Idle Fret presents Blue Orchids


Blue Orchids


Dearbhla Minogue And The Partisans

+ Joshua Scarratt (Artrocker) – DJ Set

+ Vic Godard (Subway Sect) – DJ Set 

£5 Advance / £7 on the door

Blue Orchids

Manchester’s legendary Blue Orchids are back! Christened the Blue Orchids by John Coper Clark, they formed in 1979 when Martin Bramah left The Fall after recording the debut album Live At The Witch Trials.

They signed to Rough Trade Records in 1980 and were championed by the late great John Peel, before touring with Echo & The Bunnymen and then The Velvet Underground’s Nico, serving as both backing group and support act.

Over the years Blue Orchids have included in their line up members of The Smiths, The Durutti Column, The Fall and Buzzcocks.

Martin Bramah reformed the band last year for John Peel Day events in London, Liverpool and Manchester and it’s the classic Rough Trade era recordings that the band is now playing at their live shows, to great acclaim.

‘It’s been great to breath new life into these songs again after so long – they’re sounding so fresh and original, I could have written them all yesterday!’ – Martin Bramah 2012.

Don’t miss the chance to see this seminal act play their stunning live set of sonic gems!


Onions make superb, flabbergasting, majestic, astronomical 3 to 4 minute pop gems.

Their latest album Pleasure Blast is the culmination of a year and a half of blood, sweat and tears (sweat and tears, literally; blood, figuratively) and was inspired by the diversity and songsmithery found on albums by bands like Super Furry Animals, Talking Heads, The Kinks and Belle and Sebastian. Carefully prepared harmonies lace over and between spiky guitar lines and synth riffs to create well crafted and memorable pop songs.

Behind each song on the album are observational, cynical and occasionally humerous lyrics, tipping hats in the direction of Jarvis Cocker, Ron Mael and Ray Davies. Covering topics as diverse as local history (Belle Vue Fair), filthy women (An IE Or A Y/Word Of Mouth), the joys of wine (Stains), arguments over Queen members (Louise Louise), good old fashioned remorse (Those Wide Eyes/Never Gonna Change) and also a national anthem for a fictitious country (Il Seres).

Pleasure Blast is exactly that.

‘Easily one of Manchester’s catchiest bands: listen to them once, and the chances are that their songs will be stuck in your head forever.’ – Onward Manchester

‘The irrepressible Onions slap on more harmonies and rattled beat guitars than the Beatles at a 60’s garage psyche convention.’ – Manuel Ecostos, ManchesterMusic

Dearbhla Minogue And The Partisans

Dearbhla Minogue And The Partisans play high-energy fractured pop songs. With a shared love of melody and complexity, they combine the controlled chaos of Deerhoof with the off-centre purity of The Breeders. They are Dearbhla Minogue, who has featured on Dublin’s Any Other City and Popical Island labels, and the rhythm section of much-loved London shadow-rockers Fighting Kites (Audio Antihero, Variant Records).

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