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David Nolan

“Come for the machetes, stay for the political insights.” Author David Nolan talks to Northern Soul about his new book

November 26, 2020 No Comments

When David Nolan wrote his debut novel Black Moss two years ago, it was almost as an experiment, an unpremeditated tangent to his successful career as a journalist, documentary maker and non-fiction author.

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“Your worst enemy in this game is indifference.” John Cooper Clarke talks about his autobiography, I Wanna Be Yours

October 19, 2020 Comments Off on “Your worst enemy in this game is indifference.” John Cooper Clarke talks about his autobiography, I Wanna Be Yours

When Northern Soul speaks to John Cooper Clarke about his new autobiography and sings its praises to the skies, he’s right in the middle of recording the audiobook version and seems to appreciate the plaudits.

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The principles of puppet making

“The animation industry wouldn’t be where it is today without Manchester.” Director of Manchester Animation Festival, Steve Henderson

October 19, 2020 Comments Off on “The animation industry wouldn’t be where it is today without Manchester.” Director of Manchester Animation Festival, Steve Henderson

There’s often a risk that the world of animation can be undervalued, pigeon-holed as the preserve of children’s films and not much more.

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Best Before Death

Film Review: Best Before Death

September 28, 2020 Comments Off on Film Review: Best Before Death

At a time when certain noted indie chart figures have proved to be a let-down, Bill Drummond is looking more and more like a proper hero.

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CP Lee

A tribute to CP Lee

July 27, 2020 Comments Off on A tribute to CP Lee

Christopher Paul ‘CP’ Lee, who has died aged 70, was a man whose whole life was driven by enthusiasm.

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Ren Harvieu

Revel in the Drama: Ren Harvieu chats to Northern Soul

April 10, 2020 Comments Off on Revel in the Drama: Ren Harvieu chats to Northern Soul

Releasing that difficult second album is always a big moment for any artist. For Ren Harvieu, though, it holds a special significance.

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Films: Northern Soul’s Comfort Viewing (Part Two)

April 2, 2020 Comments Off on Films: Northern Soul’s Comfort Viewing (Part Two)

With us all cooped up inside for the foreseeable future, there’s not a great deal to do except sit tight and watch stuff. But it might as well be good stuff.

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Films: Northern Soul’s Comfort Viewing (Part One)

March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Films: Northern Soul’s Comfort Viewing (Part One)

With us all cooped up inside for the foreseeable future, there’s not a great deal to do except sit tight and watch stuff. But it might as well be good stuff.

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Theatre Review: Back to The Future – the Musical, Manchester Opera House

March 12, 2020 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Back to The Future – the Musical, Manchester Opera House

Somewhere far along the event horizon, every last hit 80s movie will have been adapted into a stage show – presumably the day they announce Police Academy: The Musical.

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Theatre Review: Ghost Stories, The Lowry, Salford

February 19, 2020 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Ghost Stories, The Lowry, Salford

The most important thing to say about Ghost Stories, currently at The Lowry, is that it’s a unique, memorable stage experience delivered with real intelligence, showmanship and skill.

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