Northern Soul

If you love the North, then Northern Soul is for you. Written in the North of England by Northern writers, Northern Soul is a celebration of culture and enterprise, from theatre, music, authors and art to heritage, small businesses, food and leading figures, as well as everything in-between.

Talking to people who work, rest and play in the North of England and scour the region for interesting stories, histories, ambitions and events. Want to read a carefully crafted article about an oddball museum or go behind the scenes of a leading institution? You can find that on Northern Soul.

Count Arthur Strong: Steve Delaney talks pantomimes, pensioners and The Sound of Mucus

In this age of The X Factor, The Voice and Britain’s Got Talent, it’s entirely possible to become famous overnight. It’s a fleeting sort of celebrity, though, and sometimes taking the longer route can be much more satisfying. Now in his early 60s, Steve Delaney has an award-winning radio show, an acclaimed BBC One sitcom […]

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:17:55 +0000

Review: From a Dark Place: How a Family Coped with Drug Addiction, Albert Square Chop House, Manchester

Sitting in the dimly lit bar of Manchester’s Albert Square Chop House – nursing what can only be described as the world’s biggest (and most expensive at £6) gin and tonic – I wait for the launch of From a Dark Place: How A Family Coped with Drug Addiction to begin. Written by father-son team, Tony and Paul […]

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:42:35 +0000

Win tickets to Angel of the House, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

WIN TICKETS TO ANGEL OF THE HOUSE AT HOPE MILL THEATRE, MANCHESTER Northern Soul has teamed up with Hope Mill Theatre – a beautiful Grade II listed theatre (and former cotton mill) in Ancoats, Manchester – to offer one of our lucky readers a pair of tickets for Angel of the House. Next month sees a glut of fantastic […]

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:35:36 +0000

Photo Gallery: Sweets, Glorious Sweets at Bury Market

Northern Soul‘s Head Photographer Chris Payne takes a trip round Bury Market and snaps gorgeous images of delectable sweet treats. From fizzy cola bottles to sugary white mice, there’s something delicious for everyone.  

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:21:16 +0000

Something Better: comedian Josie Long talks to Northern Soul

During the early 1940s, America folk singer Woody Guthrie had a stark message emblazoned upon his guitar: ‘This machine kills fascists‘. Guthrie wasn’t the first person to express a hope that popular culture could carry real political weight and nor will he be the last. In our own tumultuous times, many performers are trying to […]

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:56:35 +0000

Photo Gallery: The Angel of the North and Tyne Bridge

Northern Soul‘s North East Photographer Phil Pounder captures stunning images of iconic North East scenery, The Angel of the North and the Tyne Bridge.  

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:05:31 +0000

Mind on the Run: The Basil Kirchin Story, Hull 2017, Capital of Culture

Standing on Sydney Harbour at the dawn of the 1960s, Basil Kirchin experienced a tragic, life-changing epiphany. By then, he’d spent years as a successful musician back home in London. His father had been the leader of one of the era’s top Big Bands and young Basil had followed in the family tradition. Often working […]

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Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:50:42 +0000

Getting ready for rep with Liverpool Everyman

There’s an unmistakeable air of expectation at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre these days. A new production of Fiddler on the Roof is about to open in the award-winning venue, but it isn’t just the usual pre-show nerves that are giving the theatre its slightly frenzied feeling. It’s also the fact that the show is the first […]

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:12:42 +0000