Star Shaped Festival 2019

O2 Ritz, Manchester
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Cast

Cast appearing at this event

Originally formed in 1992 from the ashes of two of the most legendary and lauded Liverpool guitar bands of the time, The La's and Shack, Cast have released six albums including the top 10 platinum releases 'All Change' and 'Morher Nature Calls', and have enjoyed a string of top 20 singles, from the debut 'Finetime' to 'Beat Mama'. After the band's split, Power released a series of solo albums, but reformed Cast in 2010 under the line-up of Power joined by Liam 'Skin' Tyson - lead guitar, Keith O'Neill - drums and Jay Lewis - bass. The reinvigorated Cast continue to produce new material full of the anthemic, melodic and beautifully written songs for which they have always been known for, along with a formidable live reputation. Noel Gallagher described watching the band as "a religious experience."

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Space

Space appearing at this event

Cheeky, scouse outfit whose quirky, uplifting brand of indie-pop has produced many smiles, as well as some irresistable tunes ('Neighbourhood', 'Female Of The Species', 'Me And You Vs The World'). Record company wrangles led to them being silent at the start of the new millenium, but in 2012 Space were back with a vengeance and playing material from their new albums 'Attack Of The 50ft Kebab' and 'Give Me Your Future'.

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Geneva

Scottish Indie band who had four UK Top 40 singles in the mid 90s and the Top 20 album 'Further', released on Suede's record label; Nude. Attempting not to get caught up too much in the Britpop movement at the time, Geneva's songs were dark and brooding anthems, more in fitting with other bands of the time like Gene and Strangelove. The guys split after the release of their 2nd album in 2000, but reformed in 2018, minus original guitarist Stuart Evans.

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Salad

Salad appearing at this event

Britpop-era band Salad were formed by model and MTV presenter Marijne Van Der Vlugt and Paul Kennedy in 1992. Their debut album 'Drink Me' shot straight into the Top 20, spawning memorable singles like 'Drink The Elixir' and 'Motorbike To Heaven'. Sadly their career came to an abrupt halt when the band split two years later. Having vanished for almost 20 years, they reformed in 2016 as an acoustic duo, under the name of Salad Undressed. Since then they've reformed as the full Salad band.

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Mark Morriss (The Bluetones)

Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) appearing at this event

Best known as the frontman in The Bluetones, Mark Morriss released his debut solo album Memory Muscle on June 2, 2008. Getting his hands dirty with his own set of songs has been an inspiring experience for Morriss, who started trying them out acoustically at open mic nights in London way back in 2004. 'I'd just turn up with my guitar, play five or six songs, along with everyone else. I didn't want any special favours, and just enjoyed the experience of stripping things right back down' - Morriss.

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Chris Helme (The Seahorses)

Chris Helme (The Seahorses) appearing at this event

Chris Helme, who first rose to prominence as the front man of John Squire's post-Stone Roses band 'The Seahorses' released his brand new solo album on the 27th of August 2012. Still rightfully remembered for the anthemic Britpop classics 'Love Is The Law' and 'Blinded By The Sun' - songs that evoked everything the 90's stood for, the excitement, the culture and the bands that provided a voice in a period of political and social imbalance. Present day societal context may well in fact mirror those times but the man himself, now, appears cut from an entirely different cloth. Helmes has an enviable back catalogue, bolstered further by his acclaimed works with The Yards, but it's his latest offering The Rookery's knack for melody and imaginative, intricate, three-way guitar interplay that brings each track to such lush, blossoming, climaxes. Add to this Helme's keen ear for arranging and those brooding string passages resonate even more deeply.

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Dodgy

Dodgy appearing at this event

The first time round, Dodgy were only together for seven years but in that time they sold over a million records worldwide, released three albums and 12 Top 40 singles, including 3 Top 10s and the Top 5 hit 'Good Enough', still a staple of the Radio 2 playlist. Now back together, the definitive line up of Nigel Clark, Andy Miller and Mathew Priest bring us those catchy summer hits including 'Staying Out For The Summer' and 'In A Room'. 'Dodgy's new album is a revelation’ (The Guardian).

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  • Manchester
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