This year we've had a hand in 13 punk rock shows with bands from all over the world. Kicking the year off with Caves / Wade / Bear Trade / Dinner Time / Holy Pinto at Wahl Bar. RIP to Wahl Bar, it was a great basement venue with great beer and better staff. It's since turned into a bloody Tiki bar.
Then we welcomed back The Survival Tour before moving into March and hosting Calvinball's swansong in Manchester on tour with the incredible Arms Aloft. It was also the first time we had the pleasure of putting on Headroom who are a band that have come into their own in 2014 and from Manchester too.
In April we had the pleasure of welcoming back The Smith Street Band and one of the best bands I've ever seen live in the form of Restorations. Completing the frankly ridiculous line-up were Astpai, Great Cynics and Brawlers. Not bad for £8.
May was a ridiculously busy month, kicking off with the Iron Chic / Gnarwolves double-header, then what was our final show at Wahl Bar with Hindsights and Milk Teeth (both playing Tiger Lounge in January). And to finish the month off came the show that sold out in three days with Real Friends / Modern Baseball / You Blew It! / Nai Harvest at The Star & Garter.
Then in June we put our first (and last) gig at Odder Bar (R.I.P) where we went back in time to get a line-up including Apologies, I Have None / Above Them / Leagues Apart for a wild Saturday night.
Friday 25th July brought around another sold out show when we welcomed Citizen to The Star & Garter with support from Diamond Youth, Headroom and Boston Manor. Citizen absolutely nailed their set to a weirdly not-full S&G, go figure.
People managed to shake off their hangovers just in time to lose their minds again, this time at Retro Bar for a remarkable line-up of Nirvana / Propagandhi / Minor Threat / Descendents. You won't see that again anytime soon!
Then came the third and final day of manchF3STer with a line-up that got way out of control and entertained a sold out Dry Bar for about 11 hours. Headliners Masked Intruder stole peoples hearts, Gnarwolves ripped the place a part shortly beforehand and The Smith Street Band turned up un-announced (slightly) to play a secret set half way through the day too.
We originally had some shows booked for October and November but sadly the demise of Wahlbar and some unlucky news with a band left us unable to do these shows. So we took a well deserved breather until December.
Gnarwolves first played Manchester with 4 days notice at The Bay Horse, so it was fitting to see an amazing year of gigs out with those boys headlining a packed Sound Control to hundreds of people going absolutely nuts. The line-up was completed by Prawn, Public Domain and Iona and the whole night was a perfect way to wave goodbye to 2014.
We'd like to say a heartfelt thank you and goodbye to Wahlbar - a wonderul home for plenty of DIY punk rock shows in Manchester during it's time. Great beers, better staff, a pleasure to work with.
Another year has gone and The Star & Garter is still surviving, just about. Network Rail have almost put the final nail in the coffin of this great venue and it won't be around for long, please make us of it while you can.
Next year is going to kick off quite wonderfully with Moose Blood's first headline show in the city at The Star & Garter, there's about 30 tickets left for this gig so get a move on. The line-up includes Choir Vandals from the states and our favourite Blackpool pop-punkers in the form of Boston Manor.
Wednesday 25th March sees us welcome back Modern Baseball to Manchester for the third time, this time they're bringing the wonderful Into It. Over It. and Tiny Moving Parts with them. Tickets have also been flying out for this gig recently, so if you're after them, click HERE.
Moving North are proud to be part of MPF (Manchester Punk Festival) 2015 which will be happening across the 17th and 18th April at Sound Control, Ducie Bridge, Joshua Brooks and Retro Bar. For more info on the weekend, bands and how to get tickets, check out: manchesterpunkfestival.co.uk