Leonard Skully Associated Arts & Music Venue/Record Shop, The Peer Hat, Listed as ‘Something to celebrate: 50 favourite places in the UK’ in The Guardian.

The Peer Hat, Manchester

Find the article at

“In a city where Factory Records’ legacy is exploited by the same property developers who are rapidly pricing any creativity out of the city centre, the Peer Hat – a pub, grassroots music/arts venue and DIY record shop – has, in 18 months, come to feel like a much-loved last stand … a persistent weed amid all that new concrete and glass. Hidden on a Northern Quarter side street where stag dos fear to tread (and so shambolic they wouldn’t stay long anyway), the Hat has a gloriously random, lo-fi events programme, clearly done for love not money, giving it a friendly, all-comers community feel that is far closer to the dissenting spirit of late-1980s Manchester than any Hacienda revival night. It is an oasis of odd in an increasingly bland city. “
Tony Naylor, Manchester-based Guardian journalist


20th Aug, 2015: The Polar Dream, Fauno, Helea Gimeno at Kraak, Manchester

Leonard Skully presents an all Mexican line-up at Kraak, Manchester.

Tickets hereThe Polar Dream Gira

7pm, 20th Aug 2015


The Polar Dream

“The quality instrumentals and sound effects on today’s featured track ‘The Wooden Ship’ conjure up imagery of a wooden ship of old sailing towards the Northern Lights at night.”  Insomnia Radio

“The music of this Mexican 5 piece follows every rule of the holy book written by Mogwai and Godspeed, with openings of light, sweet melodic piano and glockenspiel, humming guitar; repition leads to evolution which in a similar style to Mono and This Will Destroy You threatens to erupt at any moment”  Almost Blue


“Musica Psicodelica Mexicana”

Helea Gimeno
Helea Gimeno’s music seems to reach across vast distances. It is simultaneously longing, earthy and cosmic. Her stylings recall Joan Baez, Los Jaivas, Broadcast, a hint of PJ Harvey and a heap of her own special medicine.


Leonard Skully PhD