Tag Archives: Blackpool

Beyond the Dandelion Adventure – having words with Ajay Saggar and Marcus Parnell

This story starts with The Membranes, because without that Lancashire post-punk band a singer known as Fat Mark and a lanky Asian indie kid called Ajay might never have met. That initial meeting came sometime in the mid-‘80s amid an … Continue reading

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Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra – Blackpool Empress Ballroom

If a building really carries social history within its walls, there can be few greater examples in Lancashire than Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom. The ornate decoration throughout the Winter Gardens tells its own stories, and there’s no disguising the magic of … Continue reading

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Testing the Big Band theory – the Jools Holland interview

It’s difficult to write about Jools Holland without going down the retro route. He is after all a man who carved out a career celebrating the best in popular music from the past century. His long-running BBC television show Later … Continue reading

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Cleaning up with Crissy Rock – from Liverpool to Peterlee, via Benidorm

Award-winning actress, stand-up comic and best-selling author Crissy Rock is in a Teeside tailback, and has clearly forgotten our 11am phone date. We go ahead anyway, while Crissy inches slowly along amid A19 amid traffic gridlock, ‘hands-free’ communication and backup satellite … Continue reading

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