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Shauna Mackin by Chris Payne

Shauna Mackin: on the brink of being proper famous

May 28, 2014 Comments Off on Shauna Mackin: on the brink of being proper famous

You know how upsetting it is when a singer has the temerity to cover your favourite artist?

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John Cooper Clarke at BBC 6 Music Festival

John Cooper Clarke: the Bard of Salford

May 28, 2014 Comments Off on John Cooper Clarke: the Bard of Salford

“Last time I came here,” says John Cooper Clarke, “it were 1958 and I’d come to see Bob Hope.” 

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From There To Here: a love letter to Manchester

May 23, 2014 Comments Off on From There To Here: a love letter to Manchester

From There to Here is a major new BBC drama. The editor of Northern Soul met the writer Peter Bowker and director James Strong.  

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Chimp at Chester Zoo by Chris Payne

Chester Zoo: lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

May 17, 2014 Comments Off on Chester Zoo: lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Last time we visited Chester Zoo our boy was just that little bit too young to understand it.

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Thomas Truax at Sounds From The Other City Festival, Salford

Sounds From The Other City

May 16, 2014 Comments Off on Sounds From The Other City

Now in it’s ninth year, Sounds From The Other City celebrates all that’s new and experimental in music.

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MaryEllenMcTague_Aumbry1 by Chris Payne

Aumbry and Great British Menu Chef Mary-Ellen McTague talks to Northern Soul

May 14, 2014 Comments Off on Aumbry and Great British Menu Chef Mary-Ellen McTague talks to Northern Soul

The smell emanating from the kitchen at Aumbry when I arrive on a damp, grey Manchester day almost defies description.

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Aiden Byrne at Manchester House, The Avenue, Manchester

Aiden Byrne talks Restaurant Wars, food critics and chasing the Michelin man

April 28, 2014 Comments Off on Aiden Byrne talks Restaurant Wars, food critics and chasing the Michelin man

Manchester hasn’t had a Michelin-starred restaurant since the year I was born. I’m 40 next month.

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Bellowhead at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Bellowhead: a decade of decadence

April 25, 2014 Comments Off on Bellowhead: a decade of decadence

A few weeks ago, Spiers & Boden played at the Royal Northern College of Music as part of their final tour as a duo.

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Gary Barlow at Phone 4u Arena, Manchester

Gary Barlow: the Frodsham frontman comes home

April 20, 2014 Comments Off on Gary Barlow: the Frodsham frontman comes home

Last week’s Manchester Arena gig by Gary Barlow was a first for me.

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Guy Garvey of Elbow at Phones 4u Arena Manchester

Elbow: soaring to new heights

April 11, 2014 Comments Off on Elbow: soaring to new heights

Elbow played Manchester’s Phones 4u Arena on Wednesday night to a crowd of almost 20,000 and pulled off a spectacular trick. They made it feel like an intimate gig.

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