Northern Soul

Bands & Gigs

Ray LaMontagne

Music Review: Ray LaMontagne, Manchester Apollo

May 23, 2018 No Comments

Never one for a grandiose entrance, Ray LaMontagne quietly wanders onto the Manchester Apollo stage before a hushed crowd, his face half-concealed under a brimmed hat.

Share Button
Read the full story..

Corrido de le Sangre by Jonathan Keenan

Review: The Tiger Lillies, HOME, Manchester

April 30, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Tiger Lillies, HOME, Manchester

The lights dim against the Mexican-themed backdrop on the stage. The accordion is briefly tinkled with and I see the eyes of many dart about like ships lost at sea.

Share Button
Read the full story..

Kaze, The Castle Hotel, Manchester, image by Jon Aldridge

Photo Gallery: Kaze, The Castle Hotel, Manchester

April 30, 2018 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Kaze, The Castle Hotel, Manchester

Northern Soul photographer Jon Aldridge sees Kaze perform at Manchester’s Castle Hotel and takes some brilliant images.

Share Button
Read the full story..

Review: St George’s Day – The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

April 30, 2018 Comments Off on Review: St George’s Day – The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Imagine that you’re so moved by a performance that you get up out of your seat, raise your arms in the air and dance around exuberantly.

Share Button
Read the full story..

Let's Eat Grandma_03_photo credit Charlotte Patmore hi-res copy

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.

Share Button
Read the full story..

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.

Share Button
Read the full story..

The Bridgewater Hall credit Joel Chester Fildes

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.

Share Button
Read the full story..

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.

Share Button
Read the full story..

EE Apollo, image by Chris Payne

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.

Share Button
Read the full story..

Belle & Sebastian @ Govanhill Baths -Gaelle Beri-42

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.

Share Button
Read the full story..