Dreamers

Dreamers

It had to be one of the oddest encounters of the 1960s… Wacky Manchester pop group Freddie and the Dreamers rolled up at Longleat House in August 1965 to a play a gig for the aristocratic Marquess of Bath. Lead singer Freddie Garrity, all five foot three of him, went...
Take That

Take That

There was a seismic shift in British pop music when four young men from the Manchester area decided to form a band in 1990. Along with a precocious talent from Stoke-on-Trent, they created a sensation that took the teenage world by storm. They became so big that the...
Belle Vue’s Greatest Gigs

Belle Vue’s Greatest Gigs

Belle Vue basked in a golden age of popular music in the 1970s as almost every major band and artist made a beeline to play there. The Kings Hall was, quite simply, one of the biggest dates on the tour circuit. With more than 100,000 square feet of space and the...
Liverpool Girlbands

Liverpool Girlbands

Forget about the Spice Girls and Sugababes – back in the 1960s two Merseyside bands blazed the trail for girl power! Their names may not be so familiar now, but the Vernons Girls and Three Bells aimed to be the All Saints and Atomic Kittens of their day! The...
The Music of Manchester in the 1950s

The Music of Manchester in the 1950s

Nostalgia looks back on the remarkable life of Salford song-writer Ewan MacColl and the music of Manchester in the 1950s Who would have thought that one of the greatest love songs of all time would be shaped in the grimy streets of Salford during the Great Depression?...
Madchester

Madchester

Nostalgia remembers the heady mix of fashion, people, personalities and performers that made up the Madchester music scene. Forget London or Liverpool. When it came to music, there was only one place to be in the late 1980s and early 1990s. And that was Manchester!...
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