COMPETITION: Win Shameless Season 10 On DVD

Telly-wise, you don't get much more Northern than Shameless. Swaggering onto our screens back in 2004, it was the show that introduced us to Manchester's finest family, the Gallaghers. Since we first met this boozed up, dysfunctional lot, we've followed them through many ups and many more downs - characters have come and gone and the show has become Channel 4's longest running, multi-award winning programme. Not bad for a group who's leader is a chain smoking drunk. Speaking of which, series 10 sees Frank... Read more »


NEWS: Cleft headline at Kraak

Swift from supporting the Clash Magazine Launch with Dead Sons last week, the awesome duo that are Cleft are set to play Manchester again. The band make massive, dirty, instrumental music using a guitar and some drums. Imagine a machine that compresses 14 minute songs down to 3 minutes. It's loud, rhythmic and with enough riffs to satisfy any addiction this will be a night of epic juicy math rock, meaty prog and tasty noises. Delicious. You can find them at Kraak on 7th June. ------------- Supporting them will be: Vasco Da Gama, a... Read more »


NN Live: LOOM & Guests

NN Live will be returning to Trof Fallowfield on 20th June for another incredible, and dangerously loud, intimate gig. We’ve got grungy four-piece Loom coming to town as part of their ‘Acid Cities’ national tour. They’ve already played intense slots at Liverpool Sound City and at The Old Blue Last in London, gaining praise from NME and The Fly among others in the process. They’ve even bagged a spot supporting The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park on 6th July, so come see them live in... Read more »

Fell Foot Sound

PREVIEW: Fell Foot Sound Festival, Lake District

The North, ignoring the stereotype of being dull, overcast and wet, is actually full of beauty. One such place is the spectacular Lake District. A piece of the planet that can hold it's weight against any landscape on Earth. Rolling hills, fields of green and (obviously) lakes.     So, realising this, the guys behind Fell Foot Sound had the brilliant idea to put a festival there. Set in a beautiful woodland glade overlooking Lake Windermere, with excellent camping areas, lighting, running water (show off), good toilet facilities (a... Read more »

Black Dog Bowl

REVIEW: Black Dog Bowl

Make no mistake, the burger has definitely made a comeback. Well, the burger bar to be slightly more specific. By now, any foodie worth their weight in processed cheese will have no doubt heard of the Northern Quarter’s Almost Famous diner and the burger-y goodness it dishes out. In the words of Pulp Fiction’s hungry hitman Jules, ‘That is a TASTY burger!’ However those looking for a little more sophistication in place of the handmade indie ethics on offer at this eatery may have found... Read more »