Nani- Manchester United’s scapegoat?

Originally published for Backpage Football on 28/10/2013

As the referee’s whistle called time on Manchester United’s narrow victory against Stoke City, it wasn’t so much of a cheer that reverberated around Old Trafford but a monumental sigh of relief.

With three points in the bag, a Fergie-esque late comeback and the pressure on David Moyes – at least for now- lifted, it was all smiles for the Reds as they headed away from The Theatre of Dreams with a home league win for only the second time this season.

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REVIEW: Chvrches Live at Manchester Ritz

Originally published for Quays News on 17/10/2013

Glaswegian synth-pop trio Chvrches returned to Manchester for the third time this year on Monday evening, as part of their UK tour in support of debut record The Bones of What You Believe, in front of a sell-out crowd.

For many bands with only one studio album under their belt, the prospect of performing at a venue such as The Ritz may be a daunting one, but with a wealth of live experience and having played at places such as The Ruby Lounge and Sound Control in recent months, Chvrches tonight show they are more than capable of making that jump to the next level.

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Manchester Music: October gig guide

Originally published for Quays News on 04/10/2013

As a city famed for its musical heritage as much as its football, Manchester is a pretty special place when it comes to the live music scene, with countless acts descending on the city’s dozens of venues every night of the week.

This month sees the enormous Phones4u Arena play host to the likes of Jay Z, Bruno Mars and Arctic Monkeys, but if you’re on more of a budget, here’s a look at some of the best gigs coming up in smaller venues across the city.

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