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Review: Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Observatory

July 29, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Observatory

Technically, this year’s Bluedot festival kicks off with a few performances on the Thursday night, but for Northern Soul, as for many other folks, it starts on arrival around teatime on the Friday.

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Early Doors at The Lowry image credit: Nathan Cox

Theatre Review: Early Doors: One More Chance, The Lowry, Salford

July 29, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Early Doors: One More Chance, The Lowry, Salford

First things first: the original two-series TV version of Early Doors was an utter gem.

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Mik with Fox masks

Album Review: More by Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip

July 20, 2019 Comments Off on Album Review: More by Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip

If you switched over to BBC Two‘s recent Glastonbury footage at just the right point after midnight on the Saturday, you’d have seen a cheerful, shaven-headed man in a floppy watermelon hat performing with his band, interspersed with interview clips of him declaring “I live off ideas and cheese and ham sandwiches…People come to me because they’ve had a hard day and they want some chaos, and I’ll bring them chaos…I’m like an old baby”.

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Jason Wood

“I just think the two things go together really well.” Jason Wood from Manchester’s HOME talks about Pop Stars on Film

July 18, 2019 Comments Off on “I just think the two things go together really well.” Jason Wood from Manchester’s HOME talks about Pop Stars on Film

Received wisdom usually has it that pop stars shouldn’t act.

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DraigCon 2019

Review: DraigCon 2019, Manchester Printworks

July 16, 2019 Comments Off on Review: DraigCon 2019, Manchester Printworks

A few years back, there was a small but significant shift in the way children dressed up for World Book Day.

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David Lynch at Home, MIF 2019

Review: David Lynch artist talk and Twin Peaks: Series 3 Episode 8, Manchester International Festival, HOME

July 12, 2019 Comments Off on Review: David Lynch artist talk and Twin Peaks: Series 3 Episode 8, Manchester International Festival, HOME

The David Lynch at HOME season has an inescapable problem – an elephant man in the room, if you will.

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Years and Years

Review: Years and Years

July 4, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Years and Years

In recent months a good many television shows – your Fleabags, your Game of Throneses – have been hailed as landmarks in the history of the medium.

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Mick Houghton

“Probably the person who comes out of it looking most like a twat is me.” Mick Houghton talks to Northern Soul

July 4, 2019 Comments Off on “Probably the person who comes out of it looking most like a twat is me.” Mick Houghton talks to Northern Soul

It’s any modern music fan’s dream: hanging out with The Ramones, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Julian Cope, Spiritualized and The KLF during their glory days.

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In Fabric

Film Review: In Fabric

June 24, 2019 Comments Off on Film Review: In Fabric

Until now, British writer/director Peter Strickland has brought us films such as Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy which, while exquisitely and dazzling labours of love, were perhaps just a little too arch and knowing.

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Food Review: Grand Pacific, Manchester

June 9, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Grand Pacific, Manchester

It always pays to double-check.

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