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“Some people have called me the diva whisperer.” Blondie collaborator Rob Roth talks weirdos, icons and punk sensibility

March 12, 2020 Comments Off on “Some people have called me the diva whisperer.” Blondie collaborator Rob Roth talks weirdos, icons and punk sensibility

“There’s nothing contrived or canned, it’s just Debbie and Chris.”

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Photo Gallery: Stereophonics, Utilita Arena Newcastle by Lewis Palmer

Photo Gallery: Stereophonics, Utilita Arena, Newcastle

March 11, 2020 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Stereophonics, Utilita Arena, Newcastle

Northern Soul photographer Lewis Palmer sees Stereophonics at Utilita Arena, Newcastle and takes some excellent snaps.

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Review: An evening of Ravel, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

February 27, 2020 Comments Off on Review: An evening of Ravel, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

In a brief intermission between winter storms, concert-goers in Manchester took shelter in The Bridgewater Hall and warmed themselves with the musical radiance of the Hallé Orchestra.

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Music Review: Vetiver/Treetop Flyers, YES, Manchester

December 9, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Vetiver/Treetop Flyers, YES, Manchester

I’m sure Andy Cabic, aka Vetiver, won’t mind me saying that when I had a quick transatlantic chat with him last week (as you do), he seemed distinctly nervous about performing this string of UK dates completely solo, particularly as the Up On High album hasn’t been out that long.

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Staying Alive: the campaign to save The Gaumont where the Bee Gees first performed

November 16, 2019 Comments Off on Staying Alive: the campaign to save The Gaumont where the Bee Gees first performed

Bee Gees fans from across the world have raised more than £250,000 in just eight days to try and save the former cinema in Manchester’s Chorlton where the brothers first performed live.

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Music Review: Shakespears Sister, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

November 16, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Shakespears Sister, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

There’s always been something of the magpie about Siobhan Fahey, a pop star with a fan’s fascination for pop.

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Music Review: Twin Peaks Soundtrack Live, Manchester Camerata, Yes

November 4, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Twin Peaks Soundtrack Live, Manchester Camerata, Yes

If ever a television series was to pass across the flat screen looking glass to haunt the reality that watched it, it would be Twin Peaks. Unlike anything else when it was first transmitted, the singular creation of David Lynch and Mark Frost shifted genre and tone, time and place, the everyday and the uncanny. If darkness could bleed through into the daydreams of a homecoming queen, if people could fall out of the world, why might not such a reality slip into this one? Why not especially on All Hallow’s Eve when tradition insists that the doorway between this world and the next is easiest to cross?

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Music Review: Rickie Lee Jones, RNCM, Manchester

November 3, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Rickie Lee Jones, RNCM, Manchester

“What do you think she’ll be singing? Will it be jazz? Or country?” an over-refreshed Scottish fan was asking anyone who’d listen just before Rickie Lee Jones took the stage.

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Review: The Psychedelic Furs, O2 Ritz Manchester

October 20, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Psychedelic Furs, O2 Ritz Manchester

If the surface of pop is glitter then The Psychedelic Furs are sandpaper, rubbing it up the wrong way.

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Review: Hardwick Live Festival 2019

September 3, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Hardwick Live Festival 2019

“You got the whole experience Lucy, my goodness,” said BBC Tees radio presenter Antony Collins as I described my weekend at Hardwick Live, a phrase which couldn’t have summed it up more perfectly.

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