NME and Zig-Zag present CineJam: Why Manchester is the ultimate music city

NME and Zig-Zag present CineJam – celebrating music and film with 24 Hour Party People and Everything Everything

After the success of the Bastille-curated CineJam at Peckham’s Bussey Building in London, we’re going north. On Tuesday December 12, NME and Zig-Zag presents CineJam in Manchester – taking over Band On The Wall with a special screening of cult movie 24 Hour Party People, starring Steve Coogan as the Manchester music legend Tony Wilson. The acclaimed comedy covers all the chaos and excess that led to the rise and fall of Factory Records. Then there’ll be performances from ones to watch False Advertising and homecoming heroes Everything Everything. In addition to this we’ll be screening a panel discussion with Manchester scene luminaries, discussing the past, present and future of Manchester music. Here they are telling us why they love Manchester so much.

Matthew Krysko

Director of music, The Warehouse Project

“My favourite thing about Manchester is its ability to welcome, absorb and then amplify proudly a multitude of cultures. Whether it be in music, art, theatre, food… anything. I’ve been here for nearly 18 years now and it still astounds me with its diversity and egalitarian attitude. Secondly, the obvious one for me, music. Personally it’s what brought me here, make a life, then not want to leave. Not just its rich history, but its continuing ability to produce young artists, venues, nights and scenes, both big and small.”

Jeremy Pritchard

Everything Everything – bass guitar

“Music – it’s been so engrained in the culture here for decades. People are so used to bands and artists as part of the local fabric, and your meager artist’s living goes a lot further! The scene is so diverse and dense, but it’s welcoming and accessible. A few weeks into Everything Everything’s existence we got our first gig just by walking into Night & Day and asking for one. There’s so much infrastructure for new artists, a great network of imaginative promoters and venues. The spirit of radicalism has also been part of the local mindset since suffragism and its spread as far the music scene too. All of the classic Manc bands respected what came before them and yet did their own thing and actually sound nothing alike. All we’re doing is carrying on in that spirit.”


Jen Hingley

Vocals/guitar, False Advertising

“Manchester has a very specific, musical history that we all know about and as artists kind of exist in the shadow of; Madchester, Oasis and The Smiths. This presents a unique environment to a new artist given that many people seem to still be pre-occupied by it to some extent. I love the independent, creative community and the size – it’s like all the best bits of London squashed into a place a fraction the size.”

If you want to come down to Band on the Wall of December 12 to join in the fun, go to NME.com/WIN