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Music Review: The Monochrome Set, Soup Kitchen, Manchester

December 8, 2018 Comments Off on Music Review: The Monochrome Set, Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Bid is ill.

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Review: Christine and the Queens, Manchester Apollo

December 3, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Christine and the Queens, Manchester Apollo

Chances are you discovered Christine and the Queens through Tilted, a Top 20 UK hit single that, thanks to Glastonbury and notable TV performances, seemed to be everywhere in Summer 2016.

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Review: Faustus – Cotton Lords, Central Library, Manchester

November 23, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Faustus – Cotton Lords, Central Library, Manchester

As Manchester-born Simon Rennie, chief investigator for The Poetry Of The Lancashire Cotton Famine project, pointed out at the start of this show, if you want to know about the Lancashire Cotton Famine of 1861 to 1865 then you can look in the history books (or here).

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Dead Naked Hippies, Andrew Benge

Sounds Northern: Dead Naked Hippies

November 21, 2018 Comments Off on Sounds Northern: Dead Naked Hippies

In a series called Sounds Northern, Paul Davies shines a spotlight on Northern musicians and bands to watch out for. This week it’s Dead Naked Hippies.  

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Faustus. Photo Credit: Luke Pajak.co.uk

“Labouring-class voices remain underappreciated.” The poetry of the Cotton Famine is brought to life by Faustus

November 21, 2018 Comments Off on “Labouring-class voices remain underappreciated.” The poetry of the Cotton Famine is brought to life by Faustus

It is known as the Cotton Panic.

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Cowboy Junkies, image by Heather Pollock

Welcome to the Age of Dissolution: Northern Soul chats to Michael Timmins from Cowboy Junkies

November 10, 2018 Comments Off on Welcome to the Age of Dissolution: Northern Soul chats to Michael Timmins from Cowboy Junkies

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.

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Review: U2 – Innocence + Experience Tour 2018, Manchester Arena

October 30, 2018 Comments Off on Review: U2 – Innocence + Experience Tour 2018, Manchester Arena

U2 rolled into town as part of their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour and turned Manchester Arena into the smallest large venue around.

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Music Review: Manchester Folk Festival 2018

October 26, 2018 Comments Off on Music Review: Manchester Folk Festival 2018

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.

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Halle Choir

Review: Thus spoke the Hallé, Strauss and Janácek, Bridgewater Hall

October 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Thus spoke the Hallé, Strauss and Janácek, Bridgewater Hall

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.

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Manchester Collective, Romantic Hero, Leeds Town Hall

Review: Manchester Collective, Romantic Hero, Leeds Town Hall

October 11, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Manchester Collective, Romantic Hero, Leeds Town Hall

Since completion in 1858, Leeds Town Hall has played host to many influential and ground-breaking artists from across the globe.

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