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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Robin Ince, photo by Timothy Ginn

What’s on in September: Comedy in Manchester

August 30, 2017 Comments Off on What’s on in September: Comedy in Manchester

It’s September, so dust off your satchel, sharpen your pencils and straighten that tie…no wait, that’s school, isn’t it? Wrong one. Forget that. You don’t need any of those things to take in the comedy this month.

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PIPPIN The Musical

Review: PIPPIN The Musical, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

August 30, 2017 Comments Off on Review: PIPPIN The Musical, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

On the face of it, it’s difficult to see why PIPPIN The Musical is not better known on this side of the Pond given it boasts music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, whose stage hits include Godspell and Wicked as well as a latter-day stint as a composer on such Disney animations as Pocahontas.

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The Jungle Book

Review: The Jungle Book, The Lowry, Salford

August 30, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Jungle Book, The Lowry, Salford

As I observed the seats filling up for The Jungle Book, I suddenly panicked that I’d come to the show without a kid. Yet Metta Theatre’s electric re-telling – combining street dance and circus routines to bring Rudyard Kipling’s tale into the 21st century – is not just for children.

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Head for the HIlls

Win two weekend tickets for Head for the Hills Festival

August 30, 2017 Comments Off on Win two weekend tickets for Head for the Hills Festival

Win two weekend tickets to Head for the Hills Festival

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Suzanne Vega, The Bridgewater Hall

Suzanne Vega: “The audience comes, thinking of their own memories”

August 28, 2017 Comments Off on Suzanne Vega: “The audience comes, thinking of their own memories”

When I wore out my Suzanne Vega cassettes in the 1980s, playing them over and over again, never in my wildest dreams did I think that, one day, I’d be explaining builder’s tea to my musical hero.

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“Sometimes I feel my whole life has been one big whirlwind.” Belinda Carlisle talks to Northern Soul

August 26, 2017 Comments Off on “Sometimes I feel my whole life has been one big whirlwind.” Belinda Carlisle talks to Northern Soul

Look away now if you don’t want to feel old: it’s been 30 years since the recording of power-pop anthem Heaven Is A Place On Earth.

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Freak, 53two, Manchester

Underneath the Arches: 53two’s Simon Naylor talks about feminism and fringe productions

August 23, 2017 Comments Off on Underneath the Arches: 53two’s Simon Naylor talks about feminism and fringe productions

Manchester is thriving with creativity. Nevertheless, it is daunting to set up a new venue, whether its focus is art, music or theatre.

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A Quiet Night, Saltburn Pier, watercolour

Picture Gallery: Tales of the Dales, Places of Pilgrimage and Moor Stories by Ian Scott Massie

August 23, 2017 Comments Off on Picture Gallery: Tales of the Dales, Places of Pilgrimage and Moor Stories by Ian Scott Massie

Artist Ian Scott Massie was born in London in 1952 and grew up in Buckinghamshire.

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Roseberry Topping - storm light.

Photo Gallery: Summer Sights in North Yorkshire

August 23, 2017 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Summer Sights in North Yorkshire

Northern Soul’s North Yorkshire Photographer, Paul Hunter, shares a gallery of striking images capturing the sights across the region during the summer months. 

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Just So Festival

Photo Gallery: Family Fun at Just So Festival

August 23, 2017 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Family Fun at Just So Festival

Just So Festival, an annual festival for children and their families in Cheshire, took place last weekend.

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