Following the recent Extended Bathroom Break set, as featured in Manchester Evening News, Carousel Clouds have maintained social distancing to collaborate on an acoustic performance of Grace (Look No Further). View the video below, to hear the performance, and some background to the song.
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.
*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.
Saturday, 5th October 2019
Eagle Inn, 19 Collier St, Salford, M3 7DW
“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.”
Brum Indie-Punk. Winners of ‘Best Album’ at BMA’s 2018
“A hazy, mysterious journey into the dark underworld of shoegazing psych”
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.
Argh KiD (photo: Debbie Ellis)
Gaz Whelan (photo: Bob McGowan)
Carousel Clouds (Photo: Steve Kelly)
Friday, 5th July 2019
Fuel Cafe – 448 Wilmslow Road, Withington, Manchester
Gaz Whelan (Happy Mondays)
Friday, 5th July 2019
Fuel Cafe – 448 Wilmslow Road, Withington, Manchester
Gaz Whelan (Happy Mondays)
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.
“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
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.
Head over to the Carousel Clouds Soundcloud page, where you can download an acoustic cover version of Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End).
This festive song was performed recently at the Carousel Clouds Christmas Shindig, which raised £43 for the Fallowfield and Withington Foodbank. We would like to say thanks by making this version available as a free download – donations to the foodbank are always welcome.
The original version of Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End) was written and recorded by The Darkness.
Saturday, 15th December 2018 – Manchester Fuel
Carousel Clouds + Johnny Winbolt-Lewis (Douga) + Neil Wright (Dutch Uncles) + Ghosts of Social Networks + Guests + DJs
Carousel Clouds & Friends Charity Christmas Shindig
Johnny Winbolt-Lewis (Douga)
Ghosts of Social Networks
Neil Wright (Dutch Uncles, The Alpha Machine, Chips of Chorlton),
DJs until late.
Limited advance tickets £3
Ticket link: TicketSource
All proceeds to the Fallowfield and Withington Foodbank. Donations can also be made on the evening.
Fuel Cafe, 448 Wilmslow Rd, Withington, Manchester M20 3BW
Wilmslow road is served by busses 41, 42,, 42A, 42B, 43 and 44, plus 142 and 143 night busses. Nearest Metrolink stop: Burton Road.
JOHNNY WINBOLT-LEWIS We were delighted to play with Douga at The Eagle, for the Invisible Lines single launch. Back at the Summer 2017 show, Douga played a completely improvised set. Since then, Douga have released wonderful second album Hidden Tapes and the Golden Tide, and vocalist & multi-instrumentalist Johnny is coming to play a set at Fuel this Winter, possibly with some special guests.
NEIL WRIGHT After years of asking, Neil Wright exited his solo-hiatus to play with Carousel Clouds in August 2018, his first solo show in 6 years. Although he does perform regularly, as guitarist with Dutch Uncles, as well as hosting the ace Chips of Chorlton podcast. Neil previously also played with (52) Teenagers and The Alpha Machine, and we are extremely excited to see him perform from his exquisite back-catalogue for us again.
GHOSTS OF SOCIAL NETWORKS A Manchester act we first heard when championed by Steve Lamacq, no less. Having since caught them live a few times, we cannot wait to see GOSN perform at the Christmas Shindig.
CAROUSEL CLOUDS Following the release of debut album Tales of Coincidence in April 2018, Carousel Clouds have started work on the follow-up record, and will be previewing some material from it. (Plus there may be a festive surprise)
SPECIAL GUESTS Be alert for some very special guests on the night!
Neil was invited into the BBC Radio Manchester studio, to review some new tracks for the Introducing Manchester show. You can listen back to the show, and Neil discussing what Carousel Clouds have been up to lately, here: