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Children of Zeus


Currently killing stages all over, Children of Zeus (Konny Kon & Tyler Daley) are a neo-soul group hailing from Manchester. Here is a small sample of their work, but you REALLY need to go see them live…

Rock you internally

“You just got to check it…” – Jazzie B (of SoulIISoul)


“This is my jam. You need this shit in your life…” – Lenzman

Push Push On

“The light skin, Street, UK Maxwell… I like it” – Dres (of BlackSheep)

Konny Kon – All vinyl Soul Food Selection

With audiences and listeners loving the tracks and live shows (picture the whole audience singing along), and now legitimate soul LEGENDS, and renowned musicians coming out saying this is some of their favorite contemporary music – Big things are just around the corner we are sure…

Check them out further on their Soundcloud and via Facebook.

93 Magazine launch

We are really excited about this, you should be too. 10857217_10153095297759557_1430175270239052977_o


“What we did then and who we are now.”

Young creatives, the 90’s generation, they’ve got their shit together.

It is rare that these days, any young artist, photographer or writer will have their work published as a physical form. The industry has dramatically changed, as our desire to have everything so immediately and at our convenience, has meant many magazines have struggled with online competition and ceased print all together. However recently, tangible publications with more depth and statement have come about. They have created a new enthusiasm for print and a revival of what the magazine should really be. Each one different and just as unique and interesting as the next. 93 utilises social and online media to support the printed publication and the artists involved, without discarding any anticipation for the physical copy.
93 is about the 90’s generation, for the 90’s generation. A celebration of talent and creativity, and an opportunity to get your work on some really nice paper.

Find out more here. Event details here.

Kristian Duffy

Totally in love with the work of Manchester Illustrator Kristian Duffy at the moment, can’t fault it. Great colour palette and some very cool compositions.


I particularly like this piece:


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Follow on Twitter here.

View Behance here.

Children of Zeus

Okay so we got some absolute gems for you people from Manchester heads Children of Zeus aka Tyler Daley & KonnyKon (Broke’n’£nglish). Oh did we mention it’s FREE!?

Support some real homegrown music people…

All in the Wrist

We shall be attending this exciting looking event on Thursday, get down for some arty goodness!

Bench proudly present ‘All in the Wrist’ – 15th November – 8th December 2012
Curated by Manchester’s very own Moot, All in the Wrist brings together a collection of cardboard chaos from some of the North West’s finest artists.

Featuring works by Tasha Whittle, TJ “KREK” Dolan, Lottie Smith and Tea One.
A ‘no rules’ ethos applies to the exhibition. Incorporating a mix of styles from illustration, sculpture and graffiti, All in the Wrist gives rise to a whole host of techniques all brought together by one mesmerising medium of choice; cardboard.

The Bench gallery, a previously disused basement of the newly launched Bench Concept store in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, provides an innovative backdrop to this fantastic exhibition.
The exhibition launches with a private view evening Thursday 15th November, with music from Saber T and complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson Irish Whiskey.

To RSVP for the private view, please get in touch with portia@canoeinc.com

Self Made Gallery: Bench, 59 Church Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester. M4 1PD

Dont Panic Poster Exhibition

Dirt Cheap will be attending this event tomorrow, it promises to be a pretty cool exhibition and will be a great chance to check out the new Bench store…

For the first time Don’t Panic will be showcasing their internationally recognised posters featuring work by Banksy, Shepard Fairy and Hammo to name a few.

The exhibition will take place at the Bench Manchester NQ store and to celebrate, Bench and Don’t Panic are holding a Private View evening on the 18th with live art from 5 of Manchester’s finest, music by Rich Reason, free drinks, goody bags and life art sessions where party attendees can join in drawing.

For private view RSVP to – portia@canoeinc.com
18/10/2012 from 6 – 8pm
At Bench NQ, Manchester.

The exhibition runs from 19th of October – 12th November.

It’s Grim Up North – John Bulmer [Photography]

John Bulmer Home.

Dr Syntax & The Mouse Outfit feat. Sparkz & Kosyne

Brand new, check it out! Download it for FREE here.

Badman Ting vs Depthcuts – Pennines’ biggest nights team up for farewell Manchester Jungle gig

Our friends over at Badman Ting and Depthcuts are teaming up for Badman Ting vs Depthcuts, which promises to be a huge night for Jungle heads!


Manchester’s only dedicated old skool jungle night Badman Ting is coming to an end with a special Badman Ting vs Depthcuts, at Manchester’s Club Academy, Friday 13th July.

Three veterans of jungle music, Dom and Roland, Bad Company and Remarc will be gracing the decks with golden-era jungle sets, including a rare No U-Turn records showcase from Dom.

Dom and Roland has been a seminal figure in the drum’n’bass scene since its emergence in the early 90s. For nearly two decades his brand of dark dnb has received heavy DJ support from contemporaries such as Grooverider and Ed Rush, but he has also received regular airplay from many outside the dnb scene, such as the late John Peel.
Dom is joined by Maldini of the first drum’n’bass supergroup Bad Company – responsible for classics such as ‘Nitrous’, ‘Planet Dust’ and most notably ‘The Nine’, which has been voted the best drum’n’bass track ever in various polls. Rounding off the line up is ‘king of the amen’ Remarc – having released his first ragga jungle track back in 1993, he will feel right at home.

Promoter Nanny said: “We’re sad to see the end of a regular dedicated jungle experience in Manchester. We feel like every line up we’ve put together has been a little special and this one is no different. As always it’s going to be a really good atmosphere and from the response we’ve had so far we’re expecting to out with a bang.”

Badman Ting launched over a year ago and has gained an enviable reputation as Manchester’s premier night for jungle music. Highlighted by the Guardian last year as one of the country’s best new club nights, it has been credited with putting the fun back into parties. Their uncompromising old skool jungle and golden era dnb music policy has provided a haven for ravers less enamoured with the way the drum’n’bass scene has developed since the turn of the century.
Depthcuts is Yorkshire’s longest running drum’n’bass and hip-hop night, and it also has a highly popular sister night ‘LDN DC’ in London. This event celebrates its tenth birthday.


Dom and Roland (No U Turn set)
Bad Company (Classics set)
Remarc (Sub Urban Base)
Nanny Banton B2B Gloxxy (BMT)
Vamos B2B Bass (Depthcuts)
MC Madrush
13th July 2012, 11pm – 4am
Club Academy, M13 9PR (Manchester University Student Union)
18+ ROAR
£8 advance, £10 on the door
Advance tickets are highly recommended
Buy Tickets at Ticketline or Eastern Bloc Records
Facebook Event

Fresh new talent- Manchester spring fashion show 2012

On the 8th of Feb, i caught the train to Manchester to review the Annual Manchester spring fashion show 2012. Although the weather outside was bloody freezing, the emerging fresh talent definitely took my mind off it. Several designers showcased their collections, displaying an eclectic mix of styles and designs.

Take a look at the next big things.

The show


Inspired by the exotic flowers displayed at Kew Gardens, this collection fuses feminine elegance with urban glamour. Mixing luxury silks, ruffles and leather binding with a rich colour palette. Beautiful, just beautiful. 


Encapsulating the revival of the bohemian, the collection uses soft hues with bold daring prints capturing a free spirit. Dramatic silhouettes were created with a mix of maxi and mini dresses, pencil skirts and bell sleeved blouses. Free and fabulous. 


“you can’t control me” – based on  suppressed childhood memories and nightmares. A Shockingly powerful collection, as the models marched through in latex pieces. Manipulating fabrics creating textured and daring outlandish designs. I don’t know if it was the interesting textures, baby faced prints or the strong smell of latex, but for me, this was the most rememberable collections of the night.


Taking inspiration from all over the world, this collection fuses African prints and vibrant colours with Japanese contemporary art work. Style and comfort come together in this collection. Giving you a taste of cultural flavour.


Runner up for the 2012 best emerging designer award. This forties and fifties inspired collection had pops of colour and delicate, sensuous designs. The whole collection illustrates Wroe’s conscious effort to reduce fabric waste producing a zero waste pattern cutting.


The collection which screamed confidence! tutu skirts, cut out arms and printed t- shirts were presented with attitude. The girls were accessorised in punk head bandannas, long fingerless gloves and retro glasses. A sinister gothic twist with a sultry burlesque styling the kitch glamour. “To be disturbing but oh so pretty!”


 A Nostalgic take on a modern collection. With a  60’s and 70’s theme, sporting  sun and tea dresses, high waisted shorts in retro and vintage prints. Bringing the past to create a beautifully dressed future!


Winner of best emerging designer 2012. The “Coincide” collection is all about reconnecting with the our planet. A contemporary twist on eco friendly designs. Earthly colour palettes with layering and intriguing panelling techniques, a beautifully constructed collection, demonstrating sustainable style! 


 Tradition goes modern, with this heritage based collection. Hosting tweeds, faux fur coats,ripstop nylon shirts paired with croc winklepickers. Thom Neal uses skill and attention creating jaw dropping pieces. Truly British with a contemporary twist.


Finishing with the ultra modern sassy collection. One of my personal favourites of the night. Digitally printed pieces with crystal and stud embellishments flooded the collection. Fantasy meets reality with the textured, exquisite experimental designs.

An amazing show, with raw and modern talent. Remember these names, as the designers are about to take Britain by storm!

Words and Photography Johanna Bras’