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Top 10 Albums of 2016

The Mancunion’s favourite albums of the past year, lovingly compiled and illustrated by our contributors

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Preview: Frank Turner

Frank Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls have returned to the UK, supported by Esme Patterson with a tour that is set to be unmissable, writes Katie Shepherd

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Live: Bastille

Bastille captivated Manchester Arena with a bar-raising performance, writes Katie Shepherd

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Top 5: Spoken Word Songs

The concept of a spoken word song seems almost contradictory and yet these songs are arguably some of the most powerful and emotionally evocative recorded, writes Katie Shepherd.

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Live: Courteeners

Katie Shepherd reports from a humble hometown instore show played by The Courteneers

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Interview: Sunset Sons

Deputy music editor Katie Shepherd speaks to Sunset Suns about their birth and the escapist nature of their music

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Interview: You Me At Six

Katie Shepherd talks to You Me At Six about their upcoming album, tackling ticket scammers and how we have yet to see the best of this band

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Interview: Watsky

Rapper, Watsky, talks to Katie Shepherd about tackling fear in order to reach joy, ahead of a triumphant performance off the back of his latest album

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Interview: Jez Dior

Who is Jez Dior? Katie Shepherd speaks to the unflinchingly honest rapper—who has seriously invigorated the genre—about his music, his contemporaries, and why you should remember his name

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Note From the Music Editors

The Mancunion Music section wants contributors: here’s now to get involved

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Feature: Guide to Manchester’s Music Venues

From sold-out arenas to atmospheric basements, this Freshers’ guide shows what Manchester’s array of venues has to offer

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COMPETITION: Turntable and LP

Enter our competition for a chance to win a Lenco L85 complete with an LP of your choice, from the top 10 student picks list