Underdogs: Introducing the gIRLS series with Rhythm Lab Records

Rhythm Lab Records is an independent record label that formed as an offshoot of Manchester’s Reform Radio which fosters relationships between young musicians new to the industry. It’s this ethic of collaboration that is driving their gIRLS series which introduces two young female artists who have never met before and gives them the resources to…

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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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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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