It's that time of year again... Eurovision!
The Semi-Finals are in their 12th year this time, so that means that we have 11 years of them to go through! So I thought that I would go through the songs that didn't make it to the final, but that I think should have.
This is likely going to be impossible for some years, but I will try my best.
On each page you will find a video playlist of all the semi final losers for that year.
So with that, lets get started!
West Coast Garage-Psych band ALLAH-LAS bring their renowned record collection to NIGHT & DAY CAFE
The band head over after their live performance across the city. £5 advanced tickets are available to guarantee entry.
Allah-Las know a thing or two about good music - three members of the band met whilst working in Amoeba records in Los Angeles. They as a band are also known for their weekly podcast they put out called Reverberation Radio. The show consists of many hidden gems that have gone mostly overlooked over the years, and it's a treat to be able to hear these songs and what they themselves dig.
As a band Allah-Las have now released two albums - their self titled debut, and now they return to the UK after the critical acclaim of their second LP Worship The Sun.
They will play up and down the UK, including at London's Field Day Festival with newly reformed RIDE, and on Thursday 4th June they arrive in Manchester to play a sure to sell out show. After finishing their gig, we at Manchester Psych Fest are delighted to host their official after party at the legendary Night & Day Cafe, where they will be on the decks bringing their extensive record collection, which will showcase all the best of what they do at Reverberation Radio, and the time spent travelling the world crate digging in the best record stores.
Expect to hear a mixture of new and old, psych, surf, hidden garage gems from the 60's, and much more. Be sure to secure tickets for this party, come down, enjoy the summer heat, and worship the sun with Allah-Las and Manchester Psych Fest.
DOORS: 23:00 - 03:00
LOCATION: Night & Day Café, 26 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JN
LIVE: CROCODILES // THE LUCID DREAM // TBA // THE SUNDOWNERS // THE BLACK TAMBOURINES // WHITE NOISE SOUNDS // HEY BULLDOG // DEJA VEGA // SPECIAL GUEST OPENERS
DJS: ELECTRIC JUG (TILL 3AM) // ONLY JOKING RECORDS // MANCHESTER PSYCH FEST
CHEAP TICKETS UNTIL 7PM, 8TH MAY
We are keeping tickets at £11 despite have sold out of Early bird tickets as a good will gesture due to a line-up alteration.
As we rapidly approach the summer, some music just feels right in the sun, and Manchester Psych Fest will return for the 3rd time Saturday June 13th at the iconic Night & Day Café.
Headlining is San Diego's Crocodiles who have established themselves over the last 7 years as one of the most energetic live bands out there. They are now 5 albums in, and have recently released their newest LP "boys".
From sunny San Diego to picturesque Carlisle - playing on the night is The Lucid Dream who have just recently released their newest self titled album to critical acclaim and radio play from the likes of Marc Riley at BBC Radio 6. They are at the forefront of the current wave of psychedelic inspired bands, and continue to evolve into a force to be reckoned with.
Notable acts playing on the night are The Sundowners who have just come off a UK tour with Paul Weller, expect to hear lush harmonies, and some of the most well crafted songs out there. As well as this there will be, The Black Tambourines, Hey Bulldog, Deja Vega, White Noise Sound,and Black Lung.
Still to be announced are secret guest openers, and one of the main supports who both will add to the already esteemed line-up.
Lasting for 12 hours, with DJ sets from Only Joking Records, and Electric Jug, Manchester Psych Fest III looks to continue what it has started by showcasing the best in new and established talent both national and international in an intimate setting.
TICKET LINK: http://bit.ly/1FVuxnU
The democratic right to a vote is one of the greatest things to possess, but so many people in this country just don't use it. Why is this?
A couple of weeks ago the general election campaign started and usually by this point I'm having heated debates with people on how we are all going to vote. This time, not so much..
To be honest, apart from the idiotic rants from UKIP loons, I have not really paid attention at all.
Both the main parties are spending too much time slagging the other one off rather than selling their good points to us. All the usual shit slinging is taking place and no one is coming out well.
I know who I'm going to vote for, I decided a while ago, but there are many first time voters out there who do not know where to mark their cross and need to make informative decisions.
Politicians need to break out of their usual campaign modes and do something different. Otherwise I feel there could be a very low turnout with no one happy with the outcome