As studies draw to a close and Summer approaches, you might find yourself asking the eternal question: which burning sensation within will reign victorious, the urge to have a mad one or the need to kick back and relax after a lifetime’s worth of library attendance? Not for the first time this year, Funraising is here to solve all your problems (or some of them at least). After twice delivering on its promises of an above-average evening, PostBox returns to send off the year in style with bevs, beats, and banging visuals that’ll make you go: “ah, that’s pretty cool”.
On Wednesday 6th June, this special delivery is landing at The Zombie Shack, New Wakefield Street. This venue change is allowing PostBox to be later, greater, and come with the potential for crazy tropical cocktails that may or may not complete your transformation into a conduit for sensation. As always, we’re bringing you some of Manchester’s finest artists to deal with your innermost desires for soulful jazz, jazzy hip-hop, and not forgetting hip-hoppy soul. With a mix of DJ sets and live music, it goes without saying of course that everything here is fresher than a trim at your local Snipz.
Of course, it would’t be a Funraising event without a good cause providing the motivation. On this occasion, all proceeds will be donated to The Bhopal Medical Appeal. This is a fantastic organisation that, since 1996, has been heavily involved in setting up two separate clinics in Bhopal. They assist in the treatment and ongoing support for the survivors of the 1984 disaster, as well as the subsequent generations who have suffered both physically and mentally as a result of the gas leak which was dubbed ‘the world’s worst industrial disaster’.
Kicking off the evening vibes, Mayling – a fivesome of jazz enthusiasts – are ready to provide a smooth start to your evening. Coming at you with more musical chops than an operatic chef, these talented lads won’t fail to relax you after your academic struggles, citing influences from Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, and Robert Glasper. It’s live jazz – what more could you want?
Back at PostBox after headlining Second Delivery, Bricks from LEVELZ is next up and ready to throw out vibes like its [insert your favourite year]. Secret guest MCs are likely to make an appearance in a set that promises to be funky and of energy-raising proportions.
Stepping up for headline duties, Katbrownsugar is bringing neo-soul vibes with the visual talents of hippiezilla, completing what promises to be a real experience. Following the success of EP release Pink Trees last December, Katbrownsugar is a genuine rising star – if there was any doubt then check out her nominations for two Mixcloud Online Awards for her top notch MCR Live show. If you’re looking for a magic show (and who isn’t at all times) this is the closest you’ll get on this fine Wednesday.
The night doesn’t end there though as our crowd-pleasing resident DJs Celine DiJon and FrenJo hit hard and fast with a phat b2b set of soulful garage, featuring the talented hip-hop maverick KP. Word on the street (I was messaging FrenJo on my way to the shop) is that the plan is to end the evening with wall to wall tunes that’ll knock you off your feet if the Tiki cocktails haven’t already done so.
Aside from the talents of hippiezilla, we’ve got visual art coming at you from the likes of Crooks and Aleksander Brayanov. Dark and colourful is the plan with this one, as well as a Bhopal-conscious theme.
If any or all of this has grabbed your interest then come on down to Zombie Shack on the 6th of June or pick up the few remaining tickets from Skiddle here for the low-low price of £5.50 (remember, there’s a jazz band). If you’d like to read more on the Bhopal Disaster then check out the interview of talented photographer Ryan Ashcroft about his time there by our very own Sophie Billington. See you there!