LEVENSHULME'S MILLENNIUM FESTIVAL
They just have to be different, don't they? The ones who couldn't wait were celebrating last December, the pedantic ones are planning to celebrate at the end of this year, while Levenshulme - that south-eastern enclave with a mind of its own - had its celebrations in the second week of October.
A plethora of cultural events and entertainments was organised, many with an Irish flavour.These included local history talks, food festivals, quiz nights, club nights and dance displays, not to mention the GM Unsigned Bands event.
Twelve bands played
in the heats, and six of these competed in the final. The winners were
decided by a combination of audience votes and marks from the expert panel
which included John Sheehan (a talent scout for Virgin), Anthony
Wilson of Factory Records, and yours truly.
Runners-up were Casini and StrangeDays.
Casini are a six-piece whose trumpet, tambourine and keyboards lend a touch of sophistication to their Manc-rock compositions. Some enthusiastic arm-waving from the audience proved their popularity and earned them points for 'crowd reaction'.
Strange Days meanwhile are rather different from the usual Stone Roses and Oasis imitators. Heavily rocky but agreeably tuneful, this was the band favoured by Anthony Wilson.
StrangeDays' lead-singer sounds like he eats emery boards for breakfast, and there was something about their Spinal Tap delivery that didn't quite ring true. This guy might be better off singing in his own voice - it's probably quite good.
The other finalists were Hoffa - a Gallagherian four-piece whose 'All it ever was, all it ever will be, is a place called Nowhere' is an anthem worthy of the Eyebrow Brothers themselves; Blue Gary who are unpredictable - sometimes brilliant, sometimes not having enough content to justify their onstage shenanigans; and the shiny-shirted Dezire, who should perhaps remove the second and third letters from their name.