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Wendy James

I Want Your Love: Northern Soul talks to singer/songwriter Wendy James

April 10, 2020 Comments Off on I Want Your Love: Northern Soul talks to singer/songwriter Wendy James

For those of us in the late 1980s who didn’t subscribe to the domination of the Stock Aitken Waterman bland factory pop, Wendy James was a beacon.

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Ren Harvieu

Revel in the Drama: Ren Harvieu chats to Northern Soul

April 10, 2020 Comments Off on Revel in the Drama: Ren Harvieu chats to Northern Soul

Releasing that difficult second album is always a big moment for any artist. For Ren Harvieu, though, it holds a special significance.

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Album Review: I Am Not A Dog On A Chain, Morrissey

April 5, 2020 Comments Off on Album Review: I Am Not A Dog On A Chain, Morrissey

As those who can still be bothered to care continue to fume at his flirtationship with the far right, Morrissey presses on with the insouciance of a thrice-wed gaslighter, essentially putting down the dog whistle he’s been tooting on for the past quarter of a century, holding it behind his back, while summarily serving up an album of such solicitous pop savvy as to protest he’s been decent all along.

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“Some people have called me the diva whisperer.” Blondie collaborator Rob Roth talks weirdos, icons and punk sensibility

March 12, 2020 Comments Off on “Some people have called me the diva whisperer.” Blondie collaborator Rob Roth talks weirdos, icons and punk sensibility

“There’s nothing contrived or canned, it’s just Debbie and Chris.”

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Photo Gallery: Stereophonics, Utilita Arena Newcastle by Lewis Palmer

Photo Gallery: Stereophonics, Utilita Arena, Newcastle

March 11, 2020 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Stereophonics, Utilita Arena, Newcastle

Northern Soul photographer Lewis Palmer sees Stereophonics at Utilita Arena, Newcastle and takes some excellent snaps.

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“It’s escapism into a different world for a weekend.” Luke Bainbridge on the Lake District’s new Aerial Festival

March 7, 2020 Comments Off on “It’s escapism into a different world for a weekend.” Luke Bainbridge on the Lake District’s new Aerial Festival

When Luke Bainbridge first started going to festivals in the early 1990s, only a handful existed with some offering the mere basics in entertainment.

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Sir Mark Elder

Review: An evening of Ravel, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

February 27, 2020 Comments Off on Review: An evening of Ravel, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

In a brief intermission between winter storms, concert-goers in Manchester took shelter in The Bridgewater Hall and warmed themselves with the musical radiance of the Hallé Orchestra.

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“One of the best things you can do to find out what it’s like to run a music venue is fix the toilet.” We talk to The Fulford Arms in York

December 21, 2019 Comments Off on “One of the best things you can do to find out what it’s like to run a music venue is fix the toilet.” We talk to The Fulford Arms in York

Brilliant daylight flits through large windows bringing an air of a quaint countryside pub to the empty bar area.

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In Praise of the North: Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir

December 19, 2019 Comments Off on In Praise of the North: Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir

Many of us look forward to the end of the year. It’s a chance to stop, reflect, perhaps refocus our energies and hopefully look forward to what lies ahead.

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Music Review: Vetiver/Treetop Flyers, YES, Manchester

December 9, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Vetiver/Treetop Flyers, YES, Manchester

I’m sure Andy Cabic, aka Vetiver, won’t mind me saying that when I had a quick transatlantic chat with him last week (as you do), he seemed distinctly nervous about performing this string of UK dates completely solo, particularly as the Up On High album hasn’t been out that long.

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