LIVE PREVIEW: Year’s End Festival 2018

Two creative institutions are teaming up to host a festive shindig of unforgettable live entertainment and innovative vision: Manchester-based powerhouse, Scruff of the Neck and London-hailing tastemakers, Distiller Music. The collaboration configures a stellar light bulb moment, connecting a pair of prominent music venues with a bill of artists, noteworthy and compelling.

Arranged for the 15th of December, the event will span across three stages in two of Manchester’s most prosperous live residences: O2 Ritz and Gorilla. Closely knit, the venues are situated across from each other on Whitworth Street West – just a short walk from major train stops and the city’s University district. Housing bands like Spector, Saytr Play, Vistas, and Ambiere the festival aims to spotlight a breadth of homegrown talent and amplify their art to new audiences.

Celebrating Scruff of the Neck’s and Distiller’s continued partnership, the festival highlights their distinguishing ability to spot the first sparks of burgeoning talent at the seedling stages. With acts such as Cassia and Plastic House instances of artists who have honed their live show through Scruff of the Neck promoted events, alongside bands like The Ninth Wave and Bloxx who have gained early support from Distiller’s TV platform.

Further excitement is propelled by the inclusion of scene stalwarts, Spector and The Whip who provide star power to the late night slots. Bringing their vast catalogues to the chamber hall of 1500-capacity O2 Ritz, while over at 700-capacity Gorilla scintillating tropi-pop trio, Cassia will take the keynote slot.

The complete festival line up includes; eerie experimentalists Ambiere, upbeat upstarts Freeda, rousing rockers Plastic House, indie purveyors Urban Theory, ’90s revivalists Cleargreen, raucous hometown heroes Saytr Play, punchy guitar poppers The Hara, edgy innovators The Ninth Wave, melody revellers Corella, invigorating synth-poppers Vistas, blistering rockers Bloxx, calypso darlings Cassia, local legends The Whip and London charmers Spector.

Together the hosts have constructed a feast for the eyes and ears spearheaded by a commendable ethos, independent spirit and vibrant foresight, Year’s End Festival is a new music gathering you don’t want to miss. 

Year’s End Festival takes place on Saturday 15th December across multiple stages in venues, Gorilla and O2 Ritz. Tickets are now on sale priced at £12.50 +bf, available here.

Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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