on March 11, 2013
I'm always on the lookout for new music, and when I heard that one of my current tips, Australia’s San Cisco, were performing at Manchester's Night and Day I just had to toddle along there after work to check out both the band and the venue. Night and Day is very close to Manchester city centre near Debenhams just a little way up Oldham Street past Leo's fish bar. It's the single width of a shop and quite unremarkable from the outside so keep an eye out for the place. Obviously, it is narrow and a lot longer inside. The venue is fairly typical for an indie music venue; very basic and rather scruffy, but clean enough. I walked past the man at the entrance by waving my ticket at him and made my way across the wooden floor to the bar. There were plenty of shorts on offer all in bottles strewn behind the bar, but I chose a pint of San Miguel lager on draft. At £3.50 it was inexpensive. I also noticed Tuborg on draft but I didn't spot any bitters. Although I was alone at the venue I didn't feel threatened as it was quite obvious that everyone was here for the music and there was a little buzz of excitement about the place. Despite being the wrong side of 40 coming along to see an indie band of teenagers I wasn't actually the oldest in the place (although probably not far short), but the mostly student population simply largely ignored me and I didn't particularly feel out of place. The toilets are rather strangely to the rear of the stage down some stairs, which means when the place is really busy you have to plan your trip a little ahead of time to make your way through the crowd seeing the band. The bathrooms are pretty basic, which is rather what I expected. I was a little taken aback after the end of the support act, Catfish and the Bottlemen when I suddenly found myself surrounded by "bottlemen" at the urinals talking about how rubbish their set and performance had been (actually they were fine). It's certainly a good place to get up close and personal with the live acts. Likewise at the end of San Cisco's gig it was nice to see the band pose with a couple of fans for photos down that back stairs.Although the venue is small (there was probably space for a couple of hundred people at the space near the stage, the sound of the bands were good, and I liked that intimate and basic quality, it certainly felt like we were close to the bands on the evening I visited. Overall, this is a good friendly and basic venue where I felt quite happy and comfortable. I'd certainly look out for more bands at this small and intimate venue.
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