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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Junip at Ramsbottom Festival

Ramsbottom’s Humdinger Weekend

September 30, 2013 Comments Off on Ramsbottom’s Humdinger Weekend

The third Ramsbottom Festival, held earlier this month in the West Pennine foothills, lived up to its reputation as a “humdinger” of an event.

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Parlour Flames

No Tantrums, No Tears

September 30, 2013 Comments Off on No Tantrums, No Tears

Parlour Flames is a musical collaboration between former OASIS rhythm guitarist Bonehead [aka Paul Arthurs] and the Manchester-based singer songwriter & poet Vinny Peculiar [aka Alan Wilkes]. Lucy McNamara caught up with them at the recent Ramsbottom Festival.

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Del Amitri Tour Session

The Right Time To Roll

September 30, 2013 Comments Off on The Right Time To Roll

Del Amitri have announced their first tour in more than a decade. Karen Connolly talks to frontman, Justin Currie.

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Marcel Lucont

Professional Frenchman or stand-up comic? Northern Soul finds out

September 30, 2013 Comments Off on Professional Frenchman or stand-up comic? Northern Soul finds out

This Autumn it seems us northern English are supremely lucky to be in receipt of a series of talks from professional Frenchman, Marcel Lucont.

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Tim Burgess by Chris Payne

Hey Country Boy

September 30, 2013 Comments Off on Hey Country Boy

I noted the Stone Roses (Mani), Oasis (Bonehead) and New Order (Stephen Morris) among the bands with representatives at Tim Burgess‘s solo gig at Band on the Wall – all supporting an old mate in an intimate setting, with a generous card of young bands (not sure I can remember the last time I went to a gig where there were three supports on the bill). 

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Lie back, relax and think of….

September 26, 2013 Comments Off on Lie back, relax and think of….

I love a good spa. But part of that love comes from the fact that it always feels like an unnecessary decadence.

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The Mikado

Rom-Com Opera in Salford

September 26, 2013 Comments Off on Rom-Com Opera in Salford

As I sipped my pre-performance glass of bubbly I couldn’t help but notice the attire of the other drinkers. Fleeces, hoodies, trainers and t-shirts with popular slogans abounded everywhere. I remarked to my guest, somewhat haughtily, that theatrical standards of dress had fallen.

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Matthew Barley

In At The Deep End

September 23, 2013 Comments Off on In At The Deep End

Nearly ten years to the day that Manchester’s Victoria Baths was voted winner of BBC’s Restoration, on a rainy Thursday evening I found myself sitting in the deep end of a 107-year-old swimming pool, drinking a pint of Speckled Hen and listening to someone making whale noises with a laptop and a cello.

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Afternoon tea at DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Picadilly#2

Getting down with the kids at DoubleTree

September 23, 2013 Comments Off on Getting down with the kids at DoubleTree

Think of afternoon tea and what comes to mind? White tablecloths? Crustless sandwiches? Sedate surroundings and whispered conversations?

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Blood+Chocolate - First meeting - Photo by John R Saunders

Blood, Chocolate and a walk in York

September 23, 2013 Comments Off on Blood, Chocolate and a walk in York

The York of today is a tourist hub but at the turn of the last century it is was Chocolate City, churning out the sweet stuff by the ton. Now a new promenade production is looking at the impact of the Great War on the city’s workers.

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