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Manchester Jazz Festival

July 27, 2013 Comments Off on Manchester Jazz Festival

With the 24:7 Theatre Festival winding down this weekend and Manchester International Festival a fond memory, what’s a bereft festival fan to do? Why, check out the daddy of Manchester festivals, that’s what.

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Bruce Springsteen

Firing On All Cylinders: The Boss Delivers

July 26, 2013 Comments Off on Firing On All Cylinders: The Boss Delivers

“It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive” is a phrase from Bruce Springsteen‘s song Badlands that, for various reasons, has been haunting me lately.

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CocoRosie-images by Anne Ward

CocoRosie mesmerises Hebden Bridge

July 25, 2013 Comments Off on CocoRosie mesmerises Hebden Bridge

Not many gigs start with a Tibetan bloke ringing a bell over some beats. But this is CocoRosie, an integral part of the New York art rock scene.

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goldfrapp

Between a Dream and a Whisper

July 20, 2013 Comments Off on Between a Dream and a Whisper

I’m coining a new verb. To be ‘Goldfrapped’ means to have been on a magical journey of mind, body and soul.

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The xx

In Love, Love, Love with The xx

July 19, 2013 Comments Off on In Love, Love, Love with The xx

I had the chance to see The xx some years back when they weren’t very famous and it was easy to get a spot near the stage. It was at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk, one of the loveliest, most laid-back music weekends I’ve ever had the good fortune to attend. But I didn’t see the band.

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Bruce Springsteen

Land of Hope and Dreams

July 13, 2013 Comments Off on Land of Hope and Dreams

Wednesday July 24 is a momentous day for Leeds: it marks the debut gig at the new First Direct Arena and the opening act is Bruce Springsteen.

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Sinead O'Connor

Sinéad O’Connor talks to Northern Soul

July 4, 2013 Comments Off on Sinéad O’Connor talks to Northern Soul

After a career spanning more years than I care to remember, it’s not often I get nervous before interviewing someone famous.

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Beethoven Remix

RNCM Beethoven Remix

June 25, 2013 Comments Off on RNCM Beethoven Remix

The RNCM is having a big year: 40 free concerts to celebrate its 40th anniversary, an awesome Beethoven festival and a catalogue of events at its home on Oxford Road and around the city.

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Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention at The Met, Bury

June 16, 2013 Comments Off on Fairport Convention at The Met, Bury

“I recognise so many faces…and so much clothing,” says singer Simon Nicol, as Fairport Convention settle down on stage and the applause from an expectant full house at the Bury Met dies down.

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Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt and Martin Simpson at The Apollo, Manchester

June 16, 2013 Comments Off on Bonnie Raitt and Martin Simpson at The Apollo, Manchester

Typical. You wait ages for a sassy redhead to strut her stuff in town, then two show up at once. But a discerning audience eschewed the attractions of Rihanna at the Arena to celebrate the, shall we say a tad more mature, virtues of Bonnie Raitt and her seasoned band at the Apollo.

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