The NYC punk funkers play the Tribal Gathering Warehouse Party in the city...

Rapture solidified their love affair with ‘MADCHESTER’ last weekend as the only guitar act at MANCHESTER’s TRIBAL GATHERING WAREHOUSE PARTY.

The rising punk funk outfit were joined onstage this year at Glastonbury by Happy Mondays dancer Bez, who paid tribute to the band as a ‘New York Manchester big electro crossover’. And on Saturday (August 23) they returned the favour by playing the dance festival’s tenth anniversary celebrations. The show slotted in between their Friday and Sunday appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals.

Tribal Gathering promoter David Vincent told Manchester’s City Life magazine, “I was just interested in them because someone told me that they were like a modern version of the Happy Mondays.”

The 16-hour clubbing marathon saw 10,000 people pack into two giant warehouses in the Ancoats district of Manchester for an acid house-themed revival of the warehouse clubbing tradition. As well asRapture, Tribal Gathering saw a return to Manchester from A Guy Called Gerald, as well as world-class names like Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier and a special live appearance from LFO, the acid house veterans who played at the opening night of the city’s legendary Haçienda nightclub.

Tribal Gathering returns on the weekend of 7-9 November for the annual weekender at Pontins in Southport. Confirmed names include Erol Alkan, Stanton Warriors, Erick Morillo, Sasha and Layo And Bushwacka!.

Meanwhile Rapture re-release their single ‘House Of Jealous Lovers’ was re-released yesterday (August 25) through DFA/Mercury, which will be followed by their debut album ‘Echoes’ on September 8.