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Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra at Cornerhouse, Manchester

June 9, 2013 Comments Off on Behind the Candelabra at Cornerhouse, Manchester

There’s really no better way to spend a sunny, Sunday afternoon in Manchester in June – in my humble and correct opinion – than in the dark. Not everyone likes the sun, you know.

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Ólafur Arnalds, RNCM

June 6, 2013 Comments Off on Ólafur Arnalds, RNCM

In his publicity shots, Ólafur Arnalds looks like a model in a Topshop advert. But at his concert at the Royal Northern College of Music he was more rugged, befitting someone who had spent two weeks travelling and sleeping in a coach criss-crossing Europe.

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Southern Cemetery

Chorlton and The City of the Dead

June 5, 2013 Comments Off on Chorlton and The City of the Dead

In the city of the dead, life is to be found in abundance.

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Posh Tramps and Papooshes

Posh Tramps and Papooses, Chorlton

May 30, 2013 Comments Off on Posh Tramps and Papooses, Chorlton

The differences between North and South Manchester – both real and imagined – are presented to hilarious effect in Posh Tramps and Papooses – the new production from Manchester’s excellent MaD Theatre Company.

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The Story of Peterloo

May 29, 2013 Comments Off on The Story of Peterloo

Being a tourist in your own city is an unusual and dislocating experience.

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Kan

Kan at Band on the Wall, Manchester

May 22, 2013 Comments Off on Kan at Band on the Wall, Manchester

You know how sometimes you go to a show and you can just feel that this is somehow a tipping point for the performers? Well, there was a definite air of “event” about Kan’s triumphant show at Band On The Wall, and not just because the likes of Becky Unthank and Mike Harding were in the audience.

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I'm So Excited!

The Cornerhouse, Manchester, and I’m So Excited!

May 22, 2013 Comments Off on The Cornerhouse, Manchester, and I’m So Excited!

Fifteen months into living in Manchester and the Cornerhouse is already an old friend.

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The Travelling Band

The Travelling Band at The Castle, Manchester

May 22, 2013 Comments Off on The Travelling Band at The Castle, Manchester

If you like your Manchester bands playing their gigs in intimate venues while being served with real ale by cheery bar staff in one of Manchester’s hippest areas, then I think I just stole your perfect night.

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby at The Cornerhouse, Manchester

May 22, 2013 Comments Off on The Great Gatsby at The Cornerhouse, Manchester

The Cornerhouse is a most appropriate setting for the opening of The Great Gatsby. The building, resembling a petite version of the Flatiron in New York, somehow feels like part of a forgotten era, reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s comment on high society, with its tumultuous decadence and doomed love affairs.

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Crafty Exchange at the Corn Exchange, Manchester

May 16, 2013 Comments Off on Crafty Exchange at the Corn Exchange, Manchester

I don’t know about you but I have very fond memories of the Corn Exchange. As a teenager, the heady mix of incense, vinyl and creaking floorboards was almost too much to bear.

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