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Manchester Confidential presents Cornershop: 20 June 2007

Following the huge success of the Daniel Johnston gig, Confidential is presenting round two of exclusive gigs.

Published on May 24th 2007.


Manchester Confidential presents Cornershop: 20 June 2007

This time we’re bringing Cornershop to The Live Lounge, Opus on 20 June. Yes that’s right, they sang that catchy no.1 cult classic ‘Brimful of Asha’ along with a string of other achievements.

This exclusive Manchester gig is part of a series of shows, including an invitation to headline a night at Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown Festival in London.

You may be wondering where they’ve been hiding. Well that’s because their last Manchester gig was back in 2002 and they have played very few UK shows. Since we last heard from them, Cornershop have been busy making a film about London’s independent music industry. In February 2006, Cornershop released ‘Wop The Groove’, the title track for this film which featured Rowetta (ex Happy Mondays). The Factory Records stable have always given solid support to the Cornershop firmament, and it was that connection that led to this collaboration. They have also been in the studio recording two longplayer albums which are already receiving rave reviews:

‘Lyrically, Singh’s deadpan stream of surreal-political imagery could be the missing link between Dylan and Hip Hop’ - The Independent

‘Cornershop's fifth album confirms them as the most vital and inventive force at work in British pop today’ - The Telegraph

Cornershop: a brief history
Cornershop is a British indie band formed in Leicester in 1992 by Wolverhampton-born Tjinder Singh (singer, songwriter, and dholaki player), his brother Avtar Singh (bass guitar, vocals), David Chambers (drums) and Ben Ayres (guitar, keyboards, and tamboura).

The band name originated from a stereotype referring to Indian immigrants to England, in that they often owned street corner stores. Their music is a fusion of Indian music, British indie rock, and electronic dance.

Debut single, ‘In The Days of Ford Cortina EP’ was a blend of Indian-tinged noise pop, the sound mellowing somewhat by the release of debut album Hold On It Hurts in 1994. The departure of Avtar Singh around the end of 1995 led to a major line-up change, with Anthony Saffery (sitar, keyboards and harmonium), Nick Simms (drums) and Peter Bengry (percussion) joining.

They were more widely noticed after the success of a Fatboy Slim remix of their song ‘Brimful of Asha’, from their 1997 album When I Was Born for the 7th Time. The song was a tribute to the prolific Indian playback singer, Asha Bhosle, and the entire Indian music industry in general. In 1999 they released a disco inspired album Disco and the Halfway to Discontent as part of their side-project, Clinton. This album inspired the launch of the London based club night called Buttoned down disco, which took its name from the third track on the album.

Manchester Confidential is delighted to present this one off gig, for a band who are truly unique.

Tickets are £12.50. Please contact Ticketline: www.ticketline.co.uk

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