The cast of Avenue Q. Photo Credit Darren Bell

REVIEW: Avenue Q, Palace Theatre Manchester

Crude and colourful theatre may have become the new ‘hot ticket’ thanks to the runaway success of The Book of Mormon, but it was Avenue Q that kickstarted the craze. Both shows come from the masterful mind of Robert Lopez, the world’s youngest EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner and the musical brains behind Disney’s recent cool kiddie hit, Frozen. Everything Lopez touches may turn to award statuette gold but what happens when he takes a backseat and sends his projects out onto the road?... Read more »

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5 Best Intimate Manchester Music Venues

We all love a good gig and there's nothing quite like catching your new favourite band at a well small local venue. With this in mind, Northern Noise writer Ruby Hoffman has rounded up a quick list of the five best intimate Manchester music venues that are sure to have housed many a memorable live performance for you readers. Did we miss one out? Let us know in the comment section below or pester us on Twitter at @TheNorthNoise. There's so many ace venues in... Read more »



Pressing play on this Manchester trio’s debut EP, the first thought that comes to mind is that this sounds just like the nineties. All of the nineties. There’s such a smorgasbord of influences on show here in such a small amount of time that for the first few listens just playing ‘spot the reference’ requires a pen and pad. This isn’t meant to seem disparaging though- whilst most revivalists seem content to just sound like their favourite band, Flesh draw from an equal mix of... Read more »

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REVIEW: Liverpool Sound City, 1-3rd May 2014

Liverpool Sound City brought another class lineup to stages across the city this year, and despite its metropolitan location and not exactly summery temperatures, Sound City had all the good vibes of a festival surrounded by people who really were all there for the music.  Arrived with a mapped out schedule of bands to see over the three days of the festival, it soon became clear that many of the highlights of the festival came from the most unexpected moments. Liverpool’s Kazimier tops the list of... Read more »

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NN PICKS: Dot-To-Dot Festival 2014, Manchester

Dot to Dot Festival, originally based solely in Nottingham, now returns for its ninth year for three days across venues in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham the weekend of the 23rd, 24th and 25th this May. Past performers at the festival include now household names Ellie Goulding, Foals and the Naked & the Famous, among many other impressive acts. The Manchester date, which takes place on Friday the 23rd, sees bands play at well established music venues such as the Ritz, the Deaf Institute and Sound... Read more »