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Line-up Announced For Strange Waves II

After the success of last year’s Strange Waves Festival, Strange Days and Now Wave have announced that a second iteration of the festival will be taking place on September 2nd 2017 at the O2 Ritz in Manchester.

With this announcement comes the first set of names confirmed for the festival, which includes Parquet Courts, Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever, Ultimate Painting, Omni, Beach Fossils, Nap Eyes and Laurel – with more to be announced.

Early bird tickets are priced at £17 and go on sale at 10am on Friday (7th April).


Last year’s line-up consisted of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, The Wytches, The Big Moon, Methyl Ethel, The Parrots, Shame and Charlotte Cannon (You can also read our coverage of it here).



Liam Egan


Strange Waves 2016 Review

What do you get when you mix various musicians, a hand full of DJs, sweltering heat and enough beer to kill a large heard of cows? Well Strange Waves of course! The lovechild of Manchester promoters Strange Days and Now Wave, this new metropolitan festival promised punters the best in up-and-coming music. Topped by psych-garage rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Strange Waves certainly had all the right ingredients. But should it become an annual staple in Manchester’s music calendar? We at Nothing Left Unsaid decided to head down and see what all the buzz was about.

Beginning the night was Manchester’s very own Charlotte Cannon, who was opening up The Ritz’s basement stage. Up in the main ballroom, Methyl Ethel’s spaced out dream pop was filling the air with infectious precision. Almost channelling shoegaze at points, Methyl Ethel’s set was powerful and spiritual.

Back down at the basement stage was London punk outfit Shame. Praised by the likes of Loud & Quiet and NME, Shame have already been making quite a name for themselves. Beginning on Tasteless, Shame erupt with energy and uncontrollable power. As frontman Charlie Steen howls like Ellery James Roberts of LUH and WU LYF fame, he slaps his face like a man hell bent on his own destruction. Climbing up speaker stacks and making his way into the crowd, Steen is one of the most fascinating and primal frontmen around at the moment. The spoken word The Lick is unforgettable as Steen rolls off line after line, with the rest of the band clanging away and enveloping the crowd in their menacing sound.

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Described as a “love song of sorts” by Steen, Shame proceeded to play a track about everyone’s favourite lady. “Theresa May, won’t you let me stay, just for one more day” is sung around the basement, whilst everyone sways their arms to the sound of post-Brexit blues. With Steen finishing the set shirtless, and donning a rainbow coloured feather boa and sunglasses, Shame end as they started. Visceral and engaging, Shame aren’t just a success for Strange Waves but also for UK music.

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The Big Moon followed Methyl Ethel in the main ballroom, playing fan favourites Cupid and Silent Movie Susie. Meanwhile Madrid heroes The Parrots were closing the basement with unprecedented chaos. Tracks such as Let’s Do It Again and No me gustas, te quiero had fans crowd-surfing and absolutely losing themselves in the moment.

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Headliners King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard were up next, and what a performance they gave. Starting on Nonagon Infinity’s Robot Stop, King Gizzard played over half of the album without stopping. After a blistering twenty-five minutes, which saw the 7-piece play Robot Stop, Big Fig Wasp, Gamma Knife, People-Vultures and Mr Beat, King Gizzard announced that they’d be playing some new tracks. Going by the names The Balrog, Lord of Lightening and Crumbling Castle, these tracks are sure to turn up on the band’s inevitable 2nd 2016 release.

The collective I’m In Your Mind, I’m Not In Your Mind and Cellophane came along and melted the brains of everyone in The Ritz. Invoking mass hysteria, the audience was a sea of flailing limbs and manic screams. King Gizzard were causing utmost carnage and it was spectacular. Even Trap Door from their acoustic album Paper Mâché Dream Balloon had everyone goggle-eyed and insane.

Ending on the rest of Nonagon Infinity, with Quarters!River thrown in for good measure, King Gizzard showcased why they are considered one of the industry’s most hard working bands. Not only do they have a prolific output of material, but they also back it up with an incredible live show. They’re truly remarkable.

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Ending the whole night was everyone’s favourite surf-rockers, The Wytches. Showcasing tracks off of their upcoming album, All Your Happy Life (released 30th September), Kristian Bell & co didn’t hold back. The new material sees the band at the heaviest they’ve ever been, with the recent addition of new fourth member Mark Breed certainly adding another dynamic to the group. Even older tracks such as Digsaw and Wide At Midnight have received the more heavier treatment, giving them a new lease of life. Twisted, wicked and downright amazing, The Wytches proved once again that they are a formidable live act.

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So was the Strange Waves a success? In short, yes. It’s a night to celebrate the work that Strange Days and Now Wave do for the city. Week after week, they both bring in the best names in music to Manchester. Without them, Manchester’s music scene wouldn’t be the same. So here’s to another year of amazing gigs and Strange Waves 2017.

Liam Egan

Preview – Strange Waves 2016

Here at Nothing Left Unsaid, we absolutely revel in the prospect of one day inner city festivals. The mixture of a festival line-up with the setting of a gig, we can’t get enough of them. The latest soirée that we can’t stop thinking about is this year’s Strange Waves. Organised by Manchester promoters Strange Days and Now Wave, Strange Waves takes place on the 9th of September at Manchester’s O2 Ritz. Boasting a line-up of some of the best artists around at the moment, here’s a quick run through of the acts that’ll be gracing both floors of The Ritz.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Headlining the whole day is Melbourne septet King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Notorious for their raucous live shows, and their impressively frequent musical output, the psychedelic garage rockers are worth the price of admission alone. With their never ending concept album Nonagon Infinity being released earlier this year, King Gizzard are sure to end the night with kaleidoscopic insanity.

The Wytches

The next band on the bill is Brighton based trio The Wytches. Known for their blood gurgling lo-fi surf rock, The Wytches will more than likely wreak havoc within The Ritz. With their sophomore record All Your Happy Life being released a couple of weeks after Strange Waves, fans should expect lots of new material in their set.

The Big Moon

Having supported the likes of Mac DeMarco and Mystery Jets, The Big Moon are quickly making a name for themselves. Their mixture of swaggering indie and pop sensibilities has got them touted for great things. Make sure to catch their set before they start selling out bigger venues and it becomes impossible to pick up a ticket.

Methyl Ethel

The second act on the bill to come from Australia is Perth based Methyl Ethel, who are set to bring tracks from their latest record Oh Inhumane Spectacle. Methyl Ethel’s shimmering dream pop has certainly got Nothing Left Unsaid excited, and we think you’ll feel the same after you see them.

The Parrots

Hailing from Madrid, the garage punkers The Parrots will be chaperoning their sultry tunes to Manchester. With tracks like Let’s Do It Again and No me gustas, te quiero strutting around like a 90s kid with a shiny Charizard Pokémon card, The Parrots will become your favourite musicians to come out of Madrid since Enrique Iglesias.


Craving for the next big thing? Well you’re in luck because London poet-punk outfit Shame are on the Strange Waves line-up. Shame are giving the industry a much needed shake up, with their track The Lick being one of this year’s best tracks. For fans of The Fall and The Fat White Family, miss them and you’ll regret it for the foreseeable future.


Charlotte Cannon

Finally we have Manchester’s very own Charlotte Cannon. With comparisons to Nina Simone and Björk, Charlotte is one the most exciting up-and-coming singer-songwriters around at the moment. Coupled with her Roland Piano Keyboard, Charlotte’s set will kick the day off in style.


There’s also a bunch of DJs lined up as well throughout the day, now that’s good isn’t it?

You can buy tickets for Strange Waves at the link below!


Liam Egan