Pins & friends : Islington Mill, Salford, 31/10/2015

Pins & friends (featuring Maxine Peake), live at Lydia Lunch’s Halloween Seance, Islington Mill, Salford, 31/10/2015.


Manchester female quartet PINS were formed in 2011 by singer/guitarist Faith Holgate alongside bassist Anna Donigan, drummer Lara Williams, and guitarist Lois McDonald. After Holgate had spent time in different bands, mostly alongside guys, she was fed up with being the “token girl” and decided to invest time in finding an all-girl lineup. Once the other three members were recruited, they set to work playing noisy, pop-influenced, guitar-led music that nodded to noted influences such as Hole, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and Beach House. They packed their rough-and-gritty live sound with attitude, and after a series of shows in a number of unconventional spaces — such as disused office blocks and hotel basements — they released their first single, “LUVU4LYF,” in 2012. Their self-produced debut album, “Girls Like Us”, which they recorded in a week, arrived in October 2013. For 2015’s poppier and more polished “Wild Nights”, PINS worked with producer Dave Catching at the Rancho de la Luna studio in Joshua Tree, California. [Scott Kerr]

This 4 piece to be reckoned with play noisy, pop-influenced, guitar-led music. They pack their rough-and-gritty live sound with attitude, and now riding on the back of their second album ‘Wild Nights’ the group return to where it first started, Islington Mill.

Maxine Peake :

Maxine Peake is an English stage, radio, film and television actress, who made her name as Twinkle in Victoria Wood’s sitcom “Dinnerladies”. She has since played Veronica in Channel 4’s Manchester-based drama series “Shameless”, barrister Martha Costello QC in BBC legal drama “Silk” and Grace Middleton in “The Village”. She is also an accomplished stage actress, and co-starred in the 2014 film “The Theory of Everything.”


Upcoming Concerts


Thursday 11th – The Bullingdon – Oxford, UK

Friday 12th – The Bodega Social – Nottingham, UK

Saturday 13th – The Hug and Pint – Glasgow, UK

Monday 15th – O2 Academy 3 – Leicester, UK

Tuesday 16th – O2 Academy 2 – Liverpool, UK

Wednesday 17th – Oporto – Leeds, UK

Thursday 18th – The Prince Albert – Brighton, UK

Friday 19th – The Thekla – Bristol, UK

Saturday 20th – The Garibaldi Hotel – Northampton, UK

Monday 22nd – Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, Netherlands (supporting Night Beats)

Tuesday 23rd – Musik Und Frieden – Berlin, Germany

Wednesday 24th – Molotow – Hamburg, Germany

Thursday 25th – Blue Shell – Cologne, Germany

Saturday 27th – Outlines Festival – Skate Central – Sheffield, UK


Pins :

Their album “Wild Nights” is available from :

Itunes –
Amazon – CD & LP :
Rough Trade – Instore Bundle :
Bella Union :

Maxine Peake :

Islington Mill :