Northern Soul

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Simon Webb, BBC Philharmonic

Simon Webb, head of BBC Philharmonic, talks to Northern Soul

October 27, 2014 No Comments

As I wait in reception for the general manager of BBC Philharmonic, I notice a large crowd of people being body-scanned by security.

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The Whisky Sessions

Win Free Tickets To The Whisky Sessions, Manchester’s Newest Festival

October 25, 2014 Comments Off

WIN FREE TICKETS TO THE WHISKY SESSIONS

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John Bramwell by Chris Payne

Northern Soul chats to John Bramwell from I Am Kloot

October 23, 2014 1 Comment

The Whisky Sessions, Manchester’s newest music festival, debuts at the Victoria Warehouse next month with I Am Kloot as a headliner. Karen Connolly reveals what else is in store and chats to Kloot frontman, John Bramwell.

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John Lydon Dave Haslam 2 © Jack Kirwin

John Lydon in Conversation at The Albert Hall, Manchester

October 23, 2014 No Comments

Since 1976, John Lydon has been using words and music to question the inhabitants of the corridors of power, those untutored in the rhythms of popular culture who tut-tutted at the so-called degenerative influence of music’s equivalent of TNT – punk rock – on the nation’s youth.

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John Grant performing with the BBC Philharmonic at Media City, Salford

John Grant with the BBC Philharmonic

October 13, 2014 Comments Off

Okay. So I only just got John Grant last week. I’d seen his name around but never listened to his stuff. I’m an idiot.

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Joe McElderry

Joe McElderry talks to Northern Soul about life after The X Factor

October 13, 2014 Comments Off

For some X Factor winners it is a swift return to pub gigs. For others like Joe McElderry it leads to gold records and gigs at decent-sized venues.

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Ode to Joy…thanks to the BBC Philharmonic

October 6, 2014 Comments Off

The BBC Philharmonic knows what it’s doing. It got its new season off to a flying start with a thundering display of power, passion and precision.

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Halle Orchestra

The Hallé Orchestra kicks off its new season in spectacular style

October 6, 2014 Comments Off

The Hallé began its new season in fine style with the kind of skilful and passionate performance that is the hallmark of this fine musical institution.

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Vena Portae © Johan Bergmark

Review: Vena Portae

October 6, 2014 Comments Off

For the successful recording artist, a side project offers a creative breathing space, the chance to flex muscles otherwise constrained by the commercial demands of an established outfit.

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Peter Hook & The Light at The Ritz, Manchester

Peter Hook and The Light

October 1, 2014 Comments Off

Peter Hook and The Light treated a packed Manchester Ritz to some seldom-heard pleasures last week.

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