mjf @ First Street: Apollo House, Nasa Parka and Moby Dickless

mjf @ First Street (Garden Stage)

First Street, Garden Stage

This afternoon we showcase three bands featuring young artists from across Greater Manchester who’ve graduated from our soundcheck artist development programme and are now making their mark on the wider Manchester music scene – you heard them first at mjf!  

2.15pm.- 3.10pm / Apollo House
4.30pm – 5.25pm / Nasa Parka
6.45pm – 7.40pm / Moby Dickless

Tickets: FREE entry to all events

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Apollo House

Louis Reilly drum kit / Matthew Hodson saxophone / Finlay Mactaggart piano / Vivien Griffin electric bass  

Apollo House are a four-piece jazz ensemble that formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2021. Made up of all Northern musicians, they take inspiration from the thriving UK jazz scene and fellow Northern artists GoGo Penguin, Matthew Halsall and Jasmine Myra by combining elements of improvised ambient music, drum and bass and electronica. This ethereal and mesmerising music culminates in a genre they call Space jazz. Exploring sonic landscapes through the medium of composition and improvisation, Apollo House create a unique and engaging live experience.

Nasa Parka

Nasa Parka are a four-piece band not quite belonging to one particular genre. The band is comprised of Nat, Rhys, Rosie and Bryce, collectively reigning from Manchester, London and Sheffield. Their influences range from Bowie to Wolf Alice with references to various genres within our set including alt-rock, dark pop and blues. 

Moby Dickless

Mat Woods bass, vocals / Maria Rocha guitar, vocals / Freddie Hunter drums, vocals

Laced with unchained, angular harmonies and vivid story telling, Moby Dickless are a band set on breaking the mould. Consisting of John Sloth, Maria Rocha and Freddie Hunter, they met while studying at university and bonded through their love for improvisation. The band soon started playing gigs, and have rapidly established a reputable, highly energetic and immersive live performance in which they consistently challenge the very definition of genre. Their previous two releases, Life Aquatic EP and Live in the Boat Room, have explored a bold blend of jazz, punk and trip hop with future endeavours promising to push the boundaries further than ever before.  You’ll not come across many bands that sound like Manchester’s Moby Dickless” – Analogue Trash 

Date: saturday 20 may

Time: 2:15 pm - 7:40 pm

Price: Free

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