Björk to be Bluedot 2022 closing headliner

Bluedot fans may remember that Björk was scheduled to be one of the headliners for 2019 until the event was postponed. The unique Icelandic artist is now scheduled for next year, 2022, where she will headline the final Sunday night show in a unique show with Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra. Björk will be joined by The…

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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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Manchester Psych Fest 2021 full line up

A stellar roster of artists awaits those attending Manchester Psych Fest this year. And the organisers are delighted to announce their full lineup for this year’s festival, which takes place on 4th September. Malia’s Tinariwen are co-headliners with Stereolab, plus there’s post-punk outfit Dry Cleaning, afrobeat eight-piece Kokoroko and Japanese psych veterans Kikagaku Moyo. Also on the bill Jadu Heart, Billy Nomates,…

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Women, Children; and Loitering Men by Shirley Baker at Manchester Art Gallery

This is reposted from last year, as the exhibition has just won Best Art Exhibition at Manchester CityLife Awards. The ceremony was hosted at The Deaf Institute. From 19th May, Manchester Art Gallery will show the exhibition Women, Children; and Loitering Men, photographs by Shirley Baker taken primarily in the 1960s. Of Baker’s prolific output, these photographs…

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Do you own the dance floor? This Hacienda fan does

One Haçienda devotee and DJ loved the place so much, he bought the flat where the famous Manchester club’s DJ booth was. The film Do You Own the Dancefloor?  went on release in June 2015. It’s an affectionate, sometimes hilarious, and decidedly good-natured account of the sell-off of fixtures and fittings from The Haçienda, Manchester’s…

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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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Review: Crosby, Stills and Nash play Manchester Arena 2013

There’s a feeling of warmth and unmistakable pride here in Manchester as we await Crosby, Stills and Nash to make their entrance. For Graham Nash, it’s his homecoming gig – the Blackpool-born, Salford-raised kid who helped create hippy history. Carry On is the opener, and it’s those distinctive, urgent vocals of Steve Stills, rising and breaking…

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