Bands & Gigs
Amid all the flash and bombast that defined the late 80s, Cowboy Junkies proved there was an audience waiting for something quiet, beautiful and reflective with their compelling 1988 classic, The Trinity Session.Read the full story..
U2 rolled into town as part of their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour and turned Manchester Arena into the smallest large venue around.Read the full story..
Last year, when David Agnew opted to move the English Folk Expo and its public-facing concerts to central Manchester after several years based around Bury Met, there was a certain amount of discreet breath-holding as to whether its delicate balance of intimacy with a worldwide mission to spotlight English music and artists could work as well in this new context, right in the vibrant heart of the city and spread around several venues.Read the full story..
The Hallé Orchestra and the Hallé Choir came together in Manchester recently to deliver a performance of epic proportions in a highly accomplished presentation of Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra and Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass.Read the full story..
Since completion in 1858, Leeds Town Hall has played host to many influential and ground-breaking artists from across the globe.Read the full story..
“It was surreal watching The Wombles and Tony Blackburn in boats trying to help fans.” Les McKeown, Bay City Rollers
During my pre-teen years, I shared a bedroom with my sister.Read the full story..
Last Thursday in Manchester, with the wind howling and the rain falling so heavily that mass evacuation by ark seemed likely, the Hallé Orchestra opened its 2018/19 season under its guest conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens.Read the full story..
“I hate artists saying they don’t want to play their biggest songs.” Northern Soul talks to Joan Armatrading
“I have no idea where the time has gone,” Joan Armatrading tells me. “It’s insane.”Read the full story..
The Northern Soul Awards 2018
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The secret is out. This year’s Northern Soul of the Year is @getnorth2018. A massive congratulations to all involved with this is remarkable event which really bought the North alive #NSawards18 pic.twitter.com/cmAbc1QpXL
There’s no shortage of great venues in the North West but we’re particularly excited to announce that the winner of Venue of the Year is Waterside. We’ve been loving everything you do this year. A thoroughly deserving winner @WatersideArts #NSawards18 pic.twitter.com/YyD51jeiBI
Northern Writer of the Year was such a strong category with so many fantastic entries and our judges thought that one in particular deserved a special mention. So, lovely @lyndseyskinner here’s a huge shout out just for you #NSawards18