Hippy Mafia Toronto, ON March 10

Hippy Mafia are made up of three Mancunians and a Kitchener, ON MC; that one of those Mancunians is Happy Mondays drummer Gaz Whelan accounted for the high level of anticipation at this, the quartet's North American debut. All-star guest rumours proved false, but the band made up for it with a brilliant set of Northern Soul and heavy British rock. Unfortunately, the set was plagued with technical difficulties, not that that took the swagger out the band's step. These guys already present themselves as rock stars, and if the high points of their set are any indication, it shouldn't be long before the achieve such status.