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Explore Northern Soul – Saturday 23rd January to Saturday 20th February

THERE’S a fascinating chance to delve into the unique and vibrant Northern Soul scene in a world premiere exhibition at Hartlepool Art Gallery.

Northern Soul is a music and dance movement which emerged independently in Northern England, the Midlands, Scotland and Wales in the late 1960s from the British mod scene.

It mainly consists of a particular style of black American soul music based on the heavy beat and fast tempo of the mid-1960s Tamla Motown sound.

‘Northern Soul – A Photographic Journey’ runs at the gallery from Saturday 23rd January to Saturday 20th February and is the latest long-term project by Wigan photographer Brian Cannon.

Brian has been creating music-related imagery professionally since 1988 and his notable past clients include Oasis and The Verve, for whom he produced all the record sleeves in the 1990s.

He continues to document the Northern Soul scene today in a geographically diverse, fly-on-the-wall manner.

Entry to the exhibition is free and the gallery – which is in Church Square – is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.

There is also a special private viewing of the exhibition for young people aged 13-19 on Thursday 4th February from 7pm to 9pm. They can find out about the Northern Soul youth movement, listen to the music, learn the dance moves and create their own album cover. This free event is open to group bookings only – to book, email

A host of other Northern Soul-related events have been organised for the New Year:

Northern Soul at

Central Library   –   Monday 18th January to Saturday 20th February

The Northern Soul subculture has spawned a number of memoirs, novels and short stories. There will be a collection of books available for people to browse while they visit this exhibition created in homage to Northern Soul. Featured in the display will be a Gold Dust 1969 Lambretta GP 200.

Northern Soul at Chilli Cake –

Food, Music, Lifestyle, Culture    –    Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January

At Chilli Cake in 9 Upper Church Street.

Saturday – Pop-up record fair and Northern Soul documentaries in the Upstairs Snug.

Sunday – Northern Soul Sunday Brunch with music and pop-up vintage clothes shop in the Upstairs Snug.

For details call 01429 863030 or email


Soul Cinema at Cleveland

College of Art and Design    –    Saturday 23rd January at 2pm     

In the former Municipal Buildings in Church Square.

A special free screening of Northern Soul, the film about the youth movement centred on the north of England in the 60s and 70s, featuring Ricky Tomlinson, Steve Coogan and Lisa Stansfield plus the directorial debut of photographer Elaine Constantine. For ages 15+. Running time 1 hr 41 mins.


Northern Soul and Motown

Night in association with

Hartlepool Northern Soul Club    –    Saturday 23rd January, 7pm to 1am 

In the Borough Hall in Middlegate on the Headland.


Tickets cost £4 from Hartlepool Art Gallery and Tourist Information Centre in Church Square or calling 01429 890000 or from

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