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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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Great North Run by Phil Pounder

The Northern Soul Sports Round-Up

October 6, 2018 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Sports Round-Up

In this month’s sports column, Margaret Brecknell takes a look back at some of the sporting highlights from September in the North including notable performances from two sports stars who have been featured here in previous months. There’s also the usual preview of what to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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John McGrath MIF image by Chris Payne

“Manchester is good at spotting an opportunity and going for it.” John McGrath from Manchester International Festival talks to Northern Soul

October 5, 2018 Comments Off on “Manchester is good at spotting an opportunity and going for it.” John McGrath from Manchester International Festival talks to Northern Soul

Last year was a harrowing time for Manchester.

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“People don’t have enough decent conversations nowadays.” Craig Parkinson talks acting, podcasts and the human condition

October 5, 2018 Comments Off on “People don’t have enough decent conversations nowadays.” Craig Parkinson talks acting, podcasts and the human condition

For three seasons of Line of Duty, Craig Parkinson played one of the most obnoxious characters on British telly.

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Butterfly Music Co. by Chris Payne

The Single Life: What made you love pop music? Northern Soul writers share their seminal songs

September 29, 2018 Comments Off on The Single Life: What made you love pop music? Northern Soul writers share their seminal songs

If you’re old enough to recall brick-like mobile phones, TV pong and computers the size of a bungalow, the pop single may be one of the first things you bought with your pocket money.

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Peter Hook & The Light at The Ritz, Manchester

Peter Hook talks to Northern Soul

September 19, 2018 Comments Off on Peter Hook talks to Northern Soul

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.

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Just So Festival, Chris Payne

Photo Gallery: Just So Festival, Rode Hall, Cheshire

August 27, 2018 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Just So Festival, Rode Hall, Cheshire

Now in its ninth year, Just So Festival, an annual festival for children and their families, returned to Rode Hall in Cheshire earlier this month. 

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Review: Just So Festival, Rode Hall, Cheshire

August 23, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Just So Festival, Rode Hall, Cheshire

Where to start. This is the hardest of reviews to write because I really don’t know what to tell you about the weekend we’ve just had.

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“There’s so much upside-down news that you think, how have we got to this place?” Billy Bragg talks to Northern Soul

August 22, 2018 Comments Off on “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? 

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