Caoilfhionn Rose: Awaken album review

The perfect companion for a stroll in the park, Awaken celebrates our ties to the natural world. Greatly inspired by one of Manchester’s many green spaces, Fletcher Moss Park in Didsbury, the album explores themes such as humanity, our relationship with the natural world, and how this can impact upon our mental well being. Awaken […]

Henge: Attention Earth! album review

Fresh on the heels of a full summer of festival appearances, local Manchester band Henge release their first album, Attention Earth! How does their frenetic and psychedelic cosmic dross fare when transported from sweaty, heaving festival tents to more placid domestic situations? I sat down with a cup of Valerian Tea to find out… Touchdown The […]

Manchester bands rock German festival in intergalactic style

The long-standing, alternative, anti-capitalist and strongly anti-fascist Fusion Festival was this year graced by storming sets from two of Manchester’s most beloved underground electronic music bands. Held on a former soviet air base in Lärz, North East Germany, Fusion Festival is billed as four days of ‘holiday communism’. With a strong ethos of diversity and inclusion, […]

Happy Days Review: What’s it all mean? What’s it meant to mean?

Sarah Frankcom directs Samuel Beckett’s ‘Happy Days’ Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester   Winnie Maxine Peake plays Winnie, a woman in something of a predicament, but determined not to let it get her down. Winnie is buried in the ground up to her waist, yet for her this is all a perfectly normal aspect of every day. The same […]

Consent To Entertainment: The Newspaper Boy

It probably says a lot about the kind of theatre I’m accustomed to that I was initially disappointed by the lack of soliloquies and arty shouting. After some adjustment, it turns out that well-drawn characters struggling relatably against society’s pettiness and cruelty, speaking from the heart with witty, unpretentious dialogue, against a backdrop of impeccable […]

Acoustic Amnesty fundraiser brings a taste of Americana to Salford

Once again an Acoustic Amnesty gig approaches with a top notch line up of singer/songwriters and poets that promises to bring a transatlantic feel to the beautiful Sacred Trinity church in Salford. The performance on 9 June, the day after the general election, provides an excellent opportunity to soothe away your sorrows or celebrate your […]

The fight for freedom of expression rages on in Syria

Warning: contains images and ideas that some may find shocking/controversial. War is a cruel and powerful muse. Those affected by the death, destruction and misery create works as acts of rebellion and survival against the inhumanity, chaos and insanity thrust upon them. The people of Syria rose up against the oppressive culture of fear of […]

Bigger Badder Language: award winning spoken word night

Bad Language, headed by Joe Daly and Fat Roland, is dedicated to the development and promotion of new writing. Their monthly literature night held in Manchester’s Northern Quarter has won the Saboteur Award for best regular spoken word night in the UK for two years running. The Meteor went to their ‘Bigger Badder Language’ night, […]