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NN PICKS: Beacons Metro

Formerly a summer festival held in the green surrounds of the Yorkshire Dales, Beacons Festival has announced it will be heading to Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester. Rebranding itself as Beacons Metro, the primary focus will be a 12-week programme of events in an unused space in Leeds City Centre. There will also be a smaller amount of events held in Liverpool and Manchester. Despite 2014 being the festival’s best year since its founding in 2001 with an impressive line-up featuring talent such as Daughter, James Bay... Read more »

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INTERVIEW: The Slow Readers Club

Following the release of their intoxicating new album Cavalcade, 2015 has witnessed the impressive rise of the Manchester based four piece The Slow Readers Club. After recently dominating the Isle of Wight festival with their unique style of indie/electro and selling out Academy 3 for their album launch earlier this year, we caught up with the band's frontman Aaron Starkie to discuss their career highlights so far, influences and future plans in a refreshingly honest interview. How long have you been playing together? In its current form,... Read more »

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LIVE: Death to the Strange, The Ritz, 29th June

A five-piece band that is signed by a Manchester-based independent record label, Death to the Strange is certainly not a band to overlook. With some high profile support slots such as James Walsh and Babyshambles and having their own mention from Joy Division’s Peter Hook the band have clearly worked hard at their music to get themselves this far. Gig-goers of Manchester and Salford will be familiar with the band, which have been gracing the stages, pubs and back rooms of the two cities for several... Read more »

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Best Burger Bars in Manchester

With more and more burger restaurants popping up and even more set to open this year it has been clear for some time that Manchester has gone gourmet burger crazy. But if you are thinking of grabbing a medium-rare, peppered steak burger on a bun with 18 new and unusual toppings you might be a little spoilt for choice. Therefore here's 5 of our favourite burger bars in Manchester, just for arguments sake. SoLita This Northern Quarter restaurant serves comfort food with a modern and trendy twist... Read more »

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ON REPEAT: Alabama Shakes – Sound & Colour

The past 3 years have been hectic for American four-piece Alabama Shakes. Following the release of their irresistible debut LP Boys & Girls the band have gigged in front of millions on Saturday Night Live and toured the US, Europe and Australia. They were a star turn on the UK festival season in 2012 and then played at the Grammys in 2013, where they were nominated in three categories. Now after releasing their follow up LP Sound & Colour at the end of last month,... Read more »