Manchester Psych Fest additions

Manchester Psych Fest adds some very welcome new artists to the lineup. The event takes place on Saturday 4th September with artists appearing at several venues dotted around the city. You’ll be able to see experimental outfit BEAK>, psych-pop duo Audiobooks, Bristol lo-fi folk artist Clara Mann, and Canadian psych-folk musician Dana Gavanski. Headliners as…

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Sparks on the beach by Simon Beck

A giant image of the Mael brothers Ron and Russell, aka Sparks, has been carved into the sand on Brean beach, Somerset. The work was created by Simon Beck who was moved to create the impressive work to celebrate the release of the new film about the two, called The Sparks Brothers. Simon Beck, a…

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ODAS present new EP and West Yorkshire shows

ODAS music project founded by Dean Freeman, releases their second EP on July 12th. Called The Film Between The Takes EP2 the four-track instrumental work follows EP1 which saw its release in January this year. What initially appealed to me about West Yorkshire based ODAS (formerly One Day, After School) was their connection with poetry –…

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‘On Edge’ dynamic theatre and Parkour to highlight modern slavery

The exciting outdoor theatre production On Edge is now out of lockdown and back on tour. The show is a unique and genre-defying blend of performance skills, superbly energetic and engaging, making this a groundbreaking piece of theatre. Dance, circus skills, puppetry and parkour converge in this piece with a message: to highlight the issue…

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The tigers that came to Stroud Green

While the country’s galleries and art spaces have been closed, it has been incumbent upon artists to find more ingenious ways to display their work. Someone who has been bringing artistic enjoyment and a sense of community to his neighbourhood for several years is artist and art project organiser Ahmed Farooqui, together with his partner…

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New Aerial festival in the Lake District

AERIAL is the Lake District’s innovative new festival of original work and commissions – online and free from 26 September 2020 Over 20 new works and commissions from over 40 artists will be accessible online and for free via aerialfestival.com from 26th September This was intended to be Aerial’s inaugural year but like all other…

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Exhibition ‘A Different Age’ by Shirley Baker

A new exhibition of Shirley Baker’s work is now taking place online at the James Hyman Gallery. Called ‘A Different Age‘, it focuses on the lives of elderly people. Much of Shirley Baker’s work has centred on working class community life, the photographs taken in bomb-shattered post-war Manchester and Salford in the 1960s and 70s…

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Review: Beyond the Road: Journeys in Space and Sound

“Once you have walked the road, Everything becomes clear” So begins The Road: Part II, James Lavelle (UNKLE)’s enigmatic latest album, the second of a trilogy. And springing from this work is Beyond the Road, a multi-sensory exhibition taking place at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Through sound, film and visual effects you can take that…

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Parkour and dance show ‘On Edge’ highlights modern slavery

A collaborative parkour dance theatre production called ‘On Edge’ is currently playing at festivals and theatres around the country. The idea was the creation of visionary artistic director Anja Meinhardt, director of theatre company Justice in Motion. On Edge brings together members of the Parkour, slackline, dance and theatre community. The aim of the production…

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