One of the nations best indie promoters, This Feeling, took over Jimmy’s in Manchester for two nights with two extraordinary line ups. The first of which was an incredible sold out show with Proletariat, Mint, Matter of Mind and Voodoos.

Kicking the show off to a crowd of Stone Island and Adidas adorning Scotsmen was Voodoos. Travelling from Glasgow to Manchester can be daunting, but Voodoos embraced the opportunity and brought a rowdy crowd with them. The Scottish four-piece got the evening started with a very strong performance and created a buzz in the venue before one of the fastest rising Manchester bands took the stage.

Coming off the back of a very impressive headline show at Ruby Lounge, Matter of Mind have firmly stamped their own sound on the indie-sodden Manchester music scene. From the first note you could tell that Matter of Mind have made the step up into one of Manchester’s top bands. With a setlist full of new songs (one with an 8-string guitar!) the Stockport band have stepped out from any misconceptions of indie or pop-punk roots and have a stronger and more powerful sound than ever before; whilst still keeping fan favourite ‘Coffee Stains and Migraines’. Matter of Mind ended with their latest single ‘Stay’ which has been broadcast across the nation at their festival appearances; perhaps not the strongest this song has ever sounded, but is that because the rest of the setlist has improved by so much?

Next up was one of This Feeling’s favourites, Mint. The Grimsby band have developed a great reputation over the past year and attracted a great crowd to see their bouncy music; including a front row view from Saytr Play’s Fred Farrell. Despite a lively crowd and a lot of singing, the audience weren’t very responsive to frontman Zak Rashid’s requests; but this didn’t impact their sound. Mint played an brilliant set with stand out songs ‘Hypoallergenic’ and latest single ‘St Oxford’ and including an excellent new song that they are toying with idea of recording for their next single.

Headliners, Proletariat, came to the stage with a wall of sound and room packed from front to back. Proletariat started out with a very powerful performance and lead singer James Cummins’ vocals reverberated around the venue like a tannoy; creating an energy and adrenaline fuelled angst in the room. The powerful start fizzled out towards the end of their set as the energy died down and the songs started to becoming slightly repetitive. Proletariat put on a great performance but after three energetic bands in a sweaty venue the audience had peaked too early and burnt out before the main act.

Written and photo by: Stuart Daley