Generic Greeting proudly present: Sketchy - an exhibition by Lewis Royden


TwentyTwentyTwo, Generic Greeting & The Mango Club are proud to present: Sketchy - an exhibition by Lewis Royden 
Featuring illustration by Mike Howard, Chris Alliston, KIDMILK & Will Berry

Exhibition Launch 7pm
Twenty Twenty Two
Free Entry

Sketchy is a brand new exhibition by Chester based photographer and videographer Lewis Royden. Lewis, whose work has been featured in Sidewalk Magazine, has selected 4 of his favourite artists to repurpose his skateboard photography in their own style to create brand new artworks that reflect the subculture’s creative side.

In the Lewis’ own words:  

"I considered the fact that quite a lot of the best artists I know are also somehow involved in the skating community- where a lot of my own work originates.
I wanted to bring together a few artists from within this community to collaborate with on some new fresh pieces of work, using skateboarding photographs as a canvas for their own handywork, in an attempt to express how this often rudely dismissed scene can actually be a source of great artistic creation.
When working on this project I have always been concious not to confine any of the artists into boxes. I wanted everybody to incorporate the photographs into the work they produced the best they could, but aside from this everyone had complete creative freedom to come up with whatever they deemed fitting, 
and I’m really proud of what we have achieved.

Will Berry is an architectural illustrator based in Manchester. His ability to create and recreate urban environments in his own unique style meant he’s an ideal collaborative partner for a project like this one where the environments mean so much.
His simple yet detailed technique makes his work look intriguing and extremely professional, drawing you in to keep looking closer.

KIDMILK is an illustrator based in Manchester. Working between both digital and freehand, KIDMILK’s drawing often has underlying messages and always shines with personality. 
With an ability to create portraits with a flawless yet cartoony likeness, his quirky techniques had me really keen to see what could be possible in a new bracket of work.

Chris Alliston is an illustrator currently based in Liverpool, best known for his work doing tour posters for metal bands such as Mastodon & Elder. Chris’s extraordinarily detailed designs are instantly recognisable as being time consuming and painstakingly done.
His ability to create stunning murals with such tiny instruments is amazing, and to have his ink on my pictures is a dream come true. His enthusiasm for working on a project with photographs was so much that it would have been impossible for me to have left him out of this collaboration.

Mike Howard is an artist from Chester. Able to excel at pretty much anything art based - both analogue and digital - Mike is an all round talent with enormous potential.
You’ll struggle to find anything he’s produced that doesn’t make you wonder just how far his imagination will take him. It’s a pleasure to have Mike on board, and his uniquely surreal designs have always been high on my personal list of favourites.”

The exhibition launch is free entry and will feature DJs from Generic Greeting Collective and The Mango Club.

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NOUS Magazine - The Misunderstanding Issue

We’re very excited to announce our involvement with the next issue of Nous magazine.
Nous magazine is Manchester based publication that talks about mental illness, such as anxiety or depression and offers the reader easy access to the topic through short stories, poetry and other artworks. The theme of the 4th issue of the magazine (which will be published in collaboration with Muto collective) will be Misunderstanding and aims to introduce the topic which links various societal issues such as sexuality, mental health, politics, identity and social background.
As well as the magazine itself we’re going to be involved with a week of events that Nous and Muto are putting on in Manchester in November, details of which are to be announced soon.
Nous has published it’s collaborative manifesto on their website as well as an open call-out for contributions to the issue which can be viewed here.


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Szajna - Moderate Stimulation EP


We’re very proud to present the 4th E.P from Generic Greeting’s Szajna - Moderate Stimulation. 
Moderate Stimulation is the Manchester based producer’s darkest and most minimal effort yet, flipping the almost childlike innocence of his previous work into a leaner, crisper and punchier club-ready sound.

The two-track effort presents a simplified yet enhanced version of the Szajna sound which allows much more room for ambience and atmosphere.

The EP has been mastered by Paul Chambers and the artwork was created by GG’s Will Berry.

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Generic Mix #10: Greetings from Rohm


We’re very pleased to present the 10th mix in the Generic Mix Series
This time we’ve asked friend of the collective Rohm to deliver us a mix.

Rohm is a Manchester based DJ and resident of Heavy Rain and Waxed Music, not limited to a specific genre and with one EP already released and another to follow, his back catalogue maybe limited but doesn’t fall short on quality. Spending his day time hours working in the music industry and evenings digging for records, make sure to check him at a party soon. He describes the mix as ‘assembled to take you from drinking in the sunshine through to the club’. 

The artwork this month comes from Generic Greeting’s king of photography Alex Macdougall, who has recently returned to the right side of the Atlantic after a year in Santa Cruz.

Mr Roul K – The African Government
Le Parlait - Pas Francais (Larry Heard Super Deluxe Club Vocal Mix) Matthias Meyer – Infinity
Pional – Its All Over (John Talabots Stormbreak Refix)
FJAAK – Don’t Leave Me
Leon Vynehall – Time
The Hacker – Clear
Meridien – S-Dos
Jorge Velez – Aventuras
Kerri Chandler – Cobal (Version 1)
Maurice McGee – Do I Do
Dexter & Steffi – Warme Hap
Soliman – Laine De Vers
Dark Sky – IYP
Tiga Vs Audion – Lets Go Dancing
DJ Dodger Stadium – Memory Lane
Rohm – You Look Cute

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Knee Deep festival this weekend was absolutely amazing. The atmosphere all weekend was on point and the not-for-profit vibes were very much appreciated.
Big thanks to everyone that partied with us for 3.5 hours in The Jam Tent on Saturday night and everyone involved with putting it on.
Gutted there won’t be another one next year but we’re praying for a return in 2016.

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New Money video for The Shadow of Heaven directed by Liam Healy

Check out this beautifully analogue video directed by GG’s Liam Healy for Manchester heroes Money, as premiered on Spin.

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Big War - THIZWATITIZ mix for Oki-Ni

Check out this fresh new Bay Area inspired rap mix by Big War for Oki-Ni featuring tracks from Squadda B, Lil B, ISSUE, Young Thug and more: 
Artwork by Will Berry.

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We’re selling things at Soup Kitchen in Manchester from now until-7  (at The Soup Kitchen)

We’re selling things at Soup Kitchen in Manchester from now until-7 (at The Soup Kitchen)

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Slick Lionel warming up the roller disco last night.

Slick Lionel warming up the roller disco last night.

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Tryck at Soup Kitchen

We’re very happy to announce Tryck, a new print fair at Soup Kitchen! 

We love print fairs but often the choice can be overwhelming and when you do find an artist you like they don’t have enough space to exhibit all their work.
That’s why we’ve come up with an alternative - Tryck. Each Sunday we select one artist, collective or group to focus on and give them the space they deserve to show and sell their work at Soup Kitchen.

We’re taking up the reins for the first week followed by the brilliant Crooked Cartoon with Big Face Collective filling the slot on the 27/08. 

We will have lots of new work for sale including new T-Shirts and copies of Generic Greeting #03. Also on the day we’ll have GG DJs: 
Big War
& DJ Croww

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tashatime: @genericgreeting feeding your eyes AND ears #music #illustration

tashatime: @genericgreeting feeding your eyes AND ears #music #illustration

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Pomona Island

We’re very proud to present Pomona Island, a new documentary by GG’s award winning film-maker George Haydock.
Pomona Island gives insight into an often ignored but well loved area of Manchester city centre. As with his previous film Concrete Sleep George takes on a subject that in less talented hands would be dry and sterile and injects it with emotion and a sense of awe. 
The film was premiered by the consistently fascinating Skyliner blog whose creator Hayley Flynn (who is featured in the film) asked George a few questions about the film: 

Why Pomona Island?

George Haydock: ”What fascinated me about Pomona Island is that somehow, through the cracks of hyper-development and regeneration, here lies a totally unmanaged, largely un-used and unnoticed area of land, over a mile in length, just quietly sitting a stones-throw from both Manchester and Salford. It just exists in a strange limbo between its former industrial use, and it’s inevitable destruction and future development. It’s existed in this limbo for 41 years, since the Docks closed. At first glance it does look a mess. However, take a closer look and you’ll see beauty in the chaos. It might seem like wasteland, but it carries a wealth of cultural, environmental, political, historical and philosophical implications. When I began researching it became clear that there is a very niche but varied fan-club of Pomona Island and spaces of a similar nature. I found this range of perspectives fascinating. Many implications and discussions can be drawn from this piece of land – and most people don’t even notice or realise it is there.”

What do you hope to achieve by bringing Pomona to the public eye?

GH: “The Island is home to many biologically rare and important flora and fauna. It’s teeming with life and nature. If the development happens, it will be tragic. Hopefully this film will encourage people to go and take a look around while it still exists. 

And of course, Peel. As it stands they seem to produce a report every half a year or so with new development plans for the area. The film however, is not political in its intent, making only one reference to Peel. My main intention was to capture the essence of this unusual space, to glorify it, live with it and let it dwell for while. I wanted to celebrate the areas state of limbo – and see it with open eyes.

A lot of people who look at the space see and feel nothing, they might see this film and think it’s trivial, but in a way that tension is what interested me. The film is ultimately an attempt to challenge and cause friction against most people’s perspective. For me, film should speak at an intuitive level – and this is what I aimed to do with Pomona Island.”

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Catch GG DJs back at The Ritz Manchester’s Roller Disco this Friday. Tickets and more info:

Catch GG DJs back at The Ritz Manchester’s Roller Disco this Friday. Tickets and more info:

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Generic Greeting Compilation #03


A new full length compilation album featuring 16 tracks from the collective’s 6 producers as well a killer feature from Bay Area legend ISSUE.
Covering a diverse range of electronic sounds and often defying categorisation this compilation is evidence of the evolution of the individual producer’s sounds as well as the progression of the collective as a whole. The artwork is also a reflection of the growth of the group - a collaboration between the illustrators behind the first two compilation’s artwork (Will Berry & Kidmilk) and new recruit Emily Briselden-Waters.
The extended running time of this compilation is used to showcase contrasting sounds ranging from heavy hip hop beats to meditative ambient  moments, from awe-inspiring complexity to beautiful simplicity. 

The compilation is up for streaming and pay-what-you-like download on BandCamp:
and is being released on limited cassette by Anti-Party Records (Keyboard Kid, Suicide Year, Inner):

Check out the producers on soundcloud:
Big War:
No Arms:
Generic Greeting:

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New GG t’s. Designed by Will Berry, Screen printed by Crooked Cartoon

New GG t’s. Designed by Will Berry, Screen printed by Crooked Cartoon

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