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Count Arthur Strong

Count Arthur Strong: Steve Delaney talks pantomimes, pensioners and The Sound of Mucus

February 20, 2017 No Comments

In this age of The X Factor, The Voice and Britain’s Got Talent, it’s entirely possible to become famous overnight.

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Something Better: comedian Josie Long talks to Northern Soul

February 20, 2017 Comments Off on Something Better: comedian Josie Long talks to Northern Soul

During the early 1940s, America folk singer Woody Guthrie had a stark message emblazoned upon his guitar: ‘This machine kills fascists‘.

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Mind on the Run -The Basil Kirchin Story (c) Anna Bean

Mind on the Run: The Basil Kirchin Story, Hull 2017, Capital of Culture

February 17, 2017 No Comments

Standing on Sydney Harbour at the dawn of the 1960s, Basil Kirchin experienced a tragic, life-changing epiphany.

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MARK THOMAS image by Steve Ullathorne

Mark Thomas talks class, comedy and The Red Shed with Northern Soul

February 5, 2017 Comments Off on Mark Thomas talks class, comedy and The Red Shed with Northern Soul

Wakefield Labour Club is a 47-foot long wooden hut near the city centre which was formerly an army barracks.

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Review – T2: Trainspotting, Danny Boyle Q&A, HOME, Manchester

February 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review – T2: Trainspotting, Danny Boyle Q&A, HOME, Manchester

It beggars belief but it was 20 years ago that Danny Boyle and his team introduced a special preview screening of Trainspotting to a sold-out crowd at Manchester’s Cornerhouse.

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Marvel Universe

Review: Marvel Universe LIVE! Super Heroes Assemble, Manchester Arena

January 27, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Marvel Universe LIVE! Super Heroes Assemble, Manchester Arena

On a chilly January evening, Northern Soul finds itself in a packed Manchester Arena pondering the notion of ‘astonishment fatigue’.

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Strawberry Studios

Strawberry: the Stockport studio where The Stone Roses, Paul McCartney, 10cc, and The Smiths recorded

January 25, 2017 Comments Off on Strawberry: the Stockport studio where The Stone Roses, Paul McCartney, 10cc, and The Smiths recorded

In 1971, when the reincarnated Egyptian pharaoh Ramases was ready to record an album, he knew exactly where to go: Strawberry Studios, No. 3 Waterloo Road, Stockport.

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John Shuttleworth

Graham Fellows talks sweets, Celebrity Mastermind and being John Shuttleworth

January 18, 2017 Comments Off on Graham Fellows talks sweets, Celebrity Mastermind and being John Shuttleworth

At the end of 2015, musician and comedian Graham Fellows appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Mastermind.

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The Worst Witch, CCBC

Review: CBBC’s The Worst Witch, Manchester Town Hall

January 9, 2017 Comments Off on Review: CBBC’s The Worst Witch, Manchester Town Hall

As a list of magical ingredients, it’s hard to beat. Manchester Town Hall on a Sunday afternoon in the run-up to Christmas with the festive German Market in full swing outside, playing host to several hundred excited children who have come to take part in a range of bespoke themed activities, all culminating in a gala preview screening of the first episode of a new CBBC adaptation of a modern classic.

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Neville Smith A Retrospective

Neville Smith in Retrospect: curator Andy Willis talks to Northern Soul

January 9, 2017 Comments Off on Neville Smith in Retrospect: curator Andy Willis talks to Northern Soul

If the name Neville Smith doesn’t ring a bell, you’re entirely forgiven.

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