Someone else’s words, posted on Myspace:
Subject: Manchester is officially the worst music city ever
Body: I went to see the Jai-Alai Savant last night at the Night and Day. They have just released on Gold Standard Labs, which is run by Omar Rodruiguez of Mars Volta/At The Drive in fame.
Despite this, the band played to 3 paying customers, one guest and door staff. The gig was booked by SJM who didn’t put any other bands on and The Jai Alai Sevant played a 40 minite set to 7 or 8 people.
I spoke to the tour manager who lives in Berlin and does tour management for the Gossip as well as hundreds of other bands over the years. He’s been all around the world and everyone has mentioned that Manchester is the shittest city to play.
Did SJM drop a bollock, was it somthing to do with the Sunshine Underground gig or the football being on? It doesnt matter – what the answer is, I’m going to move to Berlin and set fire to Manchester as I leave this godforsaken music-hating city.
I’ll not be too judgemental here, because promoters SJM are about 100 more professional than anything I could ever do. But about the wider point: is Manchester in 2007, despite all the hype and rhetoric, a bad city for music?
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