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Chasing Owls

Chasing Owls – best name for a band ever?

September 10, 2013 Comments Off on Chasing Owls – best name for a band ever?

Among the many manifold delights on offer at this weekend’s Ramsbottom Festival is an appearance by Edinburgh band Chasing Owls. Since forming in 2010, they’ve built a strong following as a live act on home territory and around the festival circuit.

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Northern Soul talks to the brains behind the Ramsbottom Festival

September 8, 2013 Comments Off on Northern Soul talks to the brains behind the Ramsbottom Festival

I once described the Ramsbottom Festival as a “real humdinger“. This came back to haunt me when I spotted the quote on this year’s marketing material.

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Northern Soul meets The Futureheads

September 7, 2013 Comments Off on Northern Soul meets The Futureheads

The Futureheads headline the opening night of the Ramsbottom Festival on September 13. Other acts include Sinead O’Connor, previously interviewed by Northern Soul’s editor.

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Madness 2 Poster and Pier

Mad for Blackpool Illuminations

September 6, 2013 Comments Off on Mad for Blackpool Illuminations

Northern institutions don’t come much bigger than the Blackpool Illuminations. They’re right up there with the Rugby League Grand Final and the Angel of the North, and they’ve been around a lot longer.

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Lonnie Liston Smith

Lonnie Liston Smith: a legend comes to Manchester

September 5, 2013 Comments Off on Lonnie Liston Smith: a legend comes to Manchester

Following Terence Blanchard last month, Band on the Wall has excelled again, attracting yet another jazz legend to the North West’s Best Small Venue (I’m with the NME on this one).

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at Sefton Park

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Rocks the Mike

August 28, 2013 Comments Off on The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Rocks the Mike

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra recently performed a free concert at Sefton Park, conducted by Vasily Petrenko. The event was part of The Liverpool International Music Festival. Paul Jamieson was there.

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Norman Jay

‘The Queen has met far worse criminals than me’

August 27, 2013 Comments Off on ‘The Queen has met far worse criminals than me’

Norman Jay may have spinning discs for four decades but his Good Times night is still packing a new generation in at 2022NQ in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

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Cocks o’ the North

August 14, 2013 Comments Off on Cocks o’ the North

When a band kicks off its set with a piece of indolent pop perfection like Boredom, you know they must have tons of classics tucked up their sleeves.

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Manchester Jazz Festival

July 27, 2013 Comments Off on Manchester Jazz Festival

With the 24:7 Theatre Festival winding down this weekend and Manchester International Festival a fond memory, what’s a bereft festival fan to do? Why, check out the daddy of Manchester festivals, that’s what.

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Bruce Springsteen

Firing On All Cylinders: The Boss Delivers

July 26, 2013 Comments Off on Firing On All Cylinders: The Boss Delivers

“It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive” is a phrase from Bruce Springsteen‘s song Badlands that, for various reasons, has been haunting me lately.

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