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LOWRY: HEART & SOUL OF SALFORD QUAYS

The creation of The Lowry was one of the first attempts in the UK to place a cultural institution at the heart of a social and economic regeneration project. Since it opened in 2000, The Lowry has been at the heart and soul of an area which has dramatically transformed since it opened. It has welcomed an incredible 18.5m people through its doors, with the 2023/24 season being the most successful they have had to date.
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BACK TO BLACK

as we approach 15 years since her passing
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BIOPICS, BASEBALL AND BALDERDASH

Nobody expects biopics to be great, proclaimed Kayleigh Donaldson in a recent edition of the admirable Paste magazine. In an article that, otherwise,  literally knocked it out of the park  she unfortunately stepped on my dreams
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DOWN AT JAZZ JUNCTION

The 13th Annual Blue Note Jazz Festival, produced by New York City’s Blue Note Jazz Club, will kick off June 1 and run through early July
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ELBOW DELIVER OPENING NIGHT MAGIC

The first few weeks of The Co-OP Arean in Manchester were set by troubles and delays. Nevertheless Elbow opened the venue with a superb gig.
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MUST-READ BOOKS ABOUT MANCHESTER

From music and literature to theatre and politics, Manchester has produced some of the most influential and creative figures in British culture.
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BUT WHERE ARE MY BLUE PLAQUES?

In those days, there was a a zoo in Heaton Park, down near the huge boating lake and disused viaduct. After some good finishes in my school cross country runs through The Clough, (because I was one of the few kids who didn´t stop for a fag half way round) I was eventually selected to run for the town and subsequently made my debut at sixteen for the Lancashire County Schools team, and I immediately realised I had hit the big time, when I learned the race would be through Heaton Park rather through Prestwich Clough. At the foot of the quarter of a mile finish up one of the steepest hills in Heaton Park I was in fifth place and could see the group of four leaders retreating towards me. The trouble was that about thirty five runners overtook me as I went running up that hill long before Kate Bush and I finished almost in last place and still just behind those four early leaders. I could only walk the last few yards to the finishing line, and I´ve heard there´s a plaque there somewhere that defined that stretch of road as being where Norman Warwick ran two races in one day. He ran his first race for Lancashire Schoolboys and his last race for Lancashire Schoolboys on the same day,…and at the same time!
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T Bone Burnett Finds The Other Side

he blues element flavors all the songs on The Other Side, sometimes subtly, sometimes obviously.