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Monthly Archives: July 2019

Mik with Fox masks

Album Review: More by Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip

July 20, 2019 Comments Off on Album Review: More by Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip

If you switched over to BBC Two‘s recent Glastonbury footage at just the right point after midnight on the Saturday, you’d have seen a cheerful, shaven-headed man in a floppy watermelon hat performing with his band, interspersed with interview clips of him declaring “I live off ideas and cheese and ham sandwiches…People come to me because they’ve had a hard day and they want some chaos, and I’ll bring them chaos…I’m like an old baby”.

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Food Review: Hawksmoor, Deansgate, Manchester

July 20, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Hawksmoor, Deansgate, Manchester

According to my records (random scraps of paper in a Clarks shoebox) it has been some months since I broke bread with Helen, esteemed editor of Northern Soul.

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Pier Eight's Waterside Terrace. Photo: Nathan Chandler

Food Review: Waterside Terrace, Pier Eight Restaurant, The Lowry, Salford

July 20, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Waterside Terrace, Pier Eight Restaurant, The Lowry, Salford

Is there a better way to spend a sunny northern summer’s afternoon than at The Lowry listening to singer Rob King while sipping Sipmith’s orange and cacao gin and enjoying a selection of small plates from Pier Eight?

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Precarious Carnaval

Review: Precarious Carnaval

July 20, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Precarious Carnaval

Precarious Carnaval has plunged into the past, present and future to unearth the secrets of The Bridgewater Canal.

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BBC Music Introducing Manchester, Manchester International Festival, Festival Square

Review: BBC Music Introducing Manchester, Manchester International Festival

July 19, 2019 Comments Off on Review: BBC Music Introducing Manchester, Manchester International Festival

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ll be well aware that Manchester International Festival (MIF 2019) is in full swing.

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Jason Wood

“I just think the two things go together really well.” Jason Wood from Manchester’s HOME talks about Pop Stars on Film

July 18, 2019 Comments Off on “I just think the two things go together really well.” Jason Wood from Manchester’s HOME talks about Pop Stars on Film

Received wisdom usually has it that pop stars shouldn’t act.

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Actor Lisa Dwan Studio Créole at Manchester International Festival 2019 image credit Chris Payne 51155

“You can kid yourself that you can speak Icelandic or Japanese.” Adam Thirlwell on Studio Créole and the creolisation of languages

July 18, 2019 Comments Off on “You can kid yourself that you can speak Icelandic or Japanese.” Adam Thirlwell on Studio Créole and the creolisation of languages

When someone asks you the question ‘if you could pick a superpower, what would it be?’, do you opt for the ability to be fluent in every language?

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DraigCon 2019

Review: DraigCon 2019, Manchester Printworks

July 16, 2019 Comments Off on Review: DraigCon 2019, Manchester Printworks

A few years back, there was a small but significant shift in the way children dressed up for World Book Day.

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Photo Gallery: Visible Girls – Revisited, a photographic exhibition by Anita Corbin, The Civic, Barnsley

July 15, 2019 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Visible Girls – Revisited, a photographic exhibition by Anita Corbin, The Civic, Barnsley

Do you ever look back at photographs from your teenage years?

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The Fountainhead. Manchester International Festival

Review: The Fountainhead, Manchester International Festival, The Lowry

July 15, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Fountainhead, Manchester International Festival, The Lowry

A four-hour, Dutch subtitled, dramatised version of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand might seem as appealing as a dinner party invite from Tommy Robinson, but when it’s directed by one of the world’s most acclaimed directors it’s an opportunity to see a startling and resonant piece of theatre.

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