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October 11, 2017

We follow the likes of a takeaway delivery driver, a ‘forest school’ teacher, someone who works in a lab that grows vegetables, a young woman with irreverent guilt over not recycling and other characters from a cross-section of society as they tell their stories and truths about grappling with our responsibility to change the world. At no point do the tales become ‘preachy’, which was a relief for the subject matter.

September 30, 2017

Well, it makes me feel old but this NFG tour was called ‘20 Years of Pop Punk’. The band formed in 2007 and are celebrating 20 years of making reliably cheery yet angsty pop punk sounds together and also celebrating the release of their 9th studio album ‘Makes Me Sick’.

After support from Roam who are also celebrating an album release in the next fortnight (available to pre-order here) NFG opened with a funfair edition of a ‘Happy Anniversary’ song and jumping onto the stage to announce that they were celebrating their birthday here at the Academy.

They opened strong with Understatement, the first song on 2002 album Sticks and Stones and proceeded to play every song...

September 18, 2017

The Wedding is not just about our western capitalist society and it’s ability to squash everything to its grey way of life, but also about revolution, growth and love. The characters are incredibly well-developed, especially for a piece that relies so little on words.

September 3, 2017

Better still, the flavour combinations are on parr with any fine dining eatery I've eaten in. A lot of talent has gone into designing the seasonal, locally sourced and ever-changing menu; with amuse bouche to welcome diners into the art of chef's art of cooking, and pre-desserts to cleanse the pallet and make way for new exciting flavours.

August 30, 2017

A very rare sweltering bank holiday Monday in Manchester didn't deter folks from queueing all the way onto Oxford Road outside trendy mid-sized gig venue, Gorilla, this week. Only the second time (since I was a young enthusiastic teen with nowhere better to be) that I've queued that far for a gig, and I'm very proud to say both times have been for poets (Arguably that's because I wasn't sure how the support acts would work, but proud nonetheless).

This time I had queued to see Texan performance poet Neil Hilborn on his first international tour following the publication of this debut poetry collection Our Numbered Days. Having followed Hilborn for some time thr...