Introducing: The Red Stains

Despite having only one official single release to their name, The Red Stains have already been hailed as "a band to listen to", by The Charlatans frontman and all-round music guru, Tim Burgess. This may not...

The VLM Playlist: August 2020

It has been particularly fruitful in the debut album department this August with a number of fearsome first records materialising. Alex the Astronaut blew us away with her stellar debut The Theory of Absolutely...
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Photos: Gengahr at Gorilla, Manchester

It’s been a busy month of touring for Gengahr following the release of their second album ‘Where Wildness Grows’ and on Tuesday night they paid Manchester’s Gorilla a visit.  Opening the show with ‘Is This How...

Photos: Wolf Alice at HMV Manchester

Fresh from releasing the astonishing Visions Of A Life and chart-battling with Shania Twain, Wolf Alice got back on the road for a handful of in-stores. A few hundred Mancunian fans jammed into the aisles at HM...

Photos: Blaenavon at Manchester Deaf Institute

Blaenavon's gig at Manchester's Deaf Institute last Friday took their live game to another level with mosh pits forming from early on to security having to pull people off of the stage towards the end of the ni...

8 acts making Parklife 2017 huge

Parklife have done things in style again. No drip-filter line-up release and little teasing of artists, other than the occasional 'special guest' slots in the bill, they've unleashed well over 100 names that wi...

Photos: Cage the Elephant at Albert Hall, Manchester

By this point Cage the Elephant need no introductions. The queue snakes round the back of Manchester's Albert Hall long before doors, ready for the Kentucky firebrands. Inside it's no-nonsense; the sound's tigh...

Photos: Declan McKenna at Albert Hall, Manchester

Pressure's high on Declan McKenna. Only just turned 18 and lionised as a great young hope for Brit indie, there's a lot of weight on those shoulders - especially when opening for Cage The Elephant. Once gawkish...