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Preview – Rent

Preview of the Broadway musical “Rent”, being performed at the RNCM by South Manchester Amateur Operatic Society.

Review – Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus, Royal Exchange, 10th September 2010 When Robert Johnson went to the crossroads to sell his soul to the devil, he did so in exchange for an awesome mastery of the guitar and revolutionised the blues forever more. The tale of Faust recounts how he did the same thing in his quest for knowledge […]

Why are so few international students studying humanities subjects? Daniel Zuidijk investigates.
For three days now, I have been sitting at my desk attempting to find a way to write about this subject without either sounding racist or as if I am plagiarising an equal opportunities leaflet. As a small disclaimer, I’d just like to say now that I am neither racist nor a hand-wringing pseudo-racist (you know, those ones that are so anxious about being perceived as prejudiced that they’re generally the most offensive of the lot).

Interview: Trentmøller

Ahead of his upcoming date at Warehouse Project, Jack Lewis-Barclay talks to Danish electronic music sensation Trentemøller about his musical influences. The Mancunion: You’re quoted as saying that you wanted the new album to sound “more organic, warm and not typically electronic”. How did your use of instruments and production techniques differ from this album […]

Linkin Park’s fourth studio album is, on the face of it, a typical Linkin Park album. Is there pointless screaming? Yes, ‘Blackout’ is full of it. Pointless swearing? Oh yes: “Are you fucking listening?” is my personal favourite line from the album, also from ‘Blackout’. Is there a tenuous political theme running throughout? Allegedly: of the album’s fifteen tracks at least five are seemingly random noise, ranging from gunshots to people ranting on random subjects.

Now in its fifth year, Manchester institution that is the Warehouse Project hardly needs an introduction. But so wide is its appeal, and so significant its place on the UK music calendar, that discussion of the year’s hottest music event is unavoidable. What better way to celebrate the birthday of something revered by so many […]

In only its second year, Sonisphere Festival is making a huge impact across Europe. The touring juggernaut managed to secure some of the biggest names around for eleven different events across the continent. With six stages across three days, Knebworth played host to the largest of these. An unusual two and a half day set […]

Latitude is more than just a music festival. Comedy, poetry, ballet and the Royal Shakespeare Company shared this year’s bill with headliners Florence and the Machine, Belle and Sebastian and Vampire Weekend. As did the multi-coloured sheep, of course. The crowds are as varied as the acts: small children pulled around in carts by tired […]

Review – Parade

Parade, The Lowry, 27th – 28 Any members of the audience taking their seats as the cast broke into ‘The Old Red Hills of Home’ would have thought that they had arrived two hours late for the evening’s performance. The opening chorus of Parade possessed all the qualities of a number preceding a curtain call […]

When you think of Australian music, I’m guessing your knee-jerk reaction is to think of hot pants or wobble boards. Sure, Kylie and Rolf Harris deserve their status as some of Australia’s greatest (or most grating in the case of the latter) exports, but there are many more artists who the Australians haven’t been so […]

This week Songs Sans Frontières is about the music of South Korea. Despite having a large population, about 48 million, Korean music isn’t very well-known outside Asia. Except perhaps for a handful of sugary K-pop monstrosities, which don’t exactly give Korean music a shining reputation. Well, all this is about to change!

Hello, and welcome to Songs Sans Frontières. Every week we will showcase a different genre of music for your listening pleasure, as well as giving you a chance to write in with your own songs. It’s our first week, so we’re getting out the big guns: today we are talking about world music. What exactly […]

The northern leg of the Reading and Leeds festivals once again earned its reputation as the endearingly ugly big brother of the festival family with a weekend full of bad smells, dodgy headliners and Sunday evening misbehaviour. While the likes of Guns N’ Roses and Blink-182 gave people flashbacks to the age of playing Tony […]

With arguably the biggest set of headliners of the summer in AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine and Aerosmith, this year’s Download Festival had monumental expectations. The bands certainly lived up to them. All headliners pulled out stunning performances. AC/DC left nothing to chance; bringing their very own stage ensured an overblown spectacle, serving as the […]

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