It’s January. The weather is rubbish, the piggy bank is empty and we’re all feeling a little bit sluggish. It can also be the time of year where our mental health needs some TLC. Northern Soul’s Emma Yates-Badley has registered for RED January 2019, a community initiative that encourages people to support their mental health by doing something active every single day. Emma will be writing about her experience in a weekly blog. In partnership with independent mental health charity, Mind, RED January can provide a focus in a characteristically tough month, empowering you to start the year as you mean to go on.Read the full story..
Every year I try to pin Christmas down – an atmosphere, a perfect gathering, a woodland walk on a crisp December day.Read the full story..
We love a good ginnel at Northern Soul. But, depending on where you’re from, there are all sorts of words for what essentially amounts to an alleyway, including jennel, snicket, vennel, gennel, jitty, jetty and our new favourite…a weind.Read the full story..
This year’s York Theatre Royal pantomime concerns the Motley family’s attempts to protect their mother Molly from the dastardly Les Miserable who means to knock her off as the last source of hilarity in a joyless kingdom, with only the help of the brave fairies of the Land of Lovely Thoughts to blah blah blah.Read the full story..
Tabloid journalism is a joke. But it’s not a funny one, no-one’s laughing and it keeps getting worse.Read the full story..
Gaia Holmes is an expert in her field, and this is obvious in her skilled, careful and beautifully strange poetry collection.Read the full story..
When Julia Holter last played Gorilla in February 2016, she was touring her Have You in My Wilderness album, an unexpectedly poppy proposition relative to her previous work.Read the full story..
Who’s present at tonight’s Vic Godard gig? That’s easy.Read the full story..
Doctor Dolittle is totally barmy.Read the full story..
The Northern Soul Awards 2018
The Northern Soul Awards 2018 took place at the stunning Manchester Cathedral on November 15. Here’s our list of winners, along with the Highly Commended and Special Mentions for each category. Congratulations!
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