5 Acts Putting Manchester Back On The Map

Author: Jake McGloinmanchester skyline

Manchester made it into the New York Times’ Top Tourist Spots of 2015! With great bars, stunning architecture and a vibrant hub of creativity and sport all within walking distance, it is like New York – but without the subways. What really sets Manchester apart though is its legendary music scene that rivals The Big Apple itself. There have been some legendary shows in the city. Bob Dylan and The Sex Pistols at the Free Trade Hall both sparked controversy and inspiration. Manchester has also spawned some legendary bands – The Smiths, Joy Division and The Stone Roses to name but a few. But that was all yesterday. Here at Shoplifters Union we’re all about the future.

Here’s 5 acts that are about to put this city back on the map:

Lucky T Jackson:


At one point The Quangos seemed like Manchester’s great white hope and it was a sad day when they wrapped things up. But front man Josh Goddard has hit back stronger than ever with his new project Lucky T. Jackson. “This Particular Girl” is an irresistible pop tune that draws on old R&B with just a dash of the ‘here and now’. If they keep producing songs like this, there will be nothing they can’t do in 2015.

Listen to “This Particular Girl”


In a busy city like this, you have to do something that will set you apart from the rest. Blending indie rock and hip-hop is a great place to start and Prose do this magnificently. Catchy beats, bloody good song writing and a new E.P. released this month through Naughty Records means that Prose could well be ones to watch this year.

Check Out “Run With Faith”



A lot has been said about Manchester band Blossoms already this year. Their dreamy sound is fast becoming trademark and they’ve done a great job in securing a support slot on Madchester legends Inspiral Carpets’ recent tour. With a tour coming up of their own, Blossoms’ perfect Psych riffs are sure to woo audiences in Manchester and beyond.

Hear Blossoms New Single “Cut Me And I’ll Bleed” Here:

Dance Savage:

Daniel Savage’s debut E.P. “The Place I Started From” was a delight when it turned up last year and with another one on the way he looks set to have a great year ahead. The DIY multi-instrumentalist has an array of likable pop songs that are highly reminiscent of that classic Mancunian Ian Brown feel. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Hear “Jackies Garden” Here:

The Pink Teens:

the pink teens

With devastating vocal hooks and clangy guitars – this is noise pop at its finest. From the ashes of Temple Songs, The Pink Teens are masters of lo-fi pop tunes. After wrapping up an impressive 2014 this year should see them hitting new heights.

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