“I was absolutely disgusted”: Manchester football fans on the European Super League

Last Monday, my flatmate walked in from work looking stressed. “Twenty-two years and I woke up this morning and now I don’t even want to be a United fan”. He was visibly agitated: hoovering and tidying constantly while consuming as much commentary on the proposed European Super League as possible. The maintenance man who came round the following day to fix our ovens…

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Manchester Collective: A cultural organisation for “people who live in the real world”

Classical music has a reputation for being uppity, a bit exclusionary. But Manchester Collective, co-founded in 2016 by their music director Rahki Singh, and chief executive Adam Szabo, set out to be different: “we had just both got to the point where we were really sick of seeing audiences that were old and white and very affluent”.   In fact, when I spoke to Adam, he was…

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Coronaverses Collective: The zine helping to save the UK’s music scene

It’s coming up to a year since the pandemic brought an indefinite end to conventional live music in the UK. Stripped of their dominant source of income, musicians have been left to seek out alternative ways of keeping themselves afloat, while the government continues to leave them stranded. The lack of sufficient financial support for…

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