6T1000002)

5 Anywhere Anyway (GBK6T1000006)

Quotes

“Fans of Yuck and Dinosaur Jr will approve of City Reign’s anthemic, grunge. A million failing garage bands will ask why.”

The Independent

“‘Making Plans’, I do like that.”

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“I’m really digging the wistful lyrics, powerful guitars and pounding drums. It couldn’t be a better slice of English city life if it tried…it all makes for something very atmospheric”

                                                                                                                                                                               There Goes The Fear

Murky guitar atmospherics, emote an almighty passion and power.

  Manchester Evening News

 This independence of mind can be heard in their driving guitar rock sound, unphased by suggestions that the guitar band is destined for the musical scrap heap.

    Music Week

The Manchester-based band’s third single manages to hit all the right notes.

One’s to watch. 9/10

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Tour Dates

Oct  26th – The Ruby Lounge – Manchester supporting The Birthday Suit (former Idlewild Rod Jones)

Nov 5th – CC Muziekcafe – Amsterdam

Nov 7th – Ram +Shackle – Manchester

Nov 12th – The Bay – Glasgow

Nov 15th West Street Live – Sheffield

Nov 19th – Bull & Gate  – Camden, London

Nov 26th – Gullivers – Manchester

Dec 3rd – The Live Lounge – Blackburn

 



The Narrows – Able Danger

Impact date: 07/11/11

http://www.thenarrows.bandcamp.com
 
http://www.twitter.com/thenarrowsband 

The Narrows’ second single, Able Danger has already garnered rave reviews from the likes of Tom Robinson, who had the guys in for an interview on his BBC 6 Music Introducing show. This was on the back of their T in The Park performance in August (25:08:11) where they completely wowed the audience, as you can see in the video footage below, which outstripped the views of White Lies and Everything Everything‘s performances.

Utilising a laptop and guitars (and no live drummer), the track is pulsing with 80s electro-pop or, ‘dark futuristic electro pop’, as the band describe their music. “It’s a three and a half minute frenzy of loud guitars; synths that sound like broken computers; and snake-like drum-loops that keep threatening to go mad and eat someone! It is about fear, government, panic, terror and secrets. A mix between the electronic side of Radiohead, Kraftwerk and Queens of the Stone Age – a real pop song for right now.”

Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe both tweeted about The Narrows: Zane saying he liked the video to their last single, ‘Initials MM’. Let’s hope he tweets the same about their new video too!


QUOTES:

 Mike Joyce: (BBC 6 Music/East Village Radio)

“I like the fact they don’t sound like they are from Manchester!”

HIGH VOLTAGE:

“Here, right here, we could have the makings of another Manchester legend. Like Delphic run through a dark ambient wringer, or Johnny Greenwood playing session on a Portishead record comes the Narrows’ debut, and it is fucking ESSENTIAL… Manchester’s best dark alternative band… when it comes to current Manchester bands, The Narrows really are leading the pack”

MANCHESTER MUSIC:

“…consistently, utterly brilliant…they have precisley no contemporaries”

M.E.N /CITYLIFE:

“…one of the most original, provocative and iconoclastic new Manchester bands of 2011.”

MUSIC FROM RAINY SKIES:

“The Narrows’ sound almost transcends era pigeon-holing… the lyrical content is every bit as confrontational as the music… piercing lyrical genius, fantastically commanding… The Narrows will take over the world.”

Daystar – Off Our Heads

Impact date: 03/10/11 (Stone Soup Arts)

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     Manchester‘s Daystar return with the second single from their debut album. ‘Off Our Heads‘ is an unashamedly northern take on the notion of escapism from the realities of unemployment and life in the built up urban environment. The song evokes feelings of nostalgia and stoic melancholy (and that ubiquitous sense of regret over ‘lost love’).

   Influenced in equal measure by the 60s, the legendary Brian Wilson and (the equally legendary) Syd Barrett, the single sees the band demonstrate the versatility of their indie-rock style. An anthem for the insomniac on a hypnotic summer’s night, with an extended psychedelic ending. The Daystar world domination master-plan is stepping up a gear.

Watch the official video for ‘Off Our Heads’ here:

See Daystar Live:

Sun 25th September (Stage Time 7.40) MANCHESTER – Supporting Viva Brother @ Manchester Club Academy

Sat 22nd October (Stage Times TBC) SHEFFIELD – Oxjam Festival (More info soon)

Sat 5th November (Stage Times TBC) MANCHESTER – Moho Live in Northern Quarter (Headlining)

Daystar on TV again! 

ESPN ‘s Talk of the Terrace  invited Daystar to come back in and play ‘Off Our Heads’. They’ll also discuss which football team each member supports. The guys are split between rival Manchester teams; Manchester United and Manchester City. footage below

Listen to DaystarOff Our Heads (via our Soundcloud)

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