Grand Central Returns With Live Music This Thursday
After a long back, live rock and metal is returning to Manchester’s premier rock and metal pub every Thursday, here’s what to expect this week.
With Chris Appleton’s touring schedule with Blaze Bayley taking him all over the world this year, he reluctantly had to pull the plug on regular free entry Thursday night gigs at Grand Central. Now, thanks to bar manager and Prognosis bassist Danny Daemon the void has been filled. With his own sound and lightning rig now set up and trialled at a number of one off shows at the pub over the last few months, what was in many ways the heartbeat of underground alternative music in our city can become that once more. From this Thursday onwards, expect the penultimate night before your weekend to be a noisy one.
The lighting rig helps transform the pub into a proper venue, with smoke machines also creating a more potent atmosphere to submerge you into. This isn't just some random bands playing their own tunes in the corner of a pub anymore. Plus, artwork for each is gig being created by local artists, with Beyond Salvation's extremely talented Jon Pedley creating the first two.
Leeds’ Cryptic Thrash, who merge breakneck thrash and deathly technical metal with repulsively invigorating results headline this Thursday, a must for fans of bands like Vektor, Obscura and Death.
Here’s what Paul Cooke had to say about their performance supporting Vektor at The Star and Garter last year:
“They utilise a Voivod style progressiveness whilst remaining, ultimately, as heavy as a bastard. It’s awesome to see that these young lads are carrying the legacy of death metal giants like Death and Obituary onwards into the 21st century and beyond. Cryptic Shift have developed a brand of death/thrash metal that comes with a solid guarantee of technical proficiency that is both exciting to listen to and thoroughly moshable.”
Named after a Rise Against track, it comes as no surprise to discover that Manchester band Desparity By Design ensue a high energy hardcore-meets-alt-rock sound with an added focus on a fun, catchy pop punk aesthetic.
Macclesfield groove metal band Upon This Fate open proceedings. Expect energy and fury that nods its head to a host of visceral metal acts, from Pantera and Machine Head to dashes of Sepultura and beyond.
It promises to be a diverse bill and, best of all, Grand Central shows are always free entry.
21:30 - Cryptic Shift
20:30 - Disparity By Design
19:45 - Upon This Fate