Cities #16 – Sammy Battle über Manchester

Frank Turner, The Lion And The Wolf, Rob Lynch, Heart Of Oak, Mark McCabe – der Strom an großartigen Songwritern aus Großbritannien reißt nicht ab. Auch Sammy Battle fügt sicher perfekt in die Reihe der genannten Männer mit Gitarre ein. Nach der Auflösung seiner Post-Hardcore Emo-Band Borderline ist Sammy auf Solopfaden unterwegs und begeistert Menschen in den verschiedensten Städten. Er selbst kommt aus Manchester und stellt uns die Stadt gerne vor:

Since when do you live in Manchester?

I was born and raised in Manchester, I have lived here pretty much my entire life apart from the odd spell here and there.

What should everyone know about Manchester?

The very first modern day computer was created in Manchester, which has had such a huge impact on the World.

Is there a thing that totally annoys you about the city?

The weather is atrocious, I think it could be a contender for the wettest place on the planet!

What is the greatest thing about living in Manchester?

The vibrancy of the whole place, it’s such a diverse city considering its relatively small size. There is always something happening, somewhere new opening, live music to watch and no matter what time it is you can always find somewhere to grab a beer!

How does the city reflect itself in your music? Does it influence you in any way?

The city plays a big part in my music, it’s so steeped in history and culture you can almost taste it! My song ‚Desolate‘ was written about the ever changing landscape of Manchester and how developers are stripping all of its beauty to make some fast cash. I’m all for change when it’s necessary but not at the cost of a beautiful building.

Whats your favourite venue to play in Manchester?

This is a tough one, I have so many favourite venues for so many different reasons. The Star and Garter holds a very special place in my heart – It’s one of the first venues I ever played when I was in a punk rock band during my teens and I’ve been lucky enough to play there as a solo artist too. It’s been around for hundreds of years but unfortunately it’s days are numbered, and therefore I cherish every moment I get to play there – it’s just special!


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What’s your favourite place in the city?

I love nothing more than to go for a run down the canal, take in the scenery and work through new song ideas in my head – there are so many little hideouts and interesting spots, I could literally spend hours down there!

Do you have a favourite song or movie about Manchester.?

I guess I should say something like ‚Still Ill‘ by The Smiths but I’m going to go a little out of left field and say Ewan MacCall & Peggy Seeger – ‚Dirty Old Town‘. It’s just a cool track with a true vintage sound, Peggy’s voice is incredible!

If you would not live in Manchester, which city would be your favourite to live in? Why?

I haven’t even scratched the surface of places I’d like to visit let alone live but my current favourite would be somewhere in California, it’s such a rad part of the world and the lifestyle is so chilled, it really seems to suit me.

What would be a perfect slogan for Manchester?

„Manchester the land of the never rising sun“