Hebden Bridge: After the deluge

I’m reposting a piece from 2012, an account of the floods in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding villages, written by local long-term resident and creator of many community events, Tessa Gordziejko. The Trades, Hebden Bridge’s venue for so many great music nights, was given a boost by Patti Smith who did a gig there and…

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Review: Music of India at V&A Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum is holding a series of events to accompany the huge India Festival this autumn. Last night I attended the Music of India concert, an event held in the sumptuous Raphael Room, with a programme of two acts. The Rajasthani folk troupe, who closed the evening, also popped up in different spots of the museum earlier in…

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Breath[e]:LESS live performance, Bradford and Liverpool

Breath[e]:LESS is a new kind of performance/gig experience, and dancing is very much allowed. It might be difficult not to, as it’s set to infectious electronic music by composer/producer DJ Kwah (above). The performance is the brainchild of Tessa Gordziejko, formerly Creative Director for the Yorkshire cultural Olympiad, a director and producer who has built a reputation for innovative…

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The Photographers’ Gallery, images of Manchester by Shirley Baker

Shirley Baker is only now being recognised as one of the most important female photographers and social documenters of the last century. The haunting and compelling 2007 documentary of Joy Division, directed by Grant Gee, opens with a montage of images of Manchester in the 70s. It depicts a time of sweeping changes after the post-war streets were systematically cleared…

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Northern Soul – the film

“I’ve never seen so many weak bladders,” said my partner, as yet another silhouette shuffled out, blocking the screen during Northern Soul, the film. “It’s because everyone here is of ‘a certain age’”, I replied. Indeed, about 90 per cent of the audience did look as if they could remember Northern Soul first time round. Since Northern…

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Pink Floyd, flower children, swinging London: the 60s films of Anthony Stern

Over the summer of 2014, London’s Southbank Centre held a “Festival of Love”, exhibiting pieces of hippy iconography which remained dotted around the complex long after. They created a suitably fitting portal to one particular event: an evening of psychedelic films at the BFI called Flower Children in the Blinding Light: the 60s Films of Anthony Stern. For lovers of 60s imagery and music, Anthony…

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Nearly gone… Bowie’s Space Oddity video by Chris Hadfield to be wiped from the internet

Space Oddity, David Bowie’s enduring, sad and wonderful song, immortalised on video by astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, is to be removed from the internet tonight. There is every chance it will re-emerge here and there, but it may be difficult to find – at present, who knows. There was an agreement with David Bowie that it…

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Event: The Second Breath. Take to the streets for a mystery tour

The Second Breath will be happening for one day in May, bringing together clubbing culture, circus skills, a mystery tour and climate change stories. The Second Breath is a walking mystery tour of Leeds, with dazzling circus acts and daring stunts, projections, stories and psychedelic dance music. The soundtrack was especially written for the performances by local DJ, KWAH and the projections are by…

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Focus on folk music: Pete Seeger; Inside Llewyn Davis

There is a certain poignancy to the death this week of the great folk hero Pete Seeger, the singer and songwriter of protest songs who helped define the folk music landscape of the last century. There are several of his compositions that I remember from my childhood and they feel like traditional songs passed down through…

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