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Peter Hook Interview

 Peter Hook personifies the current climate of Manchester. He has an incredible past as the bass player of post-punk’s greatest group, Joy Division, later to be renamed New Order after Ian Curtis’ death.  New Order went on to sell millions of records as the flagship band of Factory records. Their influence has inspired many of today’s electronic artists and was itself immersed in New York’s eighties club scene. New Order famously funded the Hacienda which upon bankruptcy lost investors an incredible amount of money. After years... Read more »

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Sleigh Bells – Deaf Institute 21/01/2011

Since releasing their debut Treats in May 2010, the lives of this Brooklyn based duo have mirrored their musical style, fast-paced and vigorously energetic. After signing to M.I.A's N.E.E.T record label Sleigh Bells took on the UK armed with attitude, brash beats, and juxtaposing smooth vocals. Now they are set to return with newly confirmed dates and the aptly titled Riot Rhythm confirmed as the next single. Derek Miller is the producer, writer, and guitarist of the duo. He had been waiting tables for six... Read more »

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NEWS: Dutch Uncles Announce New Single

Manchester outfit Dutch Uncles are to once again whet the appetite of fans in the build-up to their full length album. The follow-up to previous single Fragrant is to be called Face In. The track is a further helping of skittish, forward thinking pop. Face In is perhaps Dutch Uncles at their least complicated. Or rather the complexity is below the surface with band’s pop nouse coming right to the fore. Precisely woven melodies and whip-smart guitar lines frame singer Duncan Wallis’ ruminations on the manipulations... Read more »

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In The City – Part Two

  As the 19th year of In The City entered its final day there was still plenty of talent left on the lineup. The last night of festivals are usually spent trying desperately to stay awake in a field after two previous days of debauchery, thankfully here the things end on a Friday with people more than aware that the weekend is approaching and therefore no thoughts of retiring early enter into the equation. The Northern Quarter is a hive of creativity, still retaining the urban grit... Read more »

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In The City 2010 – Part One

Manchester is strongly linked in the minds of many to a golden age, from post-punk to the birth of Acid house, before going on to assert its dominant swagger on the world stage with Oasis. Few places have such a heritage to celebrate, but the city has an unbelievably modern feel too. Walking through the centre an eye catching glass structure known as the Urbis shimmers brightly in the sun, while scores of people enjoy an equally glistening beverage in one of the many fashionable... Read more »