When news started to surface recently about the incredibly sad passing of Marcus Intalex, it was hard to believe. Just the night before he’d played a set at his Soul:ution club night in Manchester, where, by all accounts, he’d absolutely destroyed it on the decks – something he’d been doing since I first saw him at the Music Box in the mid-‘90s. It came as a seismic shock, one that friends, family and fans are still trying to get their heads around. It’s no wonder tributes have subsequently flooded social media. Marcus commanded respect in every corner of the industry – from being revered as an uncompromising pioneer of forward-thinking drum and bass to seamlessly switching to producing quality house and techno under his Trevino alias in more recent times, Marcus has left a back catalogue and legacy that puts him among the greats of electronic music. And he did it all while supporting artists he believed in through his Soul:r label, by sticking to his vision and never letting the quality control dip below excellent, by being a straight talker and humble, and by taking his signature soulful sound from the streets of south Manchester to every corner of the world (fitting in a cheeky game of golf or two along the way).In 2011, Marcus released his debut album ’21’, marking over two decades in the game. Now, six years later, we celebrate 27 years of a true master. The early years Counter cultureHaving spent his teenage years getting the bus from his hometown of Burnley into Man
A post shared by Dalia (@foreign.aesthetic) on May 23, 2017 at 3:10pm PDT Yesterday evening, thousands of people came together to stand united in remembrance of those that died during the atrocity at Manchester Arena on Monday night. It was an opportunity for everyone in the city to show solidarity with the victims and their friends and families, and to show the world that this great city and the hundreds of thousands who live here will not be divided or broken by the diabolic acts of one or two. Here are 13 images taken by the people that were there, showing Manchester united in not just grief, but solidarity. #manchester #vigil #manchestervigil A post shared by Ste Nightingale (@stemanc84) on May 24, 2017 at 12:02am PDT Manchester #manchester #manchestervigil #manchesterbombing2017 #manchesterbombing #staystrong #lettherebelove A post shared by Nicola Lily Lowe (@niclilylowe) on May 23, 2017 at 11:50pm PDT "Some are born here, some are drawn here but all call it home"- Tony Walsh this line will probably echo through me for the next few days, it perfectly summed up my thoughts up as I walked to the #vigil And encapsulates this image and the epic-ness of these guys. thank you for showing up and helping us show those "losers" that this is our #manchester A post shared by
After the horrific attack at Manchester Arena last night, Mayor Andy Burnham has announced that a vigil will be held in Albert Square outside the Town Hall from 6pm this evening, Tuesday May 23. The vigil will give Mancunians the opportunity to stand together and show solidarity with all those affected by last night's events. Everyone is welcome to attend and show support for the victims, their families and the city as a whole. More details about tonight's vigil will be released throughout the day, so keep an eye on the Manchester City Council Facebook page for further information. Books of condolences are now open at Manchester Town Hall and online at www.manchester.gov.uk for those wishing to sign their respects. Tonight's vigil starts at 6pm, Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, M2 5DB
The largest adults-only ball pool in the UK is coming back to Manchester for May Bank Holiday weekend, following a sold-out event on the same site last October. More than 120,000 balls, plus plenty of adult-sized inflatables, will be crammed into the Pumpyard at The Printworks from Friday April 28 to Monday May 1, creating a big kids' playground in the centre of Manchester. Open from 10am to 10pm, with 30 minute sessions running throughout the day, tickets cost £8 - advance purchase is recommended, as tickets sold out in 36 hours last time the ball pit was in town. www.ballmaniamcr.co.uk
Taking place in the beautiful Croatian town of Tisno every July, Soundwave festival returns for a ninth instalment this summer. Renowned for its winning combination of a sun-kissed, seaside location and top-drawer music from some of the best live acts and DJs around (this year including The Pharcyde, Roni Size and Roy Ayers), if you've never made it to Soundwave, there's still time to bag a ticket for this year's bash. For a taste of what to expect, whether you're off to the festival this year or not, we recommend hitting up the official Manchester Soundwave launch party, taking place Saturday April 22 at Stage & Radio on Port Street. Tied in with the city's celebrations for Record Store Day, the party features Manchester favourites Children Of Zeus and Mr Thing alongside Soundwave regular DJs Gilla, Bobbafatt and Jim Bane, who here pick out some of their favourite tracks from the festival from over the years. Read on for a taste of what to expect on Saturday and at the festival itself... www.soundwavecroatia.com 1. A Tribe Called Quest - 'Buggin’ Out' DJ BobaFatt - 'The sonics of jazzy boom bap can be found deep in the DNA of Soundwave's core. Nothing exemplifies this more than the synchronised reaction to THIS bassline, and its ability to prompt hundreds of folks to air-drum one off-beat snare drum, and belt out the word "YO!" in unison.' 2. Floating Points - 'Love Me Like This'
It’s a-maze-ing! There’s no place like dome! And other ‘Crystal Maze’ puns! On April 1, the long-awaited real-life version of the ’90s game show finally opens, and last week we went inside for a sneak peek. What can we tell you about it? Lots, actually. Read on for our guide to everything you need to know about the new Crystal Maze game. 1. It's VERY much like the original TV show Fans of the Channel 4 gameshow: prepare to feel exactly like you're in the Channel 4 gameshow. As you work your way around the four different zones (Aztec, Medieval, Future and Industrial – none of that weird business with the Ocean zone), you're forced to sprint about in an utterly unnecessary manner, just like on telly, back in the day. The Crystal Dome is an exact life-size replica of the original. And, like the original, you're led around by a maze master who occasionally touches his earpiece and says things like: 'Oh, I'm sorry! We don't have enough time for another game in this zone!' In fact, the only real difference is the lack of Richard O'Brien as your host. Instead, you begin with an old-school TV showing you a montage of O'Brien's best bits and then an introduction to your host: an actor playing an enigmatic maze master. Ours was an unbelievably fun and energetic, steam-punky young lady who told us she was called Martine Clunes. Which we're pretty sure is her real name. 2. You don't need to worry about being locked in As in the TV show, failure in some games will lead to yo
Every two years, Manchester International Festival gives this already culturally booming city a healthy boost with an 18-day program of world-beating music, theatre and visual arts. This year's MIF runs from Thursday June 29 until Sunday July 16, taking place, as ever, at iconic venues and pop-up spaces across town and featuring unique concerts, world premiers and very special one-off events. The program for this year's festival has just been announced. Theatrical highlights include the Jane Horrocks starring 'Cotton Panic' and renowned Berlin director Thomas Ostermeier's (pictured) 'Return To Reims'. Visual art wise, Turner Prize nominated artist Phil Collins brings a giant statue of radical thinker Friedrich Engels to the centre of town and the True Faith exhibition looks at the ongoing significance and influence of New Order and Joy Division in the world of art. Plus, there's live music from Arcade Fire, Bonobo, Sampha and Kojey Radical and many, many more. For full details of this year's program, head over to the MIF17 site. For more culture, take a look at upcoming theatre shows in Manchester.
Marking an incredible ten years in the game, Manchester's finest party starters Hit & Run have just hosted the first part of their tenth-birthday double-header and part two is coming up on Friday March 10 at Hidden. Over the years, hundreds of acts have played at Hit & Run, from local heroes and breaking talent, to bonafide bass music superstars. Over the next couple of weekends some of the biggest and best guests from the last ten years will be blessing the decks to help the Hit & Run family celebrate in style. Calibre, Sam Binga, Dub Phizix, Kahn, Chimpo and loads more will all be stopping by, with Friday March 10 an all back-to-back special, with some very special sets lined up. To help mark the occasion, we caught up with Hit & Run founder/resident Rich Reason and asked him to run us through ten of the biggest tracks from the last ten years of parties. Read on for a modern history lesson in bass, Manchester style... Von D – 'Show Me' 'This always reminds me of the Area 51 era; dubstep was becoming harder and darker under the influence of the infamous Caspa & Rusko FABRIC:LIVE mix, but at the same time other producers like Quest & Silkie, Ruckspin and Phaeleh started coming through with this deeper, more melodic sound. This epitomised that nascent sub-genre; French producer Von D marrying Rhodes chords with Dillinja bass stabs to sublime effect. We had a few very special nights with him DJing.' Joker – 'Digidesign' 'A game-changing release on Kode 9's Hyper
Local lads North Base will be bringing their own brand of full-power D&B to Parklife on Saturday June 11, tearing things up for the first few hours on Chase & Status's MTA Stage, where the likes of Craig David, Friction and Bugzy Malone will also be doing their thing. Ahead of the show, we tracked down North Base member DJ Silver and asked him to run us round town on a 'ten minute tour' of his favourite spots to eat, drink, shop, think and, of course, party... What’s your favourite Mancunian phrase or word?'Here are a few top words that can be used..... safe our kid, newtons, mint, ginnel, dibble, pecking me head, bobbins. Ah man, there are so many to choose from, but there's a few for yas!' My favourite memory of Manchester is…'Playing at Parklife! It's amazing! All your friends, ravers, DJ mates, neighbours and anyone in between are here for the weekend's festivities. Playing to thousands of people over two days is a memory we'll have for the rest of our lives. ' When I'm hungover and need to recover, I head to…'BED! Get ya head down if ya hungover lad! Bed for you! Watch ya eyebrows, though, lad!' When I have a gig and need something new to wear, my first stop is...We'd normally go down Market Street, Footlocker of course for your kicks or JD in the Arndale. Note is a good place to go and there are some amazing shops around Oldham Street and the Northern Quarter. Manchester has too many great outlets for clothes. When I need to have a good time, I go
The party definitely won't stop once the sun goes down at this year's Parklife on June 11 and 12 - the festival has announced 16 after parties at some of Manchester's best loved venues across both nights of the weekend. Sankeys, The Albert Hall, Sound Control, Gorilla and Antwerp Mansions are just some of the spots that will be welcoming revellers after dark, with some of the biggest club nights and record labels around hosting dozens of DJs plucked from the enormous Parklife line-up. Seth Troxler, Chase & Status, Steve Lawler, Preditah, Armand Van Helden, My Nu Leng and Jamie Jones are just some of the names already confirmed. Check the full line-up below, and you can grab tickets to all the events right now here. Saturday June 11 Ape at the Albert Hall CHASE & STATUS – DJ SETFRICTIONDIMENSIONCULTURE SHOCK1991NORTH BASEMARK XTC11PM - 5AM /// £19.50 - £22.50 - £25 Zutekh, Soup Kitchen SETH TROXLERSPECIAL GUESTZUTEKH DJS11PM - 4AM /// £10 - £12.50 - £15 Lo-Fi, Hidden VERY SPECIAL GUEST TBAGREG LORDKERRIEANTON FITZ MVSON COLLECTIVE11PM – 4AM /// £12.50 - £15 - £17.50 boogie nights at Joshua Brooks DISCO STUSPECIAL GUESTBRAD LUCYMYLES HAMILTONWILL HOLDOWAYCHRIS GILKS11PM - 4AM /// £3 - £5 Metropolis, Gorilla PREDITAHP MONEYBARELY LEGALBASSBOYJAM DJS11PM - 4AM /// £9.50 - £12.99 - £14.99 Circus, Sankeys STEVE LAWLERYOUSEFLEWIS BOARDMANSpektrum:OLIVER DOLLARLAUREN LO SUNGJAMES ORGAN11PM - 5AM /// £12.50 - £15 - £17.50 Rum & Bass at Antwerp Mansion ZED BIASLOGAN