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Mik with Fox masks

Album Review: More by Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip

July 20, 2019 No Comments

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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Review: BBC Music Introducing Manchester, Manchester International Festival

July 19, 2019 No Comments

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ll be well aware that Manchester International Festival (MIF 2019) is in full swing.

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Janelle Monáe at MIF19 - image credit Priti Shikotra 1

Music Review: Janelle Monáe, Manchester International Festival 2019

July 8, 2019 No Comments

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

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Still waiting to be discovered: Lulu talks to Northern Soul

July 1, 2019 Comments Off on Still waiting to be discovered: Lulu talks to Northern Soul

It’s difficult to recall a time when Lulu wasn’t around.

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Photo Gallery: The Bluetones, Fibbers, York

June 24, 2019 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: The Bluetones, Fibbers, York

Northern Soul photographer Marc McGarraghy heads to see The Bluetones at Fibbers in York.

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Music Review: Parklife, Heaton Park, Manchester

June 13, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Parklife, Heaton Park, Manchester

The first time I went to Parklife I was 16-years-old.

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Parklife’s Northern Roots

June 3, 2019 Comments Off on Parklife’s Northern Roots

Since its inception ten years ago, Parklife has grown from a small one-day event in Platt Fields to a fully-fledged weekender in Heaton Park.

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The Girl from Gotham City: Jackie Chambers on growing up in Leeds

May 19, 2019 Comments Off on The Girl from Gotham City: Jackie Chambers on growing up in Leeds

With her shock of blonde hair, studded leather outfits, huge smile and time-honoured rock poses, Jackie Chambers is known as the lead guitarist with all-female heavy metal band Girlschool, as well as for her latest project, Yorkshire-based rockers Syteria.

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Music Review: Live at Leeds 2019

May 9, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Live at Leeds 2019

It’s up there with the best festivals for showcasing emerging musical talent in the UK. Live at Leeds has quite the reputation to uphold and 2019 didn’t disappoint.

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“Music that’s trying to go where music hasn’t been before.” Northern Soul talks to The Blackheart Orchestra

May 9, 2019 Comments Off on “Music that’s trying to go where music hasn’t been before.” Northern Soul talks to The Blackheart Orchestra

The Blackheart Orchestra create glorious soundscapes together, hugely emotive and held together by an ethereal enchanting voice.

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