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Susie Quatro

Suzi Quatro: “I’ve never, ever been the kind of person who does gender.”

September 6, 2017 Comments Off on Suzi Quatro: “I’ve never, ever been the kind of person who does gender.”

It’s 1973. Industrial action has plunged the UK into darkness and things are pretty gloomy (except for this pre-teen excitedly reading comics by candlelight). But there is one shining light: glam rock.

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The Fizz

“I’m least fond of Making Your Mind Up, yet where would I be without it?” Cheryl Baker talks to Northern Soul

September 4, 2017 Comments Off on “I’m least fond of Making Your Mind Up, yet where would I be without it?” Cheryl Baker talks to Northern Soul

Bucks Fizz will forever be remembered as UK Eurovision winners. A plucky quartet, put together for the 1981 contest, bopping their way to victory with the chart-topping Making Your Mind Up.

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Suzanne Vega, The Bridgewater Hall

Suzanne Vega: “The audience comes, thinking of their own memories”

August 28, 2017 Comments Off on Suzanne Vega: “The audience comes, thinking of their own memories”

When I wore out my Suzanne Vega cassettes in the 1980s, playing them over and over again, never in my wildest dreams did I think that, one day, I’d be explaining builder’s tea to my musical hero.

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“Sometimes I feel my whole life has been one big whirlwind.” Belinda Carlisle talks to Northern Soul

August 26, 2017 Comments Off on “Sometimes I feel my whole life has been one big whirlwind.” Belinda Carlisle talks to Northern Soul

Look away now if you don’t want to feel old: it’s been 30 years since the recording of power-pop anthem Heaven Is A Place On Earth.

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Sugarhill Gang, Cotton Clouds Festival

Review and Photo Gallery: Cotton Clouds Festival, Saddleworth

August 15, 2017 Comments Off on Review and Photo Gallery: Cotton Clouds Festival, Saddleworth

A drunk woman gesticulates at me. “The back of the line for beer is there.”

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Northern Soul chats to Beans on Toast about pubs, performing and politics

July 9, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to Beans on Toast about pubs, performing and politics

The first time I saw Beans on Toast play live, he was supporting Frank Turner at a big venue in London.

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Richard Ashcroft

Photo Gallery and Review: Richard Ashcroft, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

July 9, 2017 Comments Off on Photo Gallery and Review: Richard Ashcroft, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

Now an established fixture in the Manchester gig-going calendar, Sounds of the City at Castlefield Bowl kicked off a series of city centre open air concerts in July with an eclectic bill, headlined by Richard Ashcroft, ex-frontman of The Verve

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Tony Bennett, Bridgewater Hall, image by Chris Payne

Photo Gallery and Review: Tony Bennett, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall

July 9, 2017 Comments Off on Photo Gallery and Review: Tony Bennett, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall

A year or so after his MTV appearance on Unplugged, I went to see Tony Bennett at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow.

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Stax records

Stax Records: the legend lives on in a new generation

July 7, 2017 Comments Off on Stax Records: the legend lives on in a new generation

The description ‘legendary’ tends to get bandied around a lot in the mostly preposterous world of popular music.

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Review: ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes..

July 2, 2017 Comments Off on Review: ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes..

The first night of Manchester International Festival 2017 kicked off with a unique collaboration from New Order and visual artist Liam Gillick in the Old Granada Studios with So It Goes..

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