The patter of tiny feet is music to anyone's ears, but Stealing Sheep have joined forces with babyrocksampler to put a more rhythmic beat to those early footsteps as they announce that their sold out Manchester show on Saturday 27th April will be preceded by a matinee performance aimed at children under five, accompanied by parents of course.
By the time most bands enter their sixteenth year, they're hitting the nostalgia trail with anniversary tours and a barely acceptable reliance on a handful of hit singles. The Twilight Sad, on the other hand, some sixteen years after their formation, have just released an album that is to top 2019 lists as well as being a highlight of their back catalogue.
It's some twelve years since Mold's The Joy Formidable first burst out of Flintshire with a head-full of ideas and a shitload of riffs. In that time, they've put together four full length album releases and a series of split singles recorded entirely in their native Welsh tongue. Now they're back on the road for a headline run across the UK.
It's a cold, wet Sunday night in Manchester and the very walls of The Star & Garter are creaking in response to the heaving mass who've just indulged in the reverential experience of a Single Mothers live set. Bewilderingly, even their support sets contain the passion and fury that most bands can only dream of capturing in their headline sets.