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Cast / The Sherlocks – Preston 53 Degrees

If ever there was a fear that it might just be about nostalgia with the 2015 line-up of Cast, this seminal four-piece quickly put that to bed during a stonking set in Preston. While there was no doubting the power … Continue reading

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Inspiral Carpets/Blossoms – Preston 53 Degrees

I had a feeling Inspiral Carpets would prove the perfect act to bring the curtain down on Preston’s threatened 53 Degrees venue, and they certainly ended their own 12-date December tour in style. I’m afraid I missed first support Brown … Continue reading

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A fond farewell for 53 Degrees

On the eve of a popular University of Central Lancashire club’s last gig in its current guise – featuring Inspiral Carpets – we bring you an interview with a former 53 Degrees in-house promoter about the passing of this much-loved … Continue reading

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Eddie Holman / Preston’s Got Soul – 53 Degrees, Preston

While the temperature plummeted 52 degrees lower than the name of the venue, Eddie Holman brought plenty of warmth when he visited this Northern Soul stronghold on Friday night. And from the moment this Philly veteran stepped on stage at … Continue reading

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‘Eddie’s my name!’ In conversation with Eddie Holman

Eddie Holman was up at 5am the day I called him, and two hours later the 68-year-old Baptist minister and soul legend was definitely on a roll. That was Philadelphia time, five hours behind the UK, the man credited with … Continue reading

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Rock’n’roll royalty – In conversation with The Subways’ Billy Lunn

The words exciting, explosive and thrilling get used a lot when The Subways are brought up in conversation. A lot of exclamation marks are used too, especially when you’re in conference with the band’s front-man Billy Lunn via an email … Continue reading

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From The Jam / Deadwood Dog – Preston 53 Degrees

After a winning set by locals Deadwood Dog and a stirring late ‘70s/early ’80s soundtrack between, there was more than a frisson of excitement around 53 Degrees as The Gift’s upbeat instrumental Circus signalled the arrival of the main act. Bass … Continue reading

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Preston’s Got Soul: Judy Street – 53 Degrees

In case you didn’t realise, there’s something of a Northern Soul revival going on at the moment, no doubt stoked by the likes of Duffy and John Newman on the mainstream scene. And the forthcoming, much-anticipated film that takes this … Continue reading

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Deadwood Dog determined to party on the Preston front

Nine months after launching their debut album, United Colours of Bigotry, Deadwood Dog are on something of a high. The Preston seven-piece visit 53 Degrees this Saturday, July 12, returning to a treasured University of Central Lancashire venue facing closure … Continue reading

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The Stranglers – Preston 53 Degrees

In the same way that the best football teams are built around a spine of experienced players, The Stranglers have never lost sight of their creative strengths. Clearly, they had to adapt big time to Hugh Cornwell’s departure in 1990, … Continue reading

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