Live // Wilsen & Matthew and the Atlas, Manchester

Saturday 26th April 2014
Wilsen || Matthew and the Atlas
Soup Kitchen

The Northern Quarter's Soup Kitchen has been playing host to some of the most eye catching line-ups in the city over recent months and tonight a buzzing, Ryan Giggs rejuvenated Manchester threw its northern hands up in the air like it just didn't care to welcome some more belting talent to this basement venue.

Wilsen started things up by carving open the belly of Manchester's intrigue; dazzling, entrancing and mesmerising onlookers with the subtle charm and ambient magnificence which has seen them win so many fans so quickly on both sides of the atlantic. Fronted by 24 year old Londoner Tamsin Wilsen and flanked by her fellow Berklee College Of Music grads Johnny Simon Jr and Drew Arndt, the now Brooklyn based trio weaved their fragile, honest intimate silks with the most ambient of guitars backing Wilsen's impeccably controlled and emotive vocal to perfection. Touring in support of the forthcoming Magnolia EP and with a couple of slots at The Great Escape in a couple of weeks time, their seductive dream pop assault will only strengthen on this showing.


Headliners Matthew and the Atlas entered the well bearded and plaid-shirted fray with their triumphant brand of self-assured folky indie rock and even managed to make a few of the coolest looking hipsters dance. Matt Hegarty and his band of merry men flexed the venues impressive PA to the peak of its powers, thundering bass made us feel alive while the dynamic contrasts and audio mood swings flooded their melodic frameworks with life and vigour, the likes of Pale Rose Sun pounding ceremoniously and providing glowing highlights to their romantic and rustic sounding set.

And just like that, the hipsters rose from this Manchester basement, clutching their IPA and nonchalantly pretending it wasn't them furiously nodding their heads in approval. But they lapped it up, don't you worry. Some Americana, some folk some indie and some pop? I don't know what you wanna call it (I probably should to be fair) but these cats have some great, great tunes, this is one of them.

Matthew and the Atlas tour dates:

21st April - Cardiff, The Globe

22nd April - Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
24th April - Glasgow, Broadcast
25th April - Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete's
26th April - Manchester, Soup Kitchen
28th April - Nottingham, Bodega
30th April - London, Dingwalls
1st May - Bristol, The Fleece
3rd May - Leeds, Live At Leeds
4th May - Dublin, Academy 2
6th May - Belfast, McHugh's
19th May - Frankfurt, Zoom
20th May - Berlin, Lido
21st May - Hamberg, Knust
22nd May - Cologne, Gebude 9

Wilsen tour dates:

21st April - Cardiff, The Globe* 
22nd April - Birmingham, Hare & Hounds* 
24th April - Glasgow, Broadcast* 
25th April - Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s* 
26th April - Manchester, Soup Kitchen* 
28th April - Nottingham, Bodega* 
30th April - London, Dingwalls* 
1st May - Bristol, The Fleece* 
 6th May - London, Slaughtered Lamb  
7th May - London, St John on Bethnal Green  
8th May - Unification Church, Brighton (The Great Escape) 
 9th May - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton (The Great Escape) 

 *supporting Matthew and The Atlas.