City of Manchester Stadium
It was agreed in 1997 that Manchester City F. C. would lease the stadium from Manchester City Council and move from their aging Maine Road ground - a move which took place in the summer of 2003. In August 2015, a 7,000 seat third tier on the South Stand was completed, the expansion was designed to be in keeping with the existing roof design. A North Stand third tier has planning approval and work on it is expected to begin by 2017, plans to build a new stadium in Manchester were formulated before 1989 as part of the citys bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympics. Manchester City Council submitted a bid that included a design for an 80, the bid failed and Atlanta hosted the Games. For the February 1993 bid the city council submitted another 80, 000-capacity stadium design produced by design consultants Arup Associates, in 1996, this same planned stadium competed with Wembley Stadium to gain funding to become the new national stadium, but the money was used to redevelop Wembley. However, Manchester City Council did not have the money to facilitate movable seating, the stadiums foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Tony Blair in December 1999, and construction began in January 2000.
The first public event at the stadium was the ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games on 25 July 2002. Among the dignitaries present was Queen Elizabeth II who made a speech, delivered to her in an electronic baton, during the following ten days of competition, the stadium hosted the track and field events and all the rugby sevens matches. Sixteen new Commonwealth Games track and field records were set in the stadium, in terms of number of participating nations, it is still the largest Commonwealth Games in history, featuring 72 nations competing in 281 events across seventeen sports. The three temporary stands with a capacity of 16,000 were dismantled, and replaced with a permanent structure of similar design to the existing one at the southern end. This work took nearly a year to complete and added 23,000 permanent seats, Manchester City F. C. moved to the ground in time for the start of the 2003–04 season. 5m. The stadium is owned by Manchester City Council and leased by the football club, the 2008 takeover made the football club one of the wealthiest in the world, prompting suggestions that it could consider buying the stadium outright.
Manchester City signed an agreement with Manchester City Council in March 2010 to allow a £1 billion redevelopment led by architect Rafael Viñoly. This new agreement occurred as part of a standard 5-year review of the original lease, during 2011-14 the club sold all 36,000 of its allocated season tickets each season and experienced an average match attendance that is very close to its maximum seating capacity. Consequently, during the 2014-15 season an expansion of the stadium was undertaken, the South Stand was extended with the addition of a third tier which, in conjunction with an additional three rows of pitch side seating, increased stadium capacity to approximately 55,000. Construction commenced on the South Stand in April 2014 and was completed for the start of the 2015-16 season. A final phase of expansion, that planning approval at the same time as the others but which remains unscheduled. Once this last phase is completed it will bring the total seating capacity up to approximately 61,000
Badly Drawn Boy
Damon Michael Gough, known by the stage name Badly Drawn Boy, is an English indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Gough chose his name from the title character in the show Sam and his Magic Ball. Before he thought of using this name he made some business cards, each one unique, with a picture of a drawing by his nephew. Gough grew up in the Breightmet area of Bolton, Lancashire and he cites American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen as his music hero. His recording career began in September 1997 with the five track vinyl release EP1 and this was distributed among friends and family members. In April 1998, Gough released his second EP, EP2 and this had one track less than its predecessor but twice as many copies were pressed. The highlight track, I Love You All, was transferred to a music box which was released alongside the EP. The box plays eleven seconds of the song and is considered much rarer than the record due to its limited production. Goughs third EP, EP3, was released in November 1998 on both CD and vinyl formats, and was the first release in what became a partnership with XL Recordings.
In the same year he collaborated with Unkle for their first album Psyence Fiction, road Movie was released as a live recording with Goughs fellow Mancunians Doves. The B-side to the single was another track from the EP, Music videos were recorded for both tracks. It Came from the Ground was the next EP, released in March 1999 on CD, the style of this recording focused on woodland environments, an aspect displayed in both the cover art and the title tracks video. Also released during this period was the single Whirlpool, an instrumental was released on vinyl in April 1999. Goughs last EP, Once Around the Block, was released in August 1999 in two formats and one CD edition. The release is almost short enough to be considered a single, following the success of his early EPs, Goughs first album, The Hour of Bewilderbeast, was released in June 2000, accompanied by four singles. The album was acclaimed and Badly Drawn Boy was successful in winning the 2000 Mercury Music Prize. The album sold well and is considered to be his defining work.
The Badly Drawn Boy band throughout this period consisted of Matt Wardle, Robin File, Sean Mcann latterly replaced by the ex-Smiths bass guitarist Andy Rourke
Jimi Goodwin is the bassist and guitarist for Doves. Before their incarnation as Doves, the three members were in a music group, Sub Sub. Goodwin is best known as the singer and guitarist for Doves. During live performances of There Goes the Fear, he is known for adding a drum solo to the end of the song. Goodwin is left-handed, but whilst playing live uses a right-handed bass strung in the normal tuning, Goodwin is a keen supporter of Manchester City, and performed live at Maine Road following the last ever league game played there. In 1985, Goodwin was playing guitar in a band called the Risk. Goodwins mother died while Doves were recording their third album Some Cities, Doves fourth studio album Kingdom of Rust is dedicated to Goodwins father, Francis James Goodwin, who died aged 65 on 23 December 2008. In the booklet for the Clashs 2007 compilation album The Singles and he cites his father for introducing him to punk rock and the Clash, Goodwin joined Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marrs band Electronic to play bass on their 1999 third album, Twisted Tenderness.
He had previously appeared in the video for the bands single For You from their 1996 album Raise the Pressure although Marr is credited with playing bass on this album, Goodwin contributed guitar work to the song Heaven on Lambs 2001 album, What Sound. This song was used by HBO during the second season of American television drama series Six Feet Under. While acting as a guest host on a BBC Radio One show in 2005, Goodwin featured his friend and up-and-coming musician Simon Aldred, then, in 2007, Goodwin played bass and drums on Cherry Ghosts debut single Mathematics and their song People Help the People. Goodwin contributed vocals to the song Kingdoms of Rain on the Soulsavers and Mark Lanegan album Its Not How Far You Fall and Soulsavers have worked together previously in various forms, as Soulsavers remixed the Doves song Satellites, which appeared on the Pounding single in 2002. In an interview with the Daily Record, Goodwin stated that the Doves will take a break from recording, There are a couple of tracks that we have passed back and forwards to each other but its having the time.
We keep trying to get our diaries together, who knows if it will ever get released, im just waiting to see what might happen. Goodwin and Garvey have collaborated in the past, with each respective band. On the second episode in season ten of RTÉs Other Voices programme, Goodwin released his first solo studio album titled Odludek on 24 March 2014, and will be touring in support of the album as a supporting act of friends Elbow
T in the Park
T in the Park festival is a major Scottish music festival that has been held annually since 1994. It is named after its sponsor, the brewing company Tennents. The event was held at Strathclyde Park, Lanarkshire but was held at the disused Balado airfield. In 2015 the festival moved to Strathallan Castle, Perthshire, originally a two-day event, the festival became a three-day event in 2007. Promoted by DF Concerts, the event attracts up to 255,000 people, the festival was founded in 1994 by Stuart Clumpas and Geoff Ellis, as part of a joint venture between DF Concerts and Tennents Lager with some help from Irish promotions company MCD Productions. Stuart Clumpas left as an organiser in 2001, selling his interests in the concert. Current festival director Geoff Ellis was involved from the start, Ellis came to Scotland in 1992 to manage King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow. He organised the first T in the Park festival in 1994 with a smattering of bands playing to 17,000 people at its site at Strathclyde Park.
The festival was held there for three years until 1997, where it was held at the disused Balado airfield, Kinross-shire. After moving to Balado the festival grew larger and by 2003, the festival was originally a two-day event until 2007, when the Friday became a mainstay event for live music. However, the 2007 festival was sullied for many festival-goers who missed acts on the Friday due to traffic jams of 10 miles on the A91. To prevent a repeat of the chaos, in 2008 organisers allowed a limited number of campers to pitch up on the Thursday in order to cut the number of cars on the roads on the Friday. As of 2013, it attracted up to 255,000 people over three days, drawing fans from across Britain and Europe, according to DF Concerts, 20% of the crowd is made up of visitors from outside Scotland, with about 2% attending from overseas. In recent years, the festival has shared much of its line-up with Oxegen, acts usually play T in the Park one day and Oxegen the next, or vice versa. In an attempt to boost ticket sales, the 2014 festival saw an extension of the duration on stage.
On the Friday, the acts were scheduled to start around lunchtime as opposed to 5 pm, the 2014 festival was the last to take place at the Balado site. Despite having run on the site since 1997, safety concerns were expressed about the Forties Pipeline. In 2015 the festival moved 20.54 miles to the Strathallan Castle Estate in the county of Perthshire
Noel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer and guitarist. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the English rock band Oasis, raised in Burnage, Gallagher began learning guitar at the age of thirteen. After a series of odd jobs in construction, he worked for local Manchester band Inspiral Carpets as a roadie and technician in 1988. Whilst touring with them, he learned that his brother Liam Gallagher had formed a band of his own, known as The Rain, after Gallagher returned to England, he was invited by his brother to join Oasis as songwriter and guitarist. Oasis debut album, Definitely Maybe, marked the beginning of the rise to fame as part of the Britpop movement. Oasis second album, Morning Glory. reached the top of the charts in many countries and their third studio album, Be Here Now. Britpop eventually declined in popularity and Oasis next two failed to revive it. However, the final two albums, Dont Believe the Truth and Dig Out Your Soul, were hailed as its best efforts in over a decade.
On 28 August 2009, following an altercation with Liam prior to a gig in Paris, Noel Gallagher announced his departure from Oasis and on 23 October 2009, Gallagher would go on to form Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds. Gallagher shared a rivalry with fellow Britpop band Blur. However, he was regarded as the spear-head of the Britpop movement. Many have praised Gallaghers songwriting, with George Martin claiming him to be the finest songwriter of his generation, in 2012, he was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork – the Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life, Gallagher was born in Longsight, the son of Irish Catholic parents Peggy and Thomas Gallagher. He was the second child, after the birth of Paul Anthony Gallagher. Soon after the birth of younger brother Liam in 1972, the Gallaghers moved to Ashburn Avenue in the Manchester suburb of Burnage and he and his brothers were often beaten by their father, who was an alcoholic, and he was often reclusive.
Liam described him as the weirdo in the family, due to their unease around their father, he and Paul both developed stammers. As the oldest child, Paul was given a room to himself, Peggy Gallagher acquired a legal notice of separation from her husband in 1976. Six years later, she left him, taking the three boys with her
U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, initially rooted in post-punk, U2s sound grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music, yet has maintained an anthemic sound. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes, popular for their live performances, the group has staged several ambitious and elaborate tours over their career. The band formed at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency, within four years, they signed with Island Records and released their debut album Boy. Subsequent work such as their first UK number-one album War, by the mid-1980s, they had become renowned globally for their live act, highlighted by their performance at Live Aid in 1985. The groups fifth album, The Joshua Tree, made them international superstars and was their greatest critical and commercial success. Topping music charts around the world, it produced their only number-one singles in the US, With or Without You, facing a backlash and creative stagnation, U2 reinvented themselves in the 1990s through a new musical direction and public image.
This experimentation continued through their album and the PopMart Tour. U2 regained critical and commercial favour with the records All That You Cant Leave Behind and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and their U2 360° Tour of 2009–2011 is the highest-attended and highest-grossing concert tour in history. The groups thirteenth album, Songs of Innocence, was released at no cost through the iTunes Store, U2 have released 13 studio albums and are one of the worlds best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 170 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The band formed in Dublin on 25 September 1976, Larry Mullen Jr. a 14-year-old student at Mount Temple Comprehensive School, posted a note on the schools notice board in search of musicians for a new band—six people responded. Mullen described it as The Larry Mullen Band for about ten minutes, Bono walked in and blew any chance I had of being in charge.
Martin, who had brought his guitar and amplifier to the first practice but could not play, did not remain with the group, the group settled on the name Feedback because it was one of the few technical terms they knew. Most of their material consisted of cover songs, which the band admitted was not their forte. Some of the earliest influences on the band were emerging punk rock acts, such as the Jam, the Clash, the popularity of punk rock convinced the group that musical proficiency was not a prerequisite to being successful. In April 1977, Feedback played their first gig for an audience at St. Fintans High School. Shortly after, the changed their name to The Hype
Martin Rebelski is a multi-instrumentalist musician and the keyboardist for Doves, acting as the bands unofficial fourth member. Rebelski was recommended by a friend of Rob Gretton to play as a musician for Doves. In addition to playing with Doves on tour, Rebelski has played on all four of the bands albums. Rebelski produced and released his first single Scarecrow, which was sold at Doves shows in late winter 2002, rebelskis debut solo live performance was as support for Doves at the bands 27 March gig at the Royal Albert Hall, a benefit for the Teenage Cancer trust. Following a recommendation from Damon Gough, Rebelski signed to Twisted Nerve Records, the album was released in November 2004 to warm critical reception. Rebelski parted ways with Twisted Nerve as his studio album was ready for release in summer 2007. In late 2008, Rebelski scored the soundtrack to the short film The Value of Hard Work, Rebelski is half-Polish, and the letter R on his Roland keyboard is covered to make the letter P to read Poland
Stuart Maconie is an English radio DJ and television presenter, writer and critic working in the field of pop music and popular culture. The pair had previously presented a show on BBC Radio 2. Maconie used to present his own show on Saturday afternoons from April 2006 until 29 March 2008. He hosts BBC Radio 6 Music programmes The Freak Zone, on Sundays from 8pm to 10pm and The Freakier Zone, on Saturday night/Sunday mornings from midnight to 1am. While still at St John Rigby school in the form, Maconie formed a band named Les Flirts, featuring Maconie on guitar/vocals, Nigel Power on bass. They performed at Wigan venues like the BierKellar and Trucks, performance style was influenced by the early Elvis Costello school of delivery. Set highlights included the self-penned Little Flirts and a cover of Satellite of Love. In September 2008, he began a new column for Cumbria Life magazine. Maconie previously worked as an English and sociology teacher at Skelmersdale College and he has written screenplays for television and films.
Maconie is the author of Cider With Roadies, an autobiography of his experiences as a music journalist. Pies and Prejudice, In Search of the North, a book that discusses the modern reality of the North of England, was published in February 2007. Maconie, himself a northerner, uses his own childhood experiences alongside anecdotes from recent visits to illuminate the book, a third book, Adventures on the High Teas, In Search of Middle England was published in March 2009. Maconies March 2012 book, Never Mind the Quantocks, is a collection of more than 50 humorous essays from his column at Country Walking magazine. The stories first appeared as blatant jokes in a spoof NME Believe It or Not feature and he claims to have coined the well used phrase Britpop in the 1990s. Im sure someone must have used the expression before me about the Hollies, or the Beatles, but I was the first person to use it about bands like Oasis and Blur. He was a reporter for Mark Goodiers Evening Session on BBC Radio 1. From 1994 to 2001, he presented the news review The Treatment.
In addition to this, in October 1996, Maconie took over a weekly show on Radio 1 on Sunday nights
An extended play is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. EPs generally do not contain as many tracks as albums, and are considered less expensive, an EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well. Ricardo Baca of The Denver Post said, EPs—originally extended-play single releases that are shorter than traditional albums—have long been popular with punk, in the United Kingdom, the Official Chart Company defines a boundary between EP and album classification at 25 minutes of length or four tracks. EPs were released in various sizes in different eras, the earliest multi-track records, issued around 1919 by Grey Gull Records, were vertically cut 78 rpm discs known as 2-in-1 records. These had finer than usual grooves, like Edison Disc Records, by 1949, when the 45 rpm single and 33 1⁄3 rpm LP were competing formats, seven-inch 45 rpm singles had a maximum playing time of only about four minutes per side.
Partly as an attempt to compete with the LP introduced in 1948 by rival Columbia, RCA Victor introduced Extended Play 45s during 1952. Their narrower grooves, achieved by lowering the levels and sound compression optionally. These were usually 10-inch LPs split onto two seven-inch EPs or 12-inch LPs split onto three seven-inch EPs, either separately or together in gatefold covers. This practice became less common with the advent of triple-speed-available phonographs. Some classical music albums released at the beginning of the LP era were distributed as EP albums—notably the seven operas that Arturo Toscanini conducted on radio between 1944 and 1954. These opera EPs, originally broadcast on the NBC Radio network and manufactured by RCA, in the 1990s, they began appearing on compact discs. During the 1950s, RCA published several EP albums of Walt Disney movies and these usually featured the original casts of actors and actresses. Each album contained two seven-inch records, plus an illustrated booklet containing the text of the recording, so that children could follow along by reading.
Some of the titles included Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and what was a recent release, because of the popularity of 7 and other formats, SP records became less popular and the production of SPs in Japan was suspended in 1963. In the 1950s and 1960s, EPs were usually compilations of singles or album samplers and were played at 45 rpm on seven-inch discs. Record Retailer printed the first EP chart in 1960, the New Musical Express, Melody Maker and Music Echo and the Record Mirror continued to list EPs on their respective singles charts. The Beatles Twist and Shout outsold most singles for some weeks in 1963, when the BBC and Record Retailer commissioned the British Market Research Bureau to compile a chart it was restricted to singles and EPs disappeared from the listings. In the Philippines, seven-inch EPs marketed as mini-LPs were introduced in 1970, with tracks selected from an album and this mini-LP format became popular in America in the early 1970s for promotional releases, and for use in jukeboxes
Black and White Town
Black and White Town is the lead single on Doves third album, Some Cities. The single was released as a promo CD on 13 December 2004, the song scored the band their second Top 10 hit, charting at #6 on the UK Singles Chart. The atmospheric single is noted for its piano and guitars played in unison. The music video for Black and White Town was filmed on the Summerston council estate in Glasgow, there exists a directors cut of the video, featuring different footage, which can be found on the DVD in the limited edition box set version of the Some Cities album. The song was used prominently by the BBC during their coverage of the 2005 Six Nations rugby tournament, not only was it used in the 2005 Six Nations championships, but it is still used in the BBCs coverage of all international rugby
Ancoats is an inner city area of Manchester, North West England, next to the Northern Quarter and the northern part of Manchester city centre. Historically in Lancashire, Ancoats became a cradle of the Industrial Revolution and has called the worlds first industrial suburb. For many years, from the late 18th century onwards, Ancoats was an industrial district. The area suffered accelerating economic decline from the 1930s and depopulation in the years after the Second World War, since the 1990s Ancoats industrial heritage has been recognised and its proximity to the city centre has led to investment and substantial regeneration. For the purpose of local government elections the area is part of the Ancoats, the name Ancoats is likely to have derived from the Old English ana cots, meaning lonely cottages. The settlement is first recorded as Elnecot in 1212, during the medieval period, Ancoats Hall was built. Land in Ancoats was bequeathed in the 14th century by Henry de Ancotes, the village covered the area of land that roughly lies between the River Medlock and the River Irk.
Survey work for the Rochdale Canal was carried out by James Brindley in 1765, the knowledge that its construction would make the transport of raw materials and finished goods more convenient gave industrialists the confidence to build their cotton mills. The first mills were built in Ancoats as early as 1790, in 1792 commissioners were established for the improvement of the township of Manchester, which included Ancoats. Towards the end of the 18th century steam power was first used to power the cotton mills. Some of the earliest mills of this period were Murrays Mills, they became known as Ancoats Mills when they were operated by McConnel & Company Ltd. From the opening of the Rochdale Canal in 1804 the development of mills continued on a larger scale. Ancoats grew rapidly to become an important industrial centre and as a result it became a densely populated area. By 1815 Ancoats was the most populous district in Manchester, streets of back-to-back houses and court dwellings were rapidly built.
For the poorest members of the community, houses were split, public health was a concern, a survey motivated by the fear of a cholera outbreak showed that over half of homes in Ancoats had no private plumbing, and over half of streets were not cleaned. By the middle of the 19th century Ancoats was densely developed, in 1851 Ancoats total population was 53,737, larger than towns such as Bury and Blackburn. However, despite this large population, Ancoats lacked public buildings, there were no parks and the only public buildings were a few churches and a dispensary. As late as 1821 there had no churches