Northern Soul

Author: Michelle Nicholson

Queen and Slim

Film Review: Queen & Slim

February 15, 2020 Comments Off on Film Review: Queen & Slim

“Why do black people always have to be excellent? Why can’t we be normal?”

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Strip! How Football Got Shirty. Credit: Chris Payne

Exhibition Review: Strip! How Football Got Shirty, National Football Museum, Manchester

November 27, 2019 Comments Off on Exhibition Review: Strip! How Football Got Shirty, National Football Museum, Manchester

Much like my recent attempt at bowling with the Editor of Northern Soul, I failed miserably at ‘guess the football shirt from the 1891/2 season’ at the National Football Museum’s new exhibition.

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Getting the Third Degree, Salford Arts Theatre

Theatre Review: Getting the Third Degree, Salford Arts Theatre

November 16, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Getting the Third Degree, Salford Arts Theatre

In a first for Northern Soul, three of my interests have combined in one night: theatre, soul music and football.

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Janelle Monáe at MIF19 - image credit Priti Shikotra 1

Music Review: Janelle Monáe, Manchester International Festival 2019

July 8, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Janelle Monáe, Manchester International Festival 2019

“I have total trouser envy!” said my friend Erin, aged 11 and three-quarters.

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Football Writing Festival, National Football Museum, Manchester

Review: Football Writing Festival, National Football Museum, Manchester

September 4, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Football Writing Festival, National Football Museum, Manchester

I love being in a museum when it’s closed – there’s all manner of weird sights and sounds after hours.

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Upfront & Onside: The Women’s Football Conference, National Football Museum, Manchester

Review: The Women’s Football Conference, National Football Museum, Manchester

March 15, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Women’s Football Conference, National Football Museum, Manchester

When I was little, I played football for my primary school in North London.

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Leesa North West Football Awards 2017

Northern Soul heads to the Leesa North West Football Awards 2017

November 22, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul heads to the Leesa North West Football Awards 2017

When the shiny invitation to the Leesa North West Football Awards dropped on the mat at Northern Soul Towers, I stepped forward.

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Confetti, Manchesrer Apollo, image credit BBC

Review: BBC Radio 2’s All Star Party, Manchester’s O2 Apollo

October 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: BBC Radio 2’s All Star Party, Manchester’s O2 Apollo

What would my 14-year-old self say? My most recent Saturday ‘big night out’ was spent with a 50-something gent at a 50th birthday party, with a playlist solely supplied by BBC Radio 2.

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Bittersweet, The Portico Library

Review: Bittersweet: Legacies of Slavery and Abolition in Manchester, Portico Library

September 20, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Bittersweet: Legacies of Slavery and Abolition in Manchester, Portico Library

Bittersweet, the latest exhibition from The Portico Library, looks at the abolitionists and pro-slavery advocates in Manchester and the discussions that were taking place at the time.

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Phil Neville

“There’s more to life than football” Northern Soul meets Phil Neville at Cafe Football

July 4, 2017 Comments Off on “There’s more to life than football” Northern Soul meets Phil Neville at Cafe Football

Hotel Football and its new sibling Cafe Football are a marketing executive’s dream: a hospitality project backed by real life legendary Manchester footballers with football in the title and football memorabilia. 

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