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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge: days like these?

August 31, 2016 Comments Off on Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge: days like these?

In 1986, my favourite band was called Easterhouse.

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What’s on in September: Comedy in Manchester

August 31, 2016 Comments Off on What’s on in September: Comedy in Manchester

As the students move back into their digs, comedy returns to Manchester too.

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Edinburgh Fringe: the best of Manchester comedy

August 26, 2016 Comments Off on Edinburgh Fringe: the best of Manchester comedy

Manchester hasn’t been devoid of comedy this August, but there are a fair few local acts representing the city at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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Great Village Bake Off

You can’t fake the bake: the Great Village Bake Off

August 26, 2016 Comments Off on You can’t fake the bake: the Great Village Bake Off

Their motto is ‘bake it, bring it, share it, eat it’. As mottos go, it’s a good one.

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Manchester Pride

What Pride means to me

August 24, 2016 Comments Off on What Pride means to me

Hurrah! The Manchester gay celebrations are almost upon us.

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Rochdale Feel Good Festival

Review: Rochdale Feel Good Festival

August 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Rochdale Feel Good Festival

After a summer of uncertainty and a national divide following Brexit, it was perhaps fitting that Rochdale’s Feel Good festival should be accompanied by a near constant downpour.

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Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon: we talk to playwright Joe Penhall and review the show

August 24, 2016 Comments Off on Sunny Afternoon: we talk to playwright Joe Penhall and review the show

Although I’m led to believe there were some loudmouthed Kinks fans who expected more of a singalong as well as, equally annoyingly, some professional reviewers who seemed smugly ignorant of the band’s substantial output, there are many reasons why Sunny Afternoon is so much more than just another jukebox musical.

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The Gin Society Festival

Win tickets to The Gin Society Festival, Manchester Cathedral

August 18, 2016 Comments Off on Win tickets to The Gin Society Festival, Manchester Cathedral

Win tickets to The Gin Society Festival at Manchester Cathedral 

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The North by Liz Foster Design

We don’t need a ‘Northern Cultural Tsar’. But funding parity with the South? Yes please.

August 16, 2016 Comments Off on We don’t need a ‘Northern Cultural Tsar’. But funding parity with the South? Yes please.

The New Statesman says that the North is in need of ‘a cultural renewal’. Really? Helen Palmer, Co-Director of Creative Tourist and Palmer Squared, a consultancy specialising in the cultural and tourism sector, responds to this for Northern Soul.

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Kate O'Donnell

Views from A Broad: Kate O’Donnell’s transgender story of struggle and success

August 16, 2016 Comments Off on Views from A Broad: Kate O’Donnell’s transgender story of struggle and success

One of the biggest interview clichés is someone describing their life experiences as “a journey”. However, if anyone has earned the right to use the dreaded “J” word then it’s performer Kate O’Donnell.

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