‘Balloon Machine Presents’ are specially curated evenings in Manchester, UK. We pick two or three acts we love, usually they’ve featured on the website or are scheduled to be, and put them on in unique venues. Set-times are published well-ahead, this means that people with accessibility issues can plan their evening. All shows aim to be finished by 10.30pm (latest), sleep is nearly as important to us as music!
After being hand-picked by Big Thief’s Buck Meek to support the band on their European tour, Crake return to Manchester to play our first 2020 showcase on Saturday, February 8th! The Leeds quartet released single ‘Glycerin’ to praise from The Skinny, Gold Flake Paint and For The Rabbits earlier this year, later giving the song a home alongside two new tracks on EP ‘Dear Natalie’. The group have been lauded for swathing their alt-folk in earthy autumnal tones.
Backing them up are Balloon Machine faves, Gold Baby. The North London outfit’s dreamy grunge-pop is fermented with the knotty impatience and potent vulnerability of obsessive-compulsive songwriter Siân Alex. Singles ‘Philadelphia’ and ‘500/1’ impressed us so much at Balloon Machine HQ, that we just had to ask them to play for us – you can imagine how thrilled we were when they said yes.
Katy Kirby + Omes + Papergirl at Gullivers Lounge, Manchester, Tuesday 15 October
Natalie Evans, Bonniesongs and Tea Leaf at The Castle Hotel, Sunday 22 September.
Merival, Elk & Robbie Thompson at The Eagle Inn, 12 September.
GHUM, Aufbau Principle and Cat Apostrophe at The Castle Hotel, July 15