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“Take the music very seriously, but don’t take yourself very seriously.” Northern Soul chats to Mark Radcliffe about radio, writing and Galleon Blast

October 17, 2017 No Comments

When Mark Radcliffe was given his first national Radio 1 show, Out on Blue Six, back in April 1991, it came with an enigmatic promotional shot of him wearing a black cowl and shades.

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Mark Elder, Halle (credit: Benjamin Ealovega)

A change of season at the Hallé: Stravinsky’s Firebird at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

October 11, 2017 No Comments

Manchester in October and memories of summer are fading fast.

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Beans on Toast by Andrew Allcock

Video: Beans on Toast talks to Northern Soul

October 11, 2017 No Comments

Ah, Beans on Toast. We love this singer-songwriter, as does Frank Turner who once said of him that “he sings songs and slays dragons”.

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Martin Coogan, Chris Payne

“There’s a bit of T-Rex in there, Sparks, Iggy Pop.” Northern Soul talks to Martin Coogan of The Mock Turtles

October 10, 2017 No Comments

“Wait, I’ve got some stupid shoes I could wear. They’ll be a laugh.”

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Marty Stuart, RNCM

“When I look back at my records, I see it as like making movies or building houses.” Northern Soul talks to country music legend, Marty Stuart

October 10, 2017 No Comments

“I guess you could say that my mom set the standard at kind of an unattainable place,” says Marty Stuart, one of the undisputed heroes of modern country music.

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Confetti, Manchesrer Apollo, image credit BBC

Review: BBC Radio 2’s All Star Party, Manchester’s O2 Apollo

October 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: BBC Radio 2’s All Star Party, Manchester’s O2 Apollo

What would my 14-year-old self say? My most recent Saturday ‘big night out’ was spent with a 50-something gent at a 50th birthday party, with a playlist solely supplied by BBC Radio 2.

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Suzanne Vega, The Bridgewater Hall

Left of Center? No, bang on target. Northern Soul sees Suzanne Vega in Manchester

October 7, 2017 Comments Off on Left of Center? No, bang on target. Northern Soul sees Suzanne Vega in Manchester

It’s been a fair few years since Suzanne Vega last played a live concert in Manchester, but last week saw her triumphant return at the stunning Bridgewater Hall.

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BBC Philharmonic

Review: BBC Philharmonic, Mahler – Symphony No. 3 at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

September 26, 2017 Comments Off on Review: BBC Philharmonic, Mahler – Symphony No. 3 at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

“You’re reviewing a classical music concert?”

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Head for the Hills 2017 (Ramsbottom Festival): a film by Northern Soul

September 26, 2017 Comments Off on Head for the Hills 2017 (Ramsbottom Festival): a film by Northern Soul

Ah, Rammy. Previously the Ramsbottom Festival, Head for the Hills is one of the loveliest, yummiest festivals in the world ever.

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Lee Mavers, The La's. Photo by Jake Summerton

“The whole myth of The La’s is crazy.” Paul Hemmings talks to Northern Soul

September 22, 2017 Comments Off on “The whole myth of The La’s is crazy.” Paul Hemmings talks to Northern Soul

It’s been 30 years since legendary Liverpool group The La’s released their first record, the thunderous single Way Out.

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