Category Archives: Club Nights

Lowdown & Thirty

One of the types of photography that I really enjoy is music photography, be that live bands or clubbing. I’ve also been lucky enough to regularly do the photos for the rather excellent Manchester club night called Lowdown & Dirty.

Well, it so happens that Lowdown & Dirty has both its 30th night this Saturday (26th Jan 2013), but that night is the 3rd Birthday night as well! It’s going to be a heavy one with a couple of favourites of mine headlining, Elite Force from U&A Records, and Metha, a leading participant in the Be Massive parties in Hungary.

Anyhow, as this will be their 30th show, and the 26th that I’ve done photos for, I thought that I’d put together a (not so) little selection of my favourites from the last three years! It really brought back some memories going through the 5000 or so best photos from all those nights out!

Long may they continue, happy Lowdown & Thirty!

Hope you enjoy having a look through them as much as I did taking them!


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This City Is Ours


Blood Boy, DJing at This City Is Ours

This City Is Ours.

Well, that goes without saying really, we live here after all.

It’s a wonderful, friendly little phrase which invites you in with this lovely feeling of warmth and belonging.

Quite a coincidence really as there’s a regular monthly club night of the same name that engenders precisely the same kind of feelings.

For me, This City Is Ours is one of Manchester’s hidden musical gems. Small, yes, but bright enough with talent, aesthetics and a wonderful sense of the not quite normal that it can sometimes outshine the sun with all of it’s twinkly goodness.

Run by a collection of local artists, this night draws on the talent of the electronic underground in Manchester and across the UK (and occasionally the world) bringing a wide selection of wonderfully glitchy, different electronica to your ears. I’ve heard influences from mid 90’s ambience to post-dubstep to glitch to breakcore to stuff that I wouldn’t dare categorise. All of it, however, has been of a quality that you don’t often find in one place, let alone on a single night. And all done without the slightest hint of pretentiousness.

Anyhow, suffice to say, it’s well worth seeking out if you like your electronics. Oh, and they seem to have a record label too, you might want to check that out I reckon.

They also have a wonderful VJ who’s bonkers projections turn the drabbest of spaces into their own special brand of psychedelics, just see the photos below…



For the full set of photos from this night, please see the gallery on my facebook page.

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