LIINES' Zoe McVeigh: “I play a Fender Kurt Cobain Jag-Stang – people come up to me at gigs to take pictures with it!”

Zoe McVeigh of LIINES
(Image credit: Kenny Brown Photography)

Manchester has long been revered for its alternative arts scene. From the Madchester boom of the early ‘90s – coined by infamous Factory Records’ owner Tony Wilson – to the Gallagher brothers brandishing their Northern clout in a Britpop battle with Blur to top the charts. 

And its streets are still home to a wave of rising artists, including post-punk trio LIINES, who performed on the same bill as fellow Salford songwriter Tim Burgess of The Charlatans earlier this year at The North Will Rise Again festival. Burgess was integral in saving two of the city’s most iconic venues from closure last summer, as O’Sullivan explains. 

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Cheri Amour

Cheri Amour is a writer, editor and broadcaster intent on amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists in print, online and on air. During her twenties, she played lead guitar in a touring two-piece, sharing the stage with The Slits and John Peel-approved punks The Nightingales. Formerly Deputy Editor at TGA Magazine, Cheri headed up its Tech section pouring over pedals with everyone to indie icon Debbie Smith (Echobelly/Curve) to multi-instrumentalist Katie Harkin (Sleater Kinney/Waxahatchee/Wye Oak). She's currently working on an upcoming 33 1/3 book on the unassuming influence of South Bronx sister troupe ESG, out in Spring 2023.