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Sour Grapes Records is a DIY label and a promoter for psychedelic/garage/punk/ rock n roll music, based in Manchester UK. Sour Grapes has been organising live events since 2017, and has hosted several unique live experiences. They showcase up-and-coming talent across their late-night residency at Big Hands Bar and host larger touring artists in venues across Manchester and the North West. Their annual festival Meltchester is held at Projekts Skatepark, the 2024 edition being headlined by Night Beats and Frankie & The Witch Fingers. Sour Grapes also owns and operates Mars Tapes, the last cassette shop in the UK. They work to release music on tape for artists they believe match up well with their live music output; with several young and exciting artists scouted across the grassroots gig circuits in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia, and Asia.
"Serving both as a record label and promoter, Sour Grapes are a treasure-trove for alternative music lovers, being home to bands such as Waxhead and Gold Cup, as well as reissuing and publishing music from acts such as King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. They’ve a keen eye for both talent and peculiar, yet captivating album artwork as well. They are a hipster’s paradise, and well worth looking into. In Manchester, we are a little spoilt for choice with small promoters doing excellent work to promote and put on fantastic gigs with local acts. Sour Grapes excels in this capacity, having hosted spellbinding gigs everywhere from Oxford Road’s Big Hands to the infamous Salfordian dance venue The White Hotel. For any music fan in Manchester keen to see what the city has to offer outside of the realm of established artists passing through, Sour Grapes is a window into a thriving scene." - The Mancunion