July 29, 2013
Well we certainly hope Smoked and Uncut goers all enjoyed it as much as we did. This event wouldn’t have been possible without our great sponsors and two brilliant partners in crime (ok great partners in a cocktail!) –Fever-tree Mixers and Chase Vodka. And all in the name of raising funds for a fantastic charity Action Against Hunger… So read on and find out more about the inaugural Smoked and Uncut Festival 2013.
The day kicked off with a wonderful warm-up from the FB Pocket Orchestra who took Smoked and Uncut revellers back to the hot jazz, blues, ragtime and popular dances of the 1920/30s and earlier. Despite trepidations about the weather the sun was blazing in the sky with hardly a cloud to be seen. A promising start for what was to come…
Up next we were serenaded by the lyrical tones of Ruu Campbell, a fabulous late addition to the line-up. Ruu has played all over the world, from the beaches of Brazil to the marble halls of India and clubs of London. We strongly recommend you give Ruu a listen.
Shake Tiger Shake then took to the stage, these electo-popsters certainly picked up the tempo taking the crowds back to the 80s. Describing themselves as “80s synth, Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Studio54, Bianca Jagger on a white horse led by Bryan Ferry” it was clear that this was going to get the crowd in the mood for more. If you missed them then be sure to check out their newest single: “On the Run”.
Michele Stodart enthralled us with her solo material (before later hitting the stage with her fellow band mates and headliners The Magic Numbers). One of the prevailing images of the day is of Michele’s young daughter clamouring up on staged clutching a pink guitar to sing a song with her mum. A true star in the making. Michele stole the hearts of every parent at the Festival by inviting all the youngsters up on stage for a sing along (a little blurry – sorry!). You can listen to tracks from her debut album ‘Wide-Eyed Crossing’ - owing as much to the strum of the acoustic guitar as it does to the richness of the jazz vocal.
The Real Tuesday Weld kicked off with their rendition of “Singing in the Rain” - at which point, thankfully, they weren’t - (singing in the rain that is). However this may have jinxed it - as just a few songs later the skies clouded over and the first big raindrops hit the ground. Luckily this only lasted a few moments and the skies quickly cleared up and the sun reappeared once more. Still; The Real Tuesday Weld got everyone up and dancing with their arty gypsy knees-up sounds.
The penultimate band of the festival were the amazing up-and-coming and certainly not-to-be-missed band The Slow Show. If you’re a fan of The National then this is one band to watch. Already championed by the likes of Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and Dermot O Leary we are predicting very big things for them. Heralded as Manchester's most un-Manchester like five piece they exuded the most warm and organic sound. Treating the crowd to a tribute to The Boss himself with their rendition of “Born to Run”.
So, running a little later than planned (but I think we can all agree that they were certainly worth the wait!) it was time for Smoked and Uncut headliners “The Magic Numbers” to take to the stage. Proving that 10 years on that they absolutely still 'have it' this foursome of 2 pairs of brothers and sisters had the crowd singing along to all the old hits and treated us to some new. Finishing the night with a very intimate sing-a-long – amazing.
If you couldn’t be there do check out our Live Music page for upcoming Smoked & Uncut sessions.
Or why not buy the Smoked & Uncut CDs – featuring just some of the brilliant artists we’ve featured at past sessions.