Alex Hulme – The Start, Press Release

Filed under: Alex Hulme,Cityscape,Press,Press Releases — Brad B Wood at 3:17 pm on Thursday, June 7, 2012

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We think, that with The Start, Alex Hulme has produced the summeriest pop tune of the year. What do you reckon?

It’s been a good year for Garstang born, Liverpool based, Alex. Having played for Sir Paul McCartney and Billy Ocean and supported a wealth of artists including Willy Mason, Willis Earl Beal and Emmy the Great, 2012 certainly seems like the start of something good for this pop/folk, singer/songwriter. Alex’s first two EPs caught the attention of BBC DJs, and festival programmers alike but Alex’s third EP, The Start, showcases his best work to date.

“I’m tired of always hearing down beat tracks from solo acoustic artists,” says 21 year old Alex, “I really want to write the songs that people sing along to, the ones that make you want to turn them up, jump around and enjoy life!” The title track of the EP does just that. The Start is a pulsing, pounding, feel-good, acoustic pop song with glorious boy/girl summer harmonies.

Second track, All that I Have, is an example of some of Alex’s more thoughtful song writing, working delicate vocals over beautiful guitar and building to a full sing-a long chorus at the end. It has an uplifting feel and is a fans’ favourite at live shows, where Alex often gets the whole room singing along at the top of their lungs.

Background, is a powerful and emotive track showcasing Alex’s folkier tendencies. Its epic arrangement of layered vocals, guitar, banjo, twin basses and twin drum kits rises to a loud, tumultuous and captivating crescendo.

The closing track, Sparks, once again featuring boy/girl dynamics, is full of charm and character. Alex describes it as, “A simple and naive love song.”

Cityscape Records is a long established kitchen table label which has been championing DIY pop from a Bolton terrace since ‘96. Recording in glamorous locations such as the ‘back room’ and utilising the best mixing and mastering talent Urmston has to offer, we really hope you enjoy our latest labour of love.

Praise for Alex Hulme

A beautiful song and a wonderful melody Sir Paul McCartney

A great voice and a great understanding for melody Billy Ocean

His ability to command the room was nothing short of remarkable…Bido Lito

This multi-talented musician is definitely one to watch. Object of Dreams Magazine

Great songs with performances to  match, Alex Hulme is one to watch Liverpool Acoustic

Acoustic magic…An emerging talent. No doubt about it… Salford

Alex is in it for the long haul… definitely one of the highlights of the festival Ultimate-


Bolton News previews Cityscape Presents Bandersnatch and Jaywalkers

Filed under: Cityscape,Cityscape Presents,Press,Press Releases — Brad B Wood at 4:20 pm on Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bolton News Review Cityscape Presents Pancho Ballard at the No Name!

Filed under: Cityscape,Cityscape Presents,Gallery,Press,Press Releases — Brad B Wood at 1:26 pm on Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bolton News Review Cityscape Presents… Jon Gomm

Filed under: Cityscape,Cityscape Presents,Press,Press Releases — Brad B Wood at 12:48 pm on Saturday, October 1, 2011

Garstang Courier Article about Alex Hulme’s Launch Gig

Filed under: Alex Hulme,Cityscape,Press Releases — Brad B Wood at 4:00 pm on Sunday, June 5, 2011

Bolton News piece on Bury gig and Moore Marriott at the Octagon

Filed under: Cityscape,Cityscape Presents,Press Releases — Brad B Wood at 7:16 pm on Sunday, May 8, 2011

Bolton News Article on Cityscape Presents Darren Poyzer and The Nick Jakson Band

Filed under: Cityscape,Cityscape Presents,Press,Press Releases — Brad B Wood at 1:40 pm on Sunday, November 14, 2010

Press Release for Cityscape Presents . . . Darren Poyzer and The Nick Jackson Band

Filed under: Blog,Cityscape,Cityscape Presents,Press Releases — Brad B Wood at 11:33 am on Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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Cityscape Presents returns once again to the Octagon Theatre Bar following successful nights in September and October with Jon Gomm and Pancho Ballard and the Banditos. November seeks to further Cityscape’s reputation for providing some of the best live music in the North West with the magnificent Darren Poyzer.

One of the genuine maverick leaders of the acoustic underground, Poyzer has a truly unique energy and gift for live performance, armed as he is with a seemingly endless delivery of uplifting stories and images of passion, conflict, and the human condition.

Few have consistently delighted and enthralled a wide range of audiences that otherwise have come to admire the likes of Eddi Reader, Steve Coogan, The Saw Doctors, Roy Harper, Nick Harper, Lloyd Cole, The Lancashire Hotpots, Hawkwind, John Cooper Clarke and many more, and yet with a vision and fearless charm Poyzer takes to virtually any stage, performing at times in excess of 2 hours, and always drawing superlatives from an ever-increasing extended family.

With two inspired Glastonburys, two celebrated appearances at The Acoustic Festival Of Britain, and many more smaller festivals and wholesome gatherings under his belt, Poyzer brings a new 2010 collection to the table entitled ‘Bloody Love Songs’. Furthermore, his name now joins the likes of Bob Geldof and former members of ELO for a Children In Crisis compilation, set for release in time for this performance at the Octagon.

Supporting Darren Poyzer will be Bolton’s very own outstanding acoustic maverick Nick Jackson, whose country styled Northern acoustic anthems and ballads were a great source of inspiration to Darren when he first set out on his own songwriting journey.
Ten years down the line Nick Jackson celebrated launching his band with his third album in 2010. Beautiful Place was launched in the summer as the follow up to 2005 release Secrets and, before that, Miracles, in 2000.

Gigs in their home town Bolton have been punctuated by appearances at Edinburgh festival and the Italian capital of Rome during what has been a rollercoaster decade for Jackson, his brother Ben on drums, John Wilkinson on bass and guitarists Nick Bold and Phil Abram. Jackson admits that the launch of the band was totally unintentional when they started gigging 10 years ago when their unique blend of acoustic-rock began to evolve.

The singer/songwriter’s 1990s phenomenon Mirrors Over Kiev had ceased to be and Jackson was relaxing doing solo slots at open mic nights (including Darren Poyzer’s) as well as busking and playing informally – “for the shear hell of it,” says Jackson It turned out to be the perfect rehabilitation for Jackson, who enjoyed the challenge of paddling his own canoe, and ultimately masterminding his own recording projects.

Cityscape label owner, Brad B Wood said, “I’m really proud of the gigs we’ve been able to put on here at the Octagon and it just goes to show the quality of music the local area has produced. In Darren and Nick we have two very experienced songwriters who really know their craft. This will be another great night of live music at the Octagon.”

Thanks to an Arts Council fiunded scheme, there are a limited number of free tickets available to under 26s – contact the Octagon box office for details on 01204 520661

Listen to the bands and get free downloads here:

“Where Darren Poyzer appears, unusual things happen and people enjoy themselves … natural acoustic sound with trademark warmth, firmness and tenderness from his guitar and seemingly effortless projection of the distinctive voice that shares those same qualities … Darren Poyzer had once again produced an evening
that mattered” – Leeds Music Scene

” … a very, very brilliant writer” – Richard Digance

Beth Warriner Bolton News Piece

Filed under: Beth Warriner,Blog,Cityscape,Cityscape Presents,Press,Press Releases — Brad B Wood at 4:51 pm on Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bolton News Piece on Cityscape Presents . . . Pancho Ballard and the Banditos

Filed under: Blog,Cityscape,Cityscape Presents,Press Releases — Brad B Wood at 8:29 pm on Thursday, September 30, 2010

Alex Hulme’s May Newsletter

Filed under: Alex Hulme,Blog,Cityscape,Press Releases — Brad B Wood at 7:57 pm on Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Cityscape Presents . . . 20th June Press Release

Filed under: Blog,Cityscape,Cityscape Presents,Press,Press Releases — Brad B Wood at 1:17 pm on Monday, June 8, 2009

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Cityscape Presents . . . 20th June Press Release

May 9th Cityscape Presents line-up announced

Filed under: Blog,Cityscape,Cityscape Presents,Press,Press Releases — Brad B Wood at 10:53 pm on Sunday, April 26, 2009

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There is an international flavour to the next Cityscape Presents at Bolton’s Octagon Theatre on Saturday 9th May which features Denver/ Manchester band Blind Atlas and Belgian singer/ songwriter Maxwell Watts.

Blind Atlas came together through a shared love of drinking, melancholia and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Comprising Ross Thompson (Lead vocals and guitar), Adam Jones (vocals and guitar), Cameron Baxter (vocals and bass) and Christian Jacobs (vocals anddrums), Blind Atlas have become familiar faces on the Manchester circuit, notching up headline slots at some of the most iconic venues in the city, as well as supporting the likes of Liam Frost and Detroit’s Deadstring Brothers.

One point fans of the band will attest to is their ability to expertly combine the traditional melancholy of the classic Northern sound with the boozy soul of American alternative country. As they themselves put it: “If we had to describe the type of music we play it would be our own version of alternative country with more of a 21st Century vibe.” And Cameron recently described the sound to one journalist as being “quite a unique conflict of British and American musical styles”. Hailing from Colorado, frontman Ross was quick to inject his own roots into their music, making it more akin to Neil Young than Morrissey. “It’s like a melancholic overload! There’s this battle of Americana versus Britannia – and it’s producing some really amazing music.”

Support comes from the multi-talented Maxwell Watts and his quartet. Maxwell Watts was born and raised in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. He was brought-up in a classical music background along his older sister Gillian ( a Mezzo-Soprano Opera singer ), his younger sister Katrina ( a cellist ), his mother Evelyn ( a music and history of Art teacher ). He moved to Manchester in the late nineties to study a sound engineering course at Salford University and lived with a group of other musicians and art students from all different parts of the globe; Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Nigeria, USA: “The house became a real creative platform with open music jams. Musicians from Salford University would come in and out to join in with the grooves”. From this background Maxwell went onto form a band, Oddness, and now has a great quartet currently performing the Americana, folk, jazzy acoustic side of his personality.

The line-up is completed by Ben McGarvey, a rising talent on the Manchester acoustic circuit whose last album, Too Busy Framing prompted the Manchester News to say, McGarvey has locked himself away in his bedroom and crafted songs of true otherworldly magic and splendour. Bursting with beautiful acoustic melodies and hooks…”

The night will be compered by comedienne Katie Mulgrew.

Brad B Wood, founder of Cityscape Records, said: “These nights are proving to be a real success with the past three selling out. This is another quality line-up featuring three acts I’m really happy to have found. I’m sure they’ll all go down well with our regular audience.”

Thanks to an Arts Council fiunded scheme, there are a limited number of free tickets available to under 26s – contact the Octagon box office for details.

Listen to the bands here: , and

The next Cityscape Presents will take place on 20th June featuring Kirsty McGee & Mat Martin and Alex Hulme before returning in the autumn.

Cityscape Presents . . . Moore Marriott 12th December

Filed under: Blog,Cityscape Presents,Moore Marriott,Press,Press Releases — Brad B Wood at 11:49 am on Tuesday, December 2, 2008

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Eclectic North West musical showcase night Cityscape Presents returns to Bolton’s Octagon Theatre on Friday 12 December to unwrap some pre-Christmas treats.

The night, hosted by Cityscape Records offers the chance to see up-and-coming acts in the laidback environment of the theatre’s Bill Naughton Studio.

Headliners are Moore Marriott who will be showcasing their perfect pop including tracks from forthcoming EP The Catcher which will be released on Cityscape early next year.

They boast soulful songs with infectious arrangements – Elliot Smith, Neil Finn and Badly Drawn Boy are cited among their influences – and will be playing as a five-piece featuring banjo, guitars, flugelhorn, cello and double bass.

Next up are the intriguing Kirsty McGee & Mat Martin whose songs of vagrancy and restlessness havebeen described variously as reminiscent of a Coen Brothers film and as “Simon and Garfunkel – the Tim Burton version.” If it’s musical rather than cinematic references you’re after, think folk noir, Tom Waits, John Martyn, Boo Hewerdine…and go on, you can have an author – Jack Kerouac – as well.

Opening up proceedings will be brother and sister duo Liam Carter and Lauren Carter-Bridges who peform as Get Carter. The Bolton born-and-bred siblings’ talents developed when they were thousands of miles apart, Lauren in England writing songs while Liam was on the other side of the world in Queensland, Australia. They credit a 24-hour flight, many arguments and magic ‘Mozart’ voice-saving liqueur with the alchemy that resulted in their infectious lo-fi pop.

Comedian Lou Conran, a feature on what she calls the “Manchesterford” comedy scene since 2005, will be compere for the evening.

Brad B Wood, founder of Cityscape Records, said: “Once again we’re delighted to have some talented and varied acts grace the stage.

“Moore Marriott are a great band who I love so much I signed them! Seeing them live is always great so I’m looking forward to the night very much.

“I first met Kirsty when my band Merchandise supported her friends’ band Truckstop Honeymoon in Bolton. They’d recorded her music in Kansas and, with Mat Martin, she’ll be a real treat!

“Get Carter first came to my attention when Kat Dibbits of The Bolton News sent me an early demo. I heard the potential straight away and knew I had to get them on.”

The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £9 for adults (£7 concessions), are available from the Octagon box office. Call 01204 520661 or buy online at

For more information about the acts, and a taste of their songs, visit their My Space sites at, respectively

Future Cityscape Presents nights will take place on 7th February, 14th March, 18th April, 9th May

and 20th June.