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7 Things Bob Dylan Should Do While He’s In Blackpool

Bob Dylan Blackpool

Bob Dylan has had an interesting life. He was forged in the fires of folk and bore witness to its transformation into protest, leaving Zimmerman back in dusty Duluth.

He was present at the March on Washington, singing about change not long after Martin Luther King Jr had delivered his earth shattering ‘I have a dream’ speech.

It was Dylan who introduced The Beatles to weed, inviting a whole generation to take a musical trip, for better or for worse.

He was the guy on stage that night in Manchester, branded a ‘Judas’ by the crowd only to fire back his ‘sing it loud’ rendition of Like A Rolling Stone; providing a ‘fuck you’ to the past and showing just how raw and powerful rock and roll can be when used correctly.

He preached to the (confused) masses during his Saved period and helped clear the name of a Hurricane whilst rambling along The Rolling Thunder Review.

Bob Dylan has been many places and done many things…

But he’s never been to Blackpool.

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Live: Arcade Fire Manchester Central 11/12/10

Three years and one new album later, Arcade Fire return to Manchester having officially graduated to stadium band status.  Known for their raw and frantic live shows, it’s no wonder there’s an air of excitement circulating the cavernous Manchester Central.

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Interview: Switchboard Spectacular

It’s pushing eight o’clock but still pretty warm in Manchester. With it being late May, the Sun’s descent has started to take a little longer than usual. The light sticks around and as a result, there’s way more people about.  Well, more people than you’d expect to see in a half empty car park in the northern quarter anyway.  I only mention this seasonal change because it might help explain the homeless guy who’s just approached us, mid interview, and tried valiantly to flog a small porcelain fish.

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Live: Jónsi Manchester Academy 6/9/2010

It’s a gloomy Monday evening in Manchester, but amid the rain and wind comes the melodic sounds of Mountain Man, a trio of folk singing sirens hailing from Vermont beckoning all in ear shot into the dark Academy one building.  A woodland backdrop of twisted trees and tangled branches sets the scene perfectly as they lure a large crowd to await the main act – Iceland’s most prolific export besides temperamental volcanoes, Jónsi.

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Live: Why? at Heaven, London 16th March 2010

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As Jonathan ‘Yoni’ Wolf, front man for Californian indie hip-hop-rock band WHY? flexes and stretches on stage, an enthralled crowd eagerly await his next unusual dance move.  He’s been busting them out regularly throughout their set at Heaven, a small London club, complete with leaky pipes running overhead and not enough fresh air to go around.  The packed crowd barely seems to notice though; all eyes are glued to the small stage containing the geeky looking five-piece and their vast collection of instruments and music makers.

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Motion City Soundtrack – 27/3/10 @ Manchester

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“I’m on fire, and now I think I’m ready to bust a move!” screams, not Motion City Soundtrack front man Justin Pierre as you might of expected, but the four hundred strong crowd at Manchester’s Academy 2.  They’ve patiently waited three long years for the return of the Minnesota pop punk band and it really shows.

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Blackpool Rock

When you think of Blackpool what images pop into your mind? The iconic tower? Donkey rides? An overpriced amusement park perhaps?

How about a thriving local music scene? Didn’t think so. . .

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