Northern Soul

Bands & Gigs

Chris Cutler

Chris Cutler on Henry Cow, Lindsay Cooper and Huddersfield

November 19, 2014 No Comments

To celebrate the life and work of musician Lindsay Cooper, four bands are coming together to perform Cooper’s music at the Lawrence Batley Theatre as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

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The Northern Soul Podcast is back!

November 16, 2014 No Comments

Hurrah and huzzah – The Northern Soul Podcast returns for a second series!

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Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker

Review: Homegrown Folk Festival in Bury

November 14, 2014 2 Comments

It’s been a sad but undeniable fact for a long time that Manchester seemed unable to support a mid-size venue where roots performers too big for the folk clubs or the bars, but not yet likely to fill the Bridgewater Hall, could play and not lose the promoter’s shirt for them.

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Review: The Gruffalo LIVE – with the Northern Sinfonia

November 14, 2014 No Comments

There can’t be many parents who haven’t read Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo to their child at least 30 times.

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Johnny Marr at the O2 Apollo, Manchester

Review: Johnny Marr at Manchester Apollo

October 30, 2014 Comments Off

The Smiths formed in 1982. I was six, and only started listening to them in 1992 when my mate Liam did me a mix tape. Blew. My. Mind.

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Brutalism, Bus Fares and The Box 

October 30, 2014 Comments Off

Think of the camera’s shutter as a scalpel. See the photograph as a slice through time.

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Simon Webb, BBC Philharmonic

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

October 27, 2014 Comments Off

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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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 in Conversation at The Albert Hall, Manchester

October 23, 2014 Comments Off

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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