FREE NOW X AATMA Presents: Midland Railway, War Stripes, Hollyhead, John Rental.


Midland Railway have proven themselves to be punk stalwarts on the Manchester music scene. Lovers of both punk and indiepop, the band proudly categorise themselves as ‘geek – rock’ (May the 4th be with you!),  with influences ranging from Weezer to Bright Eyes. Those of a certain age may remember an animated series called The Mysterious Cities of Gold. The band’s recent single is a cover version of this series’ theme song and, suitably encapsulating the band’s aesthetic, has become a surprise mini hit. Check this out and more of the band’s recorded output on Spotify.

We’re delighted to add War Stripes to this bill. The Manchester four-piece punk band knows exactly how to send a message to politicians; ‘bills are going up, but wages going down, they’re treating us like bugs, they’re taking us for clowns’, from their track Gas Prices, hits the nail on the head, with IAMUR magazine saying they “remind us that our rage shouldn’t be directed at a window, but at those in power. It’s so bloody refreshing to hear lyrics like this. No metaphor, no trying to appeal to a wide audience, just calling it as it is.” In addition to an EP and single in 2022, the band’s recent single ‘Always Unafraid’ has been remixed as Spitting Teeth (Teef Club Mix). The band will be releasing more material later this year. Check them out on Spotify.

Very special guests Hollyhead and John Rental will be taking the stage to present their selection of original and exquisite music.

This show is sponsored by FREE NOW, working in conjunction with The Music Venue Trust.

Tickets £5