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Northern Soul chats to Beans on Toast about pubs, performing and politics

July 9, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to Beans on Toast about pubs, performing and politics

The first time I saw Beans on Toast play live, he was supporting Frank Turner at a big venue in London.

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Richard Ashcroft

Photo Gallery and Review: Richard Ashcroft, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

July 9, 2017 Comments Off on Photo Gallery and Review: Richard Ashcroft, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

Now an established fixture in the Manchester gig-going calendar, Sounds of the City at Castlefield Bowl kicked off a series of city centre open air concerts in July with an eclectic bill, headlined by Richard Ashcroft, ex-frontman of The Verve

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Tony Bennett, Bridgewater Hall, image by Chris Payne

Photo Gallery and Review: Tony Bennett, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall

July 9, 2017 Comments Off on Photo Gallery and Review: Tony Bennett, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall

A year or so after his MTV appearance on Unplugged, I went to see Tony Bennett at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow.

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Stax Records: the legend lives on in a new generation

July 7, 2017 Comments Off on Stax Records: the legend lives on in a new generation

The description ‘legendary’ tends to get bandied around a lot in the mostly preposterous world of popular music.

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Review: ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes..

July 2, 2017 Comments Off on Review: ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes..

The first night of Manchester International Festival 2017 kicked off with a unique collaboration from New Order and visual artist Liam Gillick in the Old Granada Studios with So It Goes..

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Marching, tradition and fancy dress: The Whit Friday Brass Band Contests

June 27, 2017 Comments Off on Marching, tradition and fancy dress: The Whit Friday Brass Band Contests

This Whit Friday found me in the South Pennine town of Diggle which has hosted a brass band contest since 2013 as part of the annual Whit Friday Brass Band Contests in and around Saddleworth.

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Review and Photo Gallery: Gigantic Vol. 4, Manchester Academy

June 12, 2017 Comments Off on Review and Photo Gallery: Gigantic Vol. 4, Manchester Academy

The fourth Gigantic Indie All-Dayer at Manchester Academy was an opportunity for indie kids of wildly differing ages to wallow in over eight hours of 80s and 90s nostalgia.

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Erasure

Review: Erasure, Albert Hall, Manchester

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Erasure, Albert Hall, Manchester

Erasure have a loyal following. I mean a really loyal following.

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Marshmallow Feast

Review: IRIS and Tim Peaks Diner, The Lowry, Salford

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: IRIS and Tim Peaks Diner, The Lowry, Salford

I’d enjoyed a cool and heady journey on my way to the taster event for The Lowry’s biennial Week 53 festival.

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Liam Gallagher, Manchester 02 The Ritz, image by Chris Payne

Photo Gallery: Liam Gallagher, 02 Ritz, Manchester

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Liam Gallagher, 02 Ritz, Manchester

Liam Gallagher performed to a packed out O2 Ritz in Manchester at the end of May, showcasing a mix of new solo material and a selection of Oasis classics.

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