United We Stream and the uncertain future of Manchester’s nightlife

The last few months have seen innumerable upheavals in the cultural sector. Culture was once centred on shared spaces: clubs, galleries, theatres, community buildings and city centres. Memories of such hustle and bustle now seem increasingly distant. Likewise, as the furlough scheme ends, countless job losses are imminent. Fatalism is hard to avoid, a bleak winter approaches.   Against…

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‘Back to Our Roots’: The fight to keep grassroots venues open in Manchester

It will come as no surprise that coronavirus restrictions have hit the creative and events industries hard. While owners and investors can keep larger venues and businesses afloat, grassroots music venues – often the first step on the ladder for artists trying to make a name for themselves – have struggled to keep their heads above water.  Whilst the reopening…

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Bing Satellites: Ambient music born of Manchester and our modern world

Ambient music is growing in popularity, and Mancunian artist Bing Satellites is amongst the genre’s finest creators. He layers instrumentals to produce a gentle electronic sound, without a recognisable beat. Bing is just one of Brin Coleman’s nine musical aliases. No fewer than eighteen long-form ambient releases have been released onto streaming platforms under the…

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