Northern Soul

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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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Festival No.6

The Mystical and Extraordinary Festival No.6

September 12, 2014 Comments Off

Karen Connolly – and likely the rest of Manchester -  spent the weekend at a sun-soaked Festival No.6 where the magical village of Portmeirion played host to an eclectic mix of entertainers.

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The Unthanks and Sam Lee

The Unthanks, Sam Lee and the First World War

September 9, 2014 Comments Off

If there was one folk act guaranteed to do a First World War project it was The Unthanks. After a few false starts, they have co-created a project with fellow Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee.

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Get It Loud In Libraries

Get Loud In The Library with Adele

August 25, 2014 Comments Off

Dusty, furtive places with quiet at a premium – these are the oft-quoted stereotypes associated with libraries. So you wouldn’t expect to see Adele belting out her tunes in a Lancaster library, would you?

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Levellers - 48 By Ami Barwell

Levelling the Land with The Levellers

August 21, 2014 Comments Off

Ahead of the release of The Levellers‘ greatest hits album and UK tour, including a headlining slot at the Ramsbottom Festival next month, Cathy Crabb chatted to frontman Mark Chadwick, as well as Lynn Holt, a passionate fan.

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Jamie Phillips conducting c. Russell Hart March 13

Promenading with the Hallé

August 10, 2014 Comments Off

Last month as soft, warm, summer rain fell on a Saturday evening in Manchester, a packed Bridgewater Hall was able to transcend the meteorological treachery and escape into an English rural idyll.

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Jetta

Northern Soul meets…Jetta

July 28, 2014 Comments Off

Not many 24-year-olds get the chance to work with Pharrell Williams on their debut record. But the world’s hottest producer thinks scouse songstress Jetta has what it takes to be big.

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