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FOOD: Cane & Grain Manchester

You’re never too far away from a decent place to eat in the Northern Quarter. Lately, the most popular belly-filling craze to sweep the city seems to be trashy, difficult to eat burgers and deliciously OTT hotdogs, however that may be about to change thanks to the area’s latest offering. Cane & Grain, a new venture from Black Dog Ballroom mastermind Ross MacKenzie opened up shop on Thomas Street just over a fortnight ago and offers a refreshingly tailored dining and nightlife experience. Food-wise, their... Read more »

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COMPETITION: Win a Pair of Tickets to An Evening With Sylvester Stallone in Manchester

Are you ready step into the ring with Rocky? Think you have what it takes to go one-on-one with Rambo? On August 1st, you'll get the chance to get up-close and personal with one of Hollywood's most enduring action stars as An Evening With Sylvester Stallone arrives at Manchester's Phones4U Arena. Fresh from the release of bullet-spewing threquel The Expendables 3, Sly is due to make a rare appearance in the North for an evening of candid chat about his storied career and life on-screen.... Read more »

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COMPETITION: Win a Pair of Tickets To Festival No 6

Festival season is currently in full swing and to celebrate, we've lined up a quick competition that'll transport a lucky pair of music lovers to one of this year's most hyped events. From the 5th to the 7th of September, a host of musical and performing arts acts head to Portmerion, North Wales for Festival No 6, a special weekend of music and creative-culture fun. London Grammar, Beck and The Pet Shop Boys  lead an eclectic line up that boasts performances by Temples, Bonobo, Tune-Yards... Read more »

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You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine: A Death From Above 1979 Retrospective

Just like its 90’s forbearer ‘Rap-Rock’, ‘Dance Punk’ was a genre that always seemed too good to be true. The term was bandied around a lot during the first few years of the Noughties, and whilst a lot of artists were grouped together under the term, the genre never really reached its full potential and sounded as good as the platonic ideal you imagine when hearing the phrase ‘Dance Punk’. The gap was just never fully breached on either side of the divide- most rock... Read more »

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NEW NOISE: Southern

Currently based in Liverpool although originally hailing from Belfast, brother-sister duo Southern are poised to make an impact, grafting numerous genres together to generate a unique blend of leftfield pop and bluesy folk that remains distinctly their own.  Although much has been said about the band’s dedicated pursual of industry cred and success over the years, their music itself is demonstrative of the long way Southern has come. The collaborate pair of Thom and Lucy Southern have created a name for themselves via a reasonably small... Read more »