Young Academic’s festival guide has been leaving no stone unturned this spring in an effort to ensure that you guys have all the previews you need to have a summer to remember. But our commitment to music doesn’t end there as the school of music is also one of the UK’s premier destinations for gig reviews and band profiles. Our latest instalment is about The Uptake, a five piece indie rock band from Manchester.

Band Profile | The Uptake

The group formed in 2004 whilst drummer Lee Martin, bassist Hera and guitarist Ben Withington were at high school.  A concerted effort to find a singer saw the addition of another old schoolmate, Sam Morris in 2007. This allowed for their debut gig at the Manchester Academy not long after.

As a 4-piece the band continued to play gigs around Manchester and even drafted in Autotelics guitarist Elliot Joddrell along the way. This latest personnel change completed the line-up and that is how The Uptake have remained.

Live and Unsigned

The Uptake entered the infamous Live and Unsigned competition in February and upon impressing the judges, progressed to the regional finals. They are due to perform on 14th April at the Royal Northern College of Music.

To hear some of The Uptake’s tunes and show the guys your support, head on over to the band’s MySpace page today, just click here. Alternatively, you can watch them on YouTube right here.

The Uptake

Band Members:

Bass – Hera

Lead Guitar – Ben

Rhythm Guitar – Elliot

Drums – Lee


Jeff Buckley, The Smiths, Marvin Gaye, The Strokes

Genre:                         Indie-Rock

Formed:                      2007


About Author

Charles Whitworth is the Editor of the Young Academic publications. Graduating from the University of Liverpool with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 2008, Charles learnt his trade in newsrooms such as IPC Media and Sky. He has now developed as a top sports, music and current affairs journalist and has been printed in a range of publications including The Guardian. His interests include Cricket, Football, Rugby, Music and Current Affairs. Fresh from the editorship of Student Times he now takes the reins at Young Academic - the premier student news portal. Connect with me on Google+


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