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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 »

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5 Best Cocktail Bars in Manchester

Exciting drinking establishments are never in short supply when it comes to a night on the tiles in Manchester and as summer rolls in, so does another unofficial party season. From quirky bars in the Northern Quarter to hotspots down on Oxford Road, thirsty punters don’t have to look very hard to find a wide selection of boozey delights. But forget the the cask ales, spirits and ciders because there’s a whole host of places serving up sweet and sassy cocktails just waiting to tickle... Read more »

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NN PICKS: Will Butler, The Deaf Institute, 21st April

You may know him as the guitarist and multi-instrumentalist of the eccentrically successful Arcade Fire (or you may know him for his crazy on-stage antics), but Californian born Will Butler is a force on his own – or so he’s set out to prove with the recent release of his debut album, Policy. And now he’s bringing his new tracks, a supporting band and his diverse taste in rock and roll music to a Northern stage, playing the Deaf Institute on the 21st April as... Read more »

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LIVE: Karma All Dayer Part 2, Leeds, 28th March

Mixing up local bands with a careful selection of talent from a wider geographical area and presenting them in an equally incongruous venue for the Karma All Dayer resulted in a welcome refuge from the distinctly unfriendly weather. Taking place a mere 7 months after part 1, finding the venue requires a walk down the oldest street in Leeds, Kirkgate, turning right into street that at night would probably be given a wide berth, then looking in vain for some sign indicating “Wharf Cooperative”. But there... Read more »