Moving to the sound of Jazz

Since Friday 23rd and until Sunday 31st of July Manchester is moving to the sound of Jazz!

Great sound to move to I have to say.

The beauty of the festival is all the free events taking place around the city! No excuses not to try at least one!

Split between St Ann Sq, Albert Sq (Festival Pavilion) and venues around Manchester such as RNCMMatt & Phred’sMidland HotelBand on the Wall; there is gotta be something for everyone and every pocket!

Radio 3 even broadcasted live from Band on the Wall last night, featuring Arun Gosh Quintet, Stuart McCallum solo and Simcock/Walker/Swallow/Nussbaum which was perfect for me as I was crafting at home!

You can check the full line up here.

Here are a few pics too of the acts I have seen while on my lunch break! Yes, jazzy lunch is awesome!


Extra Curricular from Huddersfield

Mobile special effexxxt…


Cool Ceol Quartet - Festival Pavilion

The blogs, the bands and the pretties

My oh My…

How long is this going to take me?

I feel lost in a deep forest of websites, blogs, links, tweets, Facebook, Googlemail, Hotmail, e-mail…

So much information is available and so little time to read and find out about it… So what’s next? Well I love Google reader! I’ve only used it for just over a week but already I can see the (surely time consuming) most efficient way to scan through the mass of the web by getting pre selected and therefore targeted updates to blogs, websites and the rest… I am a fan already! I now follow various ones including ones related to Mancunia, culture, fashion , architecture and design, plain pretty, geeky (I love geeky dad!), crafty blogs and some news as well. Knowledge is power!

So much to discover but so little time…

Talking of which, I am really excited about the reopening of Bands on the Wall and I have already booked  a couple of nights  – to start with!  Starting with the Bays on the 27/9 and followed by the Berlin based collective  Jazzanova on the 6/10! A night to reminisce about life in Berlin back a few years now… I cannot wait!

Automn is kick starting and so are the student nights and the awakening of Manchester’s party scene! Roll on gigs and parties. Warehouse Project 09 starting soon with a very eclectic line up, from Laroux to DJ Sneak! Cherry picking might prove difficult…

Gigs, gigs, gigs… Next on my list is Maximo Park at the Apollo on the 8/10 and the frenchies Phoenix playing the Academy2 on the 27/10 ! I do like a bit of variety in my entertaiment selection!

As for the pretties, I was going to mention briefly the colourful Pride Parade that took place 2 weeks ago (yes, it took me a while). A mix of corporate, nights, political and randomnes walking Manchester. Enjoyed to very friendly atmosphere and laughed at the antipride demonstrator being ridiculed!

I am adding a new string to my bow by joining the Rags to Bitches dress making course in October! I cannot wait for this either! I sold my first piece at Val’s Home Market last wednesday as well, which gave me the confidence to invest more time in this hobby of mine!  More Home Market to follow so watch this space Mancunian Ladies!

Creation, fashion, music and more!

A bientot cher Readers!

The Francunian