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The Slow Readers' Club: an exclusive performance from the Manchester band overcoming the odds

A Manchester band could be following in the footsteps of musical giants like New Order, the Happy Mondays and the Courtneeners.

The Slow Readers' Club album has now upset the odds - they entered the album charts at number 18 after ten years performing together.

All the band members still have days jobs - from an NHS manager to a teacher - and say they're out to champion the underdogs in the highly competitive music industry.

Click to hear an exclusive acoustic version of 'Lunatic': the first track on their newest album

It's properly mind blowing. We want to say a massive thank you to all our fans for getting behind us!

– The Slow Readers Club

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Film about Manchester's history of dance music premieres this weekend

A new film about Manchester's proud history of dance music gets its premiere in the city this weekend.

You may think you've heard everything there is to say about the subject but Manchester Keeps on Dancing wasn't made by a local filmmaker

It's been made by Javi Senz, from Madrid, who shot the documentary in his spare time, whilst employed by Manchester City FC.

The premiere comes at a time when when one of the city's oldest and best-loved clubs, Sankeys, has just announced it's closing its doors for good.

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Liverpool to get new national museum of pop music

Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand with schoolchildren at the British Music Experience in London Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Work has begun to create a new museum of pop music in Liverpool.

The British Music Experience is heading north after five years at London's o2 Arena.

The permanent exhibition, which is operated by the firm behind Titanic Belfast museum, is due to open on the ground floor of the historic Cunard Building on Liverpool's waterfront in February 2017.

UK's biggest African music festival returns to Liverpool

The UK's biggest African music and culture festival is taking place in Liverpool this weekend. Tens of thousands of people are expected to enjoy Africa Oye at Sefton Park over the weekend. The free event is in its 24th year. We caught up with artistic director Paul Duhaney.

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