Blossoms’ second album redefines the traditional ‘Manchester band’ stereotype

Blossoms are a five-piece from Stockport, Manchester. To lesser-known fans, they have the presumed airs and graces of predecessor-Mancunian musicians. Since forming in 2013, they are five young guys enjoying life and music, with a bonus well-curated style and dress sense. However, unlike their forefathers, they are unabashed embracers of a radio-friendly sheen, thanks to […]

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Who is Ariana Grande now?

Ariana Grande is a name with brand new meaning this week. It conjures images of the devastated families of the twenty-two victims who were killed in the Manchester attack, the suicide bomber involved, and a community who are fighting through fear to become strong and united against terrorism. But can anyone remember what we used […]

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Ideology should not be sold as a commodity

The “regeneration” of Manchester’s Northern Quarter – from an industrial and predominantly working class neighbourhood to “creative and social hub” – is suspiciously familiar, following a trend that appears to have consumed London almost entirely. Dragged grudgingly onto a night out in town while home for the Christmas holidays, I found myself swept, towards the […]

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