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

John Grant with the BBC Philharmonic

October 13, 2014 No Comments

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 No Comments

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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Ramsbottom Festival

Ramsbottom Festival: Northern Soul fills its musical boots

September 26, 2014 Comments Off

Northern Soul was out in force at this year’s Ramsbottom Festival. So, in the spirit of an event that has something for everyone, we offer you three different perspectives on the summer’s final festival.

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Boy George

Boy George talks to Northern Soul

September 18, 2014 Comments Off

Some songs are heard and never forgotten. Love Me Do by The Beatles? Check. Elvis singing Always On My Mind? Definitely. Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit? Yes. Karma Chameleon? Absolutely.

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Jarvis Cocker

Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets

September 12, 2014 Comments Off

Last week Keanu Reeves turned 50. Just let that sink in for a minute. Keanu Reeves. ‘Woah, dude! Excellent!’. Fifty. It’s enough to send you running to the nearest mirror gasping, ‘So, hang on… how old am I?’

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british sea power

British Sea Power: true bearers of the flame of independent music

September 12, 2014 Comments Off

In these days when it’s hard to define exactly what constitutes ‘an independent band’ – is it the type of music they make, or the label they’re on, or their overall ethos, or what?

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