It’s been 30 years since legendary Liverpool group The La’s released their first record, the thunderous single Way Out.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
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?Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
“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.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
“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.Read the full story..
A drunk woman gesticulates at me. “The back of the line for beer is there.”Read the full story..
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Northen Soul Awards 2017
Congratulations to all the winners at the Northern Soul Awards 2017. It was a cracking night. For the full list, click here http://awards.northernsoul.me.uk/2017-winners
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