The Mancunion’s favourite albums of the past year, lovingly compiled and illustrated by our contributors
“2016 is gonna be MY year”, you said on January 1st, and chaos descended thenceforth
Tara Bharadia reflects on the legacy of pop star and gay icon George Michael, who died on Christmas Day
Remembering David Mancuso, founder of the legendary ‘by invitation only’ loft parties that transformed New York’s club scene in the early 70s
For our first feature on what our students are getting up to, Harrison Kersey covers a student-run dancehall night
Chance the Rapper and Mick Jenkins bring Chicago to Manchester for the weekend, writes Harrison Kersey
Finding yourself out of the loop when your musical friends talk classical? Stuart Grantham has compiled an introduction to catch you up in no time
The golden rule reads that you should never meet your heroes — how does Jeni Lambert fare when she meets hers?
With the death of Leonard Cohen, Jack Ashworth shows us the songs that have looked at the passage into ‘that great gig in the sky’ with more nuance
The iPod was introduced by Apple fifteen years ago, and we feel old. Rebekah Shaw asks: what has the technology of the millennium brought for music?
Cassie Hyde reviews the new tracks of the week, with Marika Hackman excelling festively and a disappointing return for Japandroids
Jacob Hopkins explores the 30days40songs project — a rare revival of protest music in the build-up to the US Presidential Election