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Sunshine and watersports

Xfm’s Tim Cocker starts a regular column by taking the….

Published on May 17th 2007.

Sunshine and watersports

It felt warm and glided gently from my neck, down the channel of my spine. How I wish I wasn’t describing a cup full of piss.

That, unfortunately, was my welcome at The Ritz checking out The Sunshine Underground. I’m sure the fact that the aforementioned cup of piss hit me was coincidental. If I worked on the TV and not radio I think I’d be less certain about my levels of paranoia. Whatever the case let it be a lesson that hoods, whilst not welcome in certain regional shopping centres, are the must have accessory at a gig or festival. Also, I’m advocating Yoga as an essential skill for gig-goers, judging by the bizarre body positions people contort into in the quest for a good spot in the crowd.

Let it be a lesson that hoods, whilst not welcome in certain regional shopping centres, are the must have accessory at a gig or festival.

The Sunshine Underground are key players in the ‘New-Rave’ movement now being led by Klaxons, CSS and co – though I’d prefer to call The Sunshine Underground (yep, named after the Chemical Brothers track) a party band. For my money they’re a band not nearly as successful as they should be with big tunes like ‘Put You In Your Place’, ‘I Ain’t Losing Any Sleep’, ‘Borders’ and the track The Ritz crowd went most ballistic for (me included) – ‘Commercial Breakdown’. For me, their album ‘Raise The Alarm’ was a contender for my favourite of 2006 and the new material they showcased in Manchester suggests that’s where The Sunshine Underground are going - watch this space!

Something to look forward to on the horizon in terms of live music in Manchester is the confirmed date for X-posure Live on Friday 25 May at Night & Day Café. Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobious Pip is act involving a producer extraordinaire and poet-cum-singer-cum-social commentator, respectively. They have catchy hooks and razor sharp wit.

See you there.

I’ll be the one with the umbrella and the wetsuit – just in case.

Win ticket's to X-posure Live with Xfm 97.7

Xfm is proud to present Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip to headline X-posure Live at the Night and Day Café, Manchester, M4 on May 25th 2007 and we have one pair of tickets to give away.

Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, who are the band behind ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ are one of the hottest new acts of the minute and you are sure to see the two piece London based band appearing all the major festivals this summer. They will be performing alongside two other Manchester-born bands; Hip-hop-electro-rockers The Real Dolls and one woman electro punk star Lonelady at the session.

Also live in action on the decks will be Xfm Manchester’s very own John Kennedy, as he presents the best in future music for Manchester and the world.

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