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Get in shape in 2011 Corrie Goes Artistic Bright Stars for 2011 Janelle Monae New Year’s Eve round-up

Issue 21 January 2011


The Perfect Guide to the Perfect City


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Happy New Year!

Mas than sive Ne w k loya s to all Year l rea of o u fant d asti ers an r c cl ient d s!

Well, what a corker of a year 2010 was! I think most readers will be asking themselves where the year actually went. For me it was mostly spent sat in front of a laptop writing up all the amazing things happening in Manchester.

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Highlights for 2010 had to be the Food and Drink festival (as always), the launch of our website, World Cup fever hitting Manchester with the fake beach and TV screens down in Castlefield and not to forget the whopping amount of new venue openings this year has seen – there are just too many to mention! 2011 looks to be as exciting as ever and I’m sure a lot of you will have plans for NYE but if not we’ve got a little round up of what’s happening in town. In January, thoughts turn to health and we’ve also got a few tips on how to shape up in less conventional ways that don’t involve pounding a treadmill. Until next time, wishing you the best start to 2011

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Manchester Bobbies clampdown on Christmas criminals Police across Manchester arrested 171 burglars and seized more than £128,000 in cash from suspected criminals in just one week in December in the latest clampdown on pesky offenders.

geared at targeting thieves in the run-up to Christmas when there is always a rise in theft-related crime. Police actions like this have resulted in 13,331 fewer victims of theft-related crimes in Greater Manchester in the last year compared to 2009. L

A visit to the airport is always stressful but now travellers can relax, put their feet up and enjoy a glass of champagne whilst watching the planes take off.

One of Manchester’s Academy schools has beaten off competition from almost 1,200 other schools to be crowned the country’s most outstanding.

The former control tower at Manchester Airport has been converted into an upmarket champagne bar with a panoramic view of the runway. Epernay, who already own a bar in the city centre, are managing the ground floor bar that will stock more than 100 types of bubbly, allowing you to start your holiday in style. The tower was once the centre of operations in the North but was closed when air traffic control was passed over to Scotland. As well as champagne, the bar also sells oysters and airport bosses are hopeful it will become a popular site for proposals. L

The once under-performing school that was formally the Ducie High School was named Best Academy at both the Education Investor and the Education Business Awards.

Keep safe this NYE

The feat is even more impressive when you consider that there are over 70 different languages spoken in the school, mainly due to the large intake of children from some of the world’s most troubled areas. The school was one of the worst in the country ten years ago with only 13% of pupils getting 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above - that figure has now risen dramatically and it is now 60%. L

The police are urging partygoers to keep safe during New Year’s Eve. Greater Manchester Police have launched their ‘Take Control’ campaign to help those who have been a victim of rape or sexual assault to not suffer in silence.

the increased number of revellers descending on the city, the police are advising them to stay safe. They are keen to stress that the threat applies to males as well as females with many cases still going unreported.

Greater Manchester Police receive approximately 850 reports of rape a year and on New Year’s Eve with

So the message is clear, keep your wits about you this NYE! L

The crackdown was the force’s latest hard-hitting operation

City Sounds

City Sounds

Manchester Airport Manchester Control Tower Academy named Champagne Bar most-improved


The Alchemist Spinningfields has welcomed a new venue into the family with The Alchemist Bar and Restaurant. It’s been developed by Tim Bacon of Living Ventures (the guys behind The Living Room). The group are opening more venues in Manchester in the New Year and have recently acquired Grado and Olive Press from Paul Heathcote.

Visitors can expect a comfortable and embracing atmosphere in this stylish venue where good food and drink meets excellent service, plus a super innovative cocktail menu. The design of the place is pretty impressive and fits nicely into the slick and contemporary feel of Spinningfields. The place is open for breakfast from 7.30am and has free Wi-Fi for all so is the perfect place for those breakfast meetings. L

After much development work, is now continually being updated with new mixes, interviews and content and includes an exclusive Slam mix “Slam Hacienda Classics - Volume One” which has been done especially for the site.

Emmy award award-winning comedienne Fiona Allen, a blog on the gigs of The Hacienda’s early years by John Robb, mixes including sets from Graeme Park, Felix Da Housecat, The Whip, Jon Dasilva, Greg Wilson along with a gallery of images from the legendary venue.

Additional content recently added includes interviews with ex-cloakroom girl and now double

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Simple at The Light

Studio IX

Fans of Simple in the Northern Quarter have another reason to smile as the venue has opened a second venue a short hop over the road in The Light Aparthotel.

A new tattoo parlour has just opened in Manchester at The Triangle, Studio IX. The owner of the studio, Liam Marland, celebrated the launch by having the Triangle Shopping Centre logo tattooed on his knee!

Expect DJs on Saturdays and a delicious menu featuring all the usual favourites found at Simple’s original venue plus pizzas. Guests of the hotel can have room service so can eat in the comfort of their surroundings.

New to Manchester

New to Manchester

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The studio is a first for the Triangle, to add a new element to its shopping experience, so any tattoo fans, head along to see Liam. L

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Pies, Peas & Quizzes

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Fresh from our Christmas break, our first pub quiz of 2011 is on Wednesday January 19th. Now I know you’ll probably be thinking you’ll be a bit strapped for cash, but for £4 you get a glass of wine and pie and peas so you get fed and watered and it’s a great way to brighten up a dull mid-week night.

but all are welcome in groups of all sizes. Tables must be reserved so email to secure your spot. L

As usual, it’s held at The English Lounge on High Street and it’s arrival from 6.30pm, quiz starts at 7.30pm. Maximum team size is 7

Large Competitions Beat the January blues and brighten up your day with our competitions online. Last month we gave away family tickets for Snow White, tickets to We Will Rock You and Shakira plus tickets to the Festive Feast. For January we’ve got bags of prizes up for grabs including: • A spa break for two at The Lowry Hotel including lunch • Tickets to see Rumours of Fleetwood Mac at The Lowry • A professional photo shoot with CD of images to take away More competitions are being added to the site weekly so don’t miss out Step 1 Download a QR reader to your phone. Step 2 Hold your QR reader over this code. Step 3 Get entering our competitions online.


New Year, New Career! Have you ever fancied running your own successful business and being your own boss? Why not turn that dream into a reality and run a pub with Punch Partnerships! We have a number of opportunities available within the Manchester area from city centre music venues, to rural food destination venues. An example of a pub that we currently have available is The Salutation Tavern. The Salutation Tavern is a fantastic, well known pub situated just 1 mile from the City Centre. It is well known for its Cask Ales and its weekly entertainment. The business also operates 5 en-suite letting rooms, a catering kitchen and a games area. Punch are going to invest in the region of £40,000 on refurbishment.

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Call Kate Evans in our recruitment team on 0844 848 3268 for more information and to book yourself on to our Open Day or visit

Not for you? If you know someone who would make a fantastic landlord, nominate them now and earn £1500 in cash! Call us now on 0844 848 3268.

This month, if you’re brave enough to battle the weather and have a trip out, there are a few little bites that might tickle your fancy...

National Winter Ales Festival

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19th to 22nd January

Harry Hammond was one of the leading showbiz photogrpahers of the post-war years, capturing the first British response to rock ‘n’ roll. Harry’s work documents classic images of the original British rock ‘n’ rollers from Cliff Richard and Billy Fury to Dusty Springfield, Lonnie Donegan and Adam Faith – he captured the definitive

images of virtually every leading British musician and many visiting American artists. The exhibition comprises of over 80 photographs by Harry and there’s an interactive soundtrack accompanying the exhibition exploring the music, musicians and fashions of the decades. L

Titanic Exhibition Merseyside Maritime Museum – 2nd and 23rd January Have you ever wondered what the passengers on the Titanic experienced in the last hours before its demise? Well if you’re up for a little trip out then the staff at the Merseyside Maritime Museum have recreated the experience for visitors with ‘Titanic – The Night The Lights Went Out’. Visitors are encouraged to join first class passenger Emily Broughton Williams as she gives her account of her life on-board and that fateful night. It’s a free event and takes place at 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Sunday 2nd January and Sunday 23rd January. The event runs alongside the ‘Spotlight on the Titanic’ exhibition which aims to separate fact from the fiction and explain why the vessel sank.

If you fancy a change from the identikit beers that adorn the supermarket shelves and gastro pubs up and down the land then get yourself down to the Sheridan Suite on Oldham Road. From the 19th – 22nd of January it is the home to the National Winter Ales Festival 2011 hosted by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale). The festival boasts a selection of over 200 British and foreign beers, real ales, ciders and perrys. With such a vast selection, CAMRA guarantees that they will find something to suit the tastes of the most fickle of drinkers. No tickets are required as guests pay on the door, with prices varying from £2 to £5 depending on the day. Concessions are available for students.

Weekend Wondering

Weekend Wondering

Photographs by Harry Hammond at The Lowry from 15th January

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with delicious slow-roasted peppers and a light dressing of olive oil.

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For something more substantial, we tried the Pasta Al Forno (£5.95) which was baked rigatoni with tomato, mozzarella and meatballs. Not as filling as a traditional lasagne but served in a very similar style with a rich, creamy sauce. The Brasato Al Barolo (£7.20) – braised beef in red wine – was a real tasty treat. The sauce was really rich but due to only having a small portion it didn’t over face us.

Cicchetti Kendals, Deansgate

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San Carlo has opened a new addition to its growing family, - Cicchetti, based in Kendals (although it has a separate entrance so it’s open from 8am for breakfast to 11pm). It draws on the good points of its older brother San Carlo with the heavy use of marble, open surroundings, specials boards and a large bar area but in my opinion, it’s huge differentiating factor, one that is a massive plus, is that it’s a million miles away from the chaos, hustle and bustle that greets you no matter what time of day you walk through the door of San Carlo. Cicchetti is the

laid back, comfortable, casual dining little sister. In terms of the customer experience, you get a lot more attention at Cicchetti. Open from breakfast through to dinner (I’ve heard that the breakfasts are cracking) the menu is tapas style. You can order most of the dishes as larger portions if you feel like but it’s nice to share... well sometimes! There is just too much to choose from. The dishes come out as they are cooked in true tapas-style. We started with the Crostini with Roasted Peppers and Garlic (£3.00). Nice crusty bread served

To round off the main dishes, we shared the Fillet of Seabass (£7.95) with olive oil, garlic, parsley and lemon zest, which was cooked perfectly and dressed so delicately, it stood out on its own. On the recommendation of our waiter we tried the Zucchinie Fritti (£2.40) as a side dish. I’m not a huge fan of zucchini but these were really tasty. We were told they are soaked in milk to keep moist then very lightly battered so it wasn’t greasy in the slightest.

chocolate and nutmeg torte cooked daily on the premises. Think along the lines of a chocolate brownie but without the heaviness – absolutely divine. As you enter Cicchetti, the open counter is packed full of delicious homemade breads, cakes, fruits and the servers tell me that in time they will use the counter as a deli to cater for the daytime take away market but for now the emphasis is on good, home-cooked food. As much as I want this restaurant to work and I’m sure it will, I really hope it retains its charm in offering the quieter side of dining where you can sit back and relax without the frenzied atmosphere that greets you across the road. L

Tummy Rumbles

Tummy Rumbles

The desserts are really special at Cicchetti and change daily. The traditional Panettone (£5.20) was served with a luxuriously light vanilla-infused custard. A house speciality is the Torte Caprese (£5.20) which is an almond, 15

The Eatery 3 Stevenson Square, Manchester, M1 1DN

Tummy Rumbles

New kid on the block - The Eatery has been open in the Northern Quarter since May and hasn’t looked back in serving hearty food to hungry locals. The family-run business was opened after the owners saw a gap in the area for serving quality food where diners could eat in or takeaway. Since opening, they’ve cleverly reacted to the local market by opening up an area inside with a large meeting table, perfect for lunch meetings where you need to spread paper-work across the table whilst munching on a jacket potato. They’ve also

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just installed computers so that any guests wishing to browse the net can do so over breakfast and there’s free Wi-Fi so you can lunch and work at the same time. The menu is plentiful, catering for all breakfast and dinner choices from a traditional English Breakfast (£4.95) and Eggs Florentine (£4.95) through to the lunch time dishes you would expect to find on any good lunch menu but coupled with daily hot specials and home-made soups to offer something a little bit special. In the summer you can’t miss their colourful salad bar, whilst in the winter it’s all about warming dishes to keep your fuel levels up.

On our visit the hot specials were Beef Stew and Dumplings and Thai Green Curry and Rice (£4.95). The Thai Green Curry, although not brimming with flavour, was delicious and a great lunch option. The portions aren’t huge but for a healthy lunch under a fiver I was pleased. To shake things up a bit, they also offer a speciality hot sandwich of the day and we tried the Beef, Stilton and Rocket Open Sandwich (£3.75). The Stilton was beautiful and felt like a real treat. Beats home-made sandwiches for sure! I couldn’t help but notice and be tempted by their Fish Finger Sandwich on the menu (£3.75) which I was told is one of their best sellers – maybe next time! Aside from the paninis, open sandwiches and fresh soups (changed daily), they also offer lots of lovely cakes, scones and smoothies so it’s really a great lunch option where you’re sure to find something to tickle your taste buds. Importantly for those readers not based in the Northern Quarter, they do delivery so if you want a lovely lunch at work then give them a call. L

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Corrie Goes Artistic at The Richard Goodall Gallery – Until 15th January


Stars from the past 50 years of Coronation Street have been recreated in stunning portraits by the renowned artists Central Station. The artists, famous for their Factory Records album covers, have created the pieces to celebrate the soap’s 50th anniversary. The 25 colourful portraits include soap icons old and new with Ken and Deidre Barlow, Hilda Ogden, Rosie Webster and Becky McDonald being amongst those who have been immortalised. The pieces are currently on show at the Richard Goodall Gallery until 15th January. The artists first approached ITV with the idea back in June last year and have gone on to recreate the stars in their patented “Madchester,” style. You’ll recognise Central Station, who shot to fame as the inspirational design team behind album covers for a number of Manchester bands, most famously the Happy Mondays. For more information on the Coronation St. collection go to L

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Manchester Bridge Club Meet new people, have fun and challenge your mind The next course for beginners starts Wednesday 5 January 2011 at 7pm at the Manchester Bridge Club, Palatine Road, West Didsbury. To reserve a place, call Jeff Morris on 0161 445 3712 or email

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Big Top Bar and Family Fun Fair until 3rd January Piccadilly Gardens’ family funfair and Big Top Bar is open until 3rd January with the very best in entertainment for adults and kids alike. Think carousel, helter skelter, hooka-duck, and swingboats, plus for the adults the Big Top Bar by Kro will be serving hot cocktails, traditional ales, warming cider, mulled wine and winter cakes with entertainment from Band On The Wall every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Scattered around the gardens will be an array of food stalls including

Pieminister with their delicious pies and mash and Ginger’s Comfort Emporium serving hot waffles and homemade ice cream – brrr! As the Christmas markets pack up and leave town, this hot-spot of fun will be carrying on into the New Year. The fair will be open daily 11am – 8pm and the Big Top Bar will be open daily 11am – 10pm. For further information visit or L

What better opportunity is there to meet someone special than under the mistletoe on a party night out? Or at the Christmas party - the best opportunity to tell that office temp that you think she’s hot only to find out afterwards she’s got a partner and then be embarrassed every time you see her! So with the coming of January and with change in the air, it’s a time to get focused and be a little more strategic with your quest to find someone special. Elect Club is a young and vibrant community of single professionals, just like you. Guys and girls from reputable professions eager to meet like-minded individuals after becoming frustrated and bored with more typical dating methods. It’s been running for over six years in London and just over a year now in Manchester. We’re talking about a social network of attractive, eligible, like-minded individuals who meet through Elect Club by personal introductions, where they match you to compatible others or their exciting events that they hold regularly.

Unlike internet dating where people compile their own profiles, all profiles are created by Elect Club staff so they are a true representation (rather than using photos from 10 years ago!). Elect Club is commonly covered in mainstream media titles such as Glamour, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and GQ. Professionals serious about meeting someone don’t have to spend hours trawling through internet sites and taking part in tacky-speed dating nights, all the hard work is done by Elect. They personally vet each person to make sure they are right for you; you just have to enjoy yourself on dates with well-matched people. It’s a completely confidential service so any scaredy cats needn’t shy away. Who knows what 2011 holds in store for you? If this sounds just what you’ve been looking for then get in touch with

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Goings on in the City

For all the singletons out there, the festive period is a time of high anticipation for meeting Miss or Mr Right.

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Janelle Monae at The Academy Grammy award-winning Janelle Monae has got the moves, the words, in fact the whole artistic vision to dethrone Prince. Channeling James Brown’s dancing, Grace Jones’ theatrics and Funkadelic’s bass lines, she’s a dynamic ball of energy.

Decked out in her trademark uniform of black and white, she’s quiffed up and ready to go. Hitting the stage with a gaggle of funky nuns, it’s clear that this will be a journey into uptempo soul tinged with cartoonish theatrics.

The spirit of Ziggy Stardust and 30s Berlin cabaret is very much alive.

Her vocal range is diverse, stretching from the soul drenched ‘Tightrope’ to an acapella cover version of Nat King Cole’s ‘Smile’. It’s clear why the 25-year-old from Atlanta has been making waves since signing to P Diddy’s label Bad Boy Records in 2005. Her style is outrageous, fun and funky. It’s a pity that the alien theme of her recent concept album The ArchAndroid isn’t carried through the set list. This seems to disappear after the initial visual build up, leaving some of her tunes sounding pedestrian in comparison to her on-stage antics. Janelle is unique, her sci-fi reality of lindy hopping, balloons, lasers, jiving, wigs, costumes, and on-stage painting is the future of funk. Go and see her other worldly show and I dare you not to dance! L

Live Lyrics

Live Lyrics

After introducing herself on a projected film as a time travelling automaton called Cindi Mayweather, she instructs the crowd to “dance or die”.

Janelle is on fire; she’s a natural entertainer with dancing that would put Little Richard to shame and crazy backing visuals showing everything from technicolour African masks to Muhammad Ali boxing. Her band, complete with a brass section, are having a riot on stage re-enacting a set list based in 2719 in the megacity Metropolis.

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Message from the Police

People enjoying a night out are being warned about the dangers of getting into a drunken fight. Police in Manchester are working to reduce the levels of crime caused by partygoers drinking too much alcohol. Too much drink can turn a good night into a tragic disaster with people behaving in ways they wouldn’t do normally and finding themselves in vulnerable situations. Young men aged 18-25 are the most likely to commit and be victims of serious violent crime. Alcohol-fuelled violence has claimed the lives of 13 people over the past five years in Greater Manchester.


It only takes one punch to kill someone and destroy the lives of people’s families. People who have had a drink do things they wouldn’t dream of doing when they’re sober and a stupid, split-second reaction can have devastating consequences. Officers across Manchester are working with licensed premises, universities and taxi firms to promote the One Punch campaign. Posters, window stickers and beer mats with a hard-hitting image are being displayed in pubs, clubs and bars.

You know that here at large we love our music, so we’ve scoured around for the best new musical finds for 2011.

Gypsy & the Cat are a pair of friends from Melbourne who only started making music a year ago in their garage. Their songs caught the attention of an Australian radio station, which aired their first track “Jona Vark”. Since then the twosome have caught the attention of Mark Ronson, featuring on his East Village radio show, and have subsequently moved to London to mix their debut album. Their music is described as a mix of the glorious melodies of Fleetwood Mac and the delicious vocals of MGMT, something which they’re keen to convey in their new single “The Piper’s Song.” Influenced by a mixture of musicians ranging from Jeff Buckley all the way to Daft Punk, the talented duo made up of Xavier Bacash, 22 and Lionel Towers, 24, recorded their entire album in their garage studio in Sydney. With their album now set to be mixed by producers who have worked with MGMT and Muse, Gypsy & the Cat are set for big things in 2011. L


The Heartbreaks Manchester-based band The Heartbreaks are looking to make it big this year with their brand of classic British indie pop. The four members Matthew Whitehouse, Joseph Kondras, Ryan Wallace and Chris Deakin relocated to Manchester from Morecambe. Their sound fits into the traditional mould of British indie music consisting of jangly guitars with big anthemic choruses. The band have been compared to The Smiths but the guys are determined to carve out a sound of their own. With spots as support for bands including Hurts and The View The Heartbreaks are hoping their 80s inspired indie sound will be a big hit in 2011. We caught the band live at Salford’s Sacred Trinity Church The Heartbreaks wear their influences on their rolled up sleeves. It’s all faded seaside glamour, kitchen sink dramas and complicated relationships. The Heartbreaks are clearly brimming with charm and exude romantic ramblings. However tonight’s performance at the atmospheric church is fraught with technical hitches and the band’s

obvious 80s sensibilities are lost amongst stained glass windows, pews and a rowdy young crowd on a night which should have been all about them. Matthew is an engaging vocalist with a lovely falsetto voice that captures the coy innocence of youth. Morecambe is portrayed as a typical small town complete with fighting and drinking, leaving our heroes looking for an escape route. With every lyric like "can you be derivative and retro and still have an exciting future?” the strains of early Suede, The Smiths and Wild Beasts peep through.

With songs such as Liar, My Dear and Save Our Souls the band are clearly in awe of Morrissey and Marr. They claim that "there's nothing more inspirational than the British seaside'' which is a welcome change from the sneering lad rock of The Courteeners. This sensitive bunch of boys are less about bravado and more about reading Oscar Wilde whilst drinking a chamomile tea and brandy. If this group had burst onto the scene in the mid 80s they would have been crowned indie kings instead they’ve got a lot of competition but 2011 should be a good year for them, if they manage to get those technical glitches sorted! L

Bright Stars for 2011

Bright Stars for 2011

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Known to many through her feature on Devlin’s track “Runaway,” former DJ turned singer-song writer Yasmin is looking to make waves in 2011. We caught up with Yasmin to chat about her new found friendship with Eve and coming home to Manchester.


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How’s life in Yasmin’s world right now? Hectic - but good hectic! It’s all part of a journey and it’s so exciting. For me it happened quickly. I’m just trying to keep up with everything as I go along. You were born in Manchester. Do you come home much? I was born in Worsley but moved south when I was about seven. A lot of my family are still here so when I play in Manchester I head to my Gran’s for a nice northern brew. I read that you went to uni but dropped out to be a DJ, is that right? I went to uni in Glasgow and did a year studying physiotherapy but it wasn’t inspiring. I love music. My dad advised me to do something that I could use in the music industry so I transferred to business studies but didn’t like that either! By that point, I was DJ-ing loads and had already started to

New to the City? Fancy a girly night out? Or looking for a more natural kind of networking? get picked up by One Extra so I decided to give it up and make music my future. How did you get involved with DJ-ing? I’ve always loved music. Not the stuff you hear on the radio or in the charts, I loved the B-sides, the earlier albums people released. My friend taught me how to DJ and I just got the bug. So from that, how did singing come into it too? It wasn’t a conscious decision; I’ve just always done both. I had major confidence issues because I was comparing myself to these Continued on next page

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huge voices like Jill Scott and Angie Stone and felt my voice was nothing in comparison. When I started working with producers and they heard my voice, they gave me the confidence to not compare myself to others, just to be myself We hear you’ve done DJ sets for and Pharrell? Yeah, for Will I DJ’d for his party in London and I supported N.E.R.D at the Roundhouse in London and then Pharrell asked me to do a private party for him. That led to a meeting with Eve’s manager who then whisked me on a plane to Belgium to work with Eve. She’s been a big inspiration. We’re both working in a male dominated industry and she’s such a humble lady, giving me lots of advice. How did your hit with Devlin come about? I’m close to the guys from Future Cut who were behind the record and they wanted me to come into the studio. After listening to the song I didn’t want to overstep the mark but suggested a chorus and it just worked. It was great to see something grow naturally rather than being engineered by record label execs for a change Expect to see this lady everywhere in 2011, it’s going to be a biggy for her. “On my Own”, Yasmin’s single is due out in January. 30 L

Jessie J With her debut single “Do It Like a Dude” currently storming most radio stations, Jessie J has put her stamp on the charts and is set to blow up in 2011. When asked who he thought was the best singer in the world, Justin Timberlake said: “Jessie J!” The Essex born 22 year old has been working in the industry for the past few years penning songs for Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and even Miley Cyrus. Her debut single was supposed to be for Rihanna but she liked it so much she kept it for herself. With collaborations with B.o.B and Labyrinth already under her belt and her debut album set for release early next year, Jessie J is likely to be one of the stars of 2011. L

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New Year is a big night. It’s a chance for everybody to put the past year behind them and make a fresh start. Here’s our recommendations on where to celebrate in Manchester

Noho Now nearly two years old, Noho in the Northern Quarter is recreating the feel of a Harlem speakeasy for their New Year’s Eve celebrations. The independent bar in Stevenson Square has kept its high ceilings and open space with films shown on a huge “drive-in” style movie screen. The night, “Evoking the Era of the Harlem Speakeasy,” will be accompanied by a number of


related cocktails. Bar staff will be serving up such delights as the Manhattan and the Sidecar as well as the usual martinis to all the willing guys and dolls. The dress code is dapper and tickets are £10 on the door or £5 if booked in advance. Tickets are available from the bar who can contacted at or on 0161 236 5381. L

Linen Restaurant Those looking for a slap-up meal in elegant surroundings before ushering in the New Year should consider visiting the Linen Restaurant. Situated above Manchester235, the popular casino and entertainment venue, Linen offers quality, contemporary dining in beautiful surroundings.

Places are still available for New Year’s Eve. The menu includes a choice of starters including Smoked Halibut, main courses such as a Slow Roast Peppered Fillet of Beef, and desserts include a Warm Chocolate Tart. Vegetarian options are available on request. The meal costs £45 per person and Linen can be contacted on 0161 828 0345. L

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For those who plan to carry on their New Year’s celebrations well into the early hours, the Black Dog Ballroom is for you. Special guest DJ Neil Smallridge and resident DJ Christoff are promising to play their blend of funk, soul and disco till at least 5am. The DJ’s are also running a vote on their Facebook and Twitter accounts where fans can vote on which tune will be played when the clock strikes twelve. Tickets are just £5 and are available from the Black Dog Ballroom, and You can also phone them on 0161 839 0664. L

New Year’s Eve at Obsidian is the highlight of their festive calendar starting with a cocktail on arrival followed by a sumptuous fivecourse feast then rounded off with coffee and chocolates for just £49 per person.

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve

The bar will have live music on until the early hours taking you right through the night. If you really want to splash out then hire one of their champagne booths for the evening and celebrate in style. For revellers just wanting to enjoy the bar area, to get on the guest list email requests to otherwise the bar is open on a first come first serve basis. L


Fashion Forward - Something for the boys

Liam Gallagher opens Pretty Green store in city centre Perfect for wannabe rock ‘n’ roll stars, Liam Gallagher’s new Pretty Green pop-up store has just opened on King Street. The store, one of only two in the country, was opened by the man himself alongside a DJ set provided by Primal Scream bassist Mani.

Around 100 fans braved the cold weather on the store’s opening day for a chance to see the man himself and be one of the first to get their hands on his exclusive garments. To some, the clothing may seem pricy but as well as receiving a quality garment you’re also getting a piece of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle!

The mod inspired fashion label, founded and designed by Liam, offers a pretty casual range (much like the man himself) with an emphasis on classic British tailoring using only the finest fabrics.

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Pretty Green sells all the gear any Gallagher fan would want, with a range that includes expensive parkas, trench coats, scarves and jeans. Liam has stated that the label’s inspiration comes from the art, music and culture scene of the 1960’s, and the label was further boosted after being recently named CE Menswear Brand of the Year at this year’s Draper’s awards. The King Street store is a haven for any Oasis fan with the walls adorned by images of Liam along with an event space to house any live acts or DJ’s.


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Charles Tyrwhitt store opens on King Street It seems that King Street is trying to regain its retail crown with the opening of a company that claims to be the best shirt-maker on the high street. The menswear specialists, have opened their first store outside of the North East which owner Nick Wheeler hopes will help rejuvenate an historic part of the city. Wheeler started up the firm believing that he could make shirts better than anyone else and still prides himself on his quality, claiming that a shirt bought today will still look good in ten years time.

As well as formal and casual shirts, Charles Tyrwhitt also sells a range of cufflinks, ties, belts, suits, evening wear, coats and shoes – what more could a man want? The firm has also established itself in the USA and Europe, boasting Halle Berry and Forest Whittaker as clients. Charles Tyrwhitt also stocks a casual collection that includes polo shirts as well as a women’s collection of shirts, knitwear and accessories so it’s not all about shirts and ties. Charles Tyrwhitt, 30 King St Manchester M2 6AZ L

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Sam Gore

Stand-Up For The City

Happy New Year! It’s 2011, which means the dreaded December gigs are over. Christmas is a weird time as a comic. It means motorways are closed and gigs cancelled due to snow. Oh, and there’s a good chance that those gigs that do go ahead will be full of work dos and office parties, who would much rather you stand there and call Keith from HR a pillock (in less glamorous terms, of course) instead of delivering the material you’ve actually written. It becomes less about delivering jokes and more like spinning plates; overly drunk plates who are convinced they’re the funniest person in the office, so of course they’ll be the funniest person at the gig. I like to think of those people in January. Lurching back to work after the holidays, awfully

Hiding behind their hands in the office as everyone reminds them they also hit on their PA that night, despite the fact she’s half their age. 38

embarrassed about the Christmas do at the comedy club where they drank far too much and barked nonsensical noises at the comedians like a caveman still struggling with consonants. Hiding behind their hands in the office as everyone reminds them they also hit on their PA that night, despite the fact she’s half their age and infinitely more attractive. Of course, it’s probably too much to ask that said people make it a New Year’s resolution to behave themselves at the next comedy club they go to. Unfortunately, the years roll by and pillocks tend to remain pillocks. Still, happy New Year to the rest of you! Sam Gore regularly performs at the Frog & Bucket on Oldham St in the Northern Quarter, Manchester. L

You wake up on 1st January and your first thought is of your excessive indulging over the festive period, which soon turns to getting in shape for the New Year. If traditional gyms don’t leave you with a desire to keep going back and pounding it out on the treadmill, here are some more unusual ways to get in shape in 2011 that are above all else, fun ways to keep fit, which will hopefully keep you on track.

Bellydancing Sweat It Up, Work It Out

RockIt! Belly Dance is a unique style of belly dance set to a rock soundtrack. You can dance your way to a great figure whilst rocking out to classic bands such as Whitesnake, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and the Foo Fighters. The dance workshop which takes place at the Dancehouse on Oxford Road, combines traditional belly dancing moves with burlesque, African and street dance. Beginner’s sessions take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30pm. Classes cost £5, for more information or you can call 0161 237 1413. L

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Capoeira Ask most people about Capoeira, and reactions range from blank looks to vague memories of a BBC advert filled with graceful acrobatics against a rainy cityscape. In fact, this hard-toclassify dance/fight/game has its origins as a form of resistance to slavery, and has to be the most culturally rich and fascinating ways to keep fit on offer in Manchester. West Africans sent to work in Brazil’s plantations developed Capoeira as a way to retain their cultural heritage, mixing dances, combat games and music from back home to form something uniquely ‘theirs’, rather than imposed by their new colonial rulers. It also offered a way to pass the time and to stay strong and healthy in case the need arose for a revolt.

Manchester’s Cultural Association for Capoeira Angola (known as ACCA, by its Portuguese initials), has been teaching and practicing Capoeira in the North West since 2006. Its beginners’ classes start by introducing the movements of Capoeira, building strength, flexibility and balance and then moving onto more complex techniques and movements.

Sweat It Up, Work It Out

Why not shake off those excess pounds you’ve gained over the festive period and have fun whilst belly dancing?

Capoeira’s many aspects have helped it grow in global popularity in recent years, while losing none of its mystery. ACCA’s Capoeira beginners classes start in January on Thursday nights from 6pm at the Zion Centre, Hulme. Visit for more details. L


Challenge yourself in 2011

Sweat It Up, Work It Out

Make 2011 the year you challenge yourself to do something just a bit different. Why not have a go at kayaking or give mountain biking a try? Or if you really want to offer yourself a true challenge, take part in one of our Climb Snowdon or Ben Nevis challenge weekends. For the serious explorer, join us as we trek to Everest Base Camp in March 2012. All of these events can also be done to raise money for charity, so if you want to give yourself the true feel-good factor for 2011 visit Get Away In January: Discover the Lake District: Staying in a variety of guest houses in Windermere, we will be exploring the Lake District and everything wonderful it has to offer at this time of year. For just £82 you get to enjoy 2 nights’ accommodation, two days of guided walks and the chance to make new friends.  Winter Sale:  To help you out of your winter blues and to launch our 2011 schedule of events and weekends away, Large Outdoors is offering 20% off all UK weekends and weeks away booked between now and the end of February.  Win:  Large Outdoors is offering you the chance to win a weekend in Snowdonia for you and three mates. The prize includes two nights all-inclusive accommodation and two days of activities on a Large Outdoors weekend. All you need to do is get yourself to Snowdonia. To enter, please visit and answer a simple question.  42

A new year approaches and whilst the British summer is still many months away, what better tonic than a winter sunshine break to ease those chilly winter nights. Miss Ellies Travel has a wide range of affordable breaks flying directly out of Manchester. Two of our favourite destinations for winter sunshine are Gran Canaria and Tenerife, where we have secured some fantastic and exclusive prices for the winter including free stays for children and accommodation ranging from self-catering to 5 star hotel accommodation with a selection of meal plans.

It’s just over 4 hours flying time from the UK and has been a favourite destination of British holidaymakers since the days of the first package holidays. The Islands are situated in the Atlantic, off the West coast of Africa and benefit from a permanent spring/summer climate all year round, making this the perfect winter sun destination with average temperature of 18 degrees in the winter, much warmer than mainland Europe.

Here are our top tips on where to stay: Gran Canaria The Cordial Green Golf Bungalows, Maspalomas. The bungalows were completely renovated in 2006 and are set in a prime location next to the golf course, only minutes from the spectacular sand dunes and the 44

Faro 2 Shopping Centre. Guests can enjoy a free shuttle bus to the beach of Maspalomas and the centre of Playa del Ingles with its array of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. Miss Ellies have prices starting at £325 per person for 7 nights self-catering.

Cordial Mogan Playa, Maspalomas. For those preferring hotel accommodation, the Cordial Mogan Playa is not so much a hotel but a lush botanical garden that has rooms and restaurants attached. In fact, there are over 450 different species of subtropical plants and cacti within 48,000 square metres. The hotel is officially classed as four star but is worthy of a four star plus rating. Prices in January start at just £665 per person for 7 nights, half board.

Tenerife Tenerife Paradise Park This family owned, four star property in the quieter area of the family resort of Los Cristianos has recently undergone extensive restoration and has an emphasis on personal service. Out of all of our properties, this hotel boasts the highest volume of repeat business. From the moment you set foot in the hotel, you are greeted as a friend not just as a holiday maker. The hotel offers great facilities for everyone; from relaxation in the Spa to a full

entertainment programme both day and night. An all inclusive stay in January for seven nights including taxes starts at £449 per person.

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Why the Canary Islands?

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Happy New Year

Fran about town

Well 2010 is officially behind us, and what a year it’s been! Corrie turned 50, the big royal engagement/another bank holiday next year, Kerry Katona finally landed a decent agent, everybody knows Stacey killed Archie in Enders and Simon Cowell took a step closer to becoming the richest man in the world. It’s been a great year for Manchester. The Northern Quarter was officially crowned the Best Neighbourhood in the UK, a feat which truly is testament to the enduring hard work of all the local independents to turn what was an area better known for curb crawlers into one of the most vibrant areas in the UK. Who can forget Captain America being filmed? If you’d have told me at the beginning of the year that I’d be taking a stroll through New York in the 40’s, I’d not have believed you. It’s almost as exciting as thinking I’d seen Chris Evans shooting a scene. Turned out it was actually his body double but it was still a very nice view. So now the presents are unwrapped, the turkey’s long gone and the Christmas Markets are starting to be taken down, it’s time to put to rest last year and think of the year ahead. 46

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