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Head for the Hills 2017 (Ramsbottom Festival): a film by Northern Soul

September 26, 2017 Comments Off on Head for the Hills 2017 (Ramsbottom Festival): a film by Northern Soul

Ah, Rammy. Previously the Ramsbottom Festival, Head for the Hills is one of the loveliest, yummiest festivals in the world ever.

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Lee Mavers, The La's. Photo by Jake Summerton

“The whole myth of The La’s is crazy.” Paul Hemmings talks to Northern Soul

September 22, 2017 Comments Off on “The whole myth of The La’s is crazy.” Paul Hemmings talks to Northern Soul

It’s been 30 years since legendary Liverpool group The La’s released their first record, the thunderous single Way Out.

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No 6 Festival, images by Tim Cox-Brown

Review: Northern Soul heads to (a rather muddy) Festival No 6 in Portmeirion, North Wales

September 20, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Northern Soul heads to (a rather muddy) Festival No 6 in Portmeirion, North Wales

The village of Portmeirion was created in 1925 (and finished in 1975) under the aegis of architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis who thought it would be a wheeze to conjure up a little bit of Italy on the North Wales coast.

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Photo Gallery: Head for the Hills, Ramsbottom Festival 2017

September 20, 2017 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Head for the Hills, Ramsbottom Festival 2017

Oooh, now this is one of Northern Soul‘s favourite times of year. 

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Leaf Manchester

Step up to the mic: Leaf opens its door to Manchester’s singer/songwriters

September 13, 2017 Comments Off on Step up to the mic: Leaf opens its door to Manchester’s singer/songwriters

Most days, if you wander through the centre of Manchester, you’re bound to encounter at least one busker having a crack at Wonderwall or something by Ed Sheeran. But if you have the talent and street performance isn’t your cup of earl grey, where do you play?

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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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