Manchester artist Ghosts of Social Networks has been turning heads since arriving on the UK music scene with the likes of 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and Amazing Radio giving the singles a spin. GOSN is a one man outfit in the form of Nathan Till joined by full time backing band members Ben Dargue (drums) and Andrea Gobbi (bass).
Taking inspiration from new wave artists as well as Nick Cave and The National, Nathan makes music that sounds classic yet new and innovative, offering a fresh perspective on song writing craftsmanship.
In May 2016, the debut single ‘Love Potion’ was released to great reviews with its reverberant chords, Manchester vibe and radio friendly delivery. It was a great debut that was followed up a few months later, in October, with ‘Comeback Kid’. A retro tinged, indie rock track with infectious choruses and filled with soaring harmonies.
As 2016 was a great year to kick start the career of GOSN with his well-received singles, some brilliant live shows and plenty of wonderful words from music critics, writers and DJs alike; it remains to be seen what the future holds for GOSN but you can be sure it will be nothing short of exciting.
Words by Charlotte Pearson of Mixtape Couture
“A very embracing sound” – Steve Lamacq
“The band’s intrinsic sound is still one which proudly captures an essential Manchester vibe” – Louder Than War
“A mystique soaked romancing of the ears” – Ringmaster Review
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.
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