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Claiming back the day: The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians in Liverpool

April 21, 2018 No Comments

On St George’s Day, a day which has been misappropriated and twisted beyond recognition by the far-right to further their cause, it seems apt that Damon Alban is performing in Liverpool with the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians along with Mounir Trudi.

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Music Review: Let’s Eat Grandma, The Deaf Institute, Manchester

April 12, 2018 Comments Off on Music Review: Let’s Eat Grandma, The Deaf Institute, Manchester

Let’s Eat Grandma aren’t giving anything away.

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Jaws in Concert, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Review: Jaws in Concert, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

April 10, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Jaws in Concert, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

There’s trouble in the water for the residents of Amity Island as swimmers are picked apart by a great white shark.

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Review: Brett Anderson, Manchester Literature Festival, The Dancehouse

April 4, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Brett Anderson, Manchester Literature Festival, The Dancehouse

Full and frank disclosure from the off: I am and have always been a Suede fan.

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Review: Gary Numan, Preston Guild Hall

March 21, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Gary Numan, Preston Guild Hall

I’m old enough to remember when Gary Numan first hit the music scene in the late 1970s.

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Review: Violence and compassion – Shostakovich, Bach and Mendelssohn at The Bridgewater Hall

March 21, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Violence and compassion – Shostakovich, Bach and Mendelssohn at The Bridgewater Hall

The Hallé Orchestra brought this season’s focus on Shostakovich to a fittingly dramatic climax with a performance of the great Soviet composer’s powerful eighth symphony at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

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Django Django talk to Northern Soul

March 19, 2018 Comments Off on Django Django talk to Northern Soul

Many bands suffer from what’s known as ‘Difficult Second Album Syndrome’, that awkward step where a recording career isn’t brand new any more but it’s a not-yet-seen-it-all doddle either.

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Review: Chamber Music Festival, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

March 18, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Chamber Music Festival, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

The words ‘chamber music’ can turn off many perfectly open-minded people.

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Photo Gallery and Review: Everything Everything, O2 Apollo, Manchester

March 14, 2018 Comments Off on Photo Gallery and Review: Everything Everything, O2 Apollo, Manchester

Everything Everything performed to a packed O2 Apollo in Manchester proving, once again, that they are one of the most consistently compelling and unsettling bands around.

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Review: Belle & Sebastian, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

March 14, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Belle & Sebastian, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The joy of pop can be as brief as its three-letter onomatopoeia, the giddy thrill of its first kisses paling with familiarity.

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