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Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

June 29, 2013 Comments Off on The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

One of the criticisms of the Manchester International Festival is that it doesn’t include any of the region’s innovative and homegrown talent. By contrast, the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival is very much about local talent, as well as a sprinkling of the already mildly famous.

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Danger Mouse

That’s Where Danger Mouse Lives, That Is

June 29, 2013 Comments Off on That’s Where Danger Mouse Lives, That Is

Some experiences simply make you smile. If you’re lucky that smile won’t have been raised at someone else’s expense or require cynicism or guile to be unlocked.

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Beethoven Remix

RNCM Beethoven Remix

June 25, 2013 Comments Off on RNCM Beethoven Remix

The RNCM is having a big year: 40 free concerts to celebrate its 40th anniversary, an awesome Beethoven festival and a catalogue of events at its home on Oxford Road and around the city.

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Before Midnight at The Cornerhouse, Manchester

June 23, 2013 Comments Off on Before Midnight at The Cornerhouse, Manchester

Just about the closest cinematic parallel to Richard Linklater’s ongoing story of Jesse and Celine, as chronicled at roughly nine-year intervals in Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and now Before Midnight, is the late Francois Truffaut’s wonderful Antoine Doinel series.

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Byron

Burger Brilliance at Byron

June 23, 2013 Comments Off on Burger Brilliance at Byron

We like our colloquialisms and slanguage here at Northern Soul and, to be frank, the more vernacular the better.

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The French

The French at The Midland, Manchester

June 19, 2013 Comments Off on The French at The Midland, Manchester

Let me say from the outset that The French at The Midland doesn’t come cheap. At £55 for the six course tasting menu and £50 for the wine flight to go with it, it took up the £110.07 I got from a pre-emptive raid on my piggy bank

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Show at The Palace, Manchester

June 18, 2013 Comments Off on The Rocky Horror Show at The Palace, Manchester

If I was going to dress up as any character in The Rocky Horror Show, I always thought it would be Magenta. For many years we shared the same style: a back-combed mop, too much eye make-up, fish nets. All I really had to do was find a French maid’s outfit.

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Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt and Martin Simpson at The Apollo, Manchester

June 16, 2013 Comments Off on Bonnie Raitt and Martin Simpson at The Apollo, Manchester

Typical. You wait ages for a sassy redhead to strut her stuff in town, then two show up at once. But a discerning audience eschewed the attractions of Rihanna at the Arena to celebrate the, shall we say a tad more mature, virtues of Bonnie Raitt and her seasoned band at the Apollo.

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Manchester Sound The Massacre

Manchester Sound: The Massacre

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Manchester Sound: The Massacre

On a muggy evening in central Manchester, I found myself in the uncomfortable position of confronting the ghosts of my past. And I’m sure I wasn’t the only one experiencing unnerving flashbacks to a time when acid house, poppers and day-glow were part of everyday life.

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The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party at The Royal Exchange, Manchester

June 11, 2013 Comments Off on The Birthday Party at The Royal Exchange, Manchester

When you think of Harold Pinter‘s plays, what comes to mind? The Pinter Pause? Naturally. Dysfunctional relationships? Probably. Brutal dialogue? Maybe. But what about humour? Last night, at the Royal Exchange’s production of The Birthday Party, I was reminded of how funny Pinter could be.

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