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The Specials

Music Review: The Specials, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

September 21, 2021 Comments Off on Music Review: The Specials, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

Making political statements through music has been The Specials’ strong suit since they formed in the late 1970s. And that skill of getting the message across through music still stands today.

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Best Reads 2020 (2)

Books: Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2020

December 23, 2020 Comments Off on Books: Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2020

As we approach the end of 2020 and look back over the past 12 months, it’s hard to be optimistic. But we can reach for the things that spark joy and provide solace. For the team at Northern Soul, books were a great source of comfort in 2020 and we did an awful lot of reading. Some of these books were new publications, some were titles waiting patiently on our shelves, and some were old favourites. Here are our 2020 best reads to expand your ever-growing ‘To Be Read’ pile. Maybe some of them will bring you a sense of comfort too.

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How are you spending Christmas 2020? We ask the Northern Soul team what they’re up to

December 22, 2020 Comments Off on How are you spending Christmas 2020? We ask the Northern Soul team what they’re up to

The past 12 months have been a lot to process – and the world is looking at a very different festive period in 2020. As we head into the season of goodwill, we asked the brilliant Northern Soul team how they will be spending Christmas during a global pandemic.

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Northern Scran: Manchester Tart

June 1, 2020 Comments Off on Northern Scran: Manchester Tart

It’s the tang of raspberry jam that tickles your tastebuds just after you’ve bitten through the flaky coconut topping and into the thick, creamy custard.

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Lockdown entertainment: The best of the best Northern Films

May 10, 2020 Comments Off on Lockdown entertainment: The best of the best Northern Films

With us all cooped up inside and scrambling to find things to do, help is at hand from Northern Soul. We’ve canvassed an array of contributors and friends to ask for their favourite Northern films. Among what follows, we hope that you find some inspiration for your viewing pleasure.

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What are you listening to in lockdown? Here are our Northern Bangers

April 18, 2020 Comments Off on What are you listening to in lockdown? Here are our Northern Bangers

In a world where our physical boundaries have contracted, it’s more important than ever to expand our inner horizons. With this in mind, we asked our writers and friends for their top Northern tunes.

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Takeaway Review: Proove, West Didsbury

March 29, 2020 Comments Off on Takeaway Review: Proove, West Didsbury

During lockdown, when you’re wandering into your kitchen for the millionth time and opening the fridge before closing it again, you might have hit the point when it’s time to think about ordering a takeaway.

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“It completely turned my life upside down.” Mark Radcliffe talks to Northern Soul about his life-changing diagnosis

January 3, 2020 Comments Off on “It completely turned my life upside down.” Mark Radcliffe talks to Northern Soul about his life-changing diagnosis

This time last year, things were looking pretty bleak for Mark Radcliffe.

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Staying Alive: the campaign to save The Gaumont where the Bee Gees first performed

November 16, 2019 Comments Off on Staying Alive: the campaign to save The Gaumont where the Bee Gees first performed

Bee Gees fans from across the world have raised more than £250,000 in just eight days to try and save the former cinema in Manchester’s Chorlton where the brothers first performed live.

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John Thompson

Cold Feet meets The Street: Northern Soul chats to actor John Thomson

February 16, 2019 Comments Off on Cold Feet meets The Street: Northern Soul chats to actor John Thomson

There’s a sharp knock on my front door and I open it to find John Thomson standing on my doorstep.

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