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DJ, journalist, book reader/writer, occasional broadcaster, reluctant shopper, proud parent, slave to the rhythm.

Dave Haslam goes in search of the recording studios that launched the Manchester music...

A healthy music scene thrives in an eco-system of rehearsal rooms, labels, promoters, journalists, record shops and venues. A good choice of recording studio...

Behind the scenes at New Order’s MIF shows with Dave Haslam

I was seventeen when Joy Division came into my life. A sixth former at school in Birmingham, I was at their last ever concert,...

Happy 60th birthday Salford music legend Mark E Smith

Mark E Smith was born on 5th March 1957. But let’s start where The Fall started - with the name. His first action, on forming...

Inside Strawberry Studios – a place where some remarkable music was made

Manchester’s status as one of the music capitals of the world has roots going back at least a hundred and fifty years, to the...

‘The night my speaker blew up at quarter to midnight’ plus other perils and...

This year I will be playing my thirty-first consecutive New Year's Eve to a congregation of happy clubbers at FAC 251. I was there...

Does Manchester need more creative, radical – not retail – space?

The other Saturday I chaired a panel discussion at Texture, a new venue in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Organised by the Partisan Collective, the event...

Not so happy days with the Happy Mondays

Happy Mondays have been planning a big show for March 2017 and asked me if I would be one of the DJ’s on the...

The best club in the world is the one that changed your life

The story of Manchester music in the 1980s is dominated by Factory Records and the Hacienda. It’s a compelling narrative that starts with the...

Liverpool and Manchester: why we should be friends with the city down the road

My first impressions of Liverpool weren’t great. I was 19. I stepped off the train at Lime Street station and walked towards the city...

“We hate it when our friends become successful,” says Morrissey. OR DO WE?

“We hate it when our friends become successful” is a quote from a Morrissey song. I think Moz was complaining about people he knew...

Can we please forget the idea of a ‘golden age’ and believe in the...

When I was a teenager, in the second half of the 1970s, I wasn’t having the time of my life. I was floundering and...

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