My top albums of 2019 (and some I’d love to see on 2020…)

Where do you start with a "Best of" 2019 list? There have been so many brilliant albums released in 2019, but my personal favourites are (in no particular order) Mikey Kenney and The Reverie Road, Ian Prowse with Here I Lie, Luke Combs and WYSIWYG, Hafdis Huld and Variations, Holly Nicole Combs album Narcissist with [...]

Vertigo Theatre Productions. Beyond the Fringe?

Vertigo Theatre productions are uprooting from Manchester to London. In the 13 years since Craig Hepworth and Karl Burge launched themselves onto the Manchester fringe scene, they have been partly responsible for dragging fringe out of the darkness and into the mainstream with their imaginative set designs and deft direction. When their first show, 3Sum, [...]

Shelagh takes a Bow

Over the weekend that would have seen Shelagh Delaney celebrate her birthday, Salford Arts theatre celebrated her birthday with the fifth annual #BeInspired Shelagh Delaney weekend. Beginning on Saturday the 23rd November with six new plays by local writers and a showing of the film "Charlie Bubbles" which Delaney wrote the screenplay for and starred [...]

The Mersey Boss sets sail for 2020

When the young Ian Prowse stood in the audience at the Liverpool Empire on November 1st 1978 to see The Jam, he knew immediately that he wanted to be on stage playing music. Coming from a working class family, and growing up on the other side of the River Mersey in Ellesmere Port, he has [...]


Good theatre should make you think, and at times shock and surprise its audience. Since 2007, Vertigo Productions have been doing just that time and time again. With their final Manchester show, they have certainly managed to go out on a high. EXAM is based on the 2009 Stuart Hazeldine film of the same name [...]

Salford theatre continues Shelaghs legacy

Salfords Shelagh Delaney day is now five years old. In those years, it's grown from a screening of her most famous work at Eccles town hall into a weekend of events staged at the Salford Arts Theatre in the city of her birth. Beginning on Saturday the 23rd November with an evening of new writing, [...]

REVIEW: Out Of Time

Everybody knows the story of The Rolling Stones, right? Not everybody knows about the man who formed the band, Brian Jones, though. Written by Tim Keogh (Thorn), this play explores the life and death of one of the founding members of arguably the most enduring acts in the history of pop music. From auditioning a [...]


There are some acts that come along onto any music scene who can change its outlook simply by playing beautiful music. One such act is Kent act Arcelia. Arcelia (pronounced Ah-KELL-ia – which means ‘treasure chest’ in old Spanish!) is Gavin Alexander, Teresa Gallagher and Simon Foster. Slowly building a following after releasing their debut [...]

Duncan Chisholm interview

One of the most noted fiddle players of his generation, Duncan Chisholm was brought up near Inverness and the Highlands of Scotland, surrounded by the beauty that inspires his work to this day. Learning his trade from legendary Scottish fiddle player Donald Riddell CBE, his musicianship has won him work from the BBC as well [...]

MusicPort Preview

After 19 years, Musicport in its present form will cease after this years October shindig in Whitby. To be fair, it is going out with a bang, not a whimper. Looking at the weekend as a whole, this year sees yet another diverse and exciting line up across three days at the Whitby Pavillion. Whitby [...]

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