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“Music is universal. It touches the soul.” Fran Healey, General Manager, The Stoller Hall

December 21, 2021 Comments Off on “Music is universal. It touches the soul.” Fran Healey, General Manager, The Stoller Hall

The Stoller Hall is, arguably, one of Manchester’s best-kept secrets.

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Photo credit Brandina Chisambo.

Review: Manchester Collective, Heavy Metal, The White Hotel, Salford

December 16, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Manchester Collective, Heavy Metal, The White Hotel, Salford

After what can only be described as a terrific year for Manchester Collective, the music organisation brings 2021 to a close with its Heavy Metal tour which, throughout December, has received rave reviews in London, Leeds and Bristol.

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Piccadilly Rats. Image by Martin Green.

The Rats’ Tales: The extraordinary life stories of Manchester buskers, The Piccadilly Rats

December 9, 2021 Comments Off on The Rats’ Tales: The extraordinary life stories of Manchester buskers, The Piccadilly Rats

If you’ve ever meandered past the corner of Lever Street and Piccadilly Gardens in the heart of Manchester, you’ve probably witnessed the unabated joy that is beloved busking collective, The Piccadilly Rats.

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Lead press shot. Paul Weller. Credit: Sandra Vijandi

Music Review: Paul Weller, Liverpool Eventim Olympia

November 30, 2021 Comments Off on Music Review: Paul Weller, Liverpool Eventim Olympia

Let’s get one thing straight from the start. There’s no point in pretending that this is going to be a reasoned, impartial and unbiased review, because it’s not.

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Afflecks Palace

The Spirit of Spike Island: Afflecks Palace’s J Fender talks to Northern Soul

November 30, 2021 Comments Off on The Spirit of Spike Island: Afflecks Palace’s J Fender talks to Northern Soul

A mention of the name Afflecks Palace and people in the North usually think of Manchester’s eclectic and much-loved hub of counterculture, not a DIY four-piece band.

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Music Review: Stephen Fretwell, Gorilla, Manchester

November 22, 2021 Comments Off on Music Review: Stephen Fretwell, Gorilla, Manchester

Ducking beneath the rumbling railway arches and skulking down to the side door of Manchester’s Gorilla always brings with it a sneaking feeling of mystery.

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'THE THE' at the RAH credit: Andy Paradise

“It was very emotionally charged for me.” The The’s Matt Johnson talks about The Comeback Special

November 10, 2021 Comments Off on “It was very emotionally charged for me.” The The’s Matt Johnson talks about The Comeback Special

When The The’s singer/songwriter/prime mover Matt Johnson became the focus of a documentary, The Inertia Variations, back in 2017, it had an unexpected impact on him.

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The Music Lover’s Guide to Manchester, Madchester, Factory Records and beyond

November 1, 2021 Comments Off on The Music Lover’s Guide to Manchester, Madchester, Factory Records and beyond

Manchester is famous for many things, not least its football teams, Coronation Street, and, dare we say it, rain.

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Review: Manchester Folk Festival 2021

October 29, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Manchester Folk Festival 2021

Somehow, there are people still around who believe that ‘all folk music sounds the same’ or that it’s solely made by, and for, blokes with beards.

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Tim Burgess

“I do love a bit of Northern Soul.” We talk to Tim Burgess ahead of The Charlatans’ 30th anniversary tour

October 25, 2021 Comments Off on “I do love a bit of Northern Soul.” We talk to Tim Burgess ahead of The Charlatans’ 30th anniversary tour

No matter how many famous people you interview, opening pleasantries can always be a bit awkward.

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