Victoria Warehouse proud to host ‘landmark’ BBC6 Music Festival

Originally published for Quays News on 27/02/2014

THOUSANDS of music fans will descend on Manchester’s iconic Victoria Warehouse this weekend, as the first ever BBC6 Music Festival gets underway.

Known as one of the most-loved stations on British radio, 6 Music bosses have pulled together an eclectic line-up, featuring The NationalKelis, Blur’s Damon Albarn (pictured), Franz Ferdinand and many more.

Jo Waddington, venue project manager, described the event as “a landmark for 6 Music and a landmark for Victoria Warehouse.”

“We’re very excited and extremely honoured to be the venue to host the first ever 6 Music Festival. We’ve been counting down the days!” she said.

“Everyone involved has put their heart and soul into it so this weekend we can promise fans a good time.”

The festival will take place this Friday and Saturday, and each day runs from 4pm until midnight. As well as one of the best line-ups around, Jo confirms there’s plenty more than just live music for fans to enjoy, with silent discos, numerous bars, exhibitions and pop-up record stores on site.

The decision to host such a festival in Manchester instead of London is one that has delighted many Northern music fans, and Jo firmly believes that the city’s rich culture and musical heritage has played a big part in the decision.

“Manchester has always had a great reputation within the music scene, I just feel that now it’s reaching out and grabbing hold of the people who may have slipped from its grasp before” she said.

VENUE: Victoria Warehouse on Salford Quays will host the festival

“There is a thirst and hunger for music in this city that I have never experienced in any other city before. There must be something in the water!”

“The relocation of the likes of the BBC to the Quays has definitely helped, as well as developments in technology and social media- and not forgetting that distinctive Northern charm!”

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Review: Prince live at Manchester Academy

Originally published for Quays News on 23/02/2014

FOLLOWING what seems like an eternity of hype, excitement and expectation, Saturday night saw Prince and his new all-female band 3RDEYEGIRL bring the curtain down on the Manchester leg of their much talked about Hit and Run tour.

Whilst the previous night’s performance had been an undoubted success for the 80’s superstar, there were a number of hitches that led to a handful of fans feeling unsatisfied.

During Friday’s performance, social media erupted as news of a second Prince show immediately after the first was confirmed by the venue and Prince’s management team, which saw hundreds of fans spontaneously flock to the heart of Manchester’s student area, delighted with this last-ditch chance to see their hero.

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New Ordsall Neighbourhood Watch schemes launched

Originally published for SalfordOnline on 21/02/2014

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that new neighbourhood watch schemes have been set up in Ordsall, in a bid to allow residents to take responsibility in making the area a better, safer place to live.

Three separate schemes have been organised at Lowry Wharf, Robert Hall Street and Carmell Close, and the police are looking for those interested in the initiative to come forward and get involved.

Ordsall Police Community Support Officer Adam Marsh described the scheme as one that serves as an important point of contact between the police and residents, and one that gives “a real sense of community togetherness.”

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Prince to perform at The Academy

Originally published for Quays News on 20/02/2014

AFTER days of intense speculation, Prince fans will flock to The Academy as the chosen venue for the pop legend’s ‘secret’ gigs in Manchester this weekend.

The whereabouts of the surprise gigs on Friday and Saturday have been much-discussed on social media this week.

Despite many rumours that the ‘Purple Rain’ star would treat fans to an intimate performance in one of Manchester’s smaller venues, it’s the 2,600 capacity Academy that has been given the green light.  

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The curious case of Guillermo Varela

Originally published for Backpage Football on 15/02/2014

Much was made of Manchester United’s summer transfer window debacle, and although it was the £28million deadline day capture of Marouane Fellaini that made the headlines, the club’s first signing of the David Moyes era was that of Guillermo Varela, a largely unknown Uruguayan right-back.

After impressing the club on a two-week trial, Varela was snapped up on a permanent deal in June from Club Atlético Peñarol, for a reported fee of just under £3million. With the dream of following in the footsteps of- and eventually displacing- fellow South American full-back Rafael da Silva, the 20-year-old arrived at Old Trafford and was handed the number 30 shirt. By securing a first team squad number, many expected him to feature on the fringes of Moyes’ side during this campaign.

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Pereira Stunner Sinks West Ham at Old Trafford

Originally published for Pride of All Europe on 11/02/2014

Manchester United’s stars of tomorrow were given the opportunity to experience playing under the floodlights of Old Trafford and rose to the occasion,  securing a 2-1 victory over West Ham United in the Barclays U21 Premier League.

First half goals from captain Michael Keane and Andreas Pereira were enough to seal the victory for Reds on a bitterly cold February night in the north west.

The hosts dominated proceedings early on as first team boss David Moyes’ first United signing, Uruguayan full-back Guillermo Varela, tested West Ham keeper Raphael Spiegel at his near post. With two United corners in the opening 8 minutes, West Ham were camped firmly in their own half, unable to gain a hold of the game.

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