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.
Bass – Hera
Lead Guitar – Ben
Rhythm Guitar – Elliot
Drums – Lee
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