Bands & Gigs
“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..
On the back of the recent successful ‘in conversation’ event with Clint Boon and Mike Joyce at Salford Lads Club, up next to the podium are music legends Peter Hook and Mani.Read the full story..
“There’s so much upside-down news that you think, how have we got to this place?” Billy Bragg talks to Northern Soul
When I learned that Billy Bragg had agreed to be interviewed by Northern Soul, I spent some considerable time working up the courage to ask him one question: is it wrong to wish on space hardware?Read the full story..
The Northern Soul Awards 2018
The Northern Soul Awards 2018 took place at the stunning Manchester Cathedral on November 15. Here’s our list of winners, along with the Highly Commended and Special Mentions for each category. Congratulations!
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