Helpyourself Manchester was screened at the Victoria Baths Fanzine Fair. It was a lovely day with loads of interesting discussions. Thanks to everyone who came!

The Skinny published an article about the Fanzine Fair with an excerpt of an interview with us:



From 1st to 8th April ‘Castles Built in Sand’ collective in collaboration with The Forest Social Centre will be hosting an exhibition of various projects we have been working on for the last few years. The projects include a photo and text exploration of ghost developments in Ireland, and a photo and DIY flyer display based around the documentary film Helpyourself Manchester, followed by a screening of that film on Monday 8th of April.

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The Forest is a volunteer-run, collectively-owned, free arts and events project that comprises of a vegetarian café, studios and lots of other facilities. It is a not-for-profit project and has been running in Edinburgh since 2000. For more info see here:

So if you are in Edinburgh over the coming week pop in and have a look, and by all means feel free to purchase a coffee or some delicious veggie food!!

Thanks to everyone who made it down to see our film premiere of Helpyourself Manchester last night at the Klondyke club. We got over 100 people (Les ran out of beer glasses!) and were astounded by the levels of support and the atmosphere in the room. You all really truly reassured us that DIY culture is alive and well, not as a ‘style’, but as a functioning anti corporate way of thinking and organising.
All the people who bought dvd’s, donated some money, got us a beer, – we thank you!

— We didn’t take many photos, but here are a few.
Dave playing guitar:

Us introducing the film:

Watching the film:

We want to also thank DBH and Dave Birchall for playing, they made the night extra special and we are glad to know such talented musicians, willing to promote DIY and ensure it stays alive.

If you have any photo’s of the night please send them to us, and if you want to use the Klondyke for anything just go down and ask, they really are very friendly.

The film will be screened in a few other places in the UK and abroad, which we’ll announce on here. and then in 2013 it will be available to watch for free online!

The DVD is also available, we’ll put it on here shortly. its got extras, a lovely cover, and the money helps us to carry on making films in the future and pays for production costs (tapes, dvd’s, cases… etc)

Thanks again!


( P.s A lovely review of the evening can be read here by Pocket trumpet blog: )



ADDRESS: Friday 23rd of November at the Klondyke Club, 1 Burnage Lane, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 2HQ, 7:30 pm.

Live acts: Dan Bridgewood-Hill and Dave Birchall

There will be FREE popcorn as well!

Check out our facebook event – we post videos showcasing the music from the film (almost) daily!
Here’s how to get here (Archive Flyer)

We’ll be appearing at St. Margarets Church, Rufford Road, Whalley Range, M16 8AE on Friday coming, the 3rd of Feb. We’ll be showing an teaser for our new documentary about DIY music in Manchester, something for a completed project about a homeless hostel for young people, and something exciting from Scotland.


For now, here’s a screen capture from our DIY edit, and a flyer for the event, which first an foremost features music from the Birchall/Brice/Marks Trio which info can be found for here: