Northern Soul

If you love the North, then Northern Soul is for you. Written in the North of England by Northern writers, Northern Soul is a celebration of culture and enterprise, from theatre, music, authors and art to heritage, small businesses, food and leading figures, as well as everything in-between.

Talking to people who work, rest and play in the North of England and scour the region for interesting stories, histories, ambitions and events. Want to read a carefully crafted article about an oddball museum or go behind the scenes of a leading institution? You can find that on Northern Soul.

Chips ‘n’ Gravy: “I am proud to call Manchester my home”

Writing for Northern Soul seems particularly pertinent today. I may not be in the North right now, but my soul definitely is. My heart hurts for all the people at the arena last night; for those who lost their lives, those nearby who were injured or distressed and the families and friends wrought with worry […]

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Tue, 23 May 2017 15:23:31 +0000

The Night Visitors: horror fiction, obsession and catfishing

I can’t watch horror films. Not since my teenage years when we used to watch VHS copies of Scream and IT and I’d have to walk a mile home through the darkening countryside, imagining that each sound contained my grisly demise. Fast forward (a few) years and although horror scares me, I’ve become a fan […]

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Fri, 19 May 2017 21:38:55 +0000

Northern Soul talks to Christine Collister from folk band Daphne’s Flight

At around about the time of ‘the great roots rock scare’ of the 80s and early 90s, one of the most familiar faces and admired voices around the Manchester music scene was that of Helen Watson. She may have been living in County Levenshulme but she did the dance with international stardom to the extent of making […]

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Fri, 19 May 2017 20:58:02 +0000

Review: Slapstick for Kids and Beggars of Life, The Stoller Hall, Manchester

The opening of a new public venue is always cause for celebration and a flurry of interest. In this instance, The Stoller Hall is a clean, clear, beautifully-apportioned concert space directly opposite Manchester’s Victoria Station, which forms part of Chetham’s music school. It threw open its doors less than a month ago. It not only […]

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Fri, 19 May 2017 20:09:39 +0000

Chef Tony’s Wine Club: Lidl’s Spring Collection

In May’s edition of Chef Tony’s Wine Club, our resident chef, gastronome and purveyor of fine wines casts his expert eye over two bottles from Lidl’s new wine range, launched at Easter. Featuring 38 wines, the collection spans Europe’s top wine regions, including Italy, France and Spain. From rich and characterful reds to easy-drinking whites, […]

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Fri, 19 May 2017 19:24:58 +0000

Photo Gallery: Moody Manchester

Manchester and Leeds-based photographer, Pete Alderson, takes beautiful and atmospheric shots of Manchester city centre. Check out his Instagram page @pete.alderson for more creative snaps.  

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Fri, 19 May 2017 18:46:53 +0000

Preview: GIGANTIC Indie All-Dayer, Manchester Academy

Indie fans looking for a day-long dose of nostalgia are in for a treat this month when the fourth volume of the Gigantic Indie All-Dayer takes place at Manchester Academy on May 27. Bands include Pop Will Eat Itself, The Primitives, Thousand Yard Stare, EMF, Jim Bob (Carter USM) and Mark Morriss (The Bluetones). Headlining […]

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Fri, 19 May 2017 18:29:16 +0000

Opera Review: Turandot, Opera North, Leeds Town Hall

Turandot by Puccini has long been my favourite opera. There is something about the scale of its ambition, the dark tragedy at the heart of what is essentially a love story, and the sheer power of the music that rips my heart out every time I hear it. I was, therefore, filled with anticipation when […]

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Fri, 19 May 2017 17:52:30 +0000