Video – Through the Wall (Acoustic)

This video of ‘Through the Wall’ was recorded and edited by Rod McFarlane in December 2022, and is an exclusive, live performance of a previously-unreleased track.

‘Through the Wall’ will feature on the second Carousel Clouds album, stayed tuned in 2023…


New Track – ‘The Drums’ – Released 22nd April 2022

New track ‘The Drums’ was released on Friday, 22nd April 2022, the first song taken from the forthcoming second album. ‘The Drums’ is now available to stream on all platforms, or to buy via our Bandcamp site, and was released through Ranch Records.

Steve Lamacq included The Drums on his BBC 6 Music ‘New Music Fix’ show (06.05.2022)

DJ Zac Peach had the exclusive first play of The Drums on Salford City Radio (94.4 FM in the UK, or online), and has since been playing it regularly on his two weekly shows – Declaration of Independence (every Wednesday evening) and Unsigned, Sealed and Delivered (each Sunday afternoon). Follow the links to tune in to the station, or to use the Listen Again function. Listen out for some more exclusive news soon…

The Drums review for ‘RGM Recommends – Top 5‘ by Reyt Good Magazine: “Clamorous and captivating… a racing and exhilarating blend of psychedelic, shoegaze and indie rock, with kaleidoscopic layers of galloping drums and guitars.” (23.04.2022)

The Drums was included in ‘Laura Beth’s Mixtape Top 10‘ on Reclaim Radio: “I loved it. Great band. Make sure you get out and see them, well worth a watch.” (27.04.2022)

Radio Wigwam have featured the track numerous times on their Eclectica show, hosted by Mike Green, including Sunday 1st May, from 7pm (UK).

Dr Bones and Mike Five aired The Drums on their weekly New Music Saturday NMS show (30.04.2022) ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’

Wow! Holy Shit! The lyrics were amazing… what a great tune.” – Dr Bones

“Absolutely fantastic. It built across the track, absolutely superb. Love the way they bend the guitar with the fuzz at the end, it almost sounds like it’s scratching, when someone scrapes their nails across the chalk board. In a musical way! Beautiful tune. Love it!” – Mike Five

See the Press page for full reviews, features and radio play details

YANA Fest 2022 (SOLD OUT) – Stage Times

Stage times for the sold-out YANA Fest 2022 have been released. Carousel Clouds will perform at the 33 Oldham Street venue at 15:30, on Saturday, 5th March 2022. The festival is now sold out.

Message from YANA Fest:

“As we’re fully sold out this Saturday, we advise getting to venues early to catch the band you want to see. All venues will be busy so expect queues. We’ll be operating a one in one out system once the venue hits capacity

This festival was originally scheduled for March 2020. Following its postponement, Neil recorded a solo set at home, as reported in Manchester Evening News, to try to keep the spirit of the festival alive at a difficult time for so many. This can be viewed on the Carousel Clouds YouTube page.

Proceeds from the festival go to the Manchester Mind charity, who have ‘been supporting better mental health for everyone for over 30 years’.

To help plan your day at the festival, visit the Clashfinder site, which allows you to view all stage times, and highlight the acts you plan to see on the day.

YANA Fest 2020 – Rearranged Date

Unfortunately, YANA Fest 2020, the multi-venue event scheduled to take place in Manchester on 28th March 2020, has been postponed, in response to the pandemic.

A date for Saturday, 5th March 2022 has been confirmed. Full details will be confirmed in due course, and all original tickets remain valid for the new date.

This event was arranged with proceeds to Manchester MIND mental health charity. At times like these, such organisations are as vital as ever. We would like to continue our support for their great work in some small way; Neil performed a solo set on Saturday, 28th March 2020 – at the time of the original festival date, which has featured in the Manchester Evening News’ City Life feature (see image below).

The home-recorded set included previously-unheard Carousel Clouds songs from the forthcoming second album, and a cover version or two as well. The set can be viewed on our YouTube page, or through the player below.

Stay well, and stay indoors.

C.C. x

Manchester Evening News – 3 April 2020


*Unfortunately, this festival has been postponed until Sunday, 29th November 2020. Original tickets remain valid*


The first Carousel Clouds show of 2020 will be at this year’s YANA Fest, a multi-venue event in Manchester city centre on Saturday, 28th March 2020.

You Are Not Alone Festival (YANA) is a multi-venue event in aid of Manchester Mind Mental Health charity.

Tickets are just £10, and will be exchanged for a wristband on the day of the event (Venue TBC), allowing you to move between venues as you wish.

Times and full line-up details TBC. This is a daytime and evening event.

LIVE SHOW – Salford Eagle Inn – Saturday, 5th October 2019

Saturday, 5th October 2019
Eagle Inn, 19 Collier St, Salford, M3 7DW

Paper Buoys
Carousel Clouds

£7 adv. Carousel Clouds Ticket Link
£15 Ticket-plus-T-Shirt Bundle. See the Carousel Clouds shop for details


“Manchester five-piece Pondarosa have distilled the jangling sensibilities of indie, the swaggering stomp of Britpop and the loud-and-proud attitude of shoegaze to create a fusion of the sounds that matter most to them. With an anthemic mix of escapism and nostalgia glistening throughout their repertoire, Pondarosa are perfectly placed in the city that buzzes with the weight of the past and the expectation of the future.”

Paper Buoys

Brum Indie-Punk. Winners of ‘Best Album’ at BMA’s 2018

Carousel Clouds

“A hazy, mysterious journey into the dark underworld of shoegazing psych”

Eagle Inn


SHOW HIGHLIGHTS – Manchester Fuel – Friday, 5th July 2019

Thank-you to everyone who came and/or supported the recent SOLD OUT event at FUEL in Withington, Manchester. The night raised an incredible  £380 for the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust, through ticket sales, signed posters of all performers, and donations from the generous audience.

Huge thanks also to the acts – ARGH KiD, Gaz Whelan, VICE VERA and Carousel Clouds; all sets were incredibly well-received, and Louder than War have reviewed the event here.

Below are some photos from the evening – if you have any more, feel free to share them and tag @CarouselClouds or @BUSKmanchester , or on instagram @CarouselClouds .

Argh KiD (photo: Debbie Ellis)


Gaz Whelan (photo: Bob McGowan)


Carousel Clouds (Photo: Steve Kelly)


VICE VERA (photo: Bob McGowan)



Friday, 5th July 2019
Fuel Cafe – 448 Wilmslow Road, Withington, Manchester

Gaz Whelan (Happy Mondays)
Carousel Clouds
Vice Vera

£5* advance tickets available from Ticketsource. All proceeds to The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust
*plus booking fee


LIVE SHOW – Manchester Fuel – Friday, 5th July 2019

Friday, 5th July 2019
Fuel Cafe – 448 Wilmslow Road, Withington, Manchester

Gaz Whelan (Happy Mondays)
Carousel Clouds
Vice Vera

£5* advance tickets available from Ticketsource. All proceeds to The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust
*plus booking fee


ARGH KiD is an English alternative hip hop band from Manchester, England, led by the MC/Poet David Scott. With an eclectic approach to hip hop featuring a live musicians to provide a backdrop to life in austerity UK, with all it flaws and lingering beauty. His first two singles “Frank” and “Neighbours” were met with critical acclaim and support from industry big hitters such as Chris Evans, Janice Long, John Kennedy to name but a few. Their live shows are a high-octane concoction of breakbeats, outstanding musicianship and a powerful and passionated lyrical outpouring rarely seen on stage these days.

Wordsmith Sensation David Scott has toured the country, played to sold out crowds and dazzled millions with his lyrical prowess. The “Acapella Eminem” is now the Official Poet for the NSPCC, UEFA and Manchester United and his work has been broadcast to homes across the globe. There are few artists in his genre able to provide on-point commentary and storytelling with the same spirit, skill and compassion.

David is also a poet on a mission to make the artform accessible to the masses. Using his own experiences as a template he facilitates workshops across the country, creating a sense of what is possible to young people when you pick up a pen.

ARGH KiD is often found across UK media and is a regular on ITV, BBC BT Sport and beyond. His work has been reproduced in different languages and publications around the world from Denmark’s Politiken to The New York Times.

Gary “Gaz” Whelan

Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter Gary Whelan has stepped out from behind the Happy Mondays drum kit and returned to his first instrument, the guitar.  Having weirdly discovered The Sex Pistols and The Beatles on the same day in his early teens, Gary’s zealous love of music and need to create eventually found an outlet with the Ryder brothers and at the age of 15 the Happy Mondays were formed with Gary taking the role of  drums due to an injury leaving him unable to play guitar. Gary continues to tour the world with the Mondays and their, let’s say “colourful history” has been well documented.

Having fine-tuned his songwriting skills over the years while co-writing all the Mondays songs, Gary has been involved in several side projects, a record label in Australia, music producing and writing music for a film.  But now, armed with electric guitar and laptop in hand, Gary has taken his music on the road to play solo shows incorporating current & past solo projects and Happy Mondays back-catalogue alike. His live set is totally engaging with the Manchester legacy mixing in nicely with a heavy dose of electronic soul and some dark yet beautifully offensive lyrics thrown in for good measure. 

Gary lives in Greater Toronto with his wife of 29 years and two teenage boys.  He is also a certified meditation teacher and a 15 year long yogi all which have helped him deal with his lifelong OCD and depression.  Gary is committed to music collaborations and promoting new talent.   

Carousel Clouds

“Entrancing” – Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music, on Invisible Lines

“What better note to end the show on, than their three-and-a-half-minute epic, Invisible Lines?” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

The debut Carousel Clouds album ‘Tales of Coincidence’ was released on 6th April 2018, on Ranch Records.

After three years spent largely in a self-inflicted darkness perfecting the album, Carousel Clouds are now ready to step into the limelight. Recorded with Ding (The Fall, Pixies, Cabbage), and for the most part at their Salford base, The Ranch, the record boasts ten tracks of ‘Ghost-Gaze’ – shoegaze-meets-prog songs, all sprinkled with pop melodies. Shadowy themes continue lyrically, encompassing ominous Tales of the supernatural, of spirituality, loss, and of the afterlife.

“The dark side has rarely sounded so appealing” – Manchester Evening News

Vice Vera

BUSK is delighted to host the world-exclusive, first ever live performance by Manchester’s Vice Versa. We do not know exactly what V.V. has in store, but having honed her craft performing live in iLL and LIINES, we do know it will be enthralling.