Bird To Beast have rightly built themselves a reputation as a must-see live act, as their whistle-stop tour around the UK this summer has proven.

They’ve been asked to alight on the 31st July at Salford’s Media City – home of the BBC – by BBC 6 Music DJ and long-term supporter, Chris Hawkins. 

And, armed with a raft of wildly addictive, quirky folk-pop tunes and a captivating stage presence, they’re sure to win over the crowd of media professionals and music-loving public alike!

Praise for Bird To Beast:

“Elephant – we’ve been playing a lot and enjoying!” – Radcliffe and Maconie, BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
“I love this – so I’m going to play an album track from Bird to Beasts’ debut album” – STEVE LAMACQ, BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
“Lovely and pastoral – they know how to do harmonies!” – Elizabeth Alker, BBC RADIO6 MUSIC
“Suggesting Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys and Rufus Wainwright at his most beautifully opulent, theirs is a flowing psych-pop folk hybrid that overflows with prettiness, engulfing the listener in rapture”- MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

City Reign Curate Exclusive Q Magazine Playlist


City Reign are no strangers to making albums in odd places – having just recorded their new album Another Step in Salford’s Sacred Trinity Church.

Q Magazine asked them to put together a playlist of their favourite tracks that were recorded in odd places – and they picked a varied bunch, including Johnny Cash, Doves, Bon Iver, U2 and My Morning Jacket.


Hear their new single ‘Making Plans’ here  – it’s released on Car Boot Records on March 11th.

Darktown Jubilee – Breakdown

Impact date: 25th June 2012

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.