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Manchester- black and white shot by Chris Payne

Eyeliner, black leather and post-punk: not your average book launch

March 29, 2015 No Comments

Picture a book launch: chances are you’re imagining a staid and stifled event in a windowless inner-city Waterstones on a wet Wednesday afternoon, with copies of books and glasses of steadily souring white wine laid out in evenly-spaced rows on folding trestle tables.

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John Cooper Clarke by Chris Payne

John Cooper Clarke: the Bard of Salford talks to Northern Soul

March 19, 2015 No Comments

Not content with the success of his critically acclaimed UK tour of 2014, Dr John Cooper Clarke is back in his home town this weekend.

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Sir Mark close up with the Halle in background.

Hurrah for the Hallé: Sir Mark Elder talks to Northern Soul

March 17, 2015 Comments Off

Sir Mark Elder, music director of Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, talks to Northern Soul’s Alfred Searls about the Hallé’s Shostakovich season. 

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Arrested Development

The Northern Soul Podcast: Arrested Development

March 15, 2015 Comments Off

Stop whatever you’re doing – it’s time for The Northern Soul Podcast!

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The Fat White Family

Review and pics: NME Awards Tour at Manchester Ritz

March 11, 2015 Comments Off

Twenty years ago, the NME launched the Brat Tour.

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Music sheet

What’s On in March – Music

March 5, 2015 Comments Off

Blimmin’ eck, March looks set to be a cracking month for gigs in the North.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

What’s on in Spring – Operawatch

March 3, 2015 Comments Off

In the manner of TV’s Springwatch I have decided to call my occasional opera preview Operawatch.

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Macy Gray

Review: Macy Gray, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

February 17, 2015 Comments Off

She tried to walk away and she stumbled…

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Puppet Rebellion

The Northern Soul Podcast: Puppet Rebellion

February 15, 2015 Comments Off

Yes folks, it’s time for the glorious Northern Soul Podcast.

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Lauren Laverne at the Newcastle Quayside

Preview: BBC Radio 6 Music Festival, Tyneside 2015

February 13, 2015 Comments Off

This month marks the second annual BBC 6 Music Festival, taking place this year on Tyneside.

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