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Music Review: Red Guitars, Night & Day, Manchester

April 29, 2022 Comments Off on Music Review: Red Guitars, Night & Day, Manchester

In 1983, the last time the Red Guitars performed in Manchester, they played at The Haçienda.

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Festival Preview: Underneath the Stars

April 26, 2022 Comments Off on Festival Preview: Underneath the Stars

Underneath the Stars festival will return this summer (July 29-31, 2022) with an all-female headline bill to Cinderhill Farm, Barnsley.

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Music Review: The Psychedelic Furs, Manchester Academy  

April 18, 2022 Comments Off on Music Review: The Psychedelic Furs, Manchester Academy  

There have been considerable developments since The Psychedelic Furs last commanded a Manchester stage.

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The Hara. Credit: Scruff of the Neck Records

“The vibes were sick.” The Hara talk to Northern Soul

April 15, 2022 Comments Off on “The vibes were sick.” The Hara talk to Northern Soul

I first met the three-piece heavy rock outfit known as The Hara during Storm Eunice. It was one of the worst UK storms in recent memory and a day where, between the four of us, no one had thought to bring an umbrella.

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“You hope your songs can weave their way into people’s lives.” Marti Pellow talks to Northern Soul

April 13, 2022 Comments Off on “You hope your songs can weave their way into people’s lives.” Marti Pellow talks to Northern Soul

Marti Pellow has come a long way from the cheery-faced lead singer with Scots pop stars Wet Wet Wet in the 1980s and 90s.

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Clare Grogan

“I’m still the same person I was back then.” Altered Images singer Clare Grogan talks to Northern Soul

March 1, 2022 Comments Off on “I’m still the same person I was back then.” Altered Images singer Clare Grogan talks to Northern Soul

If Channel 5’s Friday music documentaries are to be believed, the 80s was the best decade for music.

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The Shambolics. Image credit: Lewis Baillie.

“We formed a band at the right time.” Northern Soul talks to Shambolics

February 1, 2022 Comments Off on “We formed a band at the right time.” Northern Soul talks to Shambolics

It’s no secret that the Scottish indie scene has soared in popularity over the past few years.

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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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