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Vintage Pop, Soul and Funk
The Retrosettes inject contemporary music with a retro flavour and revive the past within a modern soundscape.
Their music combines modernity and vintage in a cool, elegant mix of sounds from 1960s Pop, Northern Soul and Disco. Their music seamlessly echoes The Beatles era which blends into the present.
The Retrosettes have impressed maharajas and fashion designers, filmmakers and fans alike. Cult film director and Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino (La Grande Belleza) chose the band for the opening sequence of his film Youth. Shunning Bollywood, an Indian prince handpicked the band as the highlight of his fairy-tale feast.
A simple YouTube clip that was recorded in the historic Liverpool “Parr Street Studios” proved to be ground-breaking. Paolo Sorrentino came across the video by chance online and recognised that the band’s style would fit perfectly with his new movie. The Retrosettes subsequently made their debut in the Swiss town of Flims, where they performed their stunning version of the Candy Staton´s classic “You Got The Love” in the presence of Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel.
The 200 year long story of The Castle Hotel is woven not just into it’s bricks and mortar, its Victorian tiles or its mosaic floors. It’s a feeling that you can’t put your finger on. It’s in its people. In its memories. And in the layers of history built up over centuries of experience.
The Castle Hotel started life in 1776, although records show that there has been a dwelling on the site since the 1400s. Over the course of a century the pub changed name several times, trading first as The Crown and Sceptre, then The Crown and Anchor and later The Clock Face. In the late nineteenth century the pub was acquired by Kay’s Atlas Brewery and started a new chapter as The Castle Hotel; which is probably when the current tiled façade and bar were added. In the early 1930s Frederic Robinson took over Kay’s Atlas Brewery and, consequently, The Castle Hotel.
The pub’s now deeply cemented relationship with the city’s music scene probably began when it was a stopping off point for people on their way to Band on the Wall.
In 1979, a now legendary John Peel interview with Ian Curtis took place here, weaving The Castle further into the fabric of Manchester’s musical heritage. Sadly, The Castle fell on hard times and closed it’s doors in 2008. This cherished public house was not to remain closed for long though, and in 2009 friends Jonny Booth and Rupert Hill took over The Castle Hotel and set about bringing the decrepit building back to life.
After a period of restoration which saw the infamous leaky roof replaced and the pub’s entire interior sympathetically brought back in line with it’s rich heritage, the renovation was completed in October 2010 with the grand unveiling of the new Music Hall and Theatre at In The City 2010.
So that’s the story so far. And now The Castle Hotel is ready for it’s next chapter; one which will see this historical drinking house continue to evolve at the beating heart of Manchester’s creative communities. So come along, pull up a stool, and become a part of our story.
Nailed it - A monthly music night held on the first Sunday at the Castle. This months performance features Cafe Spice, Hannah Ashcroft, The Retrosettes acoustic duo, Tom Lee-Richards
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66 Oldham Street,
0161 237 9485