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Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Crystal Dome, The Crystal Maze Experience

Start the fans please! Northern Soul attempts The Crystal Maze

March 29, 2017 Comments Off on Start the fans please! Northern Soul attempts The Crystal Maze

Locating the entrance to The Crystal Maze Experience in Manchester is a bit like taking part in one of its infamous challenges.

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Scott Salt/Wildwoods, The Brick Box

Northern Soul talks to Bradford’s Brick Box about gentrification, folklore and community arts

March 29, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul talks to Bradford’s Brick Box about gentrification, folklore and community arts

Sitting upstairs at the Forks cafe in front of the enormous window overlooking Bradford’s up-and-coming North Parade high street, Rosie Freeman is holding forth about the many attractions of her newly adopted city.

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El Amparo

Preview: ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Festival 2017, HOME, Manchester

March 29, 2017 Comments Off on Preview: ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Festival 2017, HOME, Manchester

Over the next few weeks the spirit of Franco will be looming large at HOME in Manchester – and no, that’s nothing to do with Robert Carlyle’s character in Trainspotting.

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Commitments Credit Johan Persson (15)

Review: The Commitments, Palace Theatre, Manchester

March 29, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Commitments, Palace Theatre, Manchester

It’s unlike me to be picky or to sound even vaguely like a music bore, but it doesn’t reflect well on any production when the programme is full of all sorts of howlers.

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Are we snobbish about art? The Northern Soul Podcast

March 24, 2017 Comments Off on Are we snobbish about art? The Northern Soul Podcast

Hurrah and huzzah! It’s time for the Northern Soul Podcast.

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The book that changed my life: Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

March 24, 2017 Comments Off on The book that changed my life: Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s landmark 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 is not a book about censorship.

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Lawrence Batley Theatre exterior

The Lawrence Batley Theatre: we go behind the scenes of a Huddersfield institution

March 24, 2017 Comments Off on The Lawrence Batley Theatre: we go behind the scenes of a Huddersfield institution

It’s snowing as I alight at Huddersfield train station.

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Review: The Witchfinder’s Sister, Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester

March 24, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Witchfinder’s Sister, Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester

There’s something about Waterstones Deansgate in Manchester. It’s the welcoming, colourful displays and the passion with which they celebrate local talent and history alongside bestsellers that makes it feel like a local bookshop.

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Fabric at Bury Market, image by Chris Payne

Photo Gallery: Material World

March 21, 2017 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Material World

Northern Soul‘s Head Photographer Chris Payne checks out the textile stalls at Bury Market and takes some colourful snaps to brighten up gloomy March.

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Helens kitchen, Bury Market

Review: Helen’s Kitchen, Bury Market

March 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Helen’s Kitchen, Bury Market

As a coeliac, nipping to a café for a bit of lunch is something I don’t get to do very often. 

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