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Warwick Davis: People who judge the show just aren’t getting it, Arts

Warwick Davis: People who judge the show just aren’t getting it

As Ricky Gervais made headlines in October over posting “mong” jokes on Twitter, accompanied by a picture of his contorted face, people were ready and willing to chastise the actor and his new BBC mockumentary Life’s Too Short.

By | Arts | Wednesday, 7 December 2011 at 2:00 am

M A N I K: ‘My 2011 in brief’, Arts

M A N I K: ‘My 2011 in brief’

About a year ago to the day I downloaded a mix by techno don Steve Bug recorded live at the Mulletover Halloween party that took place last October. In that mix were a few tracks that caught my ear, one in particular was called Pure Liquid by a man called M A N I K.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 5 December 2011 at 3:35 pm

Review of Misfits – Series 3, Episode 6, Arts

Review of Misfits – Series 3, Episode 6

This week played out like a modern day version of a story straight from the pages of ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’ when Rudy was ‘cursed’ for his wanton ways.

By | Arts | Sunday, 4 December 2011 at 11:15 pm

Review of Black Mirror – ‘The National Anthem’, Arts

Review of Black Mirror – ‘The National Anthem’

From the brilliantly warped mind of Charlie Brooker comes a darkly comic tale that explores the power of social media.

By | Arts | Sunday, 4 December 2011 at 10:15 pm

Stretford Dogs Club on earning his pedigree and the resurgence of house, Arts

Stretford Dogs Club on earning his pedigree and the resurgence of house

Stretford Dogs Club is Andy Proctor, a Manchester-based DJ who has crept up over the last year or so with a consistent output of top class deep house mixes and an interesting year-long project which will culminate in an epic 24-hour long mix. After a six-year break from DJing while he promoted a night called Development in his hometown, and running a label by the same name, Andy returned to DJing and has made quite an impression so far. I tracked him down via Twitter and he kindly agreed to an interview and recorded an exclusive mix for me too.

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 3 December 2011 at 6:00 am

The JMK award for theatre directors, Arts

The JMK award for theatre directors

Emerging Directors need nurturing as much as actors and writers in order to make challenging and innovative theatre and yet the only way that they can develop their craft is through mounting productions – which is inevitably costly. Currently, there are few opportunities for theatre directors who lack the necessary exposure and funds to produce their work in a decent-sized venue.

By | Arts | Friday, 2 December 2011 at 1:07 pm

Rise Against: Hurricane Katrina, bullying and UK fans, Arts

Rise Against: Hurricane Katrina, bullying and UK fans

Rise Against are the band who seem to be at the forefront of the political-activism scene in US music. With their influences ranging from natural disasters to bullying in schools, they are a voice that cannot be ignored. On the last day of their tour, drummer Brandon Barnes discussed politics and all things Rise Against.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 2 December 2011 at 6:00 am

Something for the weekend: December 2-4, Arts

Something for the weekend: December 2-4

Now that we’ve slid into December, it only seems appropriate to extend a heartfelt Seasons Greetings! It’s drawing closer to the Christmas festivities (over 3 weeks left by my watch), but in the meantime, we’ve tracked down some seasonal occasions that still manage to be cool, insightful and entertaining. Hip and arty, if you will. Highlights [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 2 December 2011 at 5:00 am

15 years of Hospital Records, Arts

15 years of Hospital Records

Founded in 1996, Hospital has gone on to establish itself as a seminal label in dance music. Tony Colman speaks about his previous 15 years as co-founder of the label which has launched artists such as Danny Byrd, High Contrast and Kamo & Krooked.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 1 December 2011 at 11:52 am

Visionquest: Fun, friendship and the future, Arts

Visionquest: Fun, friendship and the future

Visionquest, for me, represent the epitome of how an electronic music outfit should operate. The crew, Lee Curtiss, Shaun Reeves, Seth Troxler and Ryan Crosson, have worked hard to carve out a niche for themselves as leaders of what some have touted as a ‘new wave’ within the scene. Forward thinking, yet fully representative of their roots and history they’ve provided some of my best clubbing moments this year…

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 1 December 2011 at 6:00 am

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