Northern Soul

Author: Robert Hamilton

Utøya: July 22 Dir Erik Poppe (Norway, 2018) Photo by Paradox 2

Film Review: Utøya: July 22 Dir Erik Poppe (Norway, 2018)

October 22, 2018 No Comments

Two premieres were held at HOME in Manchester recently showcasing films about massacres.

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Shed1 Distillery

Hamiltonic: Shed 1 Gin, Cumbria

October 20, 2018 No Comments

In a new series called Hamiltonic, Northern Soul’s Gin Correspondent Robert Hamilton samples the best gin that the North has to offer and talks to the people who make it. This week, he chats to the good folk at Shed 1 Gin in Cumbria and sips a few samples. 

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Hamiltonic: The Gin Lounge, Upper Campfield Market, Manchester

October 19, 2018 No Comments

In a new series called Hamiltonic, Northern Soul’s Gin Correspondent Robert Hamilton samples the best gin that the North has to offer and talks to the people who make it. This week, he heads to the Gin Lounge at Manchester’s Upper Campfield Market, part of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival, and samples some tasty tipples. 

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Food review: The Albert Square Chop House, Manchester

October 19, 2018 No Comments

It’s not the first time I’ve been greeted by front of house at a restaurant with the words “you don’t look like a Helen” and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

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Review: The Gin Society, Manchester Cathedral

September 25, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Gin Society, Manchester Cathedral

In a new series called Hamiltonic, Northern Soul’s Robert Hamilton will be sampling the best gin the North has to offer and talking to the people who make it. First up, he takes a trip to Manchester Cathedral to spend some time with The Gin Society. 

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Food Review: Tast Catala, King Street, Manchester

July 24, 2018 Comments Off on Food Review: Tast Catala, King Street, Manchester

It is Wednesday July 18, midday on a very hot day, seven hours away from the semi-final against Croatia and I’m at the press opening of the keenly awaited Tast Catala on Manchester’s King Street.

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The Daughter of the Regiment, Gaetano Donizetti, Opera della Luna, Buxton Opera House

Opera Review: The Daughter of the Regiment, Buxton Opera House

July 24, 2018 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Daughter of the Regiment, Buxton Opera House

This is Northern Soul’s second visit to the prestigious Buxton International Festival in what I hope will become an annual trip.

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Berlin to Broadway, Leeds, Credit Ant Robling

Review: Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, Opera North, City Varieties, Leeds

June 29, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, Opera North, City Varieties, Leeds

Off to Leeds again for a night of musical entertainment courtesy of Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse and the City Varieties Music Hall, carried across the moors in a timely manner by TransPennine Express.

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Food Review: Comptoir Libanais, Spinningfields, Manchester

June 4, 2018 Comments Off on Food Review: Comptoir Libanais, Spinningfields, Manchester

It’s not often you’re greeted in a restaurant with “You don’t look like a Helen”.

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Kiss Me Kate, ©Tristram Kenton

Review: Kiss Me Kate, Opera North, Leeds Grand Theatre

May 31, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Kiss Me Kate, Opera North, Leeds Grand Theatre

This is a revival of Opera North’s magnificent production of Cole Porter’s Shakespearian parody Kiss me, Kate, staged by the company in 2015.

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