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The Girl from Gotham City: Jackie Chambers on growing up in Leeds

May 19, 2019 No Comments

With her shock of blonde hair, studded leather outfits, huge smile and time-honoured rock poses, Jackie Chambers is known as the lead guitarist with all-female heavy metal band Girlschool, as well as for her latest project, Yorkshire-based rockers Syteria.

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Music Review: Live at Leeds 2019

May 9, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Live at Leeds 2019

It’s up there with the best festivals for showcasing emerging musical talent in the UK. Live at Leeds has quite the reputation to uphold and 2019 didn’t disappoint.

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“Music that’s trying to go where music hasn’t been before.” Northern Soul talks to The Blackheart Orchestra

May 9, 2019 Comments Off on “Music that’s trying to go where music hasn’t been before.” Northern Soul talks to The Blackheart Orchestra

The Blackheart Orchestra create glorious soundscapes together, hugely emotive and held together by an ethereal enchanting voice.

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Music review: Fontaines D.C., Gorilla, Manchester

April 15, 2019 Comments Off on Music review: Fontaines D.C., Gorilla, Manchester

Like all great art, it inspires you to do something.

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Music Review: Lines – Parts One, Two and Three, The Unthanks

March 27, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Lines – Parts One, Two and Three, The Unthanks

Say what you like about The Unthanks, but I love them. Just to be clear, they’ve never been afraid of pushing boundaries, embracing challenges and kissing ambition on both cheeks.

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“I don’t hanker for being chased round the Arndale Centre by Norwegian schoolgirls anymore.” Nik Kershaw talks to Northern Soul

March 19, 2019 Comments Off on “I don’t hanker for being chased round the Arndale Centre by Norwegian schoolgirls anymore.” Nik Kershaw talks to Northern Soul

Nik Kershaw was everywhere in the 1980s.

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“We like to think of it as clever pop.” Smoove & Turrell chat to Northern Soul

March 17, 2019 Comments Off on “We like to think of it as clever pop.” Smoove & Turrell chat to Northern Soul

North East soul and funk band Smoove & Turrell have been creating big banging dance tracks for more than a decade.

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Review: Manchester Collective, Black Angels, Leeds Town Hall

February 27, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Manchester Collective, Black Angels, Leeds Town Hall

Leeds Town Hall has seen its fair share of excitement since Cuthbert Brodrick first laid out his plans for the building in the 19th century.

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Midnight and Closedown: Northern Soul chats to multi-award winning folk trio Lau

February 25, 2019 Comments Off on Midnight and Closedown: Northern Soul chats to multi-award winning folk trio Lau

“In a way it’s been quite exciting to keep getting asked if calling this album Midnight and Closedown means it’s going to be our last album,” says guitarist and singer Kris Drever, one third of the multi-award winning folk-and-far-beyond trio Lau, along with Martin Green (accordion, piano, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle).

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“Once the Spice Girls move into your house, you very quickly run out of space.” Sheffield songwriter Eliot Kennedy talks to Northern Soul

February 12, 2019 Comments Off on “Once the Spice Girls move into your house, you very quickly run out of space.” Sheffield songwriter Eliot Kennedy talks to Northern Soul

Eliot Kennedy has written songs for Mary J. Blige, the Spice Girls, Celine Dion, Boyzone, Bryan Adams, S Club 7 and Take That. Now the Sheffield songwriter is celebrating his 50th birthday with a charity concert in his home town – and he’s invited his musical friends. He talks to Ann Chadwick.

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