The Village Bakers Great Village BakeOff Sunday 17th August 2014

The Village Bakers Great Village BakeOff Sunday 17th August 2014

No Soggy Bottoms at the Great Village Bake Off


The Annual Village Bakers ‘Great Village Bakers’ returns to Manchester’s Pride Fringe Festival on Sunday 17th August where Bakers will be working hard to drizzle that lemon and firming those buns to create a baking competition like no other.  The Village Bakers love to encourage new bakers and therefore all abilities and ages are welcome to participate no matter how skilled they are.


The format of the bake off is as easy as pie: sweet or savoury. Bake whatever you like, no limits (as long as you can fit it through the door), register online at the link below and turn up to the Molly House 1pm on Sunday 17th August. Entry costs £5 per entry with all proceeds going to Manchester Pride which helps local charities and community organisations.

The Village Bakers Great Village BakeOff Sunday 17th August 2014


The ‘Great Village Bake Off’ judging panel will be led by the wonderful and amazingly talented Howard Middleton (finalist in 2013 BBC Great British Bake Off) who added

“I’m delighted to be part of this year’s Great Village Bake Off. It promises to be great fun and a fab fund raiser. Hopefully we’ll make it through the event without any baking puns and innuendo. Oh, who am I kidding? Come along and let me judge your buns!” 

With such a talented judge at the helm Kevin Sargent Chair of Village Bakers added 

“Village Bakers are proud to be hosting The Great Village Bake Off  in its second year at the Manchester Pride Fringe Festival. This is a real opportunity to bring the LGBT community together to share a slice of cake with new and old friends. We are also extremely pleased to have Howard Middleton the BBC Great British Bake Off Finalist on hand to be checking for soggy bottoms!!”

The Village Bakers Great Village BakeOff Sunday 17th August 2014


The Great Village Bake Off aims to bring the LGBT community together during the Manchester Pride season, and this has been possible with the support of Key Sponsors Queen of Cakes and The Molly House. 


Paul Duffy, Manager of The Molly House explained that “The Molly House is delighted once again to support The Great Village Bake Off which is a showcase for The Village Bakers, a hugely popular community and social group. I cannot wait to sample more ingenious baking creations at this year’s event!”


The Village Bakers LGBT social group aims to Bake it! Bring it! and Share it! in Manchester’s Gay Village and was inspired by the Great British Bake Off. A true sign of its success and popularity is its current nomination for ‘community group/organisation of the year’ in the Lesbian and Gay Foundations Homo Hero Awards 2014, with community at the heart of everything they do, they are sure win this award. 

The Village Bakers Great Village BakeOff Sunday 17th August 2014


The awards are an initiative promoted by the Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) to acknowledge heroes within the LGBT community including businesses, volunteers, community groups & role models to name a few. 


The groups chairman and founder, Kevin Sargent has also been nominated for ‘volunteer of the year’ which reflects the impact the group has had in such short space of time. 


The success of this group doesn’t stop there with The Molly House the groups baking home also being nominated as Best LGBT Venue in the Homo Hero Awards, with all that cake on offer how could they fail to impress.


So grab your rolling pin, prove that bread, and squeeze your buns the village bakers are looking forward to judging your entry!  Enter online at the address below and come along with your tasty entry at the Molly House, Richmond Street, Manchester on 17th August 1pm


Ticket details: tickets available at

Price: £5 individual entry (+ 95p booking fee)

No charge for spectators

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Twitter: @villagebakers 


Venue address: The Molly House, Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3NB

Event Date: 17th August, Time: 1pm


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The Molly House: Richmond Street, Manchester 

CoolManchester Interviews Kevin Clark

CoolManchester Interviews Kevin Clark


For about 3 years now young drummer Kevin Clark appears to have worked his way up the ladder of the Mancunian Music Scene and so far so good.

Described as perhaps one of the best young drummers around

and having worked with one or two legends we though a chat was a little overdue…



Q – Hello Kevin can you tell us a little bit about how you first became a drummer?

A – It was all accidental! I've always loved music and instruments from a very early age and looking back at my old school reports I used to have a penchant for percussion and anything rhythmical. I was bought one of those little 4 pieceArgoskits when I was about 3/4 and loved to play along to Paul Weller, Stone Roses and Spin Doctors. Skip forward to year 9 of school and I was just a kid who happened to hang around with the school band. Their drummer at the time couldn't actually play and I thought "I'm sure I can do that". The lads in the band asked me to jump on and have a go and I was hooked ever since.

Q – What bands excited you as you were growing up and developing your playing style?

A - I was hugely inspired by the 90s Manchester scene with bands like Stone Roses, Oasis, Happy Mondays but I have to say I had quite an eclectic taste even as a kid. Listening to stuff from Kula Shaker to Mike Oldfield, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, The Jam, Sex Pistols, The Charlatans even Slipknot for those insane drum fills! I was never more happy than when I was sifting through my parents (and grandparents) record collections as a kid and discovering odd stuff like Emerson, Lake & Palmer and EMF.


Q – What was your first band called and what are your memories of that period in your life?

A – First band was called 'Slythe' and I have the fondest memories of them! We were likeManchester's answer to Nirvana but with more spots and a fear of needles. We played for an hour every day before school and spent every lunch time in the practice room just jamming songs. I credit my discipline to this era.


Q – So from what we gather you’ve worked with The Chemeleonsvox, Gabrielle’s Wish, Dub Sex and Gareth Icke. If all THAT weren’t enough you have a new band called 'To Kill A Circus.' Tell us a little about each band and why you worked/working with them?

A – Well funnily enough 'To Kill A Circus' are the same guys who I started this journey with 10 years ago. After we finished school we all went our separate ways but still played individually. Then last September we all basically said "Why aren't we still making music together?". That's all it took for us to get back in a room and I'm proud to say the spark we once had is still well and truly alive and actually stronger than ever! We now have an albums worth of material written and are just about to release our debut EP along with some dates across theUK.

The reason for me playing for bands such as The Chameleons, Gabrielle's Wish & Dub Sex is because they are all well respected Manchester bands who have built a legacy and for me to be asked to come and be a part of each of them was little short of an honour.

Playing for Gareth Icke was also a pleasure and gave me a chance to really dig in to the pop/rock vibe and just keep things pinned down rhythmically whilst also putting on a good show.

Q – Any heroes in terms of drummers you look up to and admire?

A – Yeah, loads! haha I suppose my first 'hero' would be Steve White of Paul Weller/The Who/Oasis. I saw him play inOldhamin 2004 and I'd never seen such a talented musician in person before! Couple this with the fact that he played on some of the soundtracks to my childhood and you'll see why this was such a big event for me.

I was lucky enough some years later to have a private lesson with him and we jammed for 2 hours above a shop inStockport. Not often you get to jam with one of your idols like that.

Other influences I'd like to mention are Dave Grohl, Tre Cool, Dave Elitch, Buddy Rich, Jojo Mayer, Mike Johnston, John Theodore, Benny Greb and the INSANE Tony Royster Jr. Also id like to give Bo Walsh a mention he’s someone I look up to aLOT.

His work with Gabrielles Wish and Peter Hook was sheer class.

Q – And finally, what advise would you give to young musicians starting out in what is certainly at times a difficult industry?


A – My advice is first of all enjoy what you do and make sure you're in this for the right reasons! If you're thinking "Yeah I'll just be a musician and make loads of money" then it's time to go back home and think about getting into the banking industry.

Music is not just a way to get rich or famous, music is something that lives within you, that flows through your veins and occupies your brain 24/7. You have to live for music and truly love what you do whether it's playing in a Russian Polka band in the corner of a pub to 3 people and a dog or playing stadiums around the world as part of a huge band. If you don't love to just play and be immersed within the music then this isn't for you.

Lastly, just keep going and say yes to opportunities! You never know what lies around the corner in this game!

 Q - Thanks for you time Kevin pleasure speaking with you, any links you want to include for people to check you out?

 A - Yeah of course! Bare with me though as I've been a busy boy recently.

My new band 'To Kill A Circus:

Dub Sex:


Gabrielle's Wish:


Gareth Icke:

And lastly, just a band that I want people to check out! They're incredible and I will be working with them on a co-headliner show later this year.



Kevin Clark Kit List –



Tama Superstar Hyperdrive 6 piece (Birch) in Sugar White Tama SLP G-Maple 13x7 Snare Tama Superstar 14x5.5 Snares x2 (Sugar White & Midnight Blue)


Zildjian; 22" K Dark Ride 18" K Custom Crash 18" A Custom Medium Crash 18" Stagg Medium Brilliant Crash (turned upside down and used as china) 13" A Custom Mastersounds hi-hats 8" A Custom Splash

Skins: Either Coated Controlled Sound or Controlled Sound X on all snares with clear Diplomats as resonants. Clear Emperors for Toms with Clear Ambassador resonants. Powerstroke 4 on batter side of kick with Ebony resonant.


All stands Tama Roadpro Drum stool - Tama Ergo Rider 1st Chair Tama Powerglide twin bass drum pedal


Roland SPD-SX Sampler 2 X Roland BT-1 Trigger Pads Ultimate Ears 11 Pro Custom In-Ear Monitors


Vic Firth American Classic Extreme 5B wood tip




Gabrielles Wish - Stand Together

Gabrielles Wish  Stand Together 

Single Review By Paul Ripley
Gabrielles Wish - Stand Together
A fusion of hypnotic beats, catchy melodies, surreal arrangements and a Jah Wobble feel to the bass-lines, Gabrielles Wish new single Stand together has obvious references to the Madchester Era with one eye on the future. Whether this more commercial offering from one of Manchester's foremost cult bands will open the doors to new fans I am not too sure, however if it means that the band will get more recognition for their undoubted talents then stand together Brother and Sister 
Paul Ripley The Ripman Show Fab Radio International

10 Questions with Director Ben K Dyson

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Q1  Hello Ben. You're directing A New York Story, we interviewed Robbie Conway recently and he mentioned the film. It seems to be picking up quite a buzz, can you tell us a little bit about what we can expect from the film without revealing spoilers?
A  To say its a gangster film would be a bit misleading.  It is about gangsters, but its really an action packed piece of high drama.  If you've got fantastic northern actors and youre following in the great tradition of gritty, British and particularly northern drama and all that it entails; love, loss, family, belonging and retribution.  Then you're not going to make a typical gangster movie.  It's also made in my home town of Manchester, so it's got a real sense of geographical identity.  And into the middle of all that walks this gangster from New York, and that sets the story off.
Q2- The casting is very interesting. But not typical. What's the reasoning behind such a quirky cast?
A  I'm not reinventing the wheel here, but I did want to make something fresh and unexpected.  I didn't want people acting as though they were in a gangster film.  If you use different ingredients in a dish you'll get a different flavour, and that's exciting to audiences and to me as a director.  We all know exactly what to expect as soon as we see certain actors on the screen and thats often great, but real life people aren't caricatures or archetypes. 
Q3  Would you say A New York story fits neatly into the crime genre in the tradition of UK Crime Cinema, ie The Long Good Friday.
A  I studied The Long Good Friday at the London Film School, and when I approached A New York Story I was using this movie and others as initial inspiration.  So I started with that tradition firmly in mind.  The late John McKenzie was an inspirational director and there is a wealth of talent to draw from and be inspired by.
I was fortunate enough to meet and speak with some of the cream of British cinema as well as study their work.  They're all artists with a unique vision, but one thing they all do is to put their own, personal stamp on a film.  So I'd have to say yes it does fit into that tradition, but that it has a strong voice and personality of its own.
Q4- What directors inspired you to want to become a director?
A  The first film that really made me sit up and take notice was Robocop.  I got into Stanley Kubrick when I saw The Shining, and then Sergio Leone.  My dad showed me The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and as far as I'm concerned thats still one of the best films ever made.  After that there was nothing else I wanted to do with my life.  Franc Roddan was at the London Film School and he was a huge inspiration.
More recently, as I was finding my own voice as a director Ive been inspired by Paul Thomas Anderson and of course, no list of inspirational directors would be complete for me as a young Northern director without Shane Meadows.
Q5  And film wise what do you find yourself watching?
A  I recently watched Tree of Life for the second time.  The first time I actually walked out of the cinema.  Dinosaurs on a beach?  I didnt think the none-linear narrative worked at all.  But I felt I hadnt really given it a chance, so I watched it again and loved it.
I watch a real mixture of mainstream, obscure and classic films.  I revisited In A Lonely Place hoping it would stand up to the first time I saw it, and it did.  Its as good now as the day it was made.  
For A New York Story I watched Killing Them Softly for genre and Only God Forgives and Drive for style & cinematography.  
Q6  So whats your background so far Ben?
A   I studied at the London Film School and directed some shorts.  I worked in TV for a while and then I was asked to direct this feature.  I've done my time!  I'm ready for this and looking forward to putting all of the experience & mentoring into practise.
Q7  There is somewhat of a renaissance with Northern English movies right now do you think A New York Story will be typical of the kind of gritty drama based film that seems to be the tradition for films north of London?
A To be honest, I think true, gritty, Northern dramas really only exist on TV, with a memorable exception every now and again.  It's quite rare to find drama to the standard of Dead Mans Shoes as a movie.
This film has strong Northern sensibilities and its about my home town of Manchester.  It has a strong geographical and personal identity that is maybe quite rare and unusual.  
Its a dark and character-driven film, which is also typical.  So fans of that type of film will recognise & hopefully enjoy those elements.  The main difference I think is stylistic.  Visually this is a different type of movie.
Q8  What excites you the most about the movie?
A  The journey that all of the characters go on and how their lives interweave and affect each other is the most exciting part for me.  Manchester as a city is going to keep on rolling regardless, and were voyeurs during this very fragile, changeable time in the lives of these characters.
Q9  Have you got any other up-coming projects youd like to mention?
A There are some potentially exciting projects in the pipeline after I've finished A New York Story, and a few ideas I'd like to work on.  I would really like to work in the US, but at the same time there are ideas I'd like to make here.  I'm very excited about the future beyond my debut feature.
Q10 -  And finally what's your advice to young aspiring directors?
There's the usual stuff thats only a cliché because its true don't give up and keep going.  Believe in your ideas and understand that it's a team effort.  But on a personal level I'd say it's fine to be a perfectionist and it's fine to be obsessive to a certain degree, but it's important to know when to let go and to let the film unfold.  Put something of yourself into everything you do and make it personal.  But at the same time, learn to collaborate and know when to let go and let the film live.

STOP PRESS SAVE THE DATE Village Bakers Great Village Bake Off Sunday 17th August

STOP PRESS SAVE THE DATE Village Bakers Great Village Bake Off Sunday 17th August

The Annual Village Bakers 'Great Village Bakers' returns to Manchester's Canal Street on Sunday 17th August where Fanny will be working hard to drizzle that lemon and firming those buns to create a baking competition like no other. All abilities and ages are encouraged to participate no matter how skilled we love to share the Village Bakers love.

We are organising fantastic celebrity judges to appear and give their professional opinion including the wonderful and amazingly talented Howard Middleton (from 2013 BBC Great British Bake Off) who is excited to be part of the event. More fantastic judges will be confirmed slightly nearer the time.

There will be a variety of wonderful baking inspired prizes for you to win across two simple categories; sweet & savoury. In true Village Bakers tradition of sharing, all entries will be available to sample once judging has taken place.

So grab your rolling pin, prove that bread, and squeeze your buns the village bakers are looking forward to judging your entry! Enter online at the address below and come along with your tasty entry at the Molly House, Richmond Street, Manchester on 17th August 1pm

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