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Music Review: Stephen Fretwell, Gorilla, Manchester

November 22, 2021 No Comments

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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“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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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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“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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Music Review: Fontaines D.C., Manchester Academy

October 19, 2021 Comments Off on Music Review: Fontaines D.C., Manchester Academy

It was like nothing had happened. Eighteen months of lockdowns and enjoyment-sapping restrictions were blown away in a second by a post-punk poet and a rock ‘n’ roll band.

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“Strong, broad-ranging music that tells social stories that mean something.” David Agnew, director of Manchester Folk Festival

October 2, 2021 Comments Off on “Strong, broad-ranging music that tells social stories that mean something.” David Agnew, director of Manchester Folk Festival

Manchester is set to become the centre of the international folk world at the end of October.

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Review: The Hallé Orchestra, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

October 2, 2021 Comments Off on Review: The Hallé Orchestra, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The Hallé Orchestra opened its new season last week with a moving and magnificent performance at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

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Review: Manchester Collective – Voice of the Whale, Hallé St Peter’s, Manchester

October 2, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Manchester Collective – Voice of the Whale, Hallé St Peter’s, Manchester

Journalists sometimes get it wrong.

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Music: This Is Tomorrow 2021, Exhibition Park, Newcastle

September 22, 2021 Comments Off on Music: This Is Tomorrow 2021, Exhibition Park, Newcastle

Festival season is (safely) back in full swing.

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Music: This Is For The NHS, Exhibition Park, Newcastle

September 22, 2021 Comments Off on Music: This Is For The NHS, Exhibition Park, Newcastle

Newcastle’s biggest outdoor music festival, This Is Tomorrow, hosted a free festival for NHS workers at Newcastle’s Exhibition Park to thank staff who have been risking their lives to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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