Manchester's got its Moho Back for 2010 - Venue has Spring Loaded with Classic Gigs

Posted: 24th March 2010
The Lambrettas

The North-West has a musical heritage that has been covered many, many times by many, many journos, writers and svengalis, so much so that I won't bore you with any more. However, we haven't covered a Manchester venue called Moho before and, after you check out the forthcoming line-up for their spring season, you'd bet quite right to ask why.

The venue is in Tib Street M4 in the Northern Quarter district so easily accessible via Shudehill and Market Street. Most tickets are a tenner or less - just click on the links to find out more and of course buy your tickets.

The Lambrettas

Sunday 28th March sees 80s mod-outfit from Brighton The Lambrettas, play a rare gig. The lads were very much part of the thriving revival scene in the early 80s (along with The Chords and Secret Affair) - expect 'Poison Ivy' to pop up at some point.

John Robb

On the following evening, John Robb (ex-Membranes, current Goldblade and curator of many a fine tome or article about NWNW - North-West New-Wave) launches a new punk night with another rare appearance, this time from The Members. Much under-rated and reviled by the popular press, Nicky Tesco and co wrote some rousing songs ('Sound of the Suburbs' being the most obvious, yet 'Solitary Confinement' is far superior) and will blow you away for a tenner, a charged start to a worthwhile punk venture.

Robots In Disguise

4th April welcomes the zany electro-bash bash bash of Robots In Disguise (they supported Devo at the Forum last year) - good squelchy basic synth-rhythms with people dressed as Cybermen? Done. (£10). On the following night, troubled yet revered Peter Doherty plays a special set of past and present classics for £20. There are support bands as well so get there early.

Eyehategod [eye hate god]

Just to prove their variety chops, Moho have grind-metal legends Eyehategod on stage on the 6th Apr (£12), ex-Tenpole Tudor maverick, Ed Tudor Pole on the 14th (£6), Scottish-anthemists Idlewild on the 18th (£15) and a pair of super jangly indie-popsters The Primitives on the 20th (£10) and The Bluetones on the 27th (£13). In between those last two, British Sea Power on the 26th. See, I told you that this venue has it all.

The Sunshine Underground

Finally, May sees more cracking nights with Audio Bullys on the 3rd, Chris Helme of The Seahorses on the 4th, cerebral indie-rockers The Young Knives on the 5th, The Sunshine Underground on the 6th and the bloody-marvellous all-girl power post-punk priestesses The Slits on the 7th and the 12th! What a line-up! And up jumps the 'boogedy-beat' on the 25th when The Sugarhill Gang roll into town (£17.50).

Get in, you Moho!

Paul Pledger