Coming to move you at Night & Day on March 6th, who better than politcal-horsemash-gypsy-skank-reggae-with-horns band GALIVANTES to kick off a series of events putting the causes of our time alongside Manchester's most rebellious acts.
Galivantes started as an DIY promotions co-op between friends Rachele & Craig. After a while of putting on gypsy ska punk bands and electroswing DJs they missed performing themselves. As both their bands were based outside Manchester they decided to start a new band. The main aim was to have fun and adventures. Hence the unicorn.
Along the way they collected more friends, charmed to join them on their musical adventure. Along came Jam on bass, Stringy on drums, Andy Speak on Accordion, Dave on Trombone and Abbi on Percussion. After a few shaky gigs they soon found their feet playing a mix of bouncy punky reggae gypsy ska honed with their daily observations of life in general and a subliminal power to the people message. Described by some as a UK cross between Sublime and The Pixies their message is "If there is gonna be a (non-violent) revolution, there needs to be a soundtrack."
Only going for a year, Galivantes have performed alongside Honeyfeet, Rubber Duck Orchestra, China Shop Bull and Hackney Colliery Band, be resident band for Manchester club night Swing & Shout and have played gigs in Manchester, London and Sheffield.
They were also lucky enough to perform at the launch party of HOME mcr organised by Danny Boyle and a whole summer of festivals including Kendal Calling, Dirty Weekender, Holifair and Audiofarm.
Extinction Rebellion will be present a shortened version of 'Heading for extinction and What to do About it' - the famous talk that mobilised thousands in 2019.
Rivet City occupy a niche of their own creation, fusing together elements of punk, hip-hop, and alt-rock into an amalgamation hinged on social commentary.
Quiet Houses are a Manchester based indie-folk duo made up of Hannah Elliott (vocals, violin, keyboards) and Jamie Stewart (guitar, vocals). After forming in early 2018, the pair started writing songs rooted in the wistful folk sound-world of Laura Marling and Fleet Foxes and the quirky lyricism of indie songwriters Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile.
In December 2018, they began recording their debut 5 track EP, ‘Armchair Tree,’ with up-and-coming producer Karl Ziegler. They celebrated its release by performing to a packed out Manchester show. The EP has over 17,000 streams times on Spotify and ‘The Gallery’ was played on BBC 6 Music as part of ‘The Tom Robinson Show’.
The duo perform regularly in Manchester venues both as a pair and with a band. At Night and Day Café they were spotted by Ryan Paul who played their single ‘The Gallery’ on BBC Introducing later that week, remarking that the duo’s performance had “blown him away.”
Their next single “What do you Want for Your Birthday?” is out now.