HENGE invite you to ‘Get A Wriggle On’ – new track with a message

Who bet­ter to high­light the mess humankind are mak­ing of our earth­ly home than those inter­plan­e­tary ravers known as HENGE. The mul­ti-genre band (let’s call it a mix of psy­che­del­ic-prog-rock-elec­tron­i­­ca) has a new sin­gle out called Get A Wrig­gle On, and it’s an absolute joy. It comes with a strong eco mes­sage, beau­ti­ful­ly por­trayed in…

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Bluedot festival 2022 full science programme

Head­ing the bill for the blue­dot 2022 sci­ence pro­gramme are astro­naut Tim Peake, physi­cist Jim-Khalili, Mon­i­ca Grady, Sheena Cuick­shank and Pro­fes­sor Chris Lin­tott.  After beat­ing 8000 appli­cants to be select­ed as a Euro­pean Space Agency astro­naut, Tim Peake spent sev­er­al years in inten­sive train­ing final­ly join­ing the crew of the Inter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion in 2015…

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The Battery Farm release ‘We’re At The Top’

We’re At The Top is the clos­ing track from The Bat­tery Far­m’s 2nd EP Dirty Den’s March of Suf­fer­ing. It is a song about “lone­li­ness and a song about for­got­ten peo­ple”. Unsur­pris­ing­ly, it’s suf­fused with melan­choly – but so heart­felt and so raw it stopped me in my tracks. It’s a beau­ti­ful­ly paced num­ber, commanding…

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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 famous…

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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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Focus on Manchester: LoneLady at Rough Trade mini gig; Shirley Baker photography retrospective

On first hear­ing that jagged, frac­tured gui­tar intro to Intu­ition, I was trans­port­ed back to the days of the late 70s band Gang of Four, my for­mer uni­ver­si­ty col­leagues. Indeed Julie Ann Camp­bell, aka LoneLa­dy, is a bit of a fan­girl for the group, and for that era of spiky, spare post-punk. More recent­ly her per­for­mance at Oslo, Hack­ney, saw her supporting…

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Cafe society in the Northern Quarter: tea with DJ Mr Scruff and an Icelandic style venue

Please note that Teacup has now sad­ly closed dur­ing the pan­dem­ic.  Ear­ly Man­ches­ter mem­o­ries include being per­suad­ed by my friend’s old­er sis­ter to hang around out­side George Best’s shop, hop­ing he would appear. My favourite retail des­ti­na­tion was Crowthers dim­­ly-lit lit­tle bou­tique stuffed with gor­geous Biba-style clothes. Teacup on Thomas St has Mr Scruff the Man­ches­ter DJ…

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