Northern Noise brings music and culture fanatics closer to the scene they both love and contribute to. It’s a site by fans, for fans, to keep up to date on the multitude of events in the North. From touring musical acts to city events and clubnights, Northern Noise aims to collect these experiences and focus them into a one-stop source of information on the Northern entertainment scene.

The North has always been revered for its musical past. Cities such as Manchester and Liverpool have birthed some exceptional acts (The Beatles, Oasis, The Stone Roses) who went from playing small Northern pubs to mass worldwide acclaim. The years have passed and the trend has continued, with new acts emerging and reshaping the musical landscape. From colossal arenas to intimate clubs, the North of England is renowned for its musical venues, attracting the world’s biggest acts and playing host to some of the UK’s most notoriously fun club-nights.

Northern Noise will feature the latest news, interviews, reviews and exclusive videos from both touring acts passing through the region and up coming Northern bands. No longer will London dictate what the next big thing in your region is. Northern Noise does exactly what it says on the tin – providing a voice for us up North.

This innovative website will take a hands on approach. By interviewing artists playing in your area, speaking to gig-goers, providing live Twitter updates and posting exclusive photo galleries and video content, Northern Noise allows you to get closer to the bands you love.


Picture of Simon Bland (left) and Simon Butcher (right)

Simon Bland (left) is a magazine journalism postgraduate and freelance journalist based in the North West. After deciding to start his own film and culture blog in early 2009, he has since seen his work published in Loaded, Total Film and Viva magazine and has worked in the offices of Uncut and Empire. In addition, his music and film reviews have been featured on websites such as The Playground, Allgigs and Soundblab and he has interviewed a number of bands and filmmaking personalities.

Simon Bland is the Web-Editor and Social Media Manager of NorthernNoise.co.uk. For all editorial enquiries please contact: e: Simon Bland t: @sitweetstoo b: ireviewtoo

Simon Butcher (right) is also a magazine journalism postgraduate and freelance journalist. A life long music enthusiast, Simon can frequently be found writing for Q Magazine online as well as providing music reviews for publications such as The Manchester Evening News and The Stool Pigeon in London. Simon has worked in the offices of Mojo and NME as well as the aforementioned Q and has interviewed many prolific artists including ex-Joy Division bassist Peter Hook and Libertine Carl Barât.

Simon Butcher is the live event organiser of NorthernNoise.co.uk. For all enquires regarding NN Live shows please contact: e: Simon Butcher t: @sbutcher1

Live Events Host

Daniel Savage was brought on to get the Northern Noise Live events off the ground having had previous experience in putting on large charity events. As well as organising, co-ordinating and hosting these events he also finds time to write and contribute to the website. You might even catch him performing stand-up comedy at various comedy venues in Manchester and London.
t: @nosauceplease b: nosauceplease

Regular Contributors

Catherine Allan
t: @Cattface

Conori Blue
t: @ConoriBlue

Dale Smith
t: @TheGoldenHeron

Damon Ashton
t: @Damon2604

David James Pollit

Hollyann Prince
t: @HollyannPrince

Lauren Smith
t: @anotristyouknow

Phoebe Seymour
t: @HearMoresey

Samantha J. Ewen
t: @FakeTalesofSam

Tom Sanders

Tom Welsh
t: @TomWelsh109

Amy Forde
t: @Acerbia17

Danniella Wright
t: @DanniellaWright

Interested in joining the Northern Noise content team? Email some information about yourself and a sample of your work here.